My written interview with Dominic Hailstone can be found here.
I finally got to interview Dominic for my Yutani Podcast, he has been very busy lately so it has been difficult to find a time to chat. Thank you so much, Dominic, for granting me the time and effort. I feel we could talk all day about movies and about Alien.
In Greek mythology, the TitanPrometheus had a reputation for being something of a clever trickster and he famously gave the human race the gift of fire and the skill of metalwork, an action for which he was punished by Zeus, who ensured every day that an eagle ate the liver of the Titan as he was helplessly chained to a rock.
In Prometheus 2012 we can see many references to the black Ooze being like fire, the references in Lawrence of Arabia and David in Prometheus gives us that link. As well as the Peter Weyland TED Talk where he also speaks about the Prometheus Myth. In the Mission Ready clip, the Weyland Employee also talks of the Prometheus Mission as Weyland’s gift to mankind.
Prometheus (Forethought) was one of the ringleaders of the battle between the Titans and the Olympian gods led by Zeus to gain control of the heavens, a struggle which was said to have lasted ten years. Prometheus did, however, switch sides and support the victorious Olympians when the Titans would not follow his advice to use trickery in the battle.
I have also drawn parallels between Weyland and Prometheus here.
David was stranded on Planet 4 for 10 years and in that time he had used the Black Ooze to refine his creation. He switched sides from Elizabeth Shaw to destroy the engineers and pursued his own cause in creating the Xenomorph. Just as Prometheus created man.
According to Hesiod’s Theogony, Prometheus’ father was Iapetus, his mother was Clymene (or Themis in other versions) and his brothers were fellow Titans Epimetheus (Afterthought or Hindsight), Menoetius, and Atlas. One of Prometheus’ sons was Deucalion, an equivalent of Noah, who survived a great flood by sailing in a great chest for nine days and nights and who, with his wife Pyrrha, became the founder of the human race.
Deucalion is interesting because he was a Noah like figure, just like Walter was. Bringing the USCSS Covenant/Ark to Origae-6, but now David has taken his place he is representative of Deucalion.
In some traditions, Prometheus made the first man from clay, whilst in others, the gods made all creatures on Earth, and Epimetheus and Prometheus were given the task of endowing them with gifts so that they might survive and prosper. Epimetheus liberally spread around such gifts as fur and wings but by the time he got around to man, he had run out of gifts. Feeling sorry for man’s weak and naked state, Prometheus raided the workshop of Hephaistos and Athena on Mt. Olympus and stole fire, and by hiding it in a hollow fennel-stalk, he gave the valuable gift to man which would help him in life’s struggle. The Titan also taught man how to use their gift and so the skill of metalwork began; he also came to be associated with science and culture.
David is just like Prometheus because he is a scientist(mad scientist counts right?) and he is very cultured in the way he composes music, recites poetry and illustrates. And Walter is like Epimetheus.
PROMETHEUS RAIDED THE WORKSHOP OF HEPHAISTOS AND ATHENA ON MT. OLYMPUS AND STOLE FIRE; HE THEN GAVE THE VALUABLE GIFT TO MANKIND.
In a slightly different version of the story, mankind already had the fire, and when Prometheus tried to trick Zeus into eating bones and fat instead of the best meat during a meal at Mt. Olympus, Zeus, in anger, took away fire so that man would have to eat his
meat raw. Prometheus then stole the fire as in the alternative version. This also explained why, in animal sacrifices, the Greeks always dedicated the bones and fat to the gods and ate the meat themselves.
David sacrifices his love Elizabeth to create the xenomorph. And Planet 4 is a rotting Paradise filled with things that smell of rotting flesh.
Zeus was outraged by Prometheus’ theft of fire and so punished the Titan by having him taken far to the east, perhaps the Caucasus. Here Prometheus was chained to a rock (or pillar) and Zeus sent an eagle to eat the Titan’s liver. Even worse, the liver re-grew every night and the eagle returned each day to perpetually torment Prometheus.
The lifecycle of the Xenomorph could be symbolic of this, after being impregnated by the Facehugger or the motes will have a Chestburster or deacon eviscerate the host on escaping.
The Gilgamesh flood tablet XI carries another story besides the flood, it was included because in it the flood hero Utnapishtim; who’s granted immortality by the gods.
The hero challenges Gilgamesh to stay awake for six days and seven nights, but unfortunately for Gilgamesh he falls asleep immediately after being given the challenge. Utnapishtim then asks his wife to bake bread for each day Gilgamesh slept so he couldn’t deny his failure. Gilgamesh! for a man who wants to overcome death, you can’t even stay awake…
Gilgamesh sounds a lot like Sir Peter Weyland who went into hypersleep to go along with the Prometheus Mission to LV-223, he wanted to ask the Engineers for life eternal… And you know how that turned out.
As Gilgamesh is leaving, Utnapishtim’s wife asks her husband to offer a parting gift. Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh of a plant at the bottom of the ocean that will make him young again. Gilgamesh acquires the plant using stones bound to his feet, weighing him down so he can walk on the ocean floor. He plans to test it on an old man when he returns to Uruk. But unfortunately, when he stops to bathe it is stolen by a serpent that sheds its skin as it departs, apparently reborn.
The plant represented by the Chemical A0-3959X.91-15 (“black goo” or “black liquid“) and the serpent represents the Chestburster, which sheds it’s skin to become the Xenomorph.
Gilgamesh, having failed both chances and returns to Uruk, where the sight of its massive walls causes him to praise them. His reaction is believed to be admiration for mortals can achieve immortality through lasting works of civilisation and culture.
Which reminds me of what Peter Weyland said:
All this, all these wonders of Art and Design, of Human ingenuity, all are utterly meaningless in the face of the only question that matters. Where do we come from?
I refuse to believe that Mankind is a random by-product of molecular circumstances.
No more than the result of mere biological chance. No....there must be more. And you and I, Son, we will find it.
Since David has eternal life he values all these things Weyland considered meaningless, even the poem David recites over the engineer city talks of the remains of a once great civilisation.
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert... near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away. - Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley
Because even David knows cities will rise and fall. But his creation, his Perfect Organism may outlast them all. Even himself.
In the bible there are lots of Covenants, one such Covenant is the Davidic Covenant. David, after bringing the Arc of the Covenant to Jerusalem lacked a temple to store it, he intended on building one until the prophet Nathan foretold he would not. But his descendants will. I will highlight important points to focus on:
“When thy days are fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, that shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son: if he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men; but my loving kindness shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thy house and thy kingdom shall be made sure for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever” (2 Sam 7:12-16)
What does this mean for Android David?
When thy days are fulfilled, When David is dead/turned off.
I will set up thy seed after thee, that shall proceed out of thy bowels, David used Doctor Elizabeth Shaw’s reproductive system to create the perfect organism. His children.
I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever, Weyland Yutani will ensure his legacy will live on which could mean through order 937. His children will establish a kingdom and his legacy will live on through them, I suspect this could be LV-426 since that’s where David’s successor the Queen will reign.
I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men, this may relate to David’s transmission to Weyland Yutani that leads many to die a horrible death birthing Xenomorphs.
“If you do this, there will be no turning back, my creatures shall be set loose, to rule this galaxy.” David, Advent Transmission B88Q
The provisions of the Davidic covenant include, then, the following items:
David is to have a child, yet to be born, who shall succeed him and establish his kingdom. Which in Android David’s terms, the Alien Queen.
This son (Solomon) shall build the temple instead of David. For Android David it’s a Alien Hive on Origae-6 or LV-426.
The throne of his kingdom shall be established forever. Which leads me to believe it may not be LV-426 as the hive is destroyed.
The throne will not be taken away from him (Solomon) even though his sins justify chastisement. So even though David’s children spread death and destruction, they cannot and will not be stopped.
David’s house, throne, and kingdom shall be established forever. There will be a xenomorph homeworld, one that cannot be destroyed or despite people trying to destroy the xenomorphs it will be impossible.