April, Robert

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Robert April
Robert April (2253) (TOS Crew IDW 05)
Robert April (2253) (TOS Crew IDW 05)
Species Human
Sex Male
Born 2195
Portrayed by James Doohan (Voice)

As an ensign, Robert April served aboard the Einstein class U.S.S. Gates in 2217. April noted in his personal log at the time that he had grown frustrated with the inability of the class to conduct some repairs, which forced the ship to return to Starbase 9 after observing a supernova.[1]

For three years, April served as first officer aboard the Baton Rouge class U.S.S. Los Angeles.[1] He then commanded the U.S.S. Tiberius for three five-year missions,[2] after which he requested a transfer to the Starfleet Logistics Command to pursue his dream of designing a new starship class with more robust, self-sufficient capabilities.[1] In 2242, Commodore Sven van Anling placed April in charge of construction of the second Constitution class vessel, the as-yet-unnamed U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, at the San Francisco Fleet Yards on Earth.[3]

Six months into construction, April took the empty hull of the Enterprise,[4] designated the NX-0002,[5] on a secret mission to retrieve a lost colony vessel, the S.S. Rosenberg, trapped in an ion storm. April hand-picked a command crew he could trust, including his oldest friend George Kirk and his future wife, Sarah Poole. While underway, sabotage threw the Enterprise into the Romulan Neutral Zone, and nearly sparked another war with the Romulan Star Empire. With some assistance from a defecting Romulan, April and Kirk managed to defuse the situation and rescue the colonists.[4]

In 2244, April married Sarah Poole, and she agreed to sign aboard the Enterprise as Chief Medical Officer.[6] In 2245, On the first of several shakedown cruises launched by Federation President Solomon Qasr,[3] the NX-0002 was commanded by retiring Admiral Charles Rasmussen, as part of a centuries-old tradition where a former captain takes a vessel out with a skeleton crew for its shakedown as his final assignment. During that mission, a team of Klingons attempted to steal the ship, but Rasmussen, aided by Cadet Una, managed to stop them, albeit at the cost of Rasmussen's life.[5] April assumed command as the first captain of the Enterprise,[7][8] and commanded the ship from 2245 through 2250,[1][8]

In October 2246, the Enterprise was assigned to deliver urgently needed food to the colony on Tarsus IV[6] after a deadly fungal infection attacked and destroyed the crops.[9] As the Enterprise neared the system, it was was attacked by the I.K.S. Kut'luch, under Commander Kor, heavily damaging the Enterprise. After disabling the Kut'luch, the Enterprise arrived at Tarsus IV, only to discover the genocide that had occurred on the planet at the hands of Governor Kodos. Though he was relieved to discovery that young James T. Kirk, the son of his friend George Kirk, had survived, he couldn't help but wonder if the staggering loss of life could have been prevented had the Enterprise reached the colony sooner.[6] April met with Captain Aurobindo Korrapati of the U.S.S. Narbonne and Starfleet officers Philippa Georgiou and Gabriel Lorca; he informed them that his wife had made significant progress in isolating the source of the fungal infection and that the cure would likely be ready within a week. The Enterprise remained at Tarsus IV for another 79 days, leading the relief efforts after the departure of the Narbonne.[9]

When he was offered a promotion to commodore,[7] which would keep him on Earth, he accepted, with the expressed desire to start a family.[1] Upon his promotion was succeeded by his first officer[1][8] of the past three years,[10] Christopher Pike.[7][1][8] Later that year, with the help of Admiral Eugene Mallory, April helped to ensure that James Kirk was admitted to Starleet Academy.[11]

April was so impressed by Academy Cadet J. Mia Colt that, upon her graduation, he offered her a position aboard his old command, the Tiberius.[12] When Captain Pike's yeoman, Dermot Cusack,[2] was killed on Rigel VII[13] on Stardate 2385.7,[14] April personally ordered the transfer of Colt to the Enterprise as Cusack's replacement.[12]


Notes and References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Edginton, Ian & Abnett, Dan (Writers). "Flesh of My Flesh." Star Trek: Early Voyages, issue 1. Pencils by Patrick Zircher. Inks by Greg Adams. Colors by Marie Javins. Lettering by Janice Chiang. Edited by Bobbie Chase. Marvel Comics, February 1997.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Foster, Alan Dean. Star Trek Log Seven. Based upon the teleplay "The Counter-Clock Incident" by John Culver. Ballantine Books, June 1976.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Carey, Diane. "Final Frontier." Star Trek. Pocket Books, 1988.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Byrne, John (Writer/Artist). "Shakedown." Star Trek: Crew. Colors by Mario Boon. Lettering by Neil Uyetake. Edited by Chris Ryall. IDW Publishing, March 2009.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Cox, Greg. "Though Hell Should Bar the Way." Star Trek: Enterprise Logs. Edited by Carol Greenburg. Concept by Robert Greenberger. Pocket Books, June 2000.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Scheimer, Lou & Prescott, Norm (Producers). "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth." Star Trek: The Animated Series, Episode 21. Directed by Bill Reed. Written by Russell Bates & David Wise. Filmation Associates, 5 October 1974.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Fuller, Bryan & Roddenberry, Eugene & Roth, Trevor & Goldsman, Akiva & Kadin, Heather & Berg, Gretchen J. & Harberts, Aaron & Kurtzman, Alex (Executive Producers). "Brother." Star Trek: Discovery, Season 2, Episode 1. Directed by Alex Kurtzman. Written by Ted Sullivan & Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts. CBS Entertainment, 17 January 2019.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Ward, Dayton. "Drastic Measures." Star Trek: Discovery. Pocket Books, February 2018.
  10. Byrne, John (Writer/Artist). "Shadows of the Past." Star Trek: Crew. Colors by Lovern Kindzierski. Lettering by Neil Uyetake. Edited by Chris Ryall. IDW Publishing, June 2009.
  11. Carey, Diane. "Best Destiny." Star Trek. Pocket Books, November 1992.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Edginton, Ian & Abnett, Dan (Writers). "Nor Iron Bars a Cage." Star Trek: Early Voyages, issue 4. Pencils by Patrick Zircher. Inks by Greg Adams. Colors by Marie Javins. Letters by Janice Chiang. Edited by Bobbie Chase. Marvel Comics, May 1997.
  13. Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer). "The Cage." Star Trek, Season 0, Episode 0. Directed by Robert Butler. Written by Gene Roddenberry. Desilu Productions, 1965 (Released 1986).
  14. Edginton, Ian & Abnett, Dan (Writers). "Our Dearest Blood." Star Trek: Early Voyages, issue 3. Pencils by Patrick Zircher. Inks by Greg Adams. Colors by Marie Javins. Letters by Janice Chiang. Edited by Bobbie Chase. Marvel Comics, April 1997.