I don't think we can draw any conclusions to the qualifications of McBride's character as of yet. I've seen some brilliant people at my employment who look a little rough around the edges. For example, one of my coworkers has a PHD in particle physics, but you wouldn't think twice if you saw him as a Walmart greeter.
I must admit, I usually look like a bit of a nerf-herder myself. I shouldn't be judging. Now where did I put that shaving razor?
To me the Ark in Space concept makes a lot of sense. It's possible the Covenant was launched without FTL closer to 2030. If the movie takes place around 2100, that would allow the Covenant to travel 60-70 LY at sub-light speeds.
It could be used to explain why the ship is filled with couples, and why they sent ships filled with people instead of probes. A small sub-FTL probe might lack the capabilities and propulsion storage to get anywhere close to light speed to be useful.
Makes sense, but that would rule out another David being on-board (as the Corporal claims) if they left earth decades before the Prometheus expedition. You also have the issue of the Covenant being a Weyland - Yutani ship. The merger between the two companies only happened sometime after the events of Prometheus. So that would effectively rule out that theory.
I guess we'll have to wait and see how they fleshed-out the story.
If all of them are couples maybe Daniels its already pregnant of Ripley....
Ripley is already 11 or 12 years old by then.
Oh your right. I forgot about the David on board the Covenant. There were different David models, so it's possible that the Covenant is sporting an older model. What we might get is something along the lines of a David 8 vs David 3 or David 4.
David 8 : David on the Prometheus. He was a new model at the time the Prometheus was launched.
Weyland builds and successfully deploys thousands of Seventh Generation Davids into workplaces across the universe. Human acceptance of David 7 reaches an all-time high thanks to Weyland’s highly classified emotional encoding technology, David 7 can accurately replicate most human emotions down to the tiniest nuance while consistently achieving all mission objectives.
JULY 6, 2068
David 6 : Only 7% of humans can recognize the sixth generation of David as a cybernetic individual.
FEBRUARY 26, 2062
David 5 : Weyland makes significant intellectual and emotional updates to the David android, further increasing human acceptance.
JULY 7, 2052
David 4 becomes the first commercially available model of the David series. He is eventually expected to improve work-flow and efficiency at offices and homes across the world.
APRIL 1, 2042
After android regulations are lifted, the third generation David is deployed internally in order to test human acceptance of cybernetics individuals. Results are encouraging.
JUNE 30, 2035
Weyland makes significant adjustments to the David android prototype, facilitating David’s first interaction with humans. This initial meeting is very promising.
JANUARY 1, 2028
Well, I think my theory is shot about the Covenant being an old-tech space ark type colonization ship. One small "item" blows that idea out of the water. The Weyland-Yutani patch
The patch on the crew clothing pretty much means that the Covenant must have launched after the events in Prometheus in order for the corporate merger to have happened.