Dramatis Personae: The Key Players in the
Tales of the Grissom's Last Voyage
U.S.S. GRISSOM CREW.
Captain of the U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Clive Saunders
Captain Jonathan Thomas (J.T.) Esteban is Captain of the U.S.S. Grissom on what will be her last voyage. A human male, age 52, Esteban is divorced and his permanent residence is in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Esteban is a competent commander, but is known to his crew as 'doubting Thomas' due to his firm belief in his own personal creed, 'seeing is believing.' He is also a man who believes everything should be done strictly by-the-book.
Esteban is a close personal friend of Lawrence Styles, the captain of the new experimental transwarp vessel, the U.S.S. Excelsior. He has a very close relationship with his Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vindi S'Raazh.
COMMANDER VINDIZHEI S'RAAZH
Chief Medical Officer, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Dallas Teague Snider
Vindi is Andorian, and surprised both her friends and family with her wish to pursue a medical career with Starfleet Medical. Her brother, Thirishar, entered Starfleet a few years prior to Vindi, and pursued a career in Security.
Vindi is well-liked and well respected by all of the crew of U.S.S. Grissom, and is very capable of 'handling' the by-the-book gruffness of Captain Esteban. She irritates him by her insistence on keeping a Terran dog aboard ship, her pet Pomeranian, Muggle.
Chief Engineer, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Jennifer Cole
Stephanie hails from Canada. She is an accomplished engineer and intelligent Star Fleet officer. The Grissom is her first assignment in the capacity of Chief Engineer and she feels she has a lot to prove, both to herself and to her new captain, Capt. J.T. Esteban, with whom she has a somewhat difficult professional relationship. She enjoys a close friendship with Lars Thorsen aboard ship.
Science Officer / Executive Officer, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Joshua Williams
Commander Solak, a Vulcan, joins U.S.S. Grissom as the new Science / Executive Officer at Starbase 67. He previously was assigned to the U.S.S. Reliant. Fortunately, he returned to Vulcan for pon-farr, and thus avoided any involvement in the Khan Noonien Sighn incident. With the loss of the U.S.S. Reliant, he finds himself reassigned to U.S.S. Grissom for the Genesis Planet mission.
Communications Officer, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by David Robertson (Audio Episode 2 - forward)
and by Nick Beckwith (Audio Episode 1)
30-year old Christopher is from Kent, England. An inter-county rugby player, he decided to quit sports for a career in Starfleet. Christopher is the Communications Officer aboard the U.S.S. Grissom. Displaying an amazing skill at linguistics, he is fluent in French, English, Irish, Welsh, Scots Gaelic, Latin, and Spanish -- to name but a few. He is a close friend of Rebecca Sato and will often quiz her on her famous ancestor, Hoshi. Christopher spends as much time as possible in the ship's gym and is always keen to accompany any landing party.
Science Officer, U.S.S. Grissom assigned
portrayed by Renda Carr
Saavik has an emotional depth which she tries to hide. Recently returned from Vulcan and an abortive pon farr with her intended, Xon, she is heavily burdened by her sorrow at the loss of her mentor and friend Captain Spock. Saavik must now undergo a personal journey from sorrow and grief to emotionless logic. This is complicated by her working relationship and growing personal friendship with Dr. David Marcus.
Chief of Security, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Michael Slagenweit-Coffman
Juan is a member of Admiral Harry Morrow's personal staff at Starfleet Command. The 28-year old Spaniard hails from Cordoba, in Andalucia. Juan transfers aboard U.S.S. Grissom to become part of the Security team following the events at Cinera base. He is an excellent team player, but suffers from a fiery temper. He finds Clive Saunders socially entertaining, but is irritated by his lack of respect for the rules and regulations. Juan is viewed as a 'landlubber' by some of the crew of U.S.S. Grissom, given his recent Earthside posting at Starfleet Command.
Security Ops Division Head, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Rick Pike
Lars is from rural Västervik, Sweden. Although only 26, he is the Security Operations Divisional Head aboard the U.S.S. Grissom. Lars is professional and very protective of the individuals under his command, and he takes their security very seriously. He appears cool and unemotional at times, but cares deeply about his colleagues. He is on good terms with Stephanie Ottair, and he is one of the few people that she trusts.
Chief of Security, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Michael Hudson
Paul Hewson is the Chief of Security aboard the Grissom, prior to his replacement by Juan Casas. Paul is 28 years old and comes from Kent, in England. His husband, Mark Atkins, serves aboard the Potemkin. Paul and Mark were married shipboard by J.T. Esteban, carrying on the maritime tradition of the Captain having the power to conduct a marriage ceremony at sea. Paul is a very efficient officer and heavily relied upon by J.T. Esteban. He works closely with Lars Thorsen, the Security Operations Divisional Head aboard the U.S.S. Grissom, and they make an excellent team.
Communications Officer, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Bodo Hartwig
Brian Childers entered Starfleet Academy later in life, having first pursued a career in architecture. Subsequently he was in his early 30s before being accepted to Starfleet Academy. Brian is from Bristol, England, and his father was Irish and his mother German. He spent his student years studying in Hamburg and Cambridge. He was an Ensign aboard Grissom, but promoted to Lieutenant. J.G. during the Genesis Mission.
Helmsman, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Grainne Ahern
Rebecca is the helmsman aboard the U.S.S. Grissom. Her ancestor, Hoshi Sato served aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise (NX-01) and was instrumental in the development of the linguacode translation matrix. Rebecca, 28 years old, joined Starfleet due to her interest in deep space exploration, and graduated top of her class from Star Fleet Academy. She is a gifted musician and singer, and can often be found entertaining her crewmates in the recreation room. Her husband, Robert Igoe, serves aboard the U.S.S. Excelsior (NX-2000) in Engineering.
Biologist, assigned to Science Team, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Estie Gerrard
Ensign Monica Gerber is a biologist aboard Grissom. She is also the focus of an ongoing romantic rivalry between Lt. Lars Thorsen and Nurse Sean Murphy, who both vie for her attentions, much to the secret amusement of their friends and colleagues.
Medical Team, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Seán Paul Teeling
Murphy is from Dublin, Ireland. Murphy trained at the Starfleet Medical Nursing Faculty, and is qualified in General, Paediatric Nursing and Midwifery, with a specialty in Trauma. Murphy has the complete trust of Dr. S'Raazh, with whom he enjoys a wonderful friendship. They regularly trade barbed comments, but all in good nature. Esteban finds Murphy's effusive nature a bit offputting and usually gives him a wide berth. He is single, and vies with Lars Thorsen for the romantic attentions of Ensign Monica Gerber.
Biologist, Sciences Division, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Esthie Gerrard
Ensign Sharon DeLonghi is assigned to cartography aboard the U.S.S. Grissom and works closely with the Science Department under Commander Solak, and later Lt.Commander Chattman. DeLonghi is a native of Italy, her father is Italian, her mother, Greek. DeLonghi shares a bunkroom with Specialist Aabin, with whom she is a good friend.
Climatology Specialist, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Benjamin Cavesdale
Aabin is a 20-year-old Deltan, on his second mission, having been aboard the Oberth class ship U.S.S. Ballard. His field speciality is Climatology. He has signed up for five years with Starfleet. Ever the professional, Aabin enjoys the company of his colleagues.
Like all Deltans working in the presence of non-Deltans, he has taken the oath of celibacy to limit the release of his powerful Deltan pheremones.
Captain's Yeoman, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Hannah Klang
Yeoman Fernando enlisted at age 17, not prepared to wait another extra year to enter Starfleet Academy at 18. She is from Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Earth. Arunie signed up directly to a posting aboard the U.S.S. Endeavour, and received basic training, as well as specific courses required for her clerical and administrative position. She is devoted to Captain J.T. Esteban, and a protége of Lieutenant Graav, with whom she served previously aboard the U.S.S. Endeavour.
Navigator, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by William Raymer
Bacari is the navigator aboard the U.S.S. Grissom, and hails from Dakar, Senegal. He is fluent in Madinka, French, and English. Bacari served on the U.S.S. Gallant prior to its destruction in the 'Wormhole Incident' (Stardate 8145.3) but was fortunate enough to transfer over to the U.S.S. Grissom prior to that event.
Engineering Crew, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Aine Ni Choileain
Kara hails from Dublin, Ireland. She decided to join Starfleet at age 19, but was held back a year due to disciplinary infractions. She had been a cadet aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, but is reassigned to U.S.S. Grissom following the Battle of the Mutara Nebula. Now 21 years old, Kara is none too impressed with her new assignment, considering the U.S.S. Grissom a definite step down after her tour aboard the Enterprise, which she considered 'thrilling.'
CADET RACHEL WOOD
Transporter Crew, U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Hannah Klang
Rachel Wood is from Cardiff in Wales. Rachel is a very sincere and studious cadet, and takes her position in Starfleet very seriously. Whilst in Starfleet Academy, she was never one for parties, preferring to listen to jazz music at the many good music venues in San Francisco. With a strong Celtic heritage, Rachel’s parents being Irish and Welsh, she has a fascination in the Celtic culture and mythology, which extends to her interest in music and art from that period of Earth's history. Rachel is currently assigned to the Transporter Team and reports to Commander Ottair.
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Enterprise
As Star Trek: Grissom opens, Admiral Kirk is still in mourning for his friend and colleague, Captain Spock. When Lieutenant Saavik is reassigned to work on the survey of the newly formed Genesis Planet, Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise transport Saavik to her rendezvous with her new assignment, the U.S.S. Grissom. Enroute, they meet up with Kirk's son, Dr. David Marcus.
Fleet Admiral, StarFleet Command
portrayed by Andrew Foster
Fleet Admiral Morrow is a personal friend of James T. Kirk, and Morrow communicates directly with Capt. J.T. Esteban on all issues pertaining to the mission to the Genesis Planet, via coded Priority One communiqués. Morrow carried out the inspection tour of the U.S.S. Enterprise following the battle of the Mutara Nebula, effectively taking the ship out of service. He is intent on keeping the U.S.S. Grissom as the only ship in the Mutara sector, and to prevent Kirk from becoming involved in a "subject of galactic debate and controversy."
Chief of Staff, StarFleet Command
portrayed by Keith Harris
Alex was born in the late 20th century (in 1976). In his third year at the United States Air Force Academy, in 1998, he was on leave when he and his siblings (Michelle and Jason McKnight) ‘mysteriously disappeared’. In reality, it was a mysterious alien transporter, discovered by the U.S.S. Enterprise under Captain Robert April, that brought the three to the 23rd century, where Alexander and his siblings underwent social re-orientation and education to adapt to life in the 23rd century. Alex McKnight was accepted for Starfleet Academy in 2252. He graduated at the top of his Academy class in 2256, earning a posting on the U.S.S. Hood. After a distinguished 25-year career in Starfleet, Alexander is currently Chief of Staff, Starfleet's Commander-in-Chief.
Captain of the U.S.S. Hathaway
portrayed by Brad Hathaway
Jeffery Pierce was born in Ohio, North America. The death of his father when he was a child served as a driving force in his life which ultimately led to his entering Starfleet. Jeffery was initially assigned to the starship U.S.S. Potemkin in the sciences division, and specialized in astronomy, astrophysics and planetology. He eventually entered command training, with the sponsorship of Captain J.T. Esteban, and eventually attained the rank of Commander in 2277. He was then promoted to Potemkin's first officer, in which capacity he served for seven years until being promoted to Captain in 2284. Pierce was later assigned as the commanding officer of the second Constellation-class starship, the U.S.S. Hathaway (known as the "other great experiment").
Captain of the U.S.S. Excelsior
portrayed by Seán Paul Teeling
A personal friend of Captain J.T. Esteban, Larry Styles was a Starfleet Officer in the late 23rd century. By 2285 Captain Styles was placed in command of the U.S.S. Excelsior (NX-2000) which was, at that time, a testbed for the experimental transwarp drive. Although he has a turbulent working relationship with Jeffery Pierce, he is still one of the close knit 'group of four' comprising Pierce, Esteban, McKnight and himself, who watch each others' backs in the uncertain times plaguing the Alpha quadrant.
CIVILIANS ASSIGNED TO
THE U.S.S. GRISSOM
Civilian Xenologist, assigned to U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Will Dees
Clive Saunders is a native of Poole, Dorset, in England. Clive studied at Oxford, England and carried out experimental field work in low-gravity situations at Tycho City on the Lunar surface. He is currently a freelance xenologist. Saunders is a former colleague of Dr. Carol Marcus, on whose team of scientists he worked on the 'Genesis Proposal' up until 2284, when Marcus proposed the most ambitious and potentially dangerous of her plans to the Federation, dubbed ''Project Genesis.'' Once Marcus' project was accepted for Federation funding, Saunders left the project, fearing that it would be usurped by Starfleet for its own ends. Saunders reluctantly joins the U.S.S. Grissom at the request of Carol Marcus. Sauders must also endure the incessant annoyance of professional rival, Dr. Michael Liebmann, while aboard Grissom.
Civilian Marine Biologist, assigned to U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Michael Liebmann
Dr. Liebmann is an American marine biologist assigned to U.S.S. Grissom and joins the ship at planet Pacifica, enroute to the Genesis Planet. Dr. Liebmann is fluent in several languages, and equally annoying in all. He has been working at the Cetacean Institute on Pacifica for the last several years, and previously worked at Starfleet Command, where he was a colleague and friend of Admiral Morrow. Capt. Esteban suspects this is the reason why Liebmann has been assigned to the Genesis Planet mission. Liebmann is faced with one of his biggest rivals (and antagonists) aboard Grissom -- Dr. Clive Saunders.
Assistant to Dr. Liebmann, assigned to U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Grainne Ahern
M'Pursong is a personal assistant employed by Dr. Liebmann on Pacifica, but is much more than the loyal able-bodied assistant she appears to be. She is a felinoid Caitian.
Civilian Research Scientist, assigned to U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Dave McEvoy (Episode 3 - forward)
and by Adrian Howard-Jones (Episode 1 & 2)
David Marcus has mellowed somewhat since we last saw him in 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.' He has reconciled himself to the fact that Captain James T. Kirk is his father, and he is mourning the loss of his friends and colleagues from Space Station Regula 1, who died at the hands of the rebel Khan Noonien Singh. David finds himself attracted to Lt. Saavik, and unbeknownst to the crew at large, he and Saavik have become lovers. His voyage to the Genesis Planet may reveal other secrets -- and fears -- for which only he knows the truth.
Unofficial crew member aboard U.S.S. Grissom
portrayed by Shadow McNamara Teeling
A 2-year old Pomeranian male canine from Earth, aboard at the insistence of his owner, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vindi S'Raazh. Although officially allowed only in his owner's personal quarters, Muggle is a regular fixture in U.S.S. Grissom's sickbay (and elsewhere aboard ship).
portrayed by Lucie Faria-Cook
S'veralis is a Romulan agent, genetically altered to appear human (as Shar-on Colgan), who is part of an elaborate Romulan plot to retrieve information about the Genesis Project from the U.S.S. Grissom. She is ruthless and cunning, and uses her myriad abilities to try to acquire the Genesis data. S'Veralis is assigned to her mission due to her success as a covert field operative.
Galactic Con Man
portrayed by Nick J. Cook
Cyrano Jones is a jovial galactic trader, con man, and general nuisance in the mid-23rd century. Among his wares, Jones pawns articles such as Spican flame gems, Antarean glow water and tribbles. Trouble of all sorts usually follows him.
Head of Research, Cinera Base
portrayed by Alex Matthews
Little is known about Terlis, other than that he comes from Delta IV. According to the records of Cinera Base, he led a group of Deltans to that asteroid base, purportedly to work on negating the effects of Deltan pheromones. Terlis chose, instead, to devote his study to the mastery of genetic research, regardless of the consequences to any of his unwilling victims. Terlis possesses enhanced mental powers, but it is unknown if these are a genetic mutation or a result of specific genetic manipulation. Terlis’s contacts within Starfleet are unknown, but it is suspected that he must have some sort of clandestine Starfleet support for his unethical experimentations.
Intelligence Operative, Klingon Empire
portrayed by Barbara Puder
Lady Valkris is a female Klingon and a member of one of the Great Houses, along with older brother, Kiosan. Valkris is one of the few females to lead a Klingon Great House, having been chosen for the honor over Kiosan. The shame of this drove Kiosan to dishonorable behavior. Kiosan's dishonor has tainted the House so badly that Valkris was forced to disown him. During this time, she becomes involved with Commander Kruge, feeling that he would help her regain some of the honor she has lost due to Kiosan's actions. For his part, Kruge admires the young woman as a fierce warrior.
When the Klingon Empire becomes aware of Project Genesis, Valkris undertakes a mission to obtain the Genesis data.
Klingon Commander, Klingon Empire
portrayed by Karl Puder
Commander Kruge is the commanding officer of a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. He is also the lover of the Klingon spy, Lady Valkris. After receiving intelligence on the powerful Genesis Device from a freighter crew, Kruge takes his ship and crew to the Genesis Planet in a rogue operation aimed at stealing the technology, which he perceives as a great weapon. His actions have a devastating effect on the mission of the U.S.S. Grissom.
Captain of the Phoenix
portrayed by John Whiting
The Captain of the independent Merchantman Phoenix transports the Caitian freelance spy, M'Pursong, during her escape from the wrath of Lady Valkris, her employer. Eventually the Merchantman Captain ends up himself in the employ of Lady Valkris. He cares only for credits, Romulan ale, Saurian brandy, and women; all of which he presumes to gather in great quantity following his employ by Lady Valkris. He is a foolish man to trust the Klingons.
Civilian Research Scientist
portrayed by Melissa D. Wilson
Carol Marcus may have reconciled her demons with Starfleet and Admiral Kirk, but she is less than happy with her son David's decision to join Starfleet aboard the U.S.S. Grissom. Although she knows David is best placed to lead the survey of the Genesis Planet, she still fears dangers may lie in store for her son, given the controversy and secrecy surrounding Project Genesis.
portrayed by Tobey Slagenweit-Coffman
Ch'ai is a former corporal in the Ch'ramaki Defense Force. Many of his people were brutally massacred by the Klingons. His frustration with his situation turns to controlled anger, and he takes certain matters into his own hands. He wants to make a point, to get help for his people, and is convinced that taking hostages will help spread his message.
portrayed by David O'Neill
Yet another ruthless Klingon operative involved in finding out the secrecy surrounding the Federation's Genesis Project.
Captain, S.S. Arcadia Starliner
portrayed by Charles H. Miller II
Captain Ri'Taarx is captain of the luxury Starliner S.S. Arcadia, which is hijacked by Ch'ramaki refugees. He is a Saurian, and speaks with a rasping voice.