Today, Fox released our first detailed look at the Weyland-Yutani android model WALTER, played by Michael Fassbender. Back in April, 2012 Fox released the introduction video for the Weyland Industries DAVID 8 model, also portrayed by the talented Michael Fassbender. The characteristics, tone and content of these two introduction videos seem to have significant meaning and underlying themes which may help to distinguish the major differences between these two synthetic persons and what it may mean for the fate of the Covenant crew...
Before we begin this analysis and breakdown, please review both videos below:
David voice over vs. Walter voice over
In 2012's DAVID 8 introduction video, the voice over was that of a man, while in the WALTER introduction it was that of a woman. The manner by which David was introduced, as well as the manner in which he was presented to us on film was that of a son to a prideful and hopeful father - Peter Weyland. David, although lacking a soul and the ability to be a "real boy", still enjoyed the comforts and praise of his father. He was regarded as a prize, a testament to Weyland's legacy. Suffice to say there was a lot of pride instilled to David.
Walter, on the other hand is introduced by a woman's voice - a "MUTHUR" if you will. Unlike David's video introduction, Walter is seen being assembled by two Weyland-Yutani engineers. David was simply shown in packaging, with no reference or presence to the one who revealed him. The symbolism behind these introductions seem to insinuate that Walter was "nurtured" in a sense, while David was not. David is almost represented as a "bastard child", with no "parents" displayed, while Walter is conceived and "born" by two "parents", through an almost loving process.
The voice overs also mimic the method in which conventional parenting between man and women tend to be. Fathers tend to be prideful and enthusiastic, but lack the motherly compassion women provide. You could also argue that the music playing with Walter's introduction could double as a "lullaby".
Solidarity, independence vs. inclusiveness and dependence
Looking again at the beginnings of both videos, it's clear Walter was cared for by his makers, while David was more of a prized possession. David is seen sitting by himself, with skulls of other synthetic models in the background. This seems almost like David is simply present in the factory which created him, surrounded by others like him, with no caring or paternal influence. Walter, on the other hand is laying on a bed and is seen being caressed on the nose by one of the engineers, much like how a mother might snuggle her new born baby.
David seems content with his situation - not knowing anything different, whereas Walter seems more intuitive and intrigued by his surroundings.
I am David vs. We are Walter
The manner in which David and Walter identify themselves is also an intriguing aspect of each video. David concerns himself as one, singular entity while Walter seems to be aware that he is one of many and refers to himself by remarking "We are Walter".
What's the significance? This essentially means that David views himself as one of a kind - an anomaly, a divine creation of which no others compare. Walter on the other hand is very aware of the fact that he is one of many, a legion of synthetic entities.
Happy Birthday, David.
Another interesting note is that in David's video, Weyland Industries makes a point of wishing David a happy birthday. This symbolizes a personal sentiment and adoration for David, while Walter receives no such acknowledgement. The significance of this again lends weight to David's feeling of personal self righteousness, where Walter may not consider his initial creation as significant, but may view his overall existence and development as more revered.
What does this all mean for Alien: Covenant? This obviously suggests that David may resent Walter as being a cheap knockoff of himself, a sub-par creation, lacking the ambition to improve and move beyond his synthetic capabilities. Walter in turn, will likely view David as pretentious and self righteous.
It will be interesting to see how Fassbender portrays two very different personalities on-screen in Alien: Covenant.
What do you think of these two videos? What are your thoughts concerning the David vs. Walter models? How do you think David and Walter will interact? Sound off in the comments!
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