I know there's a lot of speculation that ultimately David winds up somehow being in the original Space Jockey seat in the final prequel leading up to Alien. If you think that's what's going to happen, then I'm curious how you think it will happen. It seems like a pretty neat (read: easy, not cool) "ironic" end to the story they're weaving, but given where Covenant leaves us, I'm not sure how this would work. Based on other things - like the fact that even with a retcon of the Engineers' size, it wouldn't make any sense that Davis in the chair, or the fact that he winds up on board the Covenant and no longer has any access to Engineer ships let alone be able to crash one - it doesn't seem plausible to me.
Part of me wonders if the final prequel will end with still-living Engineers coming after/tracking down David on LV-426, so we'd still just get an Engineer in the seat. I'm not sure how David ultimately advances the Xeno to the more bio-mechanical look...
Thoughts? I'm really scratching my writerly head trying to figure out what they'll do and how they'll do it and I'm drawing some blanks.
** A. Before I address many of the challenges in trying to make "Covenant" fit in with the first 3 Alien movies in another prequel, I'll go over the barriers to Scott making another Alien prequel.
1. "Covenant" earnings are underperforming and will be lucky to break even in theaters.
That's pretty sad but that's what I'm seeing now looking at the box office.
2. The Fox studio may go with bringing Sigourney back in another Alien franchise timeline where she, Hicks and Newt survive. That was Cameron's original idea before "Alien 3".
** B. But let's say by some miracle that Scott is given another $100 million to make another Alien movie. What could he do?
- I think he may ignore the whole thing with David being the xenomorph creator and instead just focus on an action/horror film about David messing with the Covenant colonists and crew with lots of monster fights.
That would be the best box office decision imo. Why bog another film down with trying to fill in all the backstory connections?
** C. Let's say the studio is going to give Scott the money anyway and he decides to connect David, the only xenomorph creator, with "Alien" "Aliens" and "Alien 3".
1. Imo making David the Space Jockey doesn't make sense. His mechanical insides are filled with circuits, sensors and mechanical equipment which don't fit human anatomy.
- His outer appearance is made to mimic how a human looks. That was explained in "Prometheus".
But his outer shell is not the same as his inner workings.
- Still, that's just based on my knowledge of computers and science fiction androids.
Ridley might just say screw it and have a facehugger attack David.
It doesn't make logical sense within the franchise but that doesn't seem to limit Scott's recent decisions.
2. What does David have to do to fit his new story into the other Alien movies?
- He needs to make hundreds of xenomorph eggs, maybe on Origae-6.
- Then David has to find the derelict which is either abandoned or is being piloted by a living Engineer (the Space Jockey).
- David has to put hundreds of xenomorph eggs on that Engineer ship which then in some way gets to LV-426 with a dead pilot.
3. David also needs to create a xenomorph Queen egg and get that on the derelict with all the other xenomorph eggs.
- David's xenomorphs would need to learn that he is not their mother but that they should serve the Queen.
- He would need to teach the xenomorphs to bring victims to the eggs, let the life-cycle work and then once a Queen is born, the drones would need to serve her and not David.
* There is enough here for a xenomorph documentary.