Pike, Christopher

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Christopher Pike
Christopher Pike in 2258 (DSC 16)
Christopher Pike in 2258 (DSC 16)
Species Human
Sex Male
Place of Birth Mojave, California, Earth
Portrayed by Jeffrey Hunter (TOS 00)
Sean Kenney (TOS 15-16)
Anson Mount (DSC 16-29)
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Captain Christopher Pike was born and spent his boyhood in Mojave, California on Earth. His mother made chicken-tuna sandwiches for him.[1] As a child, Pike suffered from childhood asthma. While attending Starfleet Academy, Pike's grades were, with a single exception, excellent; he received an F in Astrophysics, but received As in his other courses, including Advanced Navigation, Advanced Tactical, Ancient Philosophies, Communications, Earth History, Survival Strategies, Interspecies Protocol, and Tactical Analysis.[2]

Pike served aboard the U.S.S. Antares, the U.S.S. Chatelet, and the U.S.S. Aryabhatta prior to becoming the first officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 under Captain Robert April[2] in 2247.[3][4] Pike assumed command of the Enterprise on Reference Stardate 1/9506 (June 2250), following the retirement of Captain April.[5][2][6] Four years later, on Reference Stardate 1/9608 (April 2254),[5][7] he made contact with the Talosians on Talos IV,[1] and upon his recommendation, the planet was quarantined by the Federation.[5]

When the Klingon War broke out in May 2256,[8] the Enterprise was on an exploration mission far from Federation territory,[9] and was ordered not to return to Federation space. By the time the ship did return, the war had been over for several months.[2] The Enterprise had been badly damaged over the course of the two years it spent away,[9] and while it returned to spacedock for much-needed repairs, Pike was temporarily assigned command of the U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031.[2]

In 2265,[10] Pike accepted promotion to Fleet Captain, with oversight over Constitution class vessel operations,[5] and handed command of the Enterprise over to Captain James T. Kirk on Stardate 1278.4.[11] Kirk and Pike only met briefly at the change of command ceremony, but it would not be their last meeting. Two years later, while observing a cadet cruise aboard an old J class freighter, Pike rescued several cadets from delta radiation when the ship's engine core suffered an accident. The radiation exposure destroyed Pike's nervous system, and while his brain was still fully functional, he was completely dependent upon a life support chair and could not interact with the world around him beyond a rough system involving a light and beeping function that he could flash once for "yes," or twice for "no." His former science officer aboard the Enterprise, Lieutenant Commander Spock, now the ship's first officer, clandestinely worked with the Talosians to abduct Pike from Starbase 11 and return him to Talos IV, where the Talosians could use their powers of illusion to give him a semblance of a normal life once again.[12][13]


Notes and References

  1. 1.0 1.1 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).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Byrne, John (Writer/Artist). "The Ends of Eternity." Star Trek: Crew. Colors by Lovern Kindzierski. Lettering by Neil Uyetake. Edited by Chris Ryall. IDW Publishing, July 2009.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Wheeler, Wm. John with McLimore, Guy W. Jr., Poehlein, Greg K., and Tepool, David F. "Cadet's Orientation Sourcebook." Star Trek: The Role Playing Game, Book 2004A, Second Edition. Cover Art by Rowena. Graphics and Layout by Dana Knutson and Jordan Weisman. FASA Corporation, 1983.
  6. While Reference Stardate 1/9506 would normally convert to June 2252, the date of 2250 was explicitly given on screen in the Star Trek: Discovery episode "Brother." The date has been adjusted accordingly.
  7. The year that "The Cage" takes place, 2254, is derived from information given in "The Menagerie." Spock states that it has been 13 years since the incident on Talos IV, and that he served under Captain Pike for 11 years. Therefore, the episode is in the second year of Captain Kirk's five-year mission, which began in 2265, per the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Q2." Therefore, "The Menagerie" is set in 2267, and thirteen years prior to that is 2254.
  8. Fuller, Bryan & Roddenberry, Eugene & Roth, Trevor & Goldsman, Akiva & Kadin, Heather & Berg, Gretchen J. & Harberts, Aaron & Kurtzman, Alex (Executive Producers). "Battle at the Binary Stars." Star Trek: Discovery, Episode 2. Directed by Adam Kane. Story by Bryan Fuller. Teleplay by Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts. CBS Entertainment, 24 September 2017.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Miller, John Jackson. "The Enterprise War." Star Trek: Discovery. Pocket Books, July 2019.
  10. Berman, Rick & Biller, Kenneth (Executive Producers). "Q2." Star Trek: Voyager, Season 7, Episode 19. Directed by LeVar Burton. Story by Kenneth Biller. Teleplay by Robert Doherty. Paramount Pictures Corporation, 11 April 2001.
  11. Bennett, Christopher L. "The Captain's Oath." Star Trek. Gallery Books, May 2019.
  12. Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer). "The Menagerie, Part I." Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 15. Directed by Marc Daniels and Robert Butler. Written by Gene Roddenberry. Desilu Productions, 17 November 1966.
  13. Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer). "The Menagerie, Part II." Star Trek, Episode 16. Directed by Marc Daniels and Robert Butler. Written by Gene Roddenberry. Desilu Productions, 24 November 1966.