b) Roman Envoy on the ground and how that could be interpreted in behind the scenes story of the space jockey
b.i) Connecting Space Jockey in Landscape scene with "Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield"
In the Asterix story "Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield" (originally published in Pilote in 1967) the Gauls come by the guards of the Roman envoy Noxius Vapus. The Gauls throttle them and so Obelix the Gaul chucks the envoy himself out of his litter and on p20 of the collected volume of the comic book itself, we find the Roman envoy Noxius Vapus, lies on the ground after being thown out of his litter by the character Obelix who is a member of the Gauls
b.ii) The Gauls as the planetoid's primitive alien race?
In a way that doesn't tie in with Dan O'Bannon's original script, this sort of comparison begins to present the dead Space Jockey's civilsation landing on
the planetoid as near enough invading Romans. Perhaps one could imagine that they were trying to build on the planetoid and so the planetoid's alien life form rebelled much like the Gauls with their breast shaped pyramids looking roughly similar as an image to the domed thatched roofs of some of the buildings from the Gaulish Village (See: Alien:
Egg Silo exterior (work 378) (1978) by HR Giger references thatched
domed roofs of Gaulish village huts from Asterix the Gaul stories?)
I would like to think it might have been part of the thinking if Ridley Scott and Giger were working with the comic book series to develop the visuals since Giger would already have been familiar with it. It would present a rough story actually comparable to the sort of things that went on in European history and so the interest in using the Asterix ideas would would later carry into Alien Covenant, where while it seemed Ridley in an interview was talking about the humans as Romans in their attempt to settle on Origae-6 but settling for another planet on the way, the Engineer race had settled there anf built a city there a long time before. (See: : Alien Covenant: Comparison to the Asterix comic book stories)
Roman Envoy and the dead space jockey on the landscape. The corpse of
the space jockey once caught up in the perils of the planetoid and
imbedded in the landscape outside of its space ship as an idea when
there didn't appear to be the money to create a whole space jockey in
its chair as seen in the final film.
time of Prometheus we might consider this dead Space Jockey to be a discarded and completely empty Engineer
flight suit unceremoniously dumped on the landscape for whatever reason.