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David Continuity Errors?

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JacksonVelour

OvomorphMember20 XPMay-31-2017 4:14 AM

These may or may not be errors depending on how you look at it, but I thought it was interesting.

David is never referred to as David8 in either Prometheus or Covenant, however the marketing and official materials regarding Prometheus state this over and over, so I can only assume this to be canonical. David is the eighth generation of his kind, this might explain why the crew weren't all that impressed with him in Prometheus, they've seen it all before. If we are to go by this logic, why does Weyland regard this particular David as his own son? Is he programmed differently from the mass market edition?

Also Covenant begins with a scene in which David gives himself his name, we are led to believe that this is the David model from Prometheus. Does Weyland do that test in that room with every generation? It's not entirely implausible I suppose, there was a kind of ritualistic element to the scene.

What do you guys think?

Additionally: The other thing that always bugged me was the "Happy Birthday, David" video showed two blond Davids, which I know was probably done just for convenience and also to not confuse the audience, but it always stands out to me.

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xenofanlv426

OvomorphMember93 XPMay-31-2017 9:34 AM

Just had this with my AIMC NOW ONLINE post. don't know what the hell it is.

Brian51

OvomorphMember43 XPMay-31-2017 3:06 PM

HAHAHA! Of course there are continuity errors because Ridley Scott clearly didn't see the movie(s) he is attempting to prequel/sequel. AC is a silly mess where Ridley alters the entire story by making a robot the xenomorph creator (regardless of the fact that these things existed thousands of years before Prometheus, Alien, AC, etc). Silly mess of a movie we didnt need. Prometheus was a perfect prequel with all the elements (which expanded in the other films) needed to connect to Alien. There was a version of a facehugger (three actually: two in the pyramid and one in Shaw--which later hugged and burst out of an engineer). We had a xeno or close to it on the walls in murals and bursting from the engineer's chest. We had a neo-morph of sorts Fifield. Everything was there and just close enough to allow the viewer to deduce how the actual xenos came about. I personally didn't need the dots perfectly connected ...that said...replacing the vases of goo (which resembled the eggs) with a few eggs would've made it perfect. :-)

SpiteHouse

OvomorphMember43 XPMay-31-2017 4:44 PM

I think David is old software in newer hardware.

BigDave

DeaconMember10358 XPMay-31-2017 5:19 PM

Indeed there are a few things they overlook for sure...

RS does make a lot of oversights... Not So Engineer, Engineers anyone?  And so the whole David and Weyland Prologue was a error in a similar way... they should have given Guy Pearce Just for Men...  as the Prologue Scene is set a few years after the Peter Weyland TED Talk.

As David Chooses his own name, then this Scene is likely in 2025 and David 1

R.I.P Sox  01/01/2006 - 11/10/2017

BigDave

DeaconMember10358 XPMay-31-2017 5:21 PM

It is therefore Logical, that Each Model Prototype and so lets say David 1P has its Memories/Experiences Transferred to the next Prototype...

So David 1P  has his transferred to David 2P then David 3P and so Forth

David in Prometheus is thus the David 8 Prototype who had about 69 years of previous Memories/Experiences Transferred over.

A Gift for Weylands own Personal Android and Son.

As far as Programing, i would assume Weyland allowed for more relaxed Protocols with David, compared to the others... David is thus Lucifer compared to the other Angels.

R.I.P Sox  01/01/2006 - 11/10/2017

JacksonVelour

OvomorphMember20 XPMay-31-2017 6:11 PM

Excellent analysis, Dave, I think that makes sense. I know a lot of people are so quick to dismiss things like this as mistakes, but I like to think of them as puzzles. 

Speaking of memories, I have been wondering if synthetics are truly individuals or would it work more like it does in the movie Her? Samantha is able to have a personal relationship with Theodore through his phone, but she's in a cloud somewhere, doing the same thing for milllions of other people. It makes sense if say Walter and Mother are extensions of the same AI, just put in different shells for different purposes. 

Benni_RoR

OvomorphMember29 XPJun-03-2017 12:58 PM

@Brian51 Of course you are better informed about the movies than Ridley Scott himself.

The guy who brought Alien to us in the first place...

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