Wednesday, May 2, 2012

David is the son Weyland never had

This perfectly sums up why David was created in the first place, besides the fact that androids would be very helpful on intergalactic exploration missions. The New York Times has a great article on Sir Ridley Scott about Prometheus, and where the idea came from to do this movie.

In the first film the unlucky freighter crew finds a derelict spaceship, and in the pilot’s chair is a giant humanoid being with an exploded chest. In the very next scene a strange egg opens up and wraps itself around the face of a crew member, played by John Hurt. “Once John Hurt looks into that egg, the film took off,” Mr. Scott said. But he was surprised nobody ever asked him about the “space jockey,” referring to the being in the pilot’s chair, which he called a “very obvious and glaring question.”

In keeping with its Promethean theme the movie is laced with generational conflict, Mr. Lindelof said. There is, for example, the robot David. “Hey, a bunch of humans seeking out their creator,” Mr. Lindelof explained. “David knows exactly who created him, and he is not impressed by his creator.” He can see, hear and think better than humans and is stronger than they are too.

Nor are all the humans so impressed with David: Vickers refers to him as “a toaster,” ordering him out of the room. But Weyland describes the android as the son he never had, saying David has everything he would ever want in a son, except for a soul.

David smiles.

You can read the entire article at New York Times. The article brings up some very thought provoking opinions about if extraterrestrials have helped us. You may be surprised by what Ridley Scott and Stephen Hawkings have to say on that. I must say, I agree with them wholeheartedly.

As soon as tickets are available to purchase, I will buy it in advance to make sure I can see it on opening day, June 8th!


émilie said...

Thanks for posting this, Simone! The link between the creator and its creature of course reminds us of Erik, feeling like Frankenstein's monster; I'm going to read the whole article, thanks!

Dionne said...

“It is so enormously irrational that we can do this,” he went on, referring to our conversation — “two specs of atoms on a carbon ball.”

This sentence sums up how I feel about the craptastic theories I've been taught in school about the world's creation. lol.

I believe God created the world. Aliens DO exist. etc. etc. I can't wait until Prometheus comes out!

Simone said...

I have always strongly believed that we are not alone in the universe. That is why Sci-fi and space adventures are my favorite themes. People have told me that they think we are, and I tell them that if we are, we humans are a sad and pitiful example of 'life' if we are... hence, we are not alone.

Aliens have visited this world and has assisted humans throughout the ages. Beyond Earth exist elements of 'life' that we mere humans really cannot comprehend, it's just not possible for our brains to wrap around it. One of my favorite films is 'Contact' 1997 with Jodie Foster, based on a book I read by Carl Sagan.

It would be arrogant to think we're alone and that we understand the universe.

I swear I'm going to watch Prometheus several times this summer!

Dionne said...

I love Sci-fi too! I know aliens are out there, I wonder how much the government knows but won't tell. o_O

I'm like you Simone, I'll watch Prometheus several times this summer!

Simone said...

The Government knows a LOT and hides most of it from the public.

I don't blame them, but I'm so curious to know what they know. Think about it, if they released 1/10th of what they know, or found, there would be mass pandemonium from the public world-wide.

We can't have that.

Ignorance, truly is bliss.

Dionne said...

Yeah, I think about what would happen if we found out, and then Independence Day and Signs pop into my head.
So yeah, I agree. Still it would be pretty cool, to see an extraterrestrial (the friendly one's)

Veronica said...

I’m really excited about this film. I can’t even express how much! I get goosebumps every time I watch the trailer or read anything about it. I love science fiction for many reasons above - I believe there is more out there than us AND I think that sometimes curiosity kills the cat....which is kinda where it sounds Prometheus is going. I will DEFINITELY be there opening night to see it!