Alien: Covenant

Is the Black Goo Wormwood?

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Nathan Adler

FacehuggerMember178 XPJul-05-2017 5:00 AM

Did Ridley introduce Black Goo to echo Wormwood?

That is, in the Book of Revelation, the "third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water – the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter".

Note too that wormwood is mentioned seven times in the Hebrew Bible (always with the implication of bitterness), and is translated from the Hebrew term la'anah, which means "curse" in both Arabic and Hebrew.

Wormwood in Greek is believed to refer to a plant of the genus Artemisia, which is also used metaphorically to mean something with a bitter taste, and the English rendering of the term refers to the DARK GREEN OIL produced by the plant, which was used to kill intestinal worms.

In the Book of Revelation, it refers to the water being turned into wormwood, i.e. made bitter.

The further way Ridley is perhaps tying this in, is the Engineers using a flute to initiate the Juggernaut take-off. 

Might this also suggest that there were seven pyramids on LV-223, each containing a juggernaut ship intended to break one of the seven seals?

3 Responses to Is the Black Goo Wormwood?


DeaconMember10358 XPJul-05-2017 5:28 AM

Who knows... i think how ambiguous it was, that we can surely speculate and find links like this, but it does not have to mean that was the intention.

Some believe Revelation to be about a Future Event that has yet to happen, and so would not be the Engineers attempt 2000 years ago... But then other side of the coin is that Revelation is attributed to the Fall of the Roman Empire Times.

The Original Idea before the Black Goo was simply Nano-Scarabs...   

But thats not to say its not fun to try and match Biblical References to the Events of the Movie, which some have done with Leviticus 2:23 we can see how  this could connect.. but thats not to say it was ever considered by RS and those who worked on Writing the Movie etc.

Fun to speculate and find little things that could connect though, and LV-223 we saw 5 Temples.. but we did not see further in the Horizon and so there could be more...  The idea behind Spaights Draft was there was a Original if you would Organism and then 7 different attempts to Re-Engineer it into 7 different kinds, which would be loaded into different Cargo Holds.

Spaights draft was very reliant on the Biblical Themes and Quotes and so who knows... only that it was not LV-223 in that movie draft but LV-426.

R.I.P Sox  01/01/2006 - 11/10/2017


ChestbursterMember907 XPJul-05-2017 6:52 AM

"Who knows... i think how ambiguous it was, that we can surely speculate and find links like this, but it does not have to mean that was the intention."


This summarizes every "connection" or "meaning" that every person finds in every work of art, of literature, of film, etc....


FacehuggerMember129 XPJul-06-2017 1:50 AM

Interesting you mention the flute. There are parallels with wavelength and the role of sound/vibration in the structure of an interdimensional universe. This is why I believe we've only seen the "tip of the iceberg" of the Engineer's technology, so to speak. We really still have no idea what they are doing and what they are capable of. David seems to have more of an understanding than even we the audience do. I believe this is intentional. David's role is as a 'revealer' to the audience of unknown information. How much he reveals is entirely up to Ridley Scott, and I hope that it isn't too much and that Scott does not spoon feed every little bit of it to the audience.

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