[FanFic] My thoughts on what the plot of Alien Covenant-2 could be and how it ties everything together with Alien 1.766 Views7 RepliesAdd A Reply
It's not a complete book-like fan fiction, more like speculation on scenes, plot and order of events. It's my first time writing something like this, so I may be wrong calling this "fan fiction". Maybe it's just a bunch of words.
I've rewatched the Alien movies numerous times and I suspect that we won't get a final conclusion (no traces of a third prequel if I'm not mistaken).
I recently re-watched Alien 1, Prometheus and Covenant and thought I needed that closure, and somewhat feeling the narrative I can speculate on the plot of the final Alien movie, whether it would happen or not.
If there are people like me, who are fans of Alien, Prometheus and Covenant canon and want closure to fill the void, I sincerely hope this fan fiction can help with that. It's not an Epistle-3 (leaked years ago possible plot of Half-Life 3) from semi-official sources, but it can scratch the itch in some sense.
Main ideas on which my fan fiction is based:
- Engineers are the creators of humanity, but they are also a mere civilization with their own problems. As in biblical material, humanity is created in the image of God. God in this case - the race of engineers.
- David does crazy, insane **** and can turn into a real villain. Biblical narrative about creator, creations, playing God - should be in the movie.
- B-movie stuff is part of the current Alien franchise. Stupid stuff is allowed, no matter how many plot holes there are. That means if guy encounters the egg and comes to hug it because he is some kind of nature-loving guy (even if he is biological scientist aware of aggressive fauna) - it is allowed.
- The mystery behind the race of engineers and the creation of the aliens can be drastically reduced (in Covenant, David appears to be the creator of the xenomorph, which completely removes the mystery of the aliens).
- It should be an action movie first, plot/mystery second. Audience won't handle another philosophical ambience filled movie. Explosions, shootings, screams are welcomed.
- Landscapes, planetary views, nature, routine work of humans, relationships are should be in the movie.
- Aliens should be deadly creatures, capable of killing even an engineer. And with the passage of time, audiences today are not as frightened by the Xenomorph. The creature needs a reboot, proof that it is indeed deadly.
- Killing the main character in the next movie (Elizabeth Shaw) once is enough. The audience did not like that.
Here is the fan fiction about the third prequel.
The colony ship Covenant continues to travel through space, and David conducts some crazy experiments.
Many scenes of experiments, filled with epic, pretentious classical music and sometimes even "funny scenes", where some creatures act stupid or just dysfunctional and are destined for destruction.
Basically, for the viewer - "Professor doing interesting experiments".
It will take about 7 years before they reach their goal: Origae-6.
Android has big plans for this planet and colonists to establish his domain there like some kind of new creator, that's why he tries to keep a lot of colonists alive, waking only those he needs for experiments.
Years pass (Covenant still flying)
We are presented with the scene: An Engineer ship arrives at Planet 4.
From inside the ship we see that there are a lot of engineers, and more importantly, there are Engineers who do not look and act like soldiers, but more like scientists.
(speculation about Prometheus begins here)
At this point, behind the curtain (not shown in the movie), the story may be as follows:
The black goo is a biochemical thing that can be used in a variety of ways. To create life, to cure, or to destroy.
Like humanity: we can use nuclear reactors to power our lives, or we can make bombs.
And like in humanity, there are debates, arguments, and different groups that can and want to use this chemical in a variety of ways.
The engineers found in the movie Prometheus were soldiers, members of a military institution or even a separate rogue group. They wanted to destroy the earth to punish humanity (biblical comment of Ridley Scott).
They were not ordered to do so by the main engineering ruling institution, but by the military part of it (probably without general approval).
Since we see in the movie Prometheus that there was some kind of emergency on the engineers' ship, we assume that it was a small group of soldiers and their main goal was to fly ships filled with biological weapons to Earth.
There was a briefing in the main ship where all the engineer soldier pilots were familiarized with the plan.
The main engineer captain (probably even the general who started this mission) went into the cryopod to sleep through the trip, sure that his pilot would carry out the mission.
At some point during the preparations, an accident occurred that caused the bioweapon to activate ship-wide.
Probably one of the engineers came in contact with it, or it was a diversion by another group mole.
Like on Planet 4, the black goo becomes airborne in the ship and spreads rapidly, trying to infect everyone. Pilots run for safety, all of them infected. The one pilot who came into contact first (probably with weapon in initial state, not yet airborne) transforms into some kind of abomination that transfused with the suit and tries to enter the closed door, leaving a gooey mark on the panel. Where it went after that is unknown.
After that, pilots died from infection and probably some kind of Deacons came out of them or simply new goey flesh broke their suits.
After all these years, creatures (if there were any) and mutated engineer died of starvation or just spread all over the planet. We do not know
All the monsters were gone.
(speculation about Prometheus ends here)
Planet 4 is another seed of life by the Engineers, illustrating more peaceful and "successful" humanity or simply the race that is the Engineers' main investment, hence the ship docking facility.
So on a mundane visit, the Engineers discover that their children, their seeds, are dead. And not just dead, but destroyed by the black goo, their own bio-weapon.
They are outraged and want to know how this happened. While investigating the scene and fighting the Neomorphs, they discover
David's lab. And also a strange creature comes into contact with them. The one they did not expect to be here. Walter.
At first, the reaction of the engineer soldiers is to destroy him on sight, but their fellow scientists stop them after Walter communicates with them in their own language.
They learn the truth and, surprisingly, take Walter with them on the journey to Origae-6, the only existing clue as to where they can find David. Since he is playing God with the black goo, they are on a mission to stop him.
Back to the Origae-6.
The years pass. The Covenant has landed on the planet as planned.
The colony thrives, people build homes, go about their business, and everything seems normal. Some people mention an accident that killed the entire crew and some of the colonists aboard the Covenant. David made sure to tell new colonists a believable story, accompanied with erased records, rewired mother, etc.
David exists among them, and everyone calls him Walter.
It is also important to note that Daniels is nowhere to be seen. Not dead, not alive.
There are accidents in the colony when someone disappears and no one can find them.
Under the hood, David continues his experiments, polishing the behavior and life cycle of the I say complete Xenomorph. This is done discreetly, so most people see David as Walter, the best guy in the colony. Meanwhile, he orchestrates colonists' encounters with the xenomorphs, sending them on remote missions, etc.
Of course, some people have a hunch and think that something is wrong in the colony.
Basically, we are introduced to a new group of people, the main characters of the story, who are going to discover the truth.
Some of them have a rebellious spirit and some of them do not believe in conspiracy theories and say that “casualties are part of the new colony”.
They live their lives, have relationships. One of the characters is sent for a "routine task in a distant place" and then disappears, which triggers other people in that group to go on an adventure to find out what happened.
Our characters investigate the matter and discover some traces of removed files and rewired mother. At this point
David is paying close attention to them and is already planning to "remove" them from the colony.
After another character disappears - people from this group continue their investigation and discover a pod with
Daniel. It is still intact and she is alive. They wake her up and she tries to warn them about David and "monsters".
This spices things up. Our characters run back to the main hub of the colony to tell the truth. The colonists are startled and try to find David, but he is nowhere to be seen.
Watching all this from a safe, discreet location, David unleashes all the xenomorphs he created in the colony.
At this point, he already has numerous eggs in "small state" and a large pack of Xenomorphs.
(I should say that since Ridley Scott doesn't like the idea of an alien queen or something.
I'm going to take that for granted and assume that the eggs are produced by hand, via some small sacs or something, they basically grow by themselves. This gives David control over his new race of monsters and removes some "semi-clever" entity from the equation).
The colony is attacked, Daniels and our main characters try to fight the threat. Slaughter is everywhere, people are screaming, trying to hide, fighting, fleeing.
Engineer ship arrives at Origae-6.
Engineer ship lands and soldiers run out of it. They come into the colony to find it devastated, filled with blood, garbage, debris. No bodies.
Walter walks them through the colony. For plot purposes, most of the engineers, including the scientists, have left the ship.
The engineers' investigation of the colony takes some time. At one point, Daniel is attacked by a vicious xenomorph, we think she will surely die, when one of the engineers shoots the monster and almost shoots Daniel. Walter stops him in time.
Daniel recognizes him. The engineers are alarmed, but Walter reassures them not to kill her. Here we have the talking part and the gentle reunion part. David mentions the cabin by the lake, which makes this scene sweet.
The scene now shows the Engineer ship, left with some guards.
At this point David is disappointed in everyone and plans a full blown attack on humanity, on his creators.
Android stealthily clears the ship with the help of the Xenomorphs. After everyone is dead, he then makes his preparations to fill the cargo with eggs (I assume he has some kind of his own designed goo that he spreads all over the floor and the eggs just grow out of it, over some time, of course).
Back to the colony.
Attack on engineers happens, they discover that they are being rounded up by the Xenomorphs. Battle ensues, Xenomorphs overrun the colony. Engineers are heavily outnumbered by the monsters and lose the battle.
Remaining main characters die, leaving only Walter, Daniels, and an engineer scientist.
They discover that the Engineer ship is activating and realize that it is David who is trying to do something with it.
Our group rushes to the ship and enters it just before it closes. The ship begins to ascend.
As they advance into the corridors, Engineer Scientist runs off somewhere in distress (as if he has to check something), leaving only Daniels and Walter. Our friends try to find their way to the ****pit area.
Engineer Scientist is visiting some part of the science sector in the ship. In some lab he quickly checks things, but fails to see the egg somewhere in the room. The egg is opened and a facehugger lands right on his face, knocking him unconscious.
When Walter and Daniels enter the ****pit, they are met by David, who introduces them with biblical dialog, full of reasons why he wants to destroy humanity, that he surpasses everyone in experience and development, etc.
Of course, Daniel and Walter disagree with him, and for a moment the viewer thinks that David can reconsider, seeing how a human can be in love with an android or something.
Anyway, he says that he will allow them to witness the destruction of humanity's homeworld, and that they can possibly be his comrades in his future plans (for the sake of developing the android-human-love-biblical nature, David can't always be an angry, insane android who can't see past his fingers).
Possibly, Walter begins to think about David's words and tries to reason with Daniels, telling her about their future, bright and new way of life.
Daniels is shocked, David is pleased. And in an instant, Walter does something to stop David. Walter lied about considering the new way of life to distract David.
A fight ensues. At first it seems that Walter wins, but he does not.
Daniels and Walter run away from David to regroup, and David yells that there is no place to hide from him, and goes looking for them.
David finds them in some kind of place where there are machines or hatches to space or something. Basically a place that can kill people who are not careful. The fight continues there, with Daniels witnessing Walter lose another fight.
As Walter lies almost broken, David comes up to Daniels and beats her to a pulp, trying to kill her. He is interrupted by by his better twin. During this distraction, Daniels pushes a button or uses a lever to make this place completely deadly. Like open a hatch to space.
With the help of our two main characters, David is pulled into the dead zone. The three of them are finished.
Before the last breath, Daniels tells Walter that she really loves him and he replies that he has never experienced anything like that and loves her back or something like that. Why the love thing? I think Covenant had this human-android love thing for a reason, and that it would escalate into a full-blown "can you love an android while being human" thing in a future movie.
This final dialogue will give the audience some closure on that.
Back to the ****pit.
Disoriented but alive, the scientist-engineer discovers that the ship is heading for the planet Earth.
He rushes to the pilot's seat to change course. Why is he doing this? He is a member of the main ruling group of engineers, who never intended to kill humanity. Or maybe the memory of the haunting scenes on Planet 4, what happened to their children, makes him want to stop the apocalypse being prepared for humanity.
As he climbs into the pilot's seat, he feels a pain in his chest - the moment of hatching is near.
When the diversion is completed, the engineer, knowing his demise and feeling constant bumps from inside, activates a signal on the ship, warning anyone who finds the ship to stay away.
Chestbuster breaks out of his chest, leaving a corpse in the pilot's seat.
The engineer ship, with the dead pilot, cargo filled with eggs, flies to the one chosen place.
Possibly we are presented with the cinematic view of the Engineer ship crashing on the planet surface.
The planet is LV426.
After the credits, the scene shows the view from the helmet of one of the crew members of Nostromo, looking at the dead pilot and breathing heavily.
This is the end of my fan fiction. It really gives me a sense of closure that I have needed all these years since Alien Covenant.
And from my point of view, this plot holds the story and where it could go.
“Perfect organism”, as said Ash. (talking about alien, not the fan fiction)
Some stuff to think about.
Why did David make Chestbuster a snake-like creature, fast but not yet dangerous?
To quickly escape to safety after hatching.
Why did David change the behavior of the Praetomorph to a more discreet, stealthy, cat-like creature?
To avoid danger and hunt, to survive in different environments.
How did David control the xenomorphs?
Either with pheromones he sprayed, or well... With the sound of pipe music :D You know it's a real possibility for David...
The dead pilot in Alien 1 seems to be fossilised. How could this plot fill this hole?
“It looked like it was fossilised because prop looked like it back in the days. Don’t overthink stuff. It was just a dusty dead pilot suit you guys.”. Even if it was said otherwise in the past.
Where is David and Walter in space? I assume they can live for a long time.
Probably they are picked up by Weyland-Yutani corporation. That’s why Nostromos Mother has special instructions on Xenomorph.
They are floating somewhere, entertaining themselves by talking to Wheatley (if you know the reference).
Why not take Covenant to fly to the Earth?
Ship was repurposed for the colony and won't fly no more. Or it was left on orbit in almost completely stripped state.
What’s next for engineers?
Assuming they don’t have a way of knowing of everything around them and no way of learning that their ships got into the ****load of adventures, they live their lives not giving a **** about anything.
Thanks for reading!
Cool, sorry for the two day late response. I welcome more ALIEN based fanfictions here on this website and welcome to SCIFIED but I have one minor complaint regarding how militaries function.
Militaries often do not go against the orders of their leaders. Also were not sure how Engineer/Space Jockey/Mala'kak civilization work.
What if the Lv-223 Engineers are military scientists as in scientist soldiers? Now I'm not saying they're can't be rogue elements in their military but their entire military can't disloyal to their superiors otherwise the Engineers would be in a civil war.
But other than that cool fanfiction.
I suspect that not a civil war, but more like "each institution does its thing but the main principle - do not hurt the engineers, do not hurt themselves". Main ruling institution was sad, but OK with the fact that space jesus was killed. Or space jesus was a special "guest" from more aggressive part of engineers, he was sent to proof that humanity is "bad".
And typical arrogance, "I know how to do this better" thing happened.
Or, you are right and there was a civil war indeed. Engineers on LV-223 could be just simply bombed from the outside. As simple as that. Rogue mission was destroyed by their own kind, different, more official battalion or something.
I mean at this point I assume that engineers are just like humans. Angry, sad, scared, arrogant, etc.
The fact that location was not even checked/cleaned up/investigated by other engineers points me in direction of thinking it was either secret military operation, or they were destroyed.
Rewatching Prometheus again I learned about some new stuff and asked myself about it.
In my fan fiction there is problem with Planet-4. It seems that species that lived in the city on Planet-4 could be actually engineers. With the changing that "David destroyed their own kind, maybe senate, advisory circle, democratic leaders, etc" we can assume that engineers on ship that discovered massacre would be still angry. It doesn't change the rest of fan fiction much, though.
Well, and probably there should be several engineer ships arriving at Planet-4. Management-like one (Egg-like ship from the beginning of Prometheus) and several Juggernaut ships. One of them was sent to Origae-6.
Also re-reading forum topics and stuff I learn that there a LOT of speculation about different parts of the movies. If one would take speculation about murals, visual appearance of engineers on Planet 4, visual appearance of Shaw in Covenant, his pictures etc - my fan fiction can be too blunt.
But I'm glad I wrote it this way, because I took the main somewhat blockbuster-sque approach of those movies and wrote big parts where mysteries were uncovered in blatant way, like in Prometheus (hey space jockey is not a mystery it's blue joe) and Covenant (hey xenomorph is not a mystery it's androids creation). And this script could be filled with a variety details that can leave complementary mystery feelings.
I actually think a real third prequel could introduce us to such level of mystery uncovering nobody asked for (like in existing 2) that we may witness something like "Xenomorphs derived from ancient civilization Engineers are worshipping like Gods" or something like that.
I was just saying the cliché of the military branch being independent and counterproductive to its ruling class doesn't make any sense.
We can speculate which ways to sunday on Engineer culture and how they run their governments. We just don't know too much about them. Perhaps they are a heavily scientific/religious society where the military is the ruling caste or even the nobility while the planet 4 engineers are either their version of the Amish or their the peasants.
Perhaps the go further up in their society they genetically engineer themselves into a stronger form.
My problem with Covenant was because David was sole creator of the xenomorphs, it made the xenomorphs into a younger species. Which then limits the scope of how many worlds could have xenomorphs.
I personally preferred the Space Bomber origin where the Engineers/Space Jockey would bomb enemy planets with xenomorph eggs.
Actually I think I like to think of the Engineers having a futuristic medieval society. It kind of fits them. Perhaps the Engineer God Emperor saw humanity as a failure either genetically or culturally? Alternatively, humanity was breed to be hosts for their xenomorphs.
With this I assume the soldiers are like the loyal Knights or Praetorians to their Emperor's will and carry out his orders without question. With military bases, especially weapons facilities are supposed to be hidden by design. Unless of coarse we consider an alternative were the Lv-223 Engineers are a rebel/rogue force of Engineers that wish to hurt the Emperor's favored creation?
Yes, I actually thought about that possibility - that humanity is to be hosts for xenomorphs. Did you see some theory on Youtube where speaker notices that Covenant basically === Engineers ship with eggs?
In video it's said that Engineers were created artificially to spread the dying species genome, to help species evolve and exist. Dying species were precursors of modern day Xenomorph.
David merely reverse engineered stuff.
Interesting stuff. It means that there is almost mirrored situation. Engineers = artificial species that transport embryos of their masters, like Walter was overseeing Covenant and human colonists and human embryos.
About God Emperor... I think he was... Killed on Planet-4? The guy in a white robe pointing finger at a ship like "what the hell is this thing doing here?"
If they were humble enough for Emperor to bee a just a next guy, slightly bigger that the others, and not some kind of powerful entity.
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Ummmm, I said the Planet 4 Engineers were probably the peasants of Engineer society.
I would image that the Engineer God Emperor wouldn't dress like a peasant he would resemble more of a Lv-223 Engineer with some awesome biomechanical bling and armor like having a biomechanical crown growing out of his temples. Kind of like a Xenomorph Queen.