Character Analysis: David 8

Why did David cry while destroying the engineers?

While having a discussion about why David cried in that scene I had mentioned it was just like when Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) had to shoot Gasim for what he had done. He had to execute his friend to preserve peace and eliminate any possible revenge that could happen if Bedouin had carried it out themselves.

David and Lawrence both understood that to create a new world there needed to be sacrifices made, the old world of cruelty and indifference destroyed – @muthur9000


Originally posted by leofromthedark


Originally posted by leofromthedark

That was a key moment when Lawrence had to shoot Gasim… and admitted afterwards that he ‘enjoyed’ it, which horrified him. It revealed so much about him, below the pragmatic surface.

I found this quote that expresses some of the common themes between that execution and what David does:

“In the film, Lawrence’s godlike power to give Gasim life is soon mirrored by the godlike power to deprive it.” Lawrence’s description of his experience, and the almost-botched, bloody execution, implies the trauma that could be occurring in David. But even though it’s traumatic, it’s necessary. To clear the way to use this world, and be safe in it, and indirectly punish the Engineers for creating humans in the first place and being inferior gods who tried to destroy David himself. – Executed today 1917: Gasim, by Lawrence of Arabia


Originally posted by maeden

Lumpy Gourd

Massam Corrumpit

Hard outer casing surrounding a somewhat fleshy substance which seems to be sufficient in satiating appetite. When extracted correctly the remaining shell creates a useful vessel.

This concept art was by Matt Hatton

I have identified this to be a bumpy gourd. It’s interesting that David mentions it’s sufficient to satiate an appetite, could it be Elizabeth that he was testing the food for?


Massam Corrumpit is Latin for Lump

Gourds are possibly the first domesticated plant species with fossilised specimens found at archaeological sites dating from as early as 13,000 BC. They have had numerous uses throughout history, including as tools, musical instruments, objects of art, film, and food.

As well as a food source this could also be a link to creation and flood mythology.



Above: Nuwa and Fuxi Mural, Han DynastyPublic Domain

Long ago, when the world first began, there were two people, Nü Kua and her older brother. They lived on Mount K’un-lun. And there were not yet any ordinary people in the world. They talked about becoming husband and wife, but they felt ashamed. So the brother at once went with his sister up Mount K’un-lun and made this prayer: “Oh Heaven, if Thou wouldst send us two forth as man and wife, then make all the misty vapor gather. If not, then make all the misty vapor disperse.” At this, the misty vapor immediately gathered. When the sister became intimate with her brother, they plaited some grass to make a fan to screen their faces. Even today, when a man takes a wife, they hold a fan, which is a symbol of what happened long ago. – 獨異志; c. 846 – 874 AD

Fuxi and Nüwa, according to the Classic of Mountains and Seas were the original humans who lived on the mythological Kunlun Mountain (Huashan).

One myth says they set up two separated piles of fire, and the fire eventually became one. Under the fire, they decided to become husband and wife. Fuxi and Nüwa used clay to create offsprings, and with the divine power they made the clay figures come to life. These clay figures were the earliest human beings.

This myth has several variations, but the outline describes a great flood which destroyed all the humans all over the world except a pair of brother and sister, or aunt and nephew. Both were forced to be married in order to repopulate the world.

One version stated that their children were ordinary humans, while the others said it was a lump of meat, gourd, melon, or grindstone; after they opened, cut, or destroyed it, humans emerged.



Khang Le’s Concept Art for Prometheus 2

Just recently there’s been a buzz about Mr Le’s work for Alien:Covenant(more specifically before it became Alien: Covenant). But when he’s not creating concept art, he’s toiling away on his own studio project Hawken.

Boss of Adhesive Games and creative director for Hawken, I have been keeping an eye on Khang Le’s work since he was interviewed by Kotaku in 2011.

Hawken is available on Steam

Although his personal site is down right now, I have a copy of his concept art he did for Prometheus 2. He hasn’t been credited for concept art officially, but that’s usually the way it goes in production. The story was changed and Prometheus 2 was scrapped for Alien: Covenant. Although I still love what we got, I can’t help but feel how much we may have missed out because of the studios interference. I just hope Disney let’s Ridley Scott do his thing, because this looks so amazing!

Y U T A N I . P O D C A S T – Episode 1 – Disney buys Fox?

Here’s my first podcast, today I discuss the possibilities and the current state of the Alien franchise and what may happen under Disney. Plus we have some people who have contributed their thoughts on the company merger. Short and sweet, it won’t take long. Please check it out:

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*Amendment, Miramax was sold by Disney to Filmyard Holdings, a joint venture of Colony NorthStar, Tutor-Saliba Corporation, and Qatar Investment Authority, in 2010, ending Disney’s 17-year ownership of the studio. In 2016, ownership was transferred to beIN Media Group.


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