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This is a list of minor characters from the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Characters are ordered alphabetically by family name, and only characters who played a significant recurring role in the series are listed.

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Jack Crusher

Jack Crusher
Species Human
Home planet Earth
Affiliation United Federation of Planets
Starfleet
Posting USS Stargazer
Rank Lieutenant commander
Portrayed by Doug Wert

Lieutenant Commander Jack R. Crusher, a character in the Star Trek fictional universe, is the husband to Beverly Crusher and the father of Wesley Crusher. Throughout Star Trek: The Next Generation, the character is played by actor Doug Wert.

Jack Crusher was the second officer (third in command) aboard the USS Stargazer, Jean-Luc Picard's first command. He was killed while on a mission, which Picard blamed himself for and was troubled by it until he met Beverly Crusher when she first reported on the USS Enterprise. Crusher assured Picard she had signed on the Enterprise-D voluntarily and not due to Picard's influence.

The exact circumstances of Jack's death have never been made clear in official Trek canon.

Jack Crusher once made a holographic recording of himself, where he explained his life and recent happenings to his son Wesley shortly after his birth. Jack originally intended this to be the first in a series of messages, one every couple of years, but due to a twist of fate, this was the only recording he ever got a chance to make. By the time Wesley first got to view the recording, Jack was already long dead.

While he is mentioned in several episodes throughout the series, Lieutenant Commander Crusher appears in the following Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes:

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Guinan

Guinan
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Guinan in Ten Forward on the Enterprise-D
Species El-Aurian
Home planet El Auria
Posting USS Enterprise-D Ten-Forward bartender
Portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg

Guinan, played by Whoopi Goldberg, is a recurring character on Star Trek: The Next Generation. She also appears in the TNG films Star Trek Generations and Star Trek Nemesis.

The character first appears in the second-season opening episode "The Child", and she appears several times over the course of the next 4 seasons; she does not appear at all in the seventh season.

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Casting

According to Whoopi Goldberg, she approached the producers of TNG with her desire to be on the show, due to her childhood admiration of Uhura, a character from the original Star Trek, played by actress Nichelle Nichols.[1] At first they did not think a suitable role for such a highly rated actress could be created, until Goldberg said that she did not care how big or small the role was. It was from this they decided to give her the role of a bartender.  

Overview

Guinan is originally from El-Auria. Her people, the El-Aurians, sometimes called "listeners," had been scattered throughout the galaxy after the Borg invaded their homeworld. The subsequent diaspora and reintegration of her people, and even their traditional clothing (interpreted as African) that Guinan still wears are interpreted as a reference to questions about race and colonization.[2]

As a refugee aboard the El-Aurian vessel Lakul, she is rescued from the Nexus by the USS Enterprise-B.

Her species is long-lived, and she is somewhere between 500 and 700 years old at the time she joins the Enterprise-D. "Time's Arrow, Part I" reveals that she visited Earth in 1891, and "Rascals" establishes that her father was 700 years old during that episode.

Her wise counsel proves to be of great value to the crew at times. In particular, she and Picard are especially close, to the point that they trust one another implicitly, although the full nature of their connection is never revealed. She does indicate that Picard stood by her at a time when she was in serious trouble and that their relationship is "closer than friendship, closer than family" (Best of Both Worlds, part 2). Also she reveals that one of the first things she sees in men are their heads, having a fondness for bald men.

While by no means hostile or belligerent, she keeps an energy rifle of alien design (which she claims to have acquired on Magus III) behind the bar in 10-forward, which she used in the episode "Night Terrors" to quell a rowdy bar brawl. She also has exceptional aim, as seen when she was able to almost effortlessly out-shoot Worf during a session of target practice in the episode Redemption.

Guinan reveals in Star Trek Nemesis that she has been married 23 times. She states in "Evolution" that she has many children, including a son who went through a phase when "he wouldn't listen to anybody" — something unusual "in a species of listeners".

In "Yesterday's Enterprise," which involves a disruption of the timeline, Guinan is able to sense the disruption, even though everyone else believes it to be the natural course of events — in the Generations novelization, it's heavily implied that her unusual abilities regarding the flow of time might be related to her connection to the Nexus.

In "Q Who?," Q retorts, after hearing her called "Guinan" in the Enterprise-D's Ten-Forward lounge, "'Guinan' — is that your name now?" He claims that Guinan "is not what she appears to be." As well, when Q reaches out his hand towards Guinan and offers to Picard her extradition from the Enterprise, Guinan holds her two hands up at Q in a threatening manner, perhaps suggesting she may have some hidden powers she has not displayed openly.

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Kurn

Kurn
Species Klingon
Home planet Qo'noS
Affiliation Klingon Empire
Bajoran Militia (temporary)
Posting USS Enterprise-D executive officer (temporary)
IKS Hegh'ta commanding officer
Klingon High Council
Deep Space Nine security officer (temporary)
Portrayed by Tony Todd

Kurn, played by Tony Todd, is Worf's brother in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Officer exchange

Kurn is introduced in the episode "Sins of the Father", where, as part of an officer exchange program, he is posted to the Enterprise (in exchange for Riker's earlier placement on a Klingon ship, depicted in "A Matter of Honor"). Kurn specifically requested the Enterprise, and was assigned on a temporary basis as a first officer. Kurn did this so that he could observe Worf closely. Eventually, he revealed that he was Worf's younger brother.

He told Worf it was decided that he did not need to go to Khitomer. Worf had always thought that his entire family had died there. The Starfleet officer who rescued Worf had been told by the Klingon government that he had no living relatives. But Kurn was taken in by his father's closest friend, Lorgh, and raised as his son. At the age of ascension, Kurn was informed of his true bloodlines.

Kurn also informed Worf that the council had judged Mogh and his family to be traitors, that Mogh had betrayed Khitomer to the Romulans. The Enterprise went to Qo'noS so that Worf could challenge the accusation. Duras, the son of Mogh's greatest rival Ja'rod, led the prosecution of Worf. Duras tried to have Kurn assassinated, but Kurn was rescued by the Enterprise personnel, and made a full recovery. The Enterprise crew soon discovered that it was truly Ja'rod who collaborated with the Romulans. But K'mpec refused to clear Mogh, and was prepared to execute Worf. Worf agreed to accept discommendation on the condition that Kurn's true bloodlines be kept secret, and that he be allowed to continue to serve.

Gowron's ascension

Worf met with Kurn again right before the Klingon Civil War, in the two-part episode "Redemption". By this time, Kurn was a captain, and had his own vessel. When the two brothers saved Gowron's life, Gowron returned to Worf his honor and that of his family. Both brothers served with distinction in the war.

After the Klingon Civil War, Kurn became a member of the Klingon High Council. He served in this position until the breakdown in relations between the Klingons and the Federation following the Klingon invasion of Cardassian space. When Worf refused to join Gowron, Gowron cast him out of Klingon society. When that happened, Kurn was forced from his seat on the council. Kurn became concerned over the future of the family since he had no male heirs, which made Worf's son Alexander the next leader of the house. Kurn was worried that Alexander would not be ready to lead the house when the time came.

Deep Space Nine

Kurn next appears in the Deep Space Nine episode "Sons of Mogh".

After being forced from the council, Kurn found that he had lost the will to live. Kurn then went to Deep Space Nine, to ask his brother to kill him in order to restore his honor. Worf tried to fulfill Kurn's request, but was stopped by Jadzia Dax and Odo. Captain Sisko was furious over this, and forbade Worf from taking Kurn's life. Worf was then forced to try to get Kurn to regain his will to live. Odo agreed to make Kurn a member of the station security force. Kurn soon discovered a visitor was smuggling illegal items, the smuggler raised his gun at Kurn. In a twist of suicide by cop, despite having the ability to easily disarm the criminal, Kurn did nothing, and allowed himself to be shot. Because a man with a death wish was a danger to himself and everyone else, Odo dismissed him from the security force. At about the same time, the Klingons were discovered attempting to mine the Bajoran system. Worf recruited Kurn to go onto a Klingon ship docked at the station, and they were able to uncover information about the mining program.

Realizing that his brother would never recover from his losses, Worf allowed Dr. Julian Bashir to erase most of Kurn's memory. The procedure was a success, Kurn remembered nothing of his past life when he woke up. Worf contacted an old family friend, Noggra, who agreed to take Kurn in as his son. Noggra told Kurn that he had suffered an accident that erased most of his memory, and that his name is Rodek.

A subsequent non-canon novel series (I.K.S. Gorkon) shows Kurn, in his new identity, continuing to serve the Klingon Empire on a ship named for Chancellor Gorkon.

Lore

Lore
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Lore in "Descent, Part II"
Species Android
Home planet Omicron Theta
Portrayed by Brent Spiner

Lore (played by Brent Spiner) is a prototype android and the brother of main character Data and of B-4. However, while Data is virtuous and B-4 is primitive, Lore is sophisticated, clever, jealous and self-serving, making him the evil twin brother of the group.

Lore was introduced in the episode "Datalore", the episode in which he was activated. He returned in "Brothers" and in both parts of "Descent", at the end of which he was deactivated and dismantled permanently.

Overview

When Lore was introduced in "Datalore", he gave two contradicting versions of his history when Picard wonders aloud who was created first, Lore answers, "He was, but they found him to be imperfect, and I was made to replace him." and then when he and Data are talking he says that he lied and he was created before Data, but it was because he was made perfect on the first try, and the colonists became envious of him and told Soong to create another "less-perfect android". Lore's real backstory was given in its entirety only later in the episode "Brothers", when his creator Dr. Noonien Soong stated that Lore was built before Data on the Omicron Theta colony, but that he was unstable emotionally and caused so much strife between the colonists that Soong had no choice but to deactivate him. Soong planned on repairing Lore after building and testing Data, but before he could do that the colony was destroyed by the Crystalline Entity and Soong was forced to flee. Unknown to Soong or the colonists at the time, it was Lore himself who had contacted and attracted the Crystalline Entity to the colony to destroy it.

Lore's remains were discovered in Soong's lab in the episode "Datalore", and he was rebuilt and reactivated. Although Lore initially appeared as inquisitive and harmless as Data, his true nature was gradually revealed during the episode. Lore secretly contacts the Crystalline Entity again, offering it the crew of the USS Enterprise as sustenance. However, Data foils his plans and transports Lore into space before the Crystalline Entity can attack, saving the ship.

In the episode "Brothers", Soong summons Data to Terlina III in order to give him an emotion chip. However, the same signal summons Lore, who had been found drifting in space and rescued by a group of Pakleds. Lore incapacitates Data and poses as him while Soong installs the chip. He then fatally wounds Soong before fleeing.

In "Descent, Part II", Lore revealed that he later encountered a group of Borg struggling with individuality following the Enterprise crew's actions in "I, Borg", and became their leader. Lore uses Soong's emotion chip to control Data until Geordi La Forge, Jean-Luc Picard and Deanna Troi manage to reactivate Data's ethical programming. Data shoots Lore at the end of the episode (damaging the emotion chip) and then deactivates him permanently. His final words to Data are "I love you... brother." and Data replies, "Goodbye, Lore."

Filming

Brent Spiner played Lore (and also Soong), except in some instances where a shooting double was necessary. In one scene in "Datalore", Lore puts down a glass of wine that Data then picks up. This was achieved by the use of a moving split screen.

Alyssa Ogawa

Alyssa Ogawa
Species Human
Home planet Earth
Affiliation United Federation of Planets
Starfleet
Posting USS Enterprise-D nurse
USS Enterprise-E nurse
Rank Ensign
Lieutenant junior grade
Portrayed by Patti Yasutake

Alyssa Ogawa, played by Patti Yasutake, is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe. The character appears in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the film Star Trek Generations as a nurse aboard the USS Enterprise-D and in Star Trek: First Contact as a nurse aboard the USS Enterprise-E.

She joins the USS Enterprise-D in 2367 as an ensign in the medical department. In 2370, upon recommendation of Dr. Beverly Crusher, she is promoted to lieutenant junior grade (TNG: "Lower Decks"). She marries Lieutenant Andrew Powell in that year. Shortly after she reveals she is pregnant, Ogawa reports to the senior staff when an injury incapacitates Crusher (TNG: "Genesis"). She was still pregnant by the series finale (TNG: "All Good Things..."), and her baby's birth was never shown or referred to on television; while said finale depicted her losing her unborn baby due to the effects of an "anti-time" anomaly, this was part of an alternate timeline that Captain Jean-Luc Picard ultimately prevented from coming to pass. In an alternate timeline in the episode 'Parallels', she makes a brief appearance as the ship's doctor with the apparent rank of Commander.

According to the non-canon Star Trek: Titan book series, Ogawa works in Titan's sickbay. She married Andrew Powell on Enterprise D . Powell was killed at the Battle of Rigel during the Dominion war. Ogawa and her young son transfered to the USS TITAN under command of Captain Riker to serve in the sickbay..

Appearances

Ogawa appears in seasons 4-7 of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the films Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact.

Lwaxana Troi

Lwaxana Troi
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Species Betazoid
Home planet Betazed
Portrayed by Majel Barrett

Lwaxana Troi (played by Majel Barrett, widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry) is Enterprise Counselor Deanna Troi's Betazoid mother. Her complete title is "Lwaxana Troi, Daughter of the Fifth House, Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed". She always had romantic inclination towards Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Her interactions with Alexander Rozhenko suggest that she has an agreeable effect on young children.

Troi is the widow of Ian Andrew Troi and mother of Deanna Troi. Deanna often feels embarrassed by her mother's overbearing personality and garish fashion sense.

She serves as the Betazoid ambassador to the Federation. As a Betazoid, she possesses telepathic abilities. She has visited the USS Enterprise-D on several occasions. Her appearances often involve her search for a husband, fixing her sights at various times on a diplomatic minister, an alien scientist forced to die by a mandatory cultural requirement, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

Another plot line revolved around Deanna's older sister Kestra, who died in a childhood accident when Deanna was an infant. This also explains why Lwaxana refers to Deanna as, 'little one.' When Lwaxana becomes comatose, Deanna explores her mother's mind and discovers the memories of Kestra.

In addition to Deanna and Kestra, Lwaxana Troi also has a son whose father is a Tavnian named Jeyal. She briefly marries Odo in order to void Jeyal's claim to the child.

Appearances

Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • "Haven" - arrives to attend Deanna's wedding to Wyatt Miller, which ends up not happening
  • "Manhunt" - looks for new husband
  • "Menage à Troi" - kidnapped by a Ferengi
  • "Half a Life" - discovers a scientist she's developed feeling for is required to end his own life
  • "Cost of Living" - deals with mid-life crisis; mentors Alexander Rozhenko
  • "Dark Page" - falls into a coma; Deanna aides in recovery and learns of her sister and her death
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • "The Forsaken" - helps Odo deal with personal problems
  • "Fascination" - becomes involved in a Bajoran love festival
  • "The Muse" - marries Odo temporarily, to protect custody of her unborn son

Mr. Homn

In most of her Star Trek: The Next Generation appearances, Troi travels with her manservant, Mr. Homn (Carel Struycken). In "The Ceremony of Innocence is Drowned", part of the Tales of the Dominion War short story anthology, Homn is killed when the Jem'Hadar invade Betazed. Homn rarely ever spoke. His sole line of dialogue is in "Haven" where he says "Thank you for the drinks."

References

  1. ^ Beck, Donald R. (Director). (1991). Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Special.  
  2. ^ Hastie, A. Fabricated Space: Assimilating the Individual on Star Trek: The Next Generation in Enterprise Zones: Critical Positions on Star Trek. Eds. Harrison et al. (Westview Press: Boulder, 1996).

See also

  • List of Star Trek characters: A-F
  • List of Star Trek characters: G-M
  • List of Star Trek characters: N-S
  • List of Star Trek characters: T-Z
  • List of minor recurring characters in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • List of minor recurring characters in Star Trek: Enterprise
  • List of minor recurring characters in Star Trek: The Original Series
  • List of minor recurring characters in Star Trek: Voyager
  • List of Star Trek episodes

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