WARNING: This post contains Prometheus spoilers.
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus prompted a lot of questions from cinemagoers, like “What the f—?” and “No, seriously: What the f—?” We can’t provide answers for either of those queries. But we can resolve the question of what Michael Fassbender’s android David said to the Engineer just prior to the alien going ape and trying to kill everyone in sight.
Movie website The Bioscopist tracked down linguistic expert Dr. Anil Biltoo of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. In Prometheus, a projection of Biltoo acts as David’s language tutor, and in real-life Biltoo worked as a consultant on the film. According to the doctor, the line of alien dialog David speaks in the film “serviceably” translates as “This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life.” The “Man” in question is, of course, Guy Pearce’s expedition-financing Peter Weyland and, as that is pretty much a recitation of the businessman’s already established plan, it doesn’t come as a big surprise nor resolve the issue of our big white buddy’s subsequent freak-out.
But Dr. Biltoo also says that originally David and the Engineer had “a conversation, not merely an utterance from David” and that “We’re all going to have to wait for the director’s cut to see if the conversation…yields any fruit.”
Mmm. Riddles wrapped in mysteries. Puzzles wrapped in riddles. Small sausages wrapped in pastry. Enough! What do you think might have driven the Engineer to Hulk out?