Played by Michael L. King.
Jackson K. Bishop was born May 30th, 2218 on Earth. His father, Jacob Warren Bishop was a celebrated Starfleet Corp of Engineers Chief officer, while his mother, Racheal Levine Bishop, served as a health care worker in Starfleet Medical. Early in her life, Racheal contracted the rare illness xenopolycythemia; an incurable disease that leaves her with just 6 months to live upon diagnosis. After her death, Jackson was raised exclusively by his father and being an only child, him and his father formed a very close bond. The elder Bishop had plans for his son to one day command a Federation Starship. Jackson wanted nothing more than to make his father proud, so when the time came he enrolled in Starfleet Academy. He excelled, and that pushed his career on the right track.
Bishop’s early assignment included serving on the S.S. Baker a Federation Huron-class freighter, which transported dilithium crystals from one end of the galaxy to the next. Though a crude vessel by Starfleet standards, it was where he learned the rudimentary workings of command, as he worked himself up to captain of the small freighter. During his tenure on the Baker, he met and eventually married Alexis “Bell” Tempco. This union produced one female child named Abagail W. Bishop. Bishop wasn’t satisfied with simply commanding a small, underpowered transport ship, so he left the Baker, and began his deep space career with Starfleet by serving on the USS Enterprise under the command of the legendary James T. Kirk in 2264.
He spent one year on the Enterprise serving as an ensign in science. The service took its toll on Bishop and he spent many months away from home and this would eventually drive a deep wound between him and his daughter Abagail. Upon the death of his wife Bell, who died during a terrorist attack on the Starfleet base Geneva, though there was nothing that he could have personally done to help the people on the outpost, Bishop was left scarred with deep feelings of regret, guilt and remorse. Geneva was attacked by unknown alien forces and while the Enterprises and the USS Constellation were assigned to usher in defense and aid, they arrived too late and everyone on the base was either killed or missing. Bishop ended up transferring off the Enterprise and being reassigned to the Starship Constellation under Commodore Matthew Decker.
Decker saw command potential in the skilled ensign and soon he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and Decker personally sponsored his career recommending him to the Starship Valiant where he eventually would serve as science officer and first officer. He continued his career in Starfleet as first officer but met his greatest challenge when the USS Valiant, then commanded by Captain Jeffrey M. Kimbro, went toe-to-toe with two Suculon Warships. A faction of the Suculon Empire sought to seize control over their entire planet and oppress and annihilate those who resisted. Those people requested the aid and protection of the Federation and the Valiant was the first ship to respond. The starships Enterprise, Kongo and Ajax joined the battle much later but they were engaged with other warships so the Valiant stood alone.
Though outnumbered by Razor-class battleships, the Valiant held her ground until the enemy got the upper hand. It was at this time that the captain of the Valiant was killed and Bishop had to take command of the ship. Though badly damaged, the ship and crew managed to survive under his command but at a high cost. The captain and over 100 crewmen were left dead after the battle but his unique maneuvers during command turned the tide and both the warships were destroyed but as the battle for freedom raged on the planet surface, Bishop ordered a security team that he personally led to the planet surface and they liberated hundreds of the people, eventually driving off the enemy forces.
After the calm of the storm the USS Valiant returned home to space dock to begin an extensive refit. Though the battle had been won, it weighed heavily on him as well as the death of his wife, for which he blamed himself for both tragedies. He is a man operating under extreme mental duress and at times it takes all he is to keep himself under control and the situation between him and his daughter does not help matters. His father, Jacob Warren Bishop, whom he had the greatest love for passed away before he could make it home to see him, as he was away under deep assignment. His daughter blames him for the death of her mother and reviles him for the fact that he did not see her grandfather before he died. She blames Starfleet for Bishop’s lack of parenting and has little love for her father or the service.
At the start of the first segment of Starship Valiant; Bishop holds the rank of commander and he is promoted by the end of the story. He is an exceptional officer and has often proven his abilities in command of the USS Valiant. He is cool and calm in the face of danger and is quick to pull his phaser when needed. He does not often ask for others opinions when he is in command and he’s always analytical. He’s seen many battles and has proven invaluable to his captain and he has the utmost respect of the crew, especially his best friend Leeza S. Kennedy. He’s a very driven man boiling over with emotions. He can be combative, harsh, seemingly uncaring at times and arrogant but he is also capable of the reverse of all these things. Few know the true person behind the uniform.
His personal life is a mess, hiding feelings of terrible guilt and persecution. He’s a haunted man and the only thing that seems to bring him temporary peace is serving on board the Valiant, which takes his mind temporarily away from his problems. Though he may have many personal problems, when he is in command the safety of the ship is foremost on his mind. He is overly protective of the crew given what they have all gone through together. He’s seen many of his shipmates die…perhaps too many and it weighs heavily on him. Often time, he wonders if he has the strength inside to handle another death. He knows that it’s inevitable that death will occur again.
It was at the behest of senior Admiral Parker who goaded him in commanding the ship for which he reluctantly took command but he can’t shake the feelings of deep guilt over the fact that his deceased captain was his best friend and may be somehow he let him down. Still, he will challenge even those most high in Starfleet if he feels they are wrong. He is very protectant of his crew and he will do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of his ship and company.