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"One of a kind for now, but if he performs, he will be legion."




Posted Jun-17-2017 6:05 PM

"One of a kind for now, but if he performs, he will be legion."

David was a prototype and a special piece of technology reserved for Peter Weyland unlike what was distributed mass-market. The David 8 who traveled to LV-223 was more like Walter in his physical characteristics than the previous David models.

For example, one of a kind technology seen in the Neuro Visor.

The device shown in Prometheus in the Neuro-Visor Link is a prototype and Weyland never released it to mass-market.

The Alpha Reader/Communicator (Neuro Visor) in which David 8 was able to speak to Peter Weyland in hypersleep was one of a kind (Weyland-Yutani Report page 40). Weyland Industries decided not to make more than one and never sell the product.

A decision Peter Weyland said he based on "a man should have the privacy, at least, of his own dreams." Yeah, very altruistic, and he wanted the technology all to himself.

Weyland could stay asleep and dream of being on his yacht, young, surrounded by whatever he wants and still communicate with David 8 and give direction.

Alien: Engineers (Script by Jon Spaihts, page 9, names reconciled to Prometheus)

Peter Weyland
Forgive me. Peter Weyland. 

He notices Dr. Elizabeth Shaw looking curiously at David. He smiles.  

Peter Weyland (CONT’D)
Ah. David here’s a prototype. Our 80 series. One of a kind for now, but if he performs, he will be legion. (his smile fades) What do you want here?

See Peter Weyland’s TED address below. 

In the Alien: Engineer script, Peter Weyland elaborates on the David that is accompanying Dr. Shaw and the team to LV-223 and uses the term “legion”. 

The David 8 that went with Peter Weyland to LV-223 was more advanced than what was released to the mass-market and he clarifies in his above conversation in regards to the prototype, David. Legion is close to the meaning of the name Walter (ruler of the army). 

Peter Weyland 2023 TED Address

T.E. Lawrence, eponymously of Arabia, but very much an Englishman, favored pinching a burning match between his fingers to put it out. When asked by his colleague, William Potter, to reveal his trick -- how is it he so effectively extinguished the flame without hurting himself whatsoever -- Lawrence just smiled and said, "The trick, Potter, is not minding it hurts."

The fire that danced at the end of that match was a gift from the Titan, Prometheus, a gift that he stole from the gods. When Prometheus was caught and brought to justice for his theft, the gods, well, you might say they overreacted a little. The poor man was tied to a rock as an eagle ripped through his belly and ate his liver over and over, day after day, ad infinitum. All because he gave us fire, our first true piece of technology: Fire.

100,000 BC: Stone tools.

4,000 BC: The wheel.

9th century AD: Gunpowder. Bit of a game-changer, that one.

19th century: Eureka! The light bulb!!

20th century: The automobile, television, nuclear weapons, space craft, Internet.

21st century: Biotech, nanotech, fusion and fission and M-theory -- and that was just the first decade.

We are now three months into the year of our Lord, 2023. At this moment in our civilization, we can create cybernetic individuals who, in just a few short years, will be completely indistinguishable from us. Which leads to an obvious conclusion: We are the gods now. 

For those of you who know me, you will be aware by now that my ambition is unlimited. You know that I will settle for nothing short of greatness, or I will die trying.

For those of you who do not yet know me, allow me to introduce myself: My name is Peter Weyland. And if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to change the world.

(Source: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/moviespeechprometheusweylandTED2023.html)

David Evolution


Peter Weyland told Dr. Shaw David was a prototype and used the word “legion”. When fighting with David 8, in the book, Daniels jammed the nail hanging in a necklace into David 8’s eye.

Alien: Covenant novelization page 292

“Internal capsulation that had no counterpart in a human body pumped fresh restorative replacement material into the eye. Full ocular reconstitution did not take long at all.”

David was advanced and had regenerate abilities like Walter.

In summary, who knows what capabilities the David 8 had built in being the personal robot answering to Peter Weyland. Peter Weyland just confirmed that his David was more advanced than the distributed David 8 models. And David 8 showed himself quite capable in Alien: Covenant.

11 Responses to "One of a kind for now, but if he performs, he will be legion."

Nathan Adler

Jun-17-2017 7:55 PM

Might clues for Weyland's true plans/ intent be found in the mythological history of Volund/ Wayland the Smith? 


Jun-17-2017 9:23 PM

Nathan Adler, thank you for the potential clue above. I'll have to look at that.

I saw your other question regarding the mission of Weyland Industries too. On (http://www.projectprometheus.com/crew/) you get a detailed mission plan and it's inspiration from Peter Weyland.

If there was a "Mission Statement" for Weyland Industries (and eventually Weyland-Yutani Corporation in 2099), then I believe it would be Special Order 937. All available resources are immediately dispatched to potentially capture a specimen.



Jun-18-2017 5:28 AM

Maybe I should tool-up a Corporate Report about the Chimerans in my works.

They WERE meant to be marketed to Military, Elite Personal Security and such, and such plans went ahead, made the company (NOT W-Y) quite a reputation and significant earnings...until the Bloodless Rebellion.
It may also be that from studying Chimeran biology and physiology that W-Y was able to mechanically duplicate how Chimerans regenerate...

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*


Jun-18-2017 2:26 PM

Ingeniero Thank you this is a fascinating summary of David's evolution!!


Maybe I should tool-up a Corporate Report about the Chimerans in my works.

I would very much like to read this :)



Jun-18-2017 8:03 PM

You are most welcome IRaptus. I love the direction the series is going and how Ridley Scott jumps back decades in Alien: Covenant to show the beginning of current events. 


Jun-18-2017 10:35 PM


I've been roughing-out things for a Company Report as a 'background' piece, and I've slotted it as 3rd now. :D
ALIEN: Manticore is Priority (cause it's the MAIN work)

ALIEN: Silent Screams 'Origins' is 2nd as it's something I've been meaning to do for a LONG time and is going well.

The Company Report is 3rd, but Origins is a very short-story, thus won't take much time.

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

Nathan Adler

Jun-19-2017 1:04 AM

@Ingeniero: You're welcome re: the clue about Wayland the Smith.  With this term, Scott's use of the term Prometheus to analogise the punishment/ birth of the chestburster, why do you think he had Ripley's escape pod dubbed the Narcissus?


If Weyland's mission is SO937, did this become so only after David/ Walter reported back to the company with regard to discovery of the "perfect species" or given the Engineers script acknowledges Weyland was already way ahead of Shaw and Holloway's work, did the company know of the Engineers experiments/ creation going back much earlier than the discovery on LV-223?


Jun-19-2017 10:40 AM

That is such an excellent point with the name of the escape pod Nathan Adler.

Regarding the special order, see below.

"Course Correction

"The tragic loss of our founder and his heir marked the end of our Company's first epoch-a golden era for humanity, but only the beginning for the Company and the search for definitive answers.

Beginning in 2095, barely a year after Dr. Shaw's final declassified transmission, the special directive 900 sequence was programmed into every Company ship-an authorization to wake the crew to investigate any transmission of unknown or seemingly intelligent origin. The clause that requires Company or Company-contracted employees to investigate any such transmissions became standard in 2101."

Weyland-Yutani Report page 63

Nathan Adler

Jun-20-2017 12:37 AM

@Ingeniero: So any thoughts how the Narcissus legend might tie into the first film?

Nathan Adler

Jun-20-2017 12:37 AM



Aug-07-2017 1:29 PM

I do believe that the Narcissus name of the escape pod ties into the overall theme of vanity Nathan Adler.

In regards to vanity, the entire history of Peter Weyland and his evolving galactic corporation is a rebellion against mortal limits. In the legend, Narcissus was in love with himself after seeing his reflection and lost all hope when he realized that the affection would never be returned.

Peter Weyland set in motion the tools to rebel against mortal limits and the technology he cultivated (Weyland Industries) continued on when his plans went against him. And brought the alien back from being extinguished in space in the escape ship.

The significance of the escape ship named Narcissus was a reflection of humanity's efforts to push past mortal limits and the consequences of trying to do so when finally reaching something that can wipe out everything humanity has built.

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