Courtney @traviandesigns and Clara @muthur9000 share their reaction to reading the Paradise Lost Prologue Script. Discussing the evolution of The Crossing and what may have transpired between David and Shaw and why Shaw decided to go to Planet 4.
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Featured Image: Illustration for John Milton’s “Paradise Lost“ (Adam watches as Eve sleeps) – Gustave Doré (1832-1883)
As David lays down Shaw to sleep there is a visual parallel to Adam watches as Eve sleeps. Since this is a story turned on its head where Satan is victorious the narrative will differ.
In Paradise Lost Satan disguises himself as a toad, he’s found whispering into the ear of Eve as she slept. Similarly, David is Android masquerading as something harmless, an android with his head ripped off. Whispering things to Elizabeth to gain her trust, “You are very kind at heart you know?”
Satan is found by a band of angels sent by Gabriel and order him to explain his reasons for intruding on Paradise. In similar fashion, David is found by the Covenant crew and he explains how he came to be on Planet 4/Paradise.
At first, Satan pretends he is innocent, and the angels can’t prove he meant any harm. Much like David, he lies about the pathogen deploying and that Elizabeth dying in the crash. The crew can’t prove he is lying to them. Then like Satan, the shapeshifter. Takes on an innocent guise to intrude on the USCSS Covenant, Walter.
Though Gabriel knows he is lying to them, threatens to drag him back to Hell. David has everyone fooled except for Walter, but it’s too late.
Just as Satan prepares to fight him, a pair of golden scales appear in the sky as a sign from heaven that Satan cannot win, and he flees. Unfortunately for Walter, there is no such sign.