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Encyclopedia > Number One (Star Trek)
Number One
Number One
Species: Human
Gender: Female
Home planet: Unknown
Affiliation: Starfleet
Position: USS Enterprise executive officer
Rank: Lieutenant
Portrayed by: Majel Barrett

Number One, in "The Cage", the original pilot episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek, was the un-named intellectual, problem-solving second-in-command serving under Captain Christopher Pike. Number One is the naval term for the First Officer on board a ship, second-in-command to the captain. During "The Cage," Number One proves to her alien captors that humans would rather die than be slaves. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In biology, a species is one of the basic units of biodiversity. ... In the Star Trek science fiction universe, Humans/Terrans (Homo sapiens sapiens) are one of the races undertaking interstellar travel. ... Gender in common usage refers to the sexual distinction between male and female. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Starfleet Command symbol In the fictional universe of Star Trek, 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. ... The USS Enterprise, (NCC-1701) is a fictional starship in the television series Star Trek, which chronicles the vessels most famous assignment, its Five-Year mission. ... Lieutenant is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ... Majel Barrett as Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... The Cage is the original pilot episode of the original Star Trek science fiction series and resulting franchise. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series. ... Christopher Pike, played first by Jeffrey Hunter and then by Sean Kenney, is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe. ...


Played by Majel Barrett, who went on to play Nurse Christine Chapel in the original Star Trek and Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as the computer's voice), the character appears only in the unaired pilot. Barrett is credited under her maiden name, M. Leigh Hudec. Majel Barrett as Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Christine Chapel is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe, played by Majel Barrett, the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. ... Lwaxana Troi, Daughter of the Fifth House, Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed is a fictional character in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ...


The prominence of a woman among the crew of a starship was one of the reasons that the original Star Trek pilot was rejected by NBC, who in addition to calling the pilot "too cerebral", felt that the alien Spock and Number One would be rejected by audiences, according to Roddenberry and Stephen Whitfield.[1], although Gene Roddenberry also related the tale of how women of the era had difficulty accepting her as well. Because of NBC's rare order of a second pilot, Roddenberry compromised by eliminating Number One, but aspects of her character — specifically, her cool demeanor and logical nature — were merged with that of Spock (who does appear in "The Cage") during the regular run of the series. For other uses, see Spock (disambiguation). ...

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Her name

Number One's real name has never been revealed, and debate raged in fandom for years as to whether she is even human. One Star Trek novel mentions her being the top intellect of her generation, hence her name, and that she was from the planet Ilyria. Author Peter David, in his long-running Star Trek: New Frontier series of novels, has hinted that the mother of Robin Lefler, Morgan Primus (an immortal and a regular character in the series), resembles characters played by Majel Barrett. This is loosely supported by Jerry Oltion's Captain's Table Book 6: Where Sea Meets Sky, where the author refers to Number One as Commander Lefler in the first chapter. However, this wouldn't make any sense chronologically based on the history of Morgan Primus. Peter Allen David (often abbreviated PAD) (born September 23, 1956) is an American writer, best known for his work in comic books and Star Trek novels. ... Star Trek: New Frontier is a Star Trek novel series created by Peter David. ... Ensign Robin Lefler is a character who appeared in two episodes of the tv show Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...


In the Star Trek: Early Voyages comic book series she is called Lieutenant Commander Eunice Robbins.


Since the very first Star Trek episode, some have misunderstood her title as being a proper name. As stated above, one of the novels even suggests she was called that because she was the prime example of her species. In fact "Number One" has always been a common term applied to the Executive Officer of a ship, particularly in the British Navy (although in the American Navy the Executive Officer is typically referred to as "X-O"). In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Jean-Luc Picard frequently uses the title "Number One" to address his first officer, William T. Riker. The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart, is a character in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... For the political scientist, see William H. Riker. ...


Number One in Star Trek: Early Voyages

Although no Star Trek comic books are considered canon, the series Early Voyages fleshed out the characters and story from "The Cage", including Number One. Star Trek: Early Voyages was a comic book series published by Marvel Comics in the United States, running for 17 issues from February 1997 until June 1998. ...


In the series, she is depicted much as she is in "The Cage", and often finds herself taking command in the captain's absence. As stated above, her name in the series is given as Eunice Robbins.


Close to the end of the series, she was offered a promotion to the rank of captain and a ship of her own. She turned it down, opting to stay aboard the Enterprise, much as her successor, Riker, did in Star Trek: the Next Generation.


Soon afterwards, Robert April, the former captain of the Enterprise, came aboard to supervise for a certain mission. During the mission, April gave reckless orders which led to Number One nearly (and possibly) being killed, and Pike and Kaaj unaccounted for. The story was never resolved.


Morgan Primus (Star Trek: New Frontier)

Much like the comic books, all original novels based on Star Trek are not considered canon. Peter David's original book series, Star Trek: New Frontier, includes a character (mentioned above) who is strongly hinted to be Number One. Her name is Morgan Primus, and she is the mother of Robin Lefler, a regular character in the series. New Frontier greatly fleshes out the character, assuming that she is, in fact, Number One.


Morgan Primus (also known as Morgan Lefler) is an immortal. She frequently changed her name throughout her life, taking new identities each time so that no one would realize her immortality.


She left her husband and daughter, Robin, and faked her death. She then changed her last name to Primus. Years later, the Excalibur finds her in a prison on a planet in sector 221-G (the setting for the series).


Upon hearing of the impending arrival of a Starfleet ship, she expresses hope that it isn't the Enterprise, which she still mistakenly believed her daughter was serving on. The Excalibur picks her up and she begins living with her daughter again aboard the ship.


Later, she became a bridge officer on the Excalibur. However, during a battle, she was (seemingly) killed, despite her immortality. She survived, however, as her consciousness was transferred into the ship's computer. She chose not to return to a human body, instead replacing the computer.


References are made to the fact that she sounds just like the normal computer voice, even before entering the computer. This is because the voice of the ship's computer, in all live-action Star Trek shows, were provided by Majel Barrett, the same actress who portrayed Number One. (David's earlier novel The Rift claims that the computer voice was derived from Number One's voice).


Similarly, in the New Frontier novel Double or Nothing, Jean-Luc Picard is somewhat taken aback by her, saying she reminds him of a woman he knows (presumably Lwaxana Troi, also played by Barrett). Likewise, when the aged Montgomery Scott meets her in Excalibur Book 2: Renaissance, he thinks she is "Christine" (Chapel). Captain Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart, is a character in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Lwaxana Troi, Daughter of the Fifth House, Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed is a fictional character in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... Scotty redirects here. ...


References

  1. ^ Daniel Bernardi (1998). Star Trek and History: Race-Ing Toward a White Future. Rutgers University Press. 

“Rutgers” redirects here. ...

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