Meet Walter Analysis

 

Meet Walter

“Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow,” – Victor, Frankenstein


Prometheus, the myth.

He made mankind in an almost “loving image” of his own sense of self, which is in stark contrast to Victor Frankenstein. Who creates the monster as larger than life and almost beast like, just to see if he could. (Shelley’s use of the term “hideous progeny.)

However, the race of mankind is not as obedient and do not adore Zeus,  so he denies mankind the use of fire.

The myth of Prometheus is a metaphor of the struggle between parents and their children. Unlike Victor, Prometheus remains true and loyal to his creation and guides mankind, doesn’t abandon them, even at a great cost to himself.

Comparing the use of fire and electricity between the two stories, lightning contains the essence of life, as in a spark which ignites life in Victor’s creature.  For Prometheus, fire, in the hands of man, his beings, allows this race of men to advance and grow into a society of people.  The discovery of fire by man marks a leap in his development as a thinking creature capable of not only surviving but advancing.

The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

Modern Prometheus indicates that Mary Shelley did see Victor as a modern version of Prometheus. However, she does create the character of Victor and his relationship to the monster as different than the relationship that Prometheus had to mankind.

Victor, in his desire to expand his creative knowledge, his drive, his ambition to know the origin of life, puts him in conflict with God. And in venturing into the realm of God, he commits a grave sin, the creation of the monster, and then, subsequently is punished. In trying to improve on gods creation he foolishly expected his own creation would “bless him as its Creator.”

“greater than [one’s] nature will allow,” means that Victor is warning others to not strive for greatness, that it could be a danger to overstep your own bounds, saying there are dangers of man playing God. Victor’s own hubris results in tragedy for himself, family and friend including the creature he creates.

“Modern Prometheus,” creates abandonment as part of our identity, with this story in a modern setting.  In accepting the responsibility for eliminating his creation it still doesn’t enter in the same calibre of the emotional bond Prometheus seems to have for his creation. Although Victor and Prometheus share a creative spirit, responsible for crafting beings, as well as a destiny of eternal suffering for going beyond the limits. That’s the major difference between Victor and Prometheus, Victor abandons the creation and does not accept responsibility for guiding it, but Prometheus seeks to guide mankind and enable it to be independent of him.

It can be argued that Prometheus was more loyal to his creatures that Victor Frankenstein, who abandoned his monster because he was repulsed by his hideous appearance. At least Prometheus fought for his creation against the power of Zeus.

However, the greatest similarity between the two lies in their suffering for the unforgivable transgressions committed against the gods, or God in Victor’s case. They both suffer isolation and rejection, Prometheus chained to a rock having his liver eaten nightly, Victor becomes obsessed with the creature which isolates him and infuses his life with innumerable suffering, until he dies in his quest for the monster.

Victor verges on inhuman – he doesn’t seem to have “normal” emotional reactions to any of the events in his life. He cuts himself off from the world, eventually devoting the remainder of his life to one obsession: Destroying the monster he created.

“The quality of Man’s life improved as each facet of this marvelous gift of fire was discovered: light, warmth, cooking, healing and the ability to forge and craft. Prometheus’ gift gave Man the seeds he needed to plant so that his life would grow and flourish. Fire became the basis for the Greek culture and ultimately all Western culture.”

Prometheus, the Firebringer by Kelley O’Rourke


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In the Meet Walter commercial, there is the similarity of Dr Frankenstein and Igor bringing Frankenstein’s monster to life. Lying on the table is the body, one person assembles the head and adds the AMD chip to spark “life” into Walter.

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The modern setting is also a homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey which Ridley Scott saw as one of the major influences in science fiction and HAL 9000  inspiration for his “malfunctioning” synthetics.

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As mentioned previously the rings of light in Satan Presiding at the Infernal Council by John Martin 1824 are also present in the Meet Walter commercial.

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Depending on the camera angle you can see an 8 in the background behind Walter in each shot, 8 could symbolise David 8, the infinity symbol, or the Ripley 8 from Alien: Resurrection.

The number 8 represents Infinity and everything good in the universe which is infinite, such as infinite love, infinite supply, infinite energy, infinite time  … in other words, 8 represents complete and unending abundance without any lack.

In ancient times, Pythagoras would have his students draw, look at, and meditate upon the number 8 as a way of invoking infinite abundance.

The number 8 has no ending and loops back upon itself, showing that there is no lack. The Mobius Twist is a number 8 that many people feel is the physical structure of the universe, without ending.


Melanie De Biasio – I feel You

I feel you
A deep echo in me
A strong appeal for that mystery
I know you know

‘Cause I feel you
I won’t say why we met
It sounds too loud
I know you know

Fear is knocking on our door
But love is calling us for sure
The wind is blowing much too hard for love
There’s no reward

I feel you
A deep echo in me
A strong appeal for that mystery
I know you know


The lyrics of this piece was supposed to evoke interest in the commercial but I think the Lyrics also show what it is to be a Walter Synthetic.

He can understand human emotions although he has none himself, as he says in the “Phobos” video, he feels neutral to fear or any other emotional stimulation.

There is an echo of the user in the Walter model, each synthetic has a DNA sync of binding to its user and can be calibrated to suit their needs. The Walter model will know your every want and desire and will serve you.

After the “life” or use of the synthetic is over they are destroyed, they have a single purpose like any other tool. And once that tool has served its purpose it has nothing left to “live” for.

There is no afterlife or reward for a synthetic, although the Alien: Covenant novelisation explores the mind of Walter as he serves Daniels. Making him feel good because he served her, or could it be love? It is left ambiguous to the reader.

The line “The wind is blowing much too hard for love” could be in reference to Planet 4 and The Whirlwind of Lovers.

For Daniels, there is something appealing with hanging out with Walter, with him and his restrictions on emotion she can be felt to grieve and contemplate her lonely existence. There is no pressure on her to act a certain way or feel a certain way, though when she seeks an emotional response when she feels an affection towards him there is nothing.