Okay, so, in ALIENS Newt, Gorman and Hudson didn’t have an arc? How about in ALIEN3? Did Dillon and 85 not have arcs?
How does make them ensemble pieces.
You’re right it doesn’t. It does mean they each have interesting character arcs. Meaning not every secondary character is underdeveloped. I’d throw Dallas, Parker, and Call too that list as well.
So which is it? Are the characters in A L I E N well developed or is it just Ripley?
Are you perhaps confusing developed with development? Ripley goes through a change in Alien; the others don't. But that doesn't mean they're undeveloped from the outset.
I apologize I misread that. However as I’ve stated above Ripley is not the only character to have an Arc in the films. Including the first entry in the franchise.
Dallas goes from just doing what the company wants at the expense of others. Too putting himself in harms way for the sake of his crew and likely a regret for having broken protocol bringing the Xeno aboard.
Parker goes from not caring about anything other than his bonus. Going as far as stalling the work on the wrecked Nostromo, just to have another talk about said bonus. Too someone who is willing to sacrifice his life to save his fellow crewmen/women. If those aren’t character arcs. Then I guess I need too brush up on my writing skills.
On Topic: I would guess that if Disney keeps the ALIEN franchise then ALIENS 2 will probably be the route they take. If the Star Wars franchise is any indication. Time will tell if Ridley gets a chance at Awakening or not.