In the Alien: Covenant home video extras, this scene where Walter is in the Greenhouse tending to the plants, he whistles this tune. Because this tune is also used for the alphabet many people have speculated that this may be a joke on the writers part because Walter doesn’t obey the unspoken Alien Universe rule of alphabetically naming each android. For example: Ash, Bishop, Bishop II, Call and David.
Commonly sung to the tune Ah! vous dirai-je, maman, published in 1761. Later several composers arranged it, including Mozart with Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman”. Although only the first stanza is widely known, it has 5 in total.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, through the night.
Then the traveller in the dark
Thank you for your tiny spark;
He could not see where to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
In the dark blue sky, you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye
Till the sun is in the sky.
As your bright and tiny sparkJane Taylor, “The Star” Published in 1806 in Rhymes for the Nursery, a collection of poems by Taylor and her sister Ann.
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
This poem captures man’s imagination and wonder of the unknown, in our youth we have an inability to explain or comprehend what we see. Manufacturing beliefs in order to explain and understand what we observe around us, this act I believe ties in perfectly to the comparative mythologies which the Alien prequels are based on.
In the movie Alien (1979) Ripley sings the tune by Debbie Reynolds – You Are My Lucky Star. It is also the last song sung by Gene Kelly in the movie “Singing in the Rain”. Ripley uses the words like a mantra to concentrate on survival, rather than letting the terror of the situation affect her.
In the Prometheus Blu-ray, all the viral marketing uses this tune, played by a music box and often conjures thoughts of sleeping soundly and being cradled in comfort. Using this tune in is a stark contrast to the horrors being experienced on screen. Intentional or not, this parallels perfectly with Alien and Alien: Covenant.