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Encyclopedia > Lieutenant commander (Star Trek)
Starfleet ranks and insignia
Lieutenant Commander
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Lieutenant Commander is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. The insignia of Starfleet in the late 23rd century The insignia of Starfleet in the 24th century Starfleet ranks and insignia are hierarchical titles and badges of office which appear in the science fiction universe of Star Trek. ... The starship Enterprise (NX-01) Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. ... In the Star Trek television series, the Mirror Universe is an alternate reality. ... Image File history File links ISS_Enterpirse_OF3. ... Star Trek collectively refers to an American science-fiction franchise spanning six unique television series (which comprise 726 episodes) and ten feature films, in addition to hundreds of novels, computer and video games, fan stories, and other works of fiction — all of which are set within the same fictional universe... Image File history File links Star_Trek_Pilot_Officer. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_Tos_OF3. ... Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures, 1979; see also 1979 in film) is the first feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series and is released on Friday, December 7. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_TMP_OF3. ... Star Trek collectively refers to an American science-fiction franchise spanning six unique television series (which comprise 726 episodes) and ten feature films, in addition to hundreds of novels, computer and video games, fan stories, and other works of fiction — all of which are set within the same fictional universe... Image File history File links Star_Trek_Film_OF3. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_TNG_S1_OF3. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Space station Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or STDS9 or DS9 for short) is a science fiction television series produced by Paramount and set in the Star Trek universe. ... The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_TNG_OF3. ... The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ... Provisional ranks were first introduced in Star Trek: Voyager when several civilian members of a Maquis crew were appointed as officers onboard the Federation Starship Voyager. ... Image File history File links Voyager_OF3. ... The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ... Image File history File links 29th_century_star_trek_Of_3. ... The insignia of Starfleet in the late 23rd century The insignia of Starfleet in the 24th century Starfleet ranks and insignia are hierarchical titles and badges of office which appear in the science fiction universe of Star Trek. ... Starfleet Command In the Star Trek fictional universe, Starfleet is the paramilitary defense, research, diplomacy, and exploration force of the United Federation of Planets (UFP) with – as of the late 24th century – hundreds of starships and starbases at its disposal. ... Star Trek collectively refers to an American science-fiction franchise spanning six unique television series (which comprise 726 episodes) and ten feature films, in addition to hundreds of novels, computer and video games, fan stories, and other works of fiction — all of which are set within the same fictional universe...

Gary Mitchell, the first Lieutenant Commander to appear in Star Trek
Gary Mitchell, the first Lieutenant Commander to appear in Star Trek

Lieutenant Commander is one of the oldest ranks in Star Trek tracing its origins to the character of Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell seen in the Original Series pilot episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before". The Original Series characters of Montgomery Scott, Leonard McCoy, and Mr. Spock also held the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Gary Mitchell from Where No Man Has Gone Before This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Gary Mitchell from Where No Man Has Gone Before This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell was a Starfleet officer serving aboard the USS Enterprise as navigator (and, it is speculated, her first officer). ... Where no man has gone before is a saying used in the introductory sequence of episodes of the science fiction television series Star Trek. ...


Guest star Lieutenant Commanders can be seen in the Original Series episodes "The Alternative Factor" (unnamed Navigator), "Return to Tomorrow" (Doctor Ann Mulhull), and "The Tholian Web" (several Lieutenant Commanders at Kirk’s eulogy). The Alternative Factor is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ... Return to Tomorrow is a second season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast February 9, 1968 and repeated August 2, 1968. ... The Tholian Web is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ...


In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, although not referred to in the dialogue, the characters of Uhura and Sulu become Lieutenant Commanders as is evidenced by an examination of the Motion Picture era sleeve stripes. A Lieutenant Commander does not appear again until Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, with the appearance of the character of Valeris. Valeris is referred throughout the film as a Lieutenant, but post production references indicate that Valeris was a Lieutenant Commander and can be seen wearing the appropriate rank pin[1]. Valeris’s rank insignia is the only instance where the film era rank of Lieutenant Commander is seen on camera. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Paramount Pictures, 1991; see also 1991 in film) is the sixth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Valeris (played by Kim Cattrall), was a Vulcan navigation officer of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A in the fictional Star Trek universe. ...


Star Trek: The Next Generation introduced the rank of Lieutenant Commander in its first episode as both the characters of Deanna Troi and Data can be seen holding the rank. Geordi La Forge would become a Lieutenant Commander in episode "The Ensigns of Command", and Worf was later promoted to one in Star Trek: Generations. The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Deanna Troi is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe, played by the actress Marina Sirtis in the series Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG), Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise (the latter two only in guest appearances), and in several Star Trek films. ... Data is a character in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... The Ensigns of Command is a third season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode. ... The type of waterfront construction is correctly spelt wharf. ... Star Trek: Generations (Paramount Pictures, 1994, see also 1994 in film) is the seventh feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ...

Lieutenant Commander Tuvok
Lieutenant Commander Tuvok

In the Next Generation episode "The Best of Both Worlds", Lieutenant Commander Shelby appears as a guest role. This may have been a protocol of Starfleet whereby the rank of Lieutenant Commander may be verbally shortened to Lieutenant. This would also explain the nomenclature of Valeris during the time frame of Star Trek VI. Alternatively, accidentally calling a Lieutenant Commander “Lieutenant” may simply have been a script error. Image File history File links Commander Tuvok on the bridge of USS Voyager This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Image File history File links Commander Tuvok on the bridge of USS Voyager This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... The Best of Both Worlds is a significant and highly regarded two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation written by Michael Piller and directed by Cliff Bole. ...


In Star Trek Voyager, the character of Tuvok is seen as a Lieutenant Commander in the first episodes of the series yet is also referred to as a Lieutenant. Tuvok later begins wearing Lieutenant insignia, without explanation, and is subsequently promoted back to Lieutenant Commander later in the series. Producers of the Voyager series have admitted in recent years that Tuvok’s rank in the early episodes was simply the result of a costume error. In the fictional Star Trek universe, Tuvok (a Vulcan character played by Tim Russ) was head of security and chief tactical officer on USS Voyager (NCC-74656). ...


Another oddity with the rank of Lieutenant Commander occurred in the Next Generation episode "Man of the People" when Geordi La Forge is seen wearing an insignia consisting of one solid pip and two hollow (essentially "backwards" from the established Lieutenant Commander insignia). While simply a costume error, Star Trek fans have speculated the existence of a new rank known as "Second Lieutenant Commander", senior to a Lieutenant yet junior to a regular Lieutenant Commander. Such a rank has never been mentioned or declared in any official Star Trek work, and therefore is considered pure theory. Plot Outline The well known Lumerian ambassador Ramid Ves Alkar comes on board the Enterprise which will ferry him to negotitations in the Rekag/Cironi system. ...


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was slow to introduce Lieutenant Commanders, but the character of Jadzia Dax would obtain the rank in later seasons. Lieutenant Commander Worf would also later join Deep Space Nine from the Next Generation series. Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax (played by Terry Farrell) was a fictional character in the first 6 seasons of the television show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ...


In the most recent Star Trek series, Star Trek Enterprise, Lieutenant Commander does not exist as a rank and has never been seen on camera. The fourth season episode "In a Mirror, Darkly", however, mentions that Hoshi Sato will one day retire from Starfleet with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
In a Mirror, Darkly is a two-part episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. ... Hoshi Sato (July 9th, 2128-2246) is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe and the communication officer aboard the starship Enterprise (NX-01) in the science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise. ...

Junior rank:
Lieutenant
Starfleet ranks and insignia Senior rank:
Commander

Lieutenant is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ... The insignia of Starfleet in the late 23rd century The insignia of Starfleet in the 24th century Starfleet ranks and insignia are hierarchical titles and badges of office which appear in the science fiction universe of Star Trek. ... Commander is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ...

Footnotes

  1.  Star Trek Encyclopedia (Second Edition), Page 539

 
 

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