Ripley is the worst captain in the fleet with the best reputation. Aloof. Sleepy. Uninterested in the day to day business of the ship. He's a couch potato until he absolutely must take action, and even then his choices are usually the wrong ones. Through sheer luck, his reactionary approach to dire situations has been seen as a bravado, and the lucky outcomes despite his poor leadership have brought him his rank and his notoriety. The brass at Outer Space Astronaut Headquaters consider Captain Ripley their greatest asset, much to the dismay of his capable first officer, Commander Amos.