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This article covers the promotional short films created to accompany the 2017 film Alien: Covenant.

A total of 11 films were produced — The Last Supper, Meet Walter, five Crew Messages, The Crossing, She Won't Go Quietly, Advent and Phobos. Nine of the shorts were originally released (through the official 20th Century Fox and Alien Anthology YouTube channels) as part of the film's viral marketing campaign, while the remaining two were produced for the film's home video release.

Also produced was a tie-in advertisement with car manufacturer Audi designed to promote the company's moon landing project and its lunar quattro rover, which makes a cameo appearance in Alien: Covenant.

The Last Supper

Last Supper title

Last Supper promotional image.

The Last Supper is a short film prequel to Alien: Covenant, showing the crew of the USCSS Covenant sitting down to a final meal before entering hypersleep for their long journey to Origae-6. It was directed by Luke Scott,[1] son of Ridley Scott, and features most of the cast from Alien: Covenant reprising their roles.

The video was originally released on February 22, 2017 through YouTube,[2] as part of the viral marketing campaign for Alien: Covenant.

Plot

Aboard the Covenant, the crew prepare to enter hypersleep before their long journey. After Captain Branson turns in, the rest of the crew party, drinking, gambling, joking and enjoying a last meal before their long sleep. When Upworth begins choking on the food, Walter has to step in to dislodge the offending item and save her life. Daniels makes a speech about their journey together and the whole crew toast to the Covenant.

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Meet Walter

Meet Walter title

Meet Walter promotional image.

Meet Walter is an advertisement for the Walter model synthetic. It was directed by Luke Scott.[1]

The video was originally released on March 10, 2017 through YouTube,[3] as part of the viral marketing campaign for Alien: Covenant.

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Crew Messages

Crew Messages are a series of five transmissions recorded by members of the Covenant's crew for broadcast home to their families.

The videos were released through YouTube in two batches as part of the viral marketing campaign for Alien: Covenant — those recorded by Daniels and Oram were released on April 17, 2017,[4][5] while the remainder, by Rosenthal, Lopé and Tennessee, were released three days later on April 20.[6][7][8]

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The Crossing

The Crossing title

The Crossing promotional image.

The Crossing is a short film prequel to Alien: Covenant, set between the events of Covenant and its predecessor Prometheus, that chronicles Elizabeth Shaw and David's journey from LV-223 to Planet 4. It was directed by Ridley Scott.

The video was originally released on April 26, 2017, as part of Alien Day; it was released through YouTube,[9] as part of the viral marketing campaign for Alien: Covenant.

Plot

In order to help her pilot the Engineer Juggernaut and escape LV-223, Shaw repairs David, reattaching his head to his body, and together the two set off in search of the Engineer homeworld. As the journey will be long, David places Shaw into one of the Engineer hypersleep capsules, promising to wake her when they arrive. David spends his time alone learning about the Engineers, their society and their customs.

Some time later, the Juggernaut arrives at an uncharted planet above a large Engineer city. David docks the ship with a large docking vessel floating above the center of the settlement. He opens a large aperture in the Juggernaut's base, looking down upon the city below, stating, "Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair..." as hundreds of Steatite Ampules begin to mobilize behind him.

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Alien: Covenant x Audi lunar quattro

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Alien: Covenant x Audi lunar quattro promotional image.

Alien: Covenant x Audi lunar quattro is a tie-in advertisement with car manufacturer Audi featuring the company's lunar quattro rover, which briefly appears in Alien: Covenant. In the short film, the Covenant's lunar rover detects an unidentified lifeform prowling the vessel's cargo hold and goes to investigate.

The video is notable in that (unlike the majority of the short films created for both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant) the events it depicts are incongruous with the feature film, and thus it clearly cannot exist within the same continuity — most obviously, it shows the Xenomorph on the Covenant stalking Cole, who dies on Planet 4 long before a Xenomorph gets loose aboard the colony ship. In this respect, it is similar to the short film She Won't Go Quietly, which likewise depicts events that contradict the continuity of the feature film.

The video was originally released on April 27, 2017 through YouTube,[10] linked to the viral marketing campaign for Alien: Covenant.

Plot

In the Covenant's Terraforming Bay, the ship's Audi lunar rover detects an unidentified lifeform reading and goes in search of the culprit. Along the way, it discovers an amount of unidentified slime dripping from overhead. Continuing its search, it draws closer and closer to the unidentified reading, which is finally revealed to be Cole, working on one of the vehicles. Asking what the rover is doing following him around, Cole calls it to follow him back to storage. As they leave, a Xenomorph emerges from the shadows across the room behind them.

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She Won't Go Quietly

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She Won't Go Quietly promotional image.

She Won't Go Quietly depicts Daniels having to combat a Xenomorph that is loose aboard the Covenant. It was directed by Luke Scott.[1]

The video is notable in that (unlike the majority of the short films created for both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant) the events it depicts are incongruous with the feature film, and thus it clearly cannot exist within the same continuity — aside from the fact Daniels' actions in combating the Xenomorph aboard the Covenant differ from those seen in the movie, it also features the characters Faris and Ledward, both of whom die on Planet 4 long before a Xenomorph gets loose aboard the colony ship. In this respect, it is similar to the promotional tie-in Alien: Covenant x Audi lunar quattro, which likewise depicts events that contradict the continuity of the feature film.

The video was originally released on May 5, 2017 through YouTube,[11] as part of the viral marketing campaign for Alien: Covenant.

Plot

Aboard the Covenant, Daniels goes about her daily routine — relaxing in her quarters, eating breakfast (and complaining about the bland oatmeal on offer) and playing poker with Tennessee, Faris and Ledward. When MU-TH-UR suddenly falls silent during their game, Daniels realises something is wrong. Learning that a Xenomorph is aboard the vessel, she has the computer seal all of the ship's internal doors, rushes to the armory to retrieve a shotgun, stocks up on essential medical supplies, and goes to hunt the creature down. Asking MU-TH-UR where it is located, the computer informs Daniels that the Xenomorph is "four meters above you". At the moment, the creature emerges from an overhead conduit and Daniels takes aim.

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Phobos

Phobos depicts several members of the USCSS Covenant crew undergoing psychological evaluation at a Weyland-Yutani facility on Phobos. It was directed by Toby Dye.[12]

The video was included on the Alien: Covenant Blu-ray.

Plot

At a Weyland-Yutani testing facility, several members of the crew for the upcoming Covenant colony mission are subjected to psychological tests to evaluate their suitability for the expedition. The crewmembers are strapped into a chair in the testing booth, after which they are left alone and questioned by a computer as to their feelings about their planned mission, their strengths and their fears. During questioning, they are subjected to unexpected shocks in the form of small pyrotechnic charges detonated within the booth. After the initial round of questions, the computer puts them through a round of word association. Throughout the examination, their responses are monitored by a Weyland-Yutani technician in an adjacent observation booth.

Finally, the restrained crewmembers are ordered to watch a series of distressing video clips, including graphic violence and mutilation, and rate the degree to which the footage makes them feel afraid or uncomfortable. Crew reactions vary — Tennessee is greatly disturbed, Rosenthal is brought to tears, Daniels, Oram and Lopé are largely unmoved, while Walter is completely devoid of emotion.

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Advent

Advent is a short film sequel to Alien: Covenant in which David sends a transmission from the Covenant to Weyland-Yutani on Earth, elaborating upon the genetic experimentation he has been conducting on Planet 4. It was directed by Matthew Thorne.[13]

The video was included on the Alien: Covenant Blu-ray.

Plot

While recording a video tour of his laboratory on Planet 4, revealing many of the specimens he has collected and dissected, David explains his that onward journey after the failure of the Prometheus expedition was in an effort to follow Peter Weyland's vision. Upon discovering the "rotting paradise" of Planet 4, David annihilated its resident Engineer population as a "gift" to Shaw; when Shaw balked at his genocide, David used her as a specimen in his experiments, attempting to make her "more than human" but ultimately killing her.

David goes on to explain his work towards creating the perfect organism, including his use of the black liquid to try and forcibly evolve new species. However, his work is stymied by a lack of suitable host life forms on the planet. By experimenting on Shaw's corpse and after many years of painstaking research, David was finally able to develop his "wolf", the Xenomorph. David states his intention to use the suspended colonists he has now captured aboard the Covenant to breed his creatures, before concluding that Daniels may be the key to his ultimate creation, his Queen, which he promises "is going to change everything".

In addition to the video footage, David also transmits his research files to earth, in the hopes that the information will help Weyland-Yutani unlock the secrets of his work.

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Availability

The short films Crew Messages and She Won't Go Quietly and the advertisement Alien: Covenant x Audi lunar quattro have only ever been released through YouTube. However, the remaining five videos created for Prometheus were included on the film's Blu-ray.

Trivia

  • Several of the short films contain direct references to Alien. For instance, in The Last Supper, the entire sequence where Upworth chokes is an obvious homage to Kane and the infamous Chestburster scene; Tennessee's response when he sees Upworth is in trouble — "The food's not that bad!" — is almost verbatim what Parker says when Kane begins choking. There is also a drinking bird visible on the table, just as there was on the Nostromo. Phobos also contains several sound effects lifted directly from Alien during the distressing footage segment, most obviously the screech of the Facehugger bursting from its Egg when it attacks Kane and Brett's death cries.
  • In The Last Supper, Captain Branson states he is unwell and turning in early because he is "burning up", in hindsight an obvious pointer to his fate in Alien: Covenant, in which he is burned alive inside his cryotube.
  • A similar gag is used in Phobos, in which Hallett points out, "Something burrowing into my body would... unnerve me." In Alien: Covenant, he is killed by a Bloodburster that tears its way out of his throat.
  • Advent reveals that Weyland-Yutani knew of the existence of the Xenomorph prior to the events of Alien.
  • While none of the short films appear in their entirety as part of Alien: Covenant, small sections of The Crossing are included in the feature film. Conversely, several of the shorts feature brief clips from the film.

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