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Phobos Short: Is Phobos a Virtual Synthetic (VS)?

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Aug-09-2017 6:15 PM

You know everything about the Phobos Short directed by Toby Dye, but what about the phrase Phobos? At first I thought that Phobos was used to refer to the Mars moon, but now I think that it is the name of a Weyland-Yutani AI, to be more precise, a VS – a Virtual Synthetic. I hope I’m not wrong.

Look at the stills from the Phobos video:

First image: Walter’s full name is 37WYS / Walter. I think WYS = Weyland-Yutani Synthetic. (Not surprising!) But what about 37? Is he 37 years old?

Second image: Ok, the female technician is an android as well, a D Class Synthetic. But look at the information after the name Phobos! We see: VSN: WY19.37. Obviously, Phobos is the name of the male voice from the video, but I think he is not an android. I believe that VSN means Virtual Synthetic Name, revealing that Phobos is an AI similarly to Mother from Alien or Father from Alien4. But what about 19.37?

What do you think?

14 Responses to Phobos Short: Is Phobos a Virtual Synthetic (VS)?


Aug-09-2017 6:18 PM

Is there a connection between the two numbers in the names?

Walter: 37 and VS: 19.37?


Aug-09-2017 6:26 PM

That's awesome that the tech was a synthetic! But, how could you all tell? I guess I'd be really bad at identifying synthetics.

Also, I thought the test was called "phobos" because it's the Greek root for "phobia" meaning "fear" and the test was intended to determine each participants fears.


Aug-09-2017 6:31 PM

VivisectedEngineer - 'That's awesome that the tech was a synthetic! But, how could you all tell?'


It is written in the image:


Aug-09-2017 6:34 PM


Ooohaha... That makes sense!


Aug-09-2017 6:38 PM

:D Yes!

And next to Phobos there's a Scandinavian name, the name of the voice actor, and after that you can see: VSN: WY19.37.

That's why I think that Phobos is the name of the Virtual Synthetic WY19.37.



Aug-09-2017 6:51 PM


VSN, virtual synthetic. That makes sense. The voice did generate questions based on the participants' responses. I guess I assumed the tech was a typing using a text to speech program or something. 

So, I guess the tech didn't actually do much besides supervise.


Aug-10-2017 12:01 PM

Could be Virtual Serial Number?  I usually think of Screen Name or Serial Number when I see SN.


Aug-10-2017 2:50 PM

drucea - Yes, of course, I had wanted to add that 'name' can be 'number' as well, etc.


Aug-10-2017 4:52 PM

Nice Theory... i am not sure we can read to much into this as they are using the Cast Members real names...



And so we are getting hints at those behind the Video as far as Cast and Production.

Shea is usually a Boys name but then sometimes a Girl can be called Shea... Hlynur is a Scandinavian Boys name.

So these are likely the Names of those cast as the Technician and Voice of the Computer

The interesting parts are the D Class Synthetic and indeed the as you had assumed Virtual Synthetic... i cant argue with that and indeed it is likely a Computer like MUTHUR

The WY19.37 is interesting and maybe a Easter Egg?

As we did have in ALIEN Special Order 937



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Aug-11-2017 12:51 PM

Maybe 37WYS is his run number? He's number 37 off the production line?


Aug-11-2017 8:00 PM

BigDave - 'Shea is usually a Boys name but then sometimes a Girl can be called Shea...'

In that name O'Shea is the surname and Geeves is the first name. You can visit her instagram page, in one of the photos you can see her (with a dog) as well:

And Björn is a male first name, no doubt. :)


Aug-11-2017 8:04 PM

Phobos - an Alien Covenant Story is available on the Blu-ray (August 15th).

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