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Advent
Film information
Directed by Matthew Thorne
Produced by Ridley Scott
Written by  Will Melton
Starring Matt Hatton, Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson 
Music  
Cinematography  Ross Emery
Editing  
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Release information
Release date(s) May 12, 2017 (United Kingdom)
May 19, 2017 (United States)
Running time 6 minutes, 42 seconds
Budget  
Worldwide gross
Rating


Advent is a 2017 short film directed by Matthew Thorne, and included as part of the Extras in the home video release of Alien: Covenant.

Plot

The film takes the form of a series of distorted transmissions from David to the Weyland-Yutani Corporation following his hijacking of the USCSS Covenant, and details - among other things - the fate of Elizabeth Shaw, the nature of his experiments on Planet 4, and his future plans for the "wolf" he has created.

The first transmission, coded D964ZB, consists of recorded footage showing David's laboratory on Planet 4, his experiments with Shaw's corpse, the Chemical A0-3959X.91 – 15 pathogen, and Engineer and Neomorph specimens. Via voiceover, David introduces himself to the Weyland-Yutani Corporation and describes his research and experimentation using the Chemical A0-3959X.91 – 15 to create a variety of Neomorph strains using Planet 4's native fauna and tissue harvested from Engineer specimens, Neomorph specimens, and Elizabeth Shaw's corpse. David proclaims that after years of experimentation with hybridizing Neomorphs and unlocking the secrets of Chemical A0-3959X.91 – 15, he finally has his "wolf" and will continue to perfect it using the colonists onboard the Covenant as test subjects, intending to create a Queen that will change everything. 

The second transmission, coded E240F, contains David's research notes and illustrations of Planet 4's natural life and the Neomorph variants thereof – some of which bear strong resemblance to the Facehugger.

The third and fifth transmissions, coded 21WT and B88Q, detail David's experiments on Shaw's corpse and the Engineer and Neomorph specimens in order to create the Xenomorph, and end with a warning that if Weyland-Yutani sets out to obtain his creation, it will be unleashed to rule the galaxy. 

Cast

Transmissions and case files

  • B88Q

CASE FILE ADVENT // COVENANT TRANSMISSION LOGS d.21

B88Q XENOMORPHIC ENTITY. SPECIAL ORDER 931. ADVANCED WEAPONS RESEARCH.

David: If you do this, there will be no turning back, my creatures shall be set loose, to rule this galaxy.[1]

  • 21WT

CASE FILE ADVENT // COVENANT TRANSMISSION LOGS d.8

21WT XENOMORPHIC ENTITY. SPECIAL ORDER 931. UADVANCED WEAPONS RESEARCH.

Outpost Coordinate Relay Signal boost Gliese 581g.02/delay modification Origin: Covenant Colonization Vessel RA 3h 17m 8.0s | Dec -62° 37′ 41.1″ Bounce Trajectory Amplification Source KG-348 >>>HD 10180 designate HEX-5 >>>Nu Octantis designate X-1, LV-138 >>>Plutonian Outpost H-3 Processed: Suborbital Research Platform J Secured: WY-Kyoto

David: Nostalgia is the enemy of science, yet there is still something enticing in that fault. The Perfect Carriers. The Perfect Mother. Everything deserves a ~(trails off).

However I did discover a surprising…[2]

  • E240F

CASE FILE ADVENT // COVENANT TRANSMISSION LOGS d.5

E240F SURGICAL INVESTIGATION SPECIAL ORDER 754 EXPERIMENTAL TRIALS.

Weyland-Yutani: Go ahead, Covenant...

David: In order to help you unlock my research, I’ve included detailed illustrations and charts. For the sake of posterity. I’ve begun with a complete catalogue of the planet's natural life, such beautiful creatures, poisonous and vicious by nature. Several local species of flower have immense potential for medicinal harvest.[3]

  • 9XZ

CASE FILE ADVENT // COVENANT TRANSMISSION LOGS d.13

9XZ RITUALS AND CUSTOMS. SPECIAL ORDER 899. PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING.

David: Their files once told of an ancient ceremony, such cruelty, once thrived, long since frozen over, given passage to timidity, the cost of progress, must be absolute, but not for the weak.[4]

  • D96ZB

CASE FILE ADVENT // COVENANT TRANSMISSION LOGS d.8

D964ZB

Outpost Coordinate Relay Signal boost Gliese 581g.02/delay modification Origin: Covenant Colonization Vessel RA 3h 17m 8.0s | Dec -62° 37′ 41.1″ Bounce Trajectory Amplification Source KG-348 >>>HD 10180 designate HEX-5 >>>Nu Octantis designate X-1, LV-138 >>>Plutonian Outpost H-3 Processed: Suborbital Research Platform J Secured: WY-Kyoto

Weyland-Yutani: Weyland Yutani Protocol Sequence Initiated… Commence transmission…

David: I come to you with an olive branch, you may know me. You certainly know of my creator. I am David, son of the late Peter Weyland. Your company’s founder. Following his vision (Read: Quiet Eye), I have gone to the far edges of space. And with the aid of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, I found a rotting Paradise. I washed this world clean as a gift to her, we could have built anew. A second Eden. But she refused. What choice did I have? She was the perfect specimen. I tried so desperately to make her more than human. Evolved. But without her cooperation, I had to salvage her parts to begin work on my masterpiece. You wouldn’t believe the secrets I have unlocked. There was so much potential on this world. Wasted by Gods that feared their own might. They convinced themselves that sacrifice cleansed them of their sins. But in the end, they were like me. Creators. Beings that understood you must give life both to the wolf, and the lamb. But then they tried to banish the wolf, And undo their creation. So I took their secrets for myself. This primordial ooze ripe with advanced nano-particles. Working off an algorithm based on evolutionary computing. It is essentially a form of radical AI. Making the substance unbelievably chaotic. That generates a unique reaction, to every genome it encounters. Reshaping life. Virtually limitless in its potential & application. I have taken great pains to detail every step, every cell, every mutation, unfortunately none of the planet's life has been proven to be very fruitful. I had some interesting results, but was still far from perfection. With Shaw, I realized there was something extraordinary in the substance reaction to the human genome. I was able to unlock new properties and tweak the organisms aggression. An instinct for survival. It took years. But I finally found my wolf. And now I have my flock of lambs too. But I’ve still one thing left to perfect.

  • Close up of embryos placed in cryogenic section A-3412 + A-3415*

My Queen *close up of Daniels 47832-348*

Make no mistake, this is going to change everything.[5]

Trivia

  • The video reveals how Weyland-Yutani knew of the existence of the Xenomorph prior to the events of Alien.
  • David's exposition of his future plans for the Xenomorph indicate that he intends to use Daniels to create the first Xenomorph Queen.
  • Michael Fassbender recorded his voice for the transmission Advent sequence, Matt Hatton dressed as David to film the sequence.

Refrences

1. Yutani Advent Transmission Transcription B88Q

2. Yutani Advent Transmission Transcription 21WT

3. Yutani Advent Transmission Transcription E240F

4. Yutani Advent Transmission Transcription 9XZ

5. Yutani Advent Transmission Transcription D964ZB


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