Alien: The Space Jockey's Story
Alien: The Egg Silo and The Derelict Squeezed Into One
Prometheus: The 'Space Jockey As A Suit' question
a) The continuing theory
As Ridley Scott wrapped up the ideas within the streams of 1979 Alien interviews about the background information regarding the derelict ship.
Ridley simply wished to present the fact that the Space Jockey was a victim of these spores, but would soon come to a somewhat different conclusion that he kept for a number of years.
The demons that we think about that turn up in old drawings in China and Europe are perhaps somehow memories of this biological entity.
In 2012, Ridley Scott would talk in the commentary for his film Prometheus about the marvelos ideas in the 1967 film "Quatermass and the Pit"
This film's story was originally conceived by Nigel Kneale for the successful 1958 BBC TV series that most likely borrowed from Arthur C Clarke's 1953 novel Childhood's End which dealt with a similar concept.
|A martian corpse from Quatermas And The Pit|
To look at the derelic vessel as part of the film's scenario, one can not state too much about the logic of the
What we assume are engines at the end of each side arm of the vessel, might not be engines at all.
To be honest, while it's assumed that this was a space worthy method of transport, it's possibly nothing of the sort either
It could as well be like another monolith out of 2001 A Space Odyssey left behind by an unknown civilisation to have no final word about.
The scenario evolved so that the Space Jockey was part of a military operation and it would drop its cargo of bioweapons on an alien planet, with the purpose of destroying it.
e.iii) Method of integration
We had seen in Alien where the Face Hugger had impregnated Kane, resulting in a small creature known as the Chest Burster exploding out, and quickly it grew into a tall roughly humanoid creature that was dangerous.
The logic would go that if the facehugger landed on an ostrich, from that a creature would grow to resemble an ostrich, the same would happen with a cat, a dog and so on
By taking on its victim's general form in this way, the alien life form would fundamentally integrate in a very aggressive way into any society or place where it's dropped.
However surely Saddam would have had the sense himself to realise that it would have been dangerous for him to use those because otherwise, where does it stop?
If one had it as an aerosol can in a subway in New York city, within a day there might be half a million people infected.
In the time that it was discovered that maybe 20% of the people got on an aircraft and maybe 5% traveled to Europe and 1% went to Africa, and the true irony would be that it would return to where it started.
One would have to think twice about using such a thing.
f.iii) Requiring an antidote
That person would need to have the antidote to kill all the aliens to then have the planet.
If the aliens are not killed, they will come back and bite the person on the behind, and that appeared to have happened to the Space Jockey with his ship on the nameless planetoid in Alien
- Ridley Scott:The derelict ship was a battlewagon or a freighter, that was carrying, either it's own kind or a weapon from A to B and something went wrong." (The Book of Alien, p87)
- Ridley Scott: Well I had to look into it, I mean I had to look into it myself, and say, oh yeh, you know, what frightens me, erm, and erm. So I started looking at a lot of, er, films, horror films which were good ones. I think one of the great horror movies is the Exorcist, yuh. So , and I always talked and played with the idea of, uh, you know, the absolutes of good and evil, right and if the alien is really, what was it? Was it just, um, was it the face of the devil, right, was it the face of the demon, because if you look at historical you know , manuscripts and engravings, pictures, er, i... erm, from wherever they come from, whether it's China, whether it's Europe, whether it's, you know whatever the nationality, there's a kind of continuity of the idea of the perception of the dem, demon, as there is about the dragon, right, so it's like taking off the mystical aspects of it and saying "it's nothing to do with that. It's a Mar..., no, Martian, Mars is not far away enough. It's, it's a...a biological fact, it's a biological creature, and it's been here before." Exorcist for me was the biggest lesson, I just kept looking at and looking at it, and, erm, looking at the class that you've got involved in making the movie, you know. (Raw Alien Laserdisc Don Shay interview with Ridley Scott )
- Scott: I always wanted to go back and make an alien five or six. er,where we find out where they came from and go there, and answer the question 'who are they?' Mars, Mars is too close, so they can't be, they can't be gods of War, but the theory was, in my head was, this was, a... an aircraft carrier, a battle wagon, of a civilisation and the eggs were a cargo which were essentially weapons, (sorry) like a large form of bacteriological stroke biomechanoid warfare. (Alien 20th Anniversary Edition)
- Ridley Scott: There's room for it to grow. Like who was the jockey? He wasn't an Alien, he was another race. I think it was a battleship carrying biomechanoid weapons, the weapons were eggs. You drop a lot of aliens on an enemy planet, it's like bacteriological warfare, ( The Times, An Alien Invasion, The Times, Interview with Ian Nathan, Saturday, November 29, 2003)
- Ridley Scott: (31:46) I think that Space Jockey is actually somehow the pilot, and he's part of a military operation, if that's the word that you want to apply to his world, and therefore this is probably some kind of carrier, a weapon carrier, a (32:00) biological or biomechanoid carrier of er... lethal eggs, inside of which are these er... small creatures that will actually fundamentally integrate in a very aggressive way into any society or any place it dropped. So if you land on a human being, you have a... a resemblance to a human being. If it dropped on an ostrich, it would look like an ostrich. (Alien Anthology Blu-Ray Alien, commentary)
- Ridley Scott: I always thought you go or you visit the.... and find out what and why and who is the space jockey. What nationality, what nationality in space, what being was this space jockey and what was he carrying. Was it a battle ship of like, bit like, bacteriological warfare. except he's got a hold full of eggs. Right. And where was he going, could there have been, well we know enough about Mars to know that Mars is a more of a romantic idea of the god of War than being far too close to Earth to you know, where we know now that there isn't a civilisation on Mars right? But the idea that we always love to think that there are civilisations out there? And it seems to be entirely logical that there has to be. Must be. Why is it only us? That doesn't make sense right? And therefore elements out there that we have no weapons, again who? Had they destroyed a planet? By putting it down letting it loose. A little bit like our scare with Saddam. The only reason I think that people like that don't use bacteria is because where does it stop? And suddenly you get it to being brought back to you from an airliner. You have it in an aerosol can in a subway in New York city, within a day you may have half a million people infected. Within a week going home, schools, work, families, lovers, friends. Okay you have a million people infected with an ebola type entity, you never stop it. There is no plan. In that time that it was undiscovered maybe 20% of the people got on aircraft and maybe 5% travelled to Europe and 1% went to Africa. And the true irony would be that it went back to where it started, you know. So if you really think it through about that kind of use of a weapon, you've to think about it. It'll come back and bite you on the arse. (As reported from the Alien Evolution documentary interview, 2001)
- Ridley Scott: If you wanted a planet, you would seed the eggs onto the surface and leave it alone as the planet's population is overrun by aliens. If you've got the antidote in there, you kill the aliens and you've got the planet, it's like bacteriological warfare. ( Empire March 2011, p80. (Told to Empire back in 2005 )
- Ridley Scott: I always figured it was in the hold of a ship, so that craft was always like a battlewagon for me carrying bacteriological bio bio biomechanoid, er, erm monsters that could be put down anywhere that they wanted to be cleaned out and cleaned up. (Ridley talking about Alien in "Behind Closed Doors with Ridley Scott ")