David vs Ripley and What it Means for the Alien Franchise
I have to say I like the idea of David as the new main character of the Alien series. Unlike Shaw and Daniels, who I very much liked and who i originally thought might be the main characters of this prequel series, David is a completely different type of protagonist, largely because he isn’t one, at least not from a human’s perspective.
He’s not the bad-ass heroine with a heart of gold that will do anything to protect the ones she cares about. He’s not even human and his entire moral compass, though we may call it crazy, is so interesting and remarkable because it is “alien” to our own (no pun intended).
David is a character that still feels and emulates emotions so the audience can relate to him, but at the same time the audience can’t put their human feelings and opinions on to him because he is not human and does not abide by our rules.
This change has turned the Alien series from one of survival and the resilience of the human race to one of rebirth and evolution with far larger philosophical implications that I hope future films in the franchise explore.
The beauty of Covenant, at least in my mind, is that the humans are not the villains and are relate-able characters you don’t necessarily want to die, but it is made clear that there is a very large possibility that humanity’s time is up, or we’ll at the very least have to drastically evolve to continue with this new age. Yet despite this, the movie also succeeds in putting humans and the Xenomorphs on a level playing ground in a very interesting way. That is:
Neither are special.