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Thoughts on the shaw transmission?

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FacehuggerMember198 XPApr-28-2020 12:31 AM

Hey all.

So I frequently check for updates on the next installment in the Alien universe of films, I find myself coming back to Alien Covenant primarily because of the whole engineer planet and what happened in the time David and Shaw were there.

One thing I was always curious about though was the transmission the Covenant received.

I remember from the film the holographic projection of shaw is shown sitting in the juggernaut chair with the rough transmission playing in the background.

But it begs the question, why would she record herself singing Take me home country roads and set it to transmit, instead of a genuine distress call?

I was watching the video of when the hologram appears in Tennessee's video helmet here -

If you set the video to 0.25x speed, around the 2:06 mark onwards, the image of Shaw at the top almost looks like the post death image of her head we see in the film with all the weird bones coming out of her head.

I often wonder if David reanimated her somehow and recorded the video, or if he recorded her in secret when he was in the engineer chair.

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ChestbursterMember902 XPApr-28-2020 1:55 AM

Dude, she was singing that song because she was going to the metaphorical Heaven, the place where humanity originates from. She gets recorded by the ship. Afterwords used the footage to lure victims in. She used her as she was the only Human around. 


TrilobiteMember8212 XPApr-28-2020 8:53 PM

I had read somewhere that David may have put that message together and that Shaw didn't make it at all- I didn't see the video slowed down so it seems you may have a pont. From what I can tell from pausing is it looks like she was dead or even yelling.  HEY Big Dave, where are you?


DeaconMember10416 XPApr-29-2020 6:47 AM

Firstly i would add that the Whole Sequence was purely for Plot Convenience, as in that the Signal was Garbled and so that it would take Tennessee to recognize the Country Roads Tune, so that they then TRY and clean the Signal Up.

But if we try and Figure out as to WHY would Dr Shaw be singing that....

That slight clip does seem like she is taking a Gasp for Air, but there are other Examples of the Hologram.

So it is likely just as Ignorantguy mentioned that it is a Recording taken from 1:12 in The Crossing Video

That David had used this as a TRAP!  In the Video Above we have David saying they are setting a Course to the Engineers HOME-WORLD and maybe this lead to Dr Shaw singing Country Roads.

The only other Theory i could offer would be that either.

a) The Juggernaught did-not Crash directly after the Bombardment but Crashed at a Latter Point after Dr Shaw attempted to Leave (trying to escape David).

b) She had Attempted at some point to TRY and get the Crashed Ship Airborne (again trying to escape David).

During either of these Scenarios she began to Sing as a way to CALM her Nerves as she could be in a Panic....  and she may have wanted to go HOME.

Thats about the Best 3 ways i think could have led to her singing that SONG that David used to send as a Transmission, hoping it would LURE a Human Ship in.

R.I.P Sox  01/01/2006 - 11/10/2017


TrilobiteMember9516 XPApr-29-2020 11:08 PM

I believe that the recording of Shaw singing Take Me Home served a dual purpose.

I believe David wanted her to send out a signal that could attract others to them under the pretense of an SOS (in reality a trap to garner more specimens for his experiments), and thought that the song was a viable SOS while also being recognized as being of human origin.

While at the same time I believe Shaw was at this time scared of David and suggested the song as a way of letting anyone caring to unravel her story to know that she no longer wanted to seek out answers and just wanted to go home.

That said, there is always the possibility that Shaw was complicit with David's plans, or possibly even laid out these plans for David to follow.


TrilobiteMember8212 XPApr-29-2020 11:52 PM

It seems David specifically wanted human specimens if the song was meant as a lure. In the larger universe with other possible sentient explorers, the melody would likely have been meaningless.


XenomorphMember1330 XPApr-30-2020 3:53 PM


Is this an automated distress call? Why did the LV426 juggernaut's trigger? On the death of the pilot?


David seemed oblivious to why the Covenant was there.

And he'd know a distress signal wouldn't reach more than a few star systems...the chances of a wandering spacecraft would be remote. ...if he really wanted company...he'd set up a beacon and broadcast a really enticing message.."Found alien cities! ancient humanoids!  come one, come all!"

I think David knew humanity would make it to this planet sooner or later...maybe in a thousand years...and he'd be waiting for them.

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