After much anticipation, rumors, clues, leaked photos, and internet chatter, the Alien: Covenant #trailer is finally here.
Despite its imagery of a intense, moody and foreboding cosmic terror, the theme of destruction through a quest for knowledge permeates everything, by being presented within the context of a cover of the Eden Ahbez penned Nat King Cole performed song Nature Boy, which has also been performed by #DavidBowie.
This story is about love,
The woman I loved is dead
There was a boy,
A very strange enchanted boy.
They say he wandered very far,
Very far over land and sea.
A little child and sailed about,
But very wise, was he.
And then one day, one magic day he passed my way,
While we spoke of many things fools and kings, this he said to me.
The greatest thing, you'll ever learn,
Is just to love, and be loved in return.
The lyrics suggest that this is to be a tragic story, perhaps of David (the android played by #MichaelFassbender, not Bowie) more than anyone else. A being who in his quest for enlightenment of what he is, what life is, and if there is a place for him in it, a mystery that has plagued mankind since the birth of culture, yet a lone android feeling superior, thinks he can solve. However, like the deity Prometheus in Greek mythology, or better yet, Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, his pursuit of knowledge has turned him into as much a monster as any #Xenomorph or #Neomorph. Was he the one who blew up the ship? We know from reports that he will be confronted by an "updated" version of himself in the form of Walter, but that the image below may be from a flashback from David's "birth."
“I think Walter’s a real different kettle of fish. David was definitely a work-in-progress, somewhat of a prototype I suppose. The elements of him that were the human elements I think people found a little disturbing, so Walter’s more of a straightforward robot. Pretty logical, much more of a servant without the ego.”
How would you feel, knowing that you were obsolete?
Indeed director Ridley Scott has been playing to this theme pretty heavily over the past few weeks, giving us mystery after mystery to ponder, promising answers to the open ended questions from #Prometheus, teasing the the movie's new protagonist Daniels (played by Katherine Waterston), other cast announcements like #JamesFranco (who is also seen in the trailer)...
...giving us unexplained combinations of numbers along with these images...
...and of course this spine tingling animation.
By the way, what do these numbers mean? Originally thought to be a #countdown in milliseconds to the trailer's release, that theory went out the window when the time allotted came and went without one. However, one #fantheory prompted someone to try these digits as GPS coordinates, using Google Earth, and came up with locations in Africa that yielded these images.
Is it me or it just look like by "accident" to be the ampules?
It is made of salt according to the description.
So, it seems that there are still more questions then answers, but with alien spores and backbursters, this film is looking amazing. One thing is for sure, just like Prometheus, whether fans love it or hate it, it's sure to be one of the more talked about films of 2017.
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