Miles O'Brien (Star Trek)
Miles Edward O'Brien is a character in the fictional Star Trek franchise. He appears sporadically in all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and is a main cast member of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. O'Brien was the transporter chief of the USS Enterprise-D, he was promoted to Chief of Operations of Deep Space Nine. O'Brien is the only major Star Trek character described as both ethnically Irish and born in Ireland. O'Brien is portrayed by actor Colm Meaney. According to Colm Meaney, at first O'Brien "was just there, not established as a character, that went on for a bit." He can be seen as the battle bridge's conn operator in the first TNG episode, "Encounter at Farpoint." Appearing on and off in more TNG episodes, it wasn't until the second season episode "Unnatural Selection" that Meaney's character was named, the second episode of season 4, "Family," before the character was given a first name. However, Meaney came to like the arrangement of being hired on an episode-by-episode basis, was hesitant to sign on as a regular on DS9.
Along with Worf, Miles O'Brien is one of the two characters that moved from TNG to be a main character on DS9. They are reunited in "The Way of the Warrior" and O'Brien meets him as he comes in from the DS9 docking port airlock, he claims descent from the famous Ard Rí, or High King of Ireland. His father, Michael O'Brien, wanted him to play the cello, so he pursued this and was accepted into the Aldebaran Music Academy. However, a few days before he was scheduled to start classes there, he enlisted in Starfleet. O'Brien can be seen playing the cello as part of Data's string quartet early in the TNG episode "The Ensigns of Command". In the DS9 episode "Invasive Procedures", it is revealed; the TNG episode "The Wounded" establishes that O'Brien served as tactical officer aboard the USS Rutledge during the Cardassian War and that he was scarred by the Cardassians' massacre of hundreds of civilians on Setlik III. O'Brien does not remember. In that episode, it is clear that the classic Irish tune "The Minstrel Boy" plays a major part of his journey as a character: an innocent man thrown into the destructive nature of war.
He sings the song in this episode, much in the final episode of DS9 "What You Leave Behind". "The Minstrel Boy" is the first musical theme to be heard in the flashback sequence. In the DS9 episode "Bar Association", O'Brien jokingly claims to be a direct descendant of real-life Irish High King Brian Boru, he speaks more of fictional ancestor Sean Aloysius O'Brien, a major player in one of the first United States workers' unions, who participated in the Coal Strike of 1902 in Pennsylvania and was shot dumped into the Allegheny River. In the episode "Rules of Engagement", it is revealed that during O'Brien's 22 years in Starfleet, he had fought in 235 separate battles and had been decorated by Starfleet on 15 occasions, was considered to be an expert in starship combat. O'Brien's first appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation as the battle bridge flight controller in The Next Generation premiere episode "Encounter at Farpoint", with his only other appearance in the first season being as a security guard in the episode "Lonely Among Us".
Starting with the second season premiere, "The Child", O'Brien began his regular role as the ship's transporter operator, a position, filled by the since-departed Tasha Yar in the first season. In the following episode, "Where Silence Has Lease", when Riker and Worf prepare to beam to the USS Yamato, Riker refers to him as a lieutenant and the character is wearing lieutenant collar pips, he still wears lieutenant pips in "Sarek", but in episodes, the collar symbol has changed and O'Brien is referred to as Chief.. In 2367, he confronted Capt. Benjamin Maxwell, his former commanding officer on the USS Rutledge, when Maxwell attacked Cardassian ships and outposts without authorisation and threatened the peace between the Federation and the Cardassian Union. During the Klingon Civil War, O'Brien is assigned to the bridge as tactical officer due to Worf's resignation from Starfleet and the temporary reassignment of officers to other ships in a fleet led by Capt. Picard. O'Brien marries Keiko Ishikawa aboard the USS Enterprise-D in the TNG episode "Data's Day".
They have a daughter, delivered by Worf in "Disaster". O'Brian appears in over 50 episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation: "Encounter at Farpoint" "Lonely Among Us" "The Child" "Where Silence Has Lease" "Loud As A Whisper" "Unnatural Selection" "A Matter Of Honor" "The Measure Of A Man" "The Dauphin" "Contagion" "The Royale" "Time Squared" "The Icarus Factor" "Pen Pals" "Q Who" "Up The Long Ladder" "Manhunt" "The Emissary" "Shades of Gray" "The Ensigns of Command" "The Bonding" "Booby Trap" "The Enemy" "The Hunted" "A Matter of Perspective" "Tin Man" "Hollow Pursuits" "The Most Toys" "Sarek" "Transfigurations" "The Best of Both Worlds" "Family" "Brothers" "Remember Me" "Legacy"
Jadzia Dax, played by Terry Farrell, is a fictional character from the science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Jadzia Dax is a joined Trill. Though she appears to be a young woman, Jadzia lives in symbiosis with a wise and long-lived creature, known as a symbiont, named Dax; the two share a single, conscious mind, her personality is a blending of the characteristics of both the host and the symbiont. As such, Jadzia has access to all the memories of the symbiont's seven previous hosts. Jadzia holds academic degrees in exobiology, zoology and exoarchaeology, all of which she earned before the joining. Jadzia Dax is the station's chief science officer, is close friends with commander Benjamin Sisko and Bajoran first officer Kira Nerys. In the series, she becomes involved with the Klingon character Worf, they marry during the sixth season of the show, her character is killed by Gul Dukat during the sixth-season finale. The character of Dax re-emerges in the seventh-season premiere in the form of Ezri Dax.
When selecting the characters for Deep Space Nine, the production staff knew that they'd have humans, a changeling. They decided on a Trill, as seen in the form of Odan in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Host". Although Michael Westmore's alterations to make the Odan headpiece more feminine was as good as all of his work, the writers did not like it. After she had put on the Odan forehead appliance, someone looked at Terry Farrell and said to Westmore, "What did you do to her head, she used to be beautiful?" Instead of changing species, as they'd come to like the idea of an "old man", a person with centuries of experience to guide Sisko, Westmore suggested to "just give her spots like we gave Famke", who played a Kriosian in TNG: "The Perfect Mate". This make-up was used on all Trill afterwards; when the show began, the writers had difficulty defining the character of Dax. Michael Piller explained, "Having a Trill seemed like a really good idea at the time, but it was the most difficult character for us to define.
Jadzia Dax escaped us. At first we thought she was going to be ethereal, a Grace Kelly/Audrey Hepburn kind of goddess, I think Ira Behr figured it out not until the second season, when he made her a smart-talking, wise-cracking tough cookie." In 2014, Farrell admitted she found the character frustrating. "The writers didn’t know what to do with the character they created," saying she was asked to portray the character as a cross between Grace Kelly and Yoda. She was annoyed by a scene written where Dax gossiped about, dating whom on the station, questioning "Why would a 350 year old person care about who you're going out with?" Pillar explained, "The more we've written her, the more we're finding that she is not what she appears to be. That underneath this placid exterior, there's all these various personalities that she's gone through that are in turmoil and there's a lot of inner conflict. You know all the voices. Ira Behr spoke further on the character, announcing that they had intentionally changed the character by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
He said, "We changed Dax in year two. She was going to be the Spock character, the wise old owl, the wise old man, and we realized that she could be the one who's ready to go out and kick anyone's butt, go out and have an adventure and have fun, be kind of witty and mercurial. And that turned out to be great; when we found that part of the character, we just ran with it." Speaking in 2002, Terry Farrell said of playing Dax, "It was a character who had lived seven lifetimes, been a man and a woman. Before I walked in and met everybody, I felt a little bit intimidated about this, I thought'Oh my God, I need to meet them so they're going to tell me what I need to know.' And when I got here and spoke to everyone, they kind of didn't know. And I was twenty-eight, they kind of wanted me to be wiser than my years, just have the physicality of a twenty-eight year old, but have a three hundred and fifty year old wise person inside me, they tried to find what they wanted in adjusting me here and there, I think what happened was surrender to that it was all new for this Dax, Jadzia Dax, this experience of the seven lifetimes, Michael Piller made the decision that she was trying to come to terms with all of these entities, all of these memories that were inside of herself.
And I think that helped me a lot as an actress to try to assimilate the job, in a lot of ways, made me feel a little lost and uncomfortable as Terry, which got played out as Jadzia, so it was okay that she felt more comfortable, so did I, by the time they decided to make me a little bit more roguish in the second or third season, I felt much more comfortable about the dialogue and the other actors, my lack of stage experience. And when I had to start doing action sequences, work with Michael Dorn, I felt a lot more comfortable. I had my own voice." When asked how she would like Jadzia Dax to be remembered, Terry Farrell said, "wisely mischievous." Following the confirmation of Farrell's departure and plans to
Star Trek is an American space opera media franchise based on the science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. The first television series called Star Trek and now referred to as "The Original Series", debuted in 1966 and aired for three seasons on NBC, it followed the interstellar adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew aboard the starship USS Enterprise, a space exploration vessel built by the United Federation of Planets in the 23rd century; the Star Trek canon includes The Original Series, an animated series, five spin-off television series, the film franchise, further adaptations in several media. In creating Star Trek, Roddenberry was inspired by the Horatio Hornblower novels, the satirical book Gulliver's Travels, Westerns such as the television series Wagon Train; these adventures continued in the 22-episode Star Trek: The Animated Series and six feature films. Five other television series were produced: Star Trek: The Next Generation follows the crew of a new starship Enterprise, set a century after the original series.
The most recent Star Trek TV series, entitled Star Trek: Discovery, aired on the digital platform CBS All Access. The adventures of The Next Generation crew continued in four additional feature films. In 2009, the film franchise underwent a "reboot" set in an alternate timeline, or "Kelvin Timeline," entitled Star Trek; this film featured a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original show. Its sequel, Star Trek Beyond, was released to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary. Star Trek has been a cult phenomenon for decades. Fans of the franchise are called Trekkers; the franchise spans a wide range of spin-offs including games, novels and comics. Star Trek had a themed attraction in Las Vegas that opened in 1998 and closed in September 2008. At least two museum exhibits of props travel the world; the series has Klingon. Several parodies have been made of Star Trek. In addition, viewers have produced several fan productions; as of July 2016, the franchise had generated $10 billion in revenue, making Star Trek one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
Star Trek is noted for its cultural influence beyond works of science fiction. The franchise is noted for its progressive civil rights stances; the Original Series included. Star Trek references may be found throughout popular culture from movies such as the submarine thriller Crimson Tide to the animated series South Park; as early as 1964, Gene Roddenberry drafted a proposal for the science-fiction series that would become Star Trek. Although he publicly marketed it as a Western in outer space—a so-called "Wagon Train to the Stars"—he told friends that he was modeling it on Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, intending each episode to act on two levels: as a suspenseful adventure story and as a morality tale. Most Star Trek stories depict the adventures of humans and aliens who serve in Starfleet, the space-borne humanitarian and peacekeeping armada of the United Federation of Planets; the protagonists have altruistic values, must apply these ideals to difficult dilemmas. Many of the conflicts and political dimensions of Star Trek represent allegories of contemporary cultural realities.
Star Trek: The Original Series addressed issues of the 1960s, just as spin-offs have reflected issues of their respective decades. Issues depicted in the various series include war and peace, the value of personal loyalty, imperialism, class warfare, racism, human rights, sexism and the role of technology. Roddenberry stated: " a new world with new rules, I could make statements about sex, Vietnam and intercontinental missiles. Indeed, we did make them on Star Trek: we were sending messages and they all got by the network." "If you talked about purple people on a far off planet, they never caught on. They were more concerned about cleavage, they would send a censor down to the set to measure a woman's cleavage to make sure too much of her breast wasn't showing"Roddenberry intended the show to have a progressive political agenda reflective of the emerging counter-culture of the youth movement, though he was not forthcoming to the networks about this. He wanted Star Trek to show what humanity might develop into, if it would learn from the lessons of the past, most by ending violence.
An extreme example is the alien species, the Vulcans, who had a violent past but learned to control their emotions. Roddenberry gave Star Trek an anti-war message and depicted the United Federation of Planets as an ideal, optimistic version of the United Nations, his efforts were opposed by the network because of concerns over marketability, e.g. they opposed Roddenberry's insistence that Enterprise have a racially diverse crew. The central trio of Kirk, McCoy from Star Trek: The Original Series was modeled on classical mythological storytelling. There is a mythological component with science fiction. It's people looking for answers – and science fiction offers to explain the inexplicable, the same as religion tends to do... If we accept the premise that it has a mythological element all the stuff about going out into space and meeting new life – trying to explain it and put a human element to it – it's a hopeful visio
Julian Subatoi Bashir, MD is a fictional character from the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, portrayed by Alexander Siddig. Bashir is the Chief Medical Officer of the USS Defiant; as a child, Julian Bashir fell behind in school, was evaluated as having learning difficulties. Because of this, his parents and Amsha Bashir, had him subjected to genetic engineering; the procedure made him mentally superior to most humans, enhanced his physical abilities. However, because human genetic engineering is illegal in the United Federation of Planets and his parents kept his procedure a secret throughout most of his adult life. Bashir graduated second in his class at Starfleet Medical Academy, having intentionally missed a question on his final exam, he had his choice of assignments anywhere in the fleet, so chose Deep Space Nine for the opportunity to practice "real-life frontier medicine". He holds the rank of Lieutenant at the time of the series pilot, Lieutenant from the fourth season premiere until the series finale.
Early on, his overly enthusiastic and self-important nature made some members of the crew, such as Miles O'Brien and Kira Nerys, reluctant to spend time with him. However, he becomes friends with O'Brien, Jadzia Dax, Elim Garak. Bashir flirts with Jadzia, who goes on to marry Worf. After her death, Bashir joins Worf on a dangerous mission to ensure Jadzia's soul a place in Sto-Vo-Kor. Bashir's closest friend is O'Brien, they are shown playing games or visiting the holodeck for the recreation of one of several historical battles such as the Alamo or the Battle of Britain, he is close friends with Elim Garak, with whom he shares lunch in the Replimat. During pre-Dominion war tensions, Bashir is kidnapped and sent to a Dominion prison camp and replaced with a shapeshifter, his replacement attempts to destroy the Bajoran sun, with the goal of wiping out Bajor, DS9, a fleet of Federation and Romulan ships. The DS9 crew foil the plan, the real Bashir, along with his fellow captives, shortly thereafter free themselves.
The experience began a slow personality change over the course of the series into a much more somber, dark character. Bashir attempts to integrate several other genetically engineered individuals into Federation culture, with mixed success; the covert operations group Section 31 becomes interested in him and tries twice, unsuccessfully, to "recruit" him. As depicted in the series finale "What You Leave Behind", Bashir remains aboard Deep Space Nine, begins a romantic relationship with Ezri Dax. In the Mirror Universe, the alternate Bashir is a freedom fighter in the Terran Rebellion, it is unknown whether he was given the genetic enhancements his counterpart was. Unlike the regular Bashir, friendly and personable, alternate Bashir is an angry, unkempt former slave who joins the rebellion against the Klingon/Cardassian Alliance; the character of Julian Bashir sparked fan criticism. Alexander Siddig expressed his enthusiasm for the fact that he, with his English accent, unusual screen name at time of casting, North African heritage was a main character on a prominent television show despite being not as racially identifiable to audiences as many other actors and characters were on TV at the time.
Alexander Siddig played his role of Dr. Julian Bashir in the Star Trek: The Next Generation season six episode "Birthright, Part I", a season concurrent to DS9's first season. Julian Bashir at Memory Alpha Julian Bashir at Memory Alpha Julius Eaton at Memory Alpha Julian Bashir at StarTrek.com
The Mirror Universe is a parallel universe in which the plots of several Star Trek television episodes take place. It resembles the fictional universe in which the Star Trek television series takes place, but is separate from the main universe; the Mirror Universe has been visited in one episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, five episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, a two-part episode of Star Trek: Enterprise and a storyline in Star Trek: Discovery, as well as several non-canon Star Trek tie-in works. It is named after "Mirror", the original series episode in which it first appeared; the characters in the Mirror Universe are aggressive and opportunistic in personality. Whereas the Star Trek universe depicts an optimistic future in which the Earth-based United Federation of Planets values peace, co-operation and exploration, episodes set in the Mirror Universe feature the human-dominated authoritarian Terran Empire which values war and conquest instead. In Star Trek: Discovery, it is noted.
The Mirror Universe was first introduced in the original Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror", which featured the brutal Terran Empire, managed by humans and their Vulcan allies, in place of the United Federation of Planets. The Mirror Captain Kirk of the ISS Enterprise was a mass murderer, promoted to Captain after assassinating Captain Christopher Pike. Discipline aboard starships was enforced through agony agonizers carried by crewmembers. Officers were barbaric in behavior and advanced in rank by killing superiors who they thought were incompetent. Roman/Nazi-style military salutes were used by crewmembers to show loyalty to their captain; the episode established the goatee as a visual marker for an evil version of a character. The Mirror Universe was revisited in the Deep Space Nine second-season episode "Crossover", turned into a story arc that spanned into the final season, with five Mirror Universe episodes over the course of five seasons; the series reveals that when exposed to individuals from the normal universe, the Terran Empire began to reform itself for the better, but was overthrown in the 23rd century by an alliance of alien species who took advantage of the Empire's self-weakening and conquered it, enslaving humans and Vulcans in the process.
A two-part episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, entitled "In a Mirror, Darkly", introduces the early developments of the Mirror Universe. The first season of Star Trek: Discovery has a storyline involving the Mirror Universe. Captain Gabriel Lorca, commander of the USS Discovery, is discovered to be an inhabitant of the Mirror Universe on account of his intolerance to bright light, a genetic trait common to all humans from the Mirror Universe. In addition to the television episodes, a number of ancillary tie-in works make use of the Mirror Universe setting; these works may contradict continuity as established in the television episodes, are not considered canon. The Star Trek: Stargazer novel Three by Michael Jan Friedman features the Mirror Universe; the Star Trek: The Next Generation book Dark Mirror, written by Diane Duane, offers another explanation of what happened after Captain Kirk and three of his crew encountered the Mirror Universe. In the novel, the Empire is still in existence in the 24th century.
The point of divergence appears to be the Eugenics Wars where the genetic supermen were not defeated and turned on each other resulting in atomic war, but works dating back to the days of ancient Greece supporting the Empire's current mindset are noted. Various novels have been set in the Deep Space Nine version of the Mirror Universe, including a trilogy by William Shatner, which reveals the Mirror Kirk is still alive and plotting to reconquer the Empire. Two collections of Mirror stories were published in 2007: the first involves Mirror Enterprise, TOS and TNG and the second features Mirror DS9, Voyager and New Frontier. A third collection, entitled Shards and Shadows, was released in January 2009; the Mirror Universe storyline was concluded in the novel Rise Like Lions, released in November 2011. A further story taking place in the Mirror Universe, Section 31 - Disavowed, was released in October 2014. A number of Star Trek games reference it. Among them, the first-person shooter Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, the massively multiplayer online game Star Trek Online, the battle simulator Star Trek: Shattered Universe, set in the Mirror Universe, Decipher's Star Trek Roleplaying Game and Star Trek: Attack Wing.
The Mirror Universe Saga is a trade paperback that reprints eight issues of DC Comics' Star Trek comic book chronicling an encounter between the Mirror Universe and the Prime Universe. It is set after the events of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; the series was drawn by Tom Sutton & Ricardo Villagrán. This version postulates the divergence of history to start at the time of the Earth-Romulan War, with the conquest of Earth by the Romulans; the concept of a morally inverted universe had been pioneered by DC Comics in 1964, three years before Star Trek adopted the idea, in the Justice League of America story "Crisis on Earth-Three" written by Gardner Fox. The fan-produced web series Star Trek Continues included an episode set in the Mirror Universe called "Fairest of Them All"; the South Park episode "Spookyfish" is a parody of the Mirror Universe in Star Trek, complete with goatees on all the characters from the Mirror Universe. However, in a twist, the "normal" Eric Cartman is the evil one, while the Mirror Universe version o
Max Grodénchik known as Michael Grodénchik, is an American stage and television actor, best known for his role as Rom, a recurring character on the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Born to a Jewish family in New York City, Grodénchik worked in theater during the 1980s as Michael Grodénchik, where his performances received notice. Of his 1980 performance in John O'Keefe's All Night Long, Sarasota Herald-Tribune art reviewer Marcia Corbino wrote that Grodénchik was an intriguing actor who had "an enchanting, mobile comic face on which aberrant emotions flicker, retreat and explode with a single instant." Grodénchik is better known for his portrayal of the fictional character Rom on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He had auditioned for the role of Rom's brother Quark, but the role was given to Armin Shimerman; the two both guest-appeared on opposite teams in the short lived British Sci-Fi Quiz show Space Cadets, in 1997. Grodénchik is a baseball player and considered going pro before deciding to become an actor.
In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode Take Me Out to the Holosuite, Grodénchik's character Rom is the clumsiest baseballer on his team, so Grodénchik had to play left-handed to look clumsy. He played Sovak and Par Lenor in Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Captain's Holiday" and "The Perfect Mate", he can quote them by memory. He played Gint, the writer of those rules and the first Grand Nagus, in a dream sequence involving Quark. In Spring 2007, Grodénchik attended the annual Vulcan Spockdays ceremony. In summer 2018, Grodénchik reprised the roles of Rom and Sovak in Star Trek Online's Deep Space Nine-themed expansion pack Victory Is Life. Max Grodénchik lives with his wife and daughter in Austria, in the small hamlet of Nußbach in the county Kirchdorf an der Krems. Grodénchik's brother Barry Grodenchik is a former New York State Assemblyman and Deputy Borough President of Queens. In December 2015, Barry was inaugurated to the New York City Council, representing District 23. Chu Chu and the Philly Flash....
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