- When the computer lists all the crew members BISHOP.L or someething like that appears. You can find it on The Alien Anthology Archives disc.--Toa Quarax (Talk) (Contribs) 15:09, November 1, 2013 (UTC)
- In Aliens? Interesting. I'll have to check that. Would probably imply his name is Lance Bishop then, as all the Marine characters are confirmed as having the same name as the actor playing them (except Hicks). Where abouts on the bonus disc is the info?--Leigh Burne (talk) (Contribs) 15:12, November 1, 2013 (UTC)
Having had a chance to check this myself, I think there's a real case for saying Bishop's first name is Lance. I was under the impression, as a synthetic, he had no first name, but the way it's laid out on the screen readout does indeed make it clear he has a first name that begins with L. Given how the other Marines in the film share their first name with the actor/actress playing them (minus Hicks), I think its safe to say his full name is Lance Bishop (or Lance Bishop 341-B, to give the whole thing).
Mind you, do we actually have a source for this shared first names thing? It's one of those things I've always known about the film, but have never actually seen stated by anyone I'd call a concrete source. I'm certain it isn't mentioned in Superior Firepower. I'm having a look online now, but as of yet I haven't found anything on it.--Leigh Burne (talk) (Contribs) 15:24, November 18, 2013 (UTC)
- I think it's from a Strange Shapes article. I'll have to check.--Toa Quarax (Talk) (Contribs) 16:31, November 18, 2013 (UTC)
- I've had a look at the shooting script for Aliens, and there's no mention of first names for anyone in that except the characters actually named in dialogue (Carter Burke, Dwayne Hicks etc.) so all we have to go one are the initials in Aliens and the dog tags in Aliens: Colonial Marines (which of course don't mention Bishop). But even with that, I still think there's a case for renaming this page to include a first name. To keep it more in line with other character pages, maybe we should call it just "Lance Bishop", and then mention the "341-B" part in the opening paragraph. But I'm open to suggestions!--Leigh Burne (talk) (Contribs) 11:21, November 20, 2013 (UTC)
Well I assumed that would be left as "Bishop (USS Sephora)", kind of like how we already have Harold Andrews and Andrews (USS Legato). I don't know of any evidence to suggest that the Sephora Bishop shares a first name with the one from Aliens.--Leigh Burne (talk) (Contribs) 09:29, November 21, 2013 (UTC)
Ok, so I just got all of the Alien 3 cards, and the back of Michael Bishop's says "Notes: highly intelligent, designed synthetic human, Bishop model 341-B" so 341-B is his model number I guess?--Toa Quarax (Talk) (Contribs) 19:48, January 7, 2014 (UTC)
- Possibly. That would make sense. Shall we change this page to "Lance Bishop" then, and mention that he's a model 341-B in the opening paragraph?--Leigh Burne (Talk) (Contribs) 09:15, January 8, 2014 (UTC)
- Wait a second, let me get this correct - a prop read-out gave Bishop the initial "L".... ergo his name simply must be "Lance Bishop"? Why not do the sensible thing and just keep his name "Bishop"? If you want to disambiguate, by all means add "341-B" or "(Aliens)" or anything but making up a first name for him from literally no evidence whatsoever. The same should go for any other name which hasn't been explicitly confirmed. Someone needs to rename this and other pages pronto. AndyTGD (talk) (Contribs) 19:23, October 20, 2014 (UTC)
- As Cruentus says, all the characters on the mission in Aliens share their first name with the actor playing them, with the exception of those explicitly given first names in the film (i.e. Dwayne Hicks, Carter Burke etc). Aliens: Colonial Marines confirms this to be the case.--Leigh Burne (Talk) (Contribs) 07:47, October 21, 2014 (UTC)
- Says who? All we have is an initial on a read-out prop in the actual film. Do you have confirmation from the production team of Aliens that they intended for the initials to literally be the actors' first names? Literally the only reason why you're using the actors' names is because of that giant fanfiction mess, Aliens: Colon Marines. Authorial intent matters, people. 184.108.40.206 14:21, March 10, 2017 (UTC)
A Couple of Things about Bishop
There are two things unexplained about Bishop in movie "Aliens":
First, when marines retreat from Atmosphere Processor and call dropship for emergency evacuation, Bishop is obviously not on-board (otherwise he will perish as dropship crashes), so it's deduced he is still inside the colony complex and is continuing his study on dead facehugger specimen. However, this brings up a question: If they're going to evacuate to USS Sulaco and nuke the entire site, why not inform Bishop to get aboard the dropship? Are they going to ditch Bishop because he is not human?
Second, after blasting Xenomorph Queen into space, Ripley doesn't pick up Bishop's lower half when going into hypersleep, why?
- Presumably they would've collected Bishop at some point. Clearly it would make sense to do it while the dropship is still at the colony but the obvious answer there is he can't be on the dropship because the story needs him to survive. As a synthetic, he would likely be deemed less important than human survivors so perhaps they were just leaving him until last. Or maybe they really would have abandoned him because he's just an android and considered expendable. Robot politics are never really addressed in the films.