- "Big things have small beginnings."
While the USCSS Prometheus goes on a two year venture to LV-223 and its human crew is in hyper sleep, synthetic David keeps himself occupied with various activities. These include wandering the halls of the ship, riding bicycles and playing basketball (simultaneously even), learning ancient languages, and watching films (particularly Lawrence of Arabia). During Elizabeth Shaw's hyper sleep, David views her dreams via visual visor, learning about her childhood relationship with her father and their spiritual beliefs, which David finds inspiring. Like Shaw, David has a curious interest in the Engineers and their advanced technology. Unwillingly he serves Meredith Vickers, though first and foremost takes orders from Peter Weyland, who presumably asks David to collect samples of what they find within the alien structures via dream visor.
Able to comprehend the languages surrounding the structures, David enables one of the doorways, fascinated by the large altar of urns inside. Particularly intrigued by the black substance found on the alien ship, David secretly brings back an ampoule of it. When Shaw hears and warns of an approaching windstorm. During their return, David saves Shaw and Holloway from the storm when she endangered herself trying to retrieve a dropped Engineer head. When discovering the head is really surrounded by a skeletal-like helmet, David was able to unlock it, and was awed by its cellular preservation, only to be disappointed by its explosive bacterial infection, realizing it was mortal after all. Either by orders or his emotions, he chooses to spike Charlie Holloway's drink with the bacteria from the Urns. When ordered to go back to the structure to find their colleagues, David chooses to repair a pup sensor, which he knew, was really hindered by a door. Upon discovery, he becomes amazed by it revealed as a main deck of a ship, and its activated virtual map of the galaxy excites him when finding that it was intended to return to Earth, only to be suddenly switched off, but not until he finds one Engineer alive, but resting, in a hypersleep chamber.
When the remaining crew returned after believing some kind of alien airborne infection caused the deaths of their members, including Holloway's illness, Shaw, who was coping with Holloway's death, was being prepped by David for an examination. Even when David tries to relate to her situation by bringing up the similar kind of death her father had, he sees that it mostly upsets her, especially when she finds out about him watching her dreams. When he learns that she is pregnant with an alien creature, he suggests that she must be frozen until the alien is removed, which Shaw wants it removed now, but is injected with a sedative to calm her instead. She would later escape to get it removed, and while finding help, finds David helping Peter Weyland, who had secretly been on board the ship all along. Even when Shaw tries to convince them to leave back to Earth, David mentions the discovered Engineer, where Weyland suggest the crew must revive it.
When going to see the Engineer, David is asked by Shaw about the Engineers carrying bioweapons, which David concluded if one were to create, one must first destroy. After waking the creature and attempting to speak to it in its own language, David at first is at awe when he thought the Engineer is humble to meet him, as it lays its hand on top of his head, only emotionally shocked when it suddenly rips his head off and kills the others, save Shaw. Despite being decapitated, David is still functioning, saying goodbye to his dying "father", and warns Shaw when the Engineer comes after her in the escape pod.
After Shaw escapes, David assures her that it is possible for her to escape the moon, but only if she brings him with her, since only he can navigate the alien craft. Although Shaw agrees to his help, she insists that instead of Earth, they must go to find the homeworld of the Engineers. After retrieving David's body to be later reattached, Shaw places David's head in a duffel bag, and the two depart to find the Engineers' homeworld.
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Personality & SkillsEdit
Although integrated with human emotions, David is almost child-like in his curiosity with understanding humans. His interest in Lawrence Of Arabia inspires him into modeling himself after the lead protagonist, T.E. Lawrence, from quoting his lines, to styling his hair. He senses that the crew views him as inferior, even taunted by Holloway's biased remarks towards him for being an android. Despite this, David is able to tolerate his treatment and assist the crew. He is also trying to comprehend his emotions in an appropriate manner of social interaction, especially when he found a curious interest in Elizabeth Shaw. Like Shaw, David hopes to discover the Engineers and their advanced technology, in order to understand if man's existence is similar or different from his own.
- Like all the synthetics that appeared in the films, David follows an alphabetical name pattern with regard to the film release dates: Ash, Bishop, Call, David.
- If one looks closely when David examines a drop of the black liquid on his fingertip, it can be seen that one of his fingerprint's friction ridges forms the logo for Weyland Corp.
- During an interview, script writer Damon Lindelof further explained David's relationship with Elizabeth Shaw: