Ridley Scott: "He was perceived, the giant was perceived as skeletal and erm, I kept staring at the skeleton which was kind of a wonderful drawing by H R Giger, and erm, then I thought, twenty, thirty, twenty, actually twenty six years on (1995?), I thought what if this is not a skeleton, but, because we only see it as a skeleton, because of our own, the way we see things in our own indoctrination, and er now I thought, what happens if its another form of protection or a suit? If its a suit then what's inside the suit" ( Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film reviews, BBCRadio 5 live, 01 June 2012.
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Thanks for the feedback, OmegaZ.
Nevertheless, if I understand this correctly, this is a 2012 quote
from Ridley Scott in which he recollects
first thinking about the possibility that the Space Jockey = Suit, back in 1995. Even if we take him at his word (and his memory as accurate), this was still 25+ years after ALIEN.
Here is my personal opinion
as to how the Space Jockey concepts stack up:BEST
===> The Space Jockey is a totally alien organism, from a highly advanced space-faring civilization. The Space Jockey's form is more or less as depicted in the original ALIEN, although it has become desiccated and mummifed due to exposure to the atmosphere of LV-426. It is not a suit. It's physical form represents a surreal, biomechanical design...which may in fact have been "engineered" too perform a unique role in the alien civilization's society (e.g., bad-ass starship pilot). This "Pilot" may live a sessile life, permanently integrated to it's console, to such a degree that it is a question if the Jockey is an extension of the Ship, or the Ship is an extension of the Jockey.
Lot's of cool possibilities, here.GOOD (Acceptable)
==> The Space Jockey may have been an external, exo-suit (although as mentioned in one of my prior posts, this is not consistent with what was displayed on film). However, the important point, here, is that whatever is "inside" the suit, turns out to be just as alien and inscrutable.BAD (Execrable)
==> The Space Jockey is just an external suit with a big blue Human inside.
P.S. -- I would still be interested if someone were able to dig up an interview or quote from Ridley, prior to 2008/2009, in which he discusses the possibility that the Space Jockey was a suit.