Alien Covenant: Flute scene as a homage to Hamlet?


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a) Flute scene as a homage to Hamlet

a.i) On 11th April 2021, Clara Fei-Fei of Studio Yutani mentioned that Matt Hatton who worked on Alien Covenant explained to her that the flute scene was a homage to Hamlet.

a.ii) The scene in particular was when Hamlet was aware of his friends trying to trick him.

She provided the full scene online:
"HAMLET: I do not well understand that. Will you play upon this pipe?
GUILDENSTERN: My lord, I cannot.
HAMLET: I pray you.
GUILDENSTERN: Believe me, I cannot.
HAMLET: I do beseech you.
GUILDENSTERN: I know no touch of it, my lord.
HAMLET: 'Tis as easy as lying: govern these ventages with your fingers and thumb, give it breath with your mouth, and it will discourse most eloquent music. Look you, these are the stops.
GUILDENSTERN: But these cannot I command to any utterance of harmony; I have not the skill.
HAMLET: Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me! You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery; you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass: and there is much music, excellent voice, in this little organ; yet cannot you make it speak. 'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, yet you cannot play upon me.
TLDR- David says you cannot play me the fool."


  1. Clara Fei-Fei: Thanks to @matthatt0n he explained the flute scene to me was a homage to Hamlet. This particular scene being homaged is when Hamlet is aware of his friends trying to trick him, seems that Walter wasn't aware of David's intentions. If only he knew Hamlet  (, 11th April 2021)
  2. This also ties in with a Studio Yutani post from 2018 See:

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