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"Was it an older model?"
"Yeah. The Hyperdyne Systems 120-A/2."
"Well that explains it. The A/2s always were a bit twitchy."
Bishop and Burke regarding Ash[src]

The Hyperdyne Systems 120-A/2[1] was a humanoid Synthetic manufactured by Hyperdyne Systems during the 22nd century. One of these models, Ash, was placed aboard the USCSS Nostromo as a sleeper agent.

Characteristics[]

While incredibly advanced for their time (able to successfully mimic human behavior to the point of posing as humans themselves), the 120-A/2 was widely regarded as unreliable, volatile and even dangerous in later years.[2] Their tendency to malfunction led to the introduction of behavioral inhibitors in Synthetics, preventing subsequent models from harming, or allowing harm to come to, humans.

Behind the Scenes[]

Originally, the Hyperdyne Systems 120-A/2 was going to be the "Cyberdyne Systems 120-A/2",[3] which would have been a much more direct reference to Cyberdyne Systems (aka Cyberdyne Systems Corporation) from the Terminator franchise.

References[]

  1. Alan Dean Foster (1986). Aliens novelization. Warner Books, Inc., 76.
  2. James Cameron (writer and director). Aliens [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  3. http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Aliens.html - "BISHOP: I'm shocked. Was it an older model? BURKE: Cyberdyne Systems 120-A/2."

 

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