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Operating Protocol Explaining Shaw’s Death

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PraetorianMember3378 XPJun-24-2017 10:35 AM

In Jon Spaihts’ Alien: Engineers there is a very interesting exchange where David speaks with Watts (Watts = Shaw) and Holloway about his design specifications and capabilities:

The scientists look at David in wonder.

Watts: You see yourself as a superman.

David: No.

He turns his unearthly eyes on them.

David (cont’d): Not a man at all.

David, overall, is very much an antagonist in Spaihts’ script. At first, he still serves the same function he does in the film: he decodes the alien hieroglyphs and quickly grasps the Engineer technology, and he still rescues Shaw after she is swept away in the storm, but by the midpoint he starts to display contempt for the human crew and, in one scene with Watts, he reveals a hidden agenda:

David: I was given two operating protocols for this mission. I was to render you every assistance – until you discovered what Vickers would call a “game-changing technology.” I was given a specific list. Then I was to go to protocol two […] Under protocol two I was to make sure that you and Holloway never spoke to anyone about this place. Various acceptable ways of making sure of that.

When he finally assaults Watts he does so with palpable malice, and when he gives chase he “runs like a demon, his legs steel pistons.” When he captures her it is in a grip akin to “iron manacles”. He then impregnates her with Alien spore. Interestingly, when the facehugger emerges, David strokes it gently – the facehugger ignores his touch and reaches for Watts.

8 Responses to Operating Protocol Explaining Shaw’s Death


FacehuggerMember210 XPJun-24-2017 10:41 AM

For a moment there, I thought that David's penor *********d Black Goo Mutagen.  Then, I realized that he had a facehugger, much to my relief.


OvomorphMember18 XPJun-25-2017 1:32 AM

I am so tired of death and resurrection on film .


ChestbursterMember725 XPJun-26-2017 7:00 PM

Pretty cool story! In this version as well David remains my favorite antagonist in anything ever. Here to he is, as my sister described him "mesmerizing". His motives are are always intriguing.


ChestbursterMember907 XPJun-27-2017 1:16 PM

@Vivisected... I agree with you. I would've LOVED to have seen that scene in Prometheus, as would pretty much every complainer that griped about Prometheus' lack of "xenoness"...


PraetorianMember3378 XPJun-27-2017 3:37 PM

David is the true monster... :)


ChestbursterMember725 XPJun-27-2017 3:50 PM


Search returned no hits, did you mean:

" David is the best monster... :) "?



PraetorianMember3378 XPJun-27-2017 3:57 PM

Yeah, the real one, the ultimate. What kind of English did I use? Japanese? :)


ChestbursterMember725 XPJun-27-2017 5:36 PM


Haha. Well, no description of David can truly live up to his greatness, and I'm quite sure he'd agree.

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