Noomi Rapace reprises her role for some brief scenes in Alien: Covenant and we were given our first real glimpse of her performance with the recent The Crossing prologue video. What entails is an overview of the time spent on board the stolen Juggernaut ship and what David and Shaw get up to during their journey to paradise. Below are some screenshots from the video along with an analysis of the dialogue and what it all might mean.
Shaw's compassion for David
Shaw has evident compassion for David. Despite the fact that David is an artificial person, Shaw seems to care for him and help him as if he were a real Human being. David remarks in the voice over that no one had ever shown him such compassion - especially Mr. Weyland, or any Human for that matter. This line of dialogue hints to us that David was raised in a very cold environment. This would likely have been the cause for his sarcastic and cold attitude towards the crew of the Prometheus and what sparked the line "Doesn't everyone want their parents dead?" he utters to Shaw in Prometheus as well.
David remarks to Shaw that she has a very kind heart and seems to interact with Shaw showing equal compassion and affection once his head is re-attached. This behavior is completely opposite to his interactions in Prometheus, leading me to believe David has adopted new emotional traits during his time alone with Shaw.
A Boy's Drawing
At one point in the video, we see David holding up a picture he has drawn of Elizabeth Shaw. The expression on David's face is that of a young child, who's proud of a new accomplishment and one derived from genuine affection.
This one small scene really lends some weight to the idea that David has somehow become attached, emotionally to Dr. Shaw. However odd and unrealistic this kind of behavior could be for a synthetic, it does beg the question - is David more than machine?
Putting Shaw to bed
Shaw is last seen entering one of the Engineer cryo pods as David puts her to bed, so to speak. He reassures her he will wake her once they arrive at Paradise, but I'm unsure if he actually does so.
But with regards to the actual act of David putting Shaw to sleep, it is not one that seems malicious. Contrary to what I initially thought David might be like with Shaw, he seems to have a definite care for her well being. Placing her to sleep, David adopted somewhat of a guardian and caretaker role. Once the head went back on, David would have been capable of handling Shaw and if he wanted to, getting rid of her. But he didn't. They developed a bond, a unique, odd, unexpected bond.
David learned their ways
As the video continues, we learn David spent those 10 years studying and researching the ways of the Engineer race. However he does not elaborate, it is insinuated that David discovers something about the Engineers that triggers an almost emotional response - hatred.
Upon arriving on Paradise, David's lighthearted attitude has completely changed.
David is in pain
"Look on my works, ye mighty, And despair."
As David prepares to unleash a full payload of seemingly his own mock Black Goo creations, David's tone is that of aggression, obsession and vengeance. At first you might think anger, but analyzing David's facial expressions in this scene, it is more so pain he is exhibiting. David seems to be in pain. He is not pleased with what he is about to do, nor does he seem to gain any pleasure whatsoever. Nor, does he posses that inquisitive look he so often showed us in Prometheus - even when he infected Holloway with the Black Goo.
David is not experimenting, he is retaliating. For what purpose however we're still unsure, but it is clear his motives are not that of furthering his curiosity with the bio-former, but more so an attempt at what I can only think to be revenge.
What happened to cause David to develop such a deep seeded hatred for the Engineer race? Did something happen to Shaw? Is David acting out of pain for losing Shaw to an Engineer-related incident? Or did David discover something terrible about the Engineers and their relationship with Humanity? It's possible David discovered that these Engineers may not be the angles Shaw originally thought they were, but instead are the devils hell bent on mankind's destruction?
It is possible David has developed a protective attitude towards Shaw and mankind and so, unleashes the bio-weapon upon the Engineers in an attempt to stop their own agenda or to prevent certain prophecies from coming true. This of course raises more questions as to why David would spend time on Paradise formulating new creatures and using the Covenant crew as guinea pigs. Unless, David is not the antagonist and it is instead Walter who possesses the cynical agenda.
The Alien creatures being leftovers of David's initial slaughter, could instead be discovered by Walter and in turn unleashed on the Covenant crew to fulfill MUTHUR's wishes... Of course, this is all pure speculation. But the attitude and mannerisms David exhibited in this video do raise some very serious questions about his motives and his emotional state concerning Shaw, Humanity and the Engineers.
Am I on to something? Or so you disagree? Sound off in the comments below.
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