Shared February 3, 2018
I recently talked about Prometheus draft script that contained various revelations about Engineers, the black goo and the decon and how it all relates to the events in the movie.
However, in this video, I wanna discuss another crucial detail in the script that addresses a question which was boggling fan’s minds since the original alien movie of 1979: who is the space jockey and why did his ship crash. In the movie Prometheus when David activates the hologram, he only sees a brief moment of Engineers taking to one another and the audience doesn’t know what the engineers say. However, in the script, there is actually a translation of their dialog that addresses the space jockey mystery.
The script has a bunch scenes about the space jockey and the location of lv 426 so let’s go over every single scene in order.
I think it’s important to mention that this script is a draft and was written before the studio intervened and possibly cut many scenes. The content of the script can also contradict to some elements in Alien Covenant and the reason is that when Prometheus came out, it received lots of criticism due to the lack of aliens and the shift to Engineers. Because of that Ridley and the studio decided to abandon the original arc of upcoming movies and make corrections to add more screen time with xenomorpshs. However, as you will see in just a momemnt, they originally intended to connect the story to the first alien film.
With these facts in mind, let’s actually read the script.
First, I want to point out that the space jockey belongs to the same group of of enginners that we saw in Prometheus. I read many theories discussing that the space jockey or the pilot was way bigger than engineers in Prometheus and possibly belonged to a different race. However, in the script there is a detailed description of Engineers’s height, which is 13 feet without the exterior suit, and 15 feet the suit on, which corresponds to the space jockey's height in the original alien according to avp wikia. The real reason that the Engineer in Prometheus visially looked smaller is because Ridley used a really tall actor instead of cgi due to his love of practical effects.
When the ship prometheus approaches lv 226 , it is mentioned that the gas giant has 2 other moons which are lv 133 and lv 426 the same moon that nostromo visited in the original alien.
The next detail is the dialog between David and Weylend in which we learn that his team picked up a signal from another moon.
ENGINEER 1 Whilst checking cargo two he was attacked by the planet seeders and thought not to tell anyone. He shall give birth to a seeder within the next hour.
ENGINEER 2 Nothing we can do for him now. We shall continue our journey to Eden and provoke them with rapture thus turning it back to Eden once more.
In early versions of the script, the eggs were to be located in a separate pyramid structure which would be found later by the Nostromo crew and would contain statues and hieroglyphs depicting the alien reproductive cycle, contrasting the human, alien, and space jockey cultures. The pyramid concept was realied in Prometheus which looked like a temple but you can find very similar design in early Giger works. bCobb, Foss, and Giger each created concept artwork for these sequences, but they were eventually discarded due to budgetary concerns and the need to make the film shorter. Instead, the egg room was located inside the jugernaut and was filmed on the same set as the space-jockey scene;
I’m not sure if Ridley will follow this story-line for the space jockey considering his facsination of artificial inteliggence and his recent comments that AI is the furure of alien franchise.
There are many theories that in the next one of two alien films 20th century fox will connect the story to the original alien . Many poeple believe that David will become the space jockey after merging his body with xenomorphs that he created in Covenant. Thus making a truly perfect organism with bio mechanical features.
However there is a big problem with the scenario in which the space jockey ship crashes after events in alien covenant.
In the original alien, the pilot is fossilized, just like the head in Prometheus and that process takes several thousand years, so there the space jockey cannot be david or any other caracter from the prequels because they would simply not have enough time to turn into a fossil.
There exists a theory that pathogen urns eventually transform into eggs using the organic substance underneath them.
Another possibility could be that because the ship was filled with so called seeders.
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