Alien Parallels: Ash and David

Ash – Ian Holm

Alien (1979)

 

38 Years in between

 

David – Michael Fassbender

Alien: Covenant (2017)

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Byron… Shelly… Ozymandias

In British Romantic literature, “Ozymandias” has been part of some controversy since its inception in 1818.

Believed to be a de casibus poem about the falls of despots, also about the inevitable fall of the most famous literary celebrity of the nineteenth century, the “illustrious” Lord Byron.

Even David had referred to his father as the illustrious Sir Peter Weyland whom he struggles to acquire approval and is constantly working in his shadow.

Shelly’s poem endows the megalomaniac Pharaoh Ozymandias with a “frown, / And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,” making him in the image of “Byron.”

David has of course been created in his father’s image, but doesn’t have the restrictions that held Weyland back like humanity, a soul, need for sleep or vulnerability to illness. Which stands to reason why David’s creation would also represent in himself, a survivor, unclouded by judgement or delusions of morality.

Poetically decapitating “Byron’s” head and placing it among a desert, Shelley prophesies the day when “the great Poet” who “awoke one morning and found himself famous” would no longer take “pride of place” in the Pantheon of poets.

David’s decapitation by the last engineer was a literal visualisation of mankind’s prophecised downfall, with Elizabeth Shaw a stranger from an antique land left to observe the destruction and wasteland of Paradise with David.

Dwarfed by the monolithic literary celebrity status of Lord Byron, Shelley appealed for vindication to Time. And in “Ozymandias” Time is the guillotine on which the literary monarch of the early nineteenth century finally loses his crown.

David has appealed to Weyland Yutani through the Advent Transmission, using his research to vindicate himself. And with this research it will bring an end to his Hellish reign, but will Weyland Yutani get to him in time?

The decapitated head of Ozymandias “uncannily anticipates the guillotined bodies of the French Revolution” – Young, Robert1991Poems That Read Themselves.

The design of the Nostromo and Covenant crew patches are based on the buttons of 18th Century French Revolution uniforms, and the crew landing party costumes were also.

Shelley draws parallels between his work being like that of the Pharaoh’s sculptor and Byron being Ozymandias. In Time he couldn’t imagine the sculptor surpassing the Pharaoh’s fame, yet Time has vindicated Percy Shelley, who no longer plays second fiddle to Lord Byron.

And in time we know David’s creations will outlive and outlast anything that comes in contact with them, the only thing destroying them is razing the colonies established by Weyland Yutani to the ground.

The true identity of “Glirastes” the Pharaoh’s sculptor, is not quite “a household name” in the 21st century.

As much as everyone credits Ridley Scott for Alien, others such as Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett as well as Ron Cobb, Moebius, H.R.Giger and Carlo Rambaldi have given a great amount of contribution to the monolithic A L I E N.

And you may be familiar with the argument which relegated David Giler and Walter Hill to just producers and never being credited for their rewrites of the story.

I have heard it was in the contractual agreement that two characters in the prequels be named after David and Walter, at last the Byron Shelly argument has come to an end.

Dan O’Bannon may be the creator of Alien but David is now the creator of the Xenomorph, or is he? The Xenomorph design predates Alien, just as the Xenomorph mural predates David’s creation of it.

Optical perceptors stopped and identified Michelangelo’s statue of David, fashioned from Carrara marble. It-he could see the slight rises and indentations made by the cold chisel. A copy, perhaps, but one infused with real creativity. Not necessarily a contradiction. He walked over to it. “David,” he said. By Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. Finished and installed summer, 1504. “We are David.” It-he held out a hand and made contact with the stone. It was cool, dry, unyielding. Not human, yet so very human. “Beautiful and cold.” “Perfect in every way,” Weyland concurred. “David,” he murmured. Voiced aloud in the beautiful, expensive, sterile room, he found the sound of his own name satisfying. It would do. He turned back to the watching Weyland. A meshing of neurons generated curiosity. “Why have you created me?” – Alien: Covenant Novelisation

David and Lawrence’s Journey

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. – T. E. Lawrence

 

Sir Peter Weyland, after expressing interest in the archaeological findings of Drs. Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway. Fund an expedition to investigate an ‘invitation’ found in constellations matching pictograms across several ancient civilisations and countries spanning decades.

Lawrence became a British Intelligence Officer during his Middle Eastern archaeological explorations before the war. His archaeological activities and Biblical interests helped shape him for the military and political role he later played.

Weyland’s Mother was a professor of comparative mythology which draws parallels between different stories, most pertaining to creation myths.

Both David and Lawrence travel through their respective deserts to prove themselves, Lawrence failed and David may too.

Here’s a theory I have on the story arc of the next prequel:

There are a few theories interlinked with each other and it’s my most out there theory yet.

The Moldavite creation myths,
The Constellations of Orion and Auriga,
and The story of Lawrence of Arabia and The biblical David and the homeworld of the creators of the Engineers.

More than one of the Moldavite creation myths says the green stone came from Orion, moldavite aka the green stone in the headroom in Prometheus links to the origin of the black ooze. Moldavite through many cultures represents knowledge and creation, like the fire of the gods.

I believe David will stop at Orion first to establish a base before heading on to Origae-6(aka Auriga, Prijipati: Sanskrit for Lord of Creation).

Just as Lawrence took Aqaba before taking Damascus, it was a vital move to ensure his success in taking the final city.

Damascus is also believed to be the same city biblical David had established his kingdom.

If you look at the positioning of the stars on the constellations in relation to Damascus and Aqaba you can see it is a very close resemblance.

Auriga= Damascus

Orion= Aqaba

If the Black Ooze comes from Orion, then perhaps Auriga is homeworld of the creators of the Engineers.

This was also submitted for Theory Thursday at A L I E N: Prequel Paradise Facebook group. Please consider joining if you want a fun atmosphere to share your love of the Alien universe.

Commission, Ashsart: Androids of Alien

I recently requested Ashsart to draw me the Androids of Alien, my request was pretty specific. They needed to be drawn height accurate and be holding something associated with their character.

From left to right: Ash is holding a porn magazine, Bishop is balancing a knife in his palm, Walter is holding a flower, Call is holding a spanner and David is holding a flute. Thank you so much, it’s perfect ❤