Portrait of a Character – Richard Daniels
This character is, of course, Star Trek: Enterprise canon, but he does not have a given name in canon, or even a first initial. Nothing is known of his inner life or personality. In the series, he’s just a time traveler and does not seem to have emotional reactions to much of what happens, except when his own time period is threatened.
As in canon, Richard is played by actor Matt Winston.
Smarter than anyone else in the room, Rick is a natural for time travel. But he’s also a bit bored, and is jaded by constantly putting things back. This includes allowing people to die who seem to be innocents. In order to comfort himself, and to keep himself occupied, he begins bedding women in time.
All goes along fine until one of the women ends up pregnant. This would not matter so much to history (although it matters to Richard), except that the pregnant woman is the Empress Hoshi Sato.
He has a good relationship with his sister, Eleanor. For a long time, she is the only person he confides in.
Rick is a womanizer at the start of A Long, Long Time Ago. Here are his known conquests, in the order of the conquests (his perspective in time):
|His Time||Her Name||Her Time|
|After 3101||Betty Tyler||1929|
|After 3101||Phillipa Green||March, 2763|
|After 3101||Empress Hoshi Sato (mirror)||January 30, 2156|
|After 3101||Dana MacKenzie||2380|
|After 3101||Irene of Castile||1417|
|May 5, 3104||Carmen Calavicci||May 5, 3104|
|March 27 – August 25, 3109||Tina April||March 27, 3109 – August 25, 3109|
|September 7, 3109||Annette (Windy) Bradley||May 3 – 4, 1970|
|3109 – 3110||Sheilagh Bernstein||September, 3109 – March 3110|
|March 3110||Milena Chelenska||July – August, 1968|
Unlike his temporal conquests, Tina is a real-live girlfriend for Richard. They check each other out in A Lesson and then are introduced at the start of Temper. But at the end of A Long, Long Time Ago, he ends it, although he contacts her a few times, during both Ohio and The Point is Probably Moot.
They meet during the events of Spring Thaw. They enjoy each other’s company and are intellectual equals. They’re also both suffering from some melancholy. Hers is more significant than his, as she is a Holocaust survivor. Perhaps in part because he isn’t supposed to have her, Richard finds himself falling for her. It isn’t until He Stays a Stranger that he does anything about it.
Richard goes on several missions for the Temporal Integrity Commission. He isn’t just fooling around. Here are his only known missions (so far) –
|His Time||Mission Locale||Mission Time|
|After 3096||NX-01||July 10, 2154|
|Between 3096 & 3101||American Colonies||1757|
|Between 3096 & 3101||Pompeii||AD 79|
|Between 3096 & 3101||Rome||44 BC|
|Between 3096 & 3101||Rome||450 BC|
|After 3101||New Jersey/New York||1929|
|After 3101||Unknown, somewhere on Earth||March, 2763|
|After 3101||ISS Defiant||January 30, 2156|
|After 3101||USS Enterprise-E||2380|
|3104||Mirror Universe, Dawitan||November 3, 2012|
|March 27, 3109||Lafa II||2161/2166/2178|
|August, 3109||Clear Lake, Iowa||1959|
|September 7, 3109||Kent State, Ohio||May 3 – 4, 1970|
|3109||Rome, Pompeii and Naples||May, 1960|
|3109||Prague||July – August, 1968|
|3109||Oklahoma City||April, 1995|
|3110||Mirror Universe/Earth orbit and Rura Penthe/Prague||May 20 – 25, 2192/June 21, 1964/July 19 – 20,1969|
As is explained in the HG Wells series, a lot of temporal alterations are minor (otric), and don’t affect the overall timeline. In the E2 stories, Richard’s cabin is opened up more than once, as the displaced NX-01 attempts to reach him so that they can be restored to their correct time period. While it’s difficult for him, Rick ends up having to ignore them as the Enterprise, in two separate iterations, is meant to be in the 2030s and beyond.
In Temper, his music is The Records’ Your Starry Eyes. But in the HG Wells stories, his themes are Andrew Gold’s Lonely Boy and then, finally, Secret Agent Man by Johnny Rivers, which was the original inspirational music for the series itself.
Rick does not have a Mirror Universe counterpart, and explains the reason for that to Sheilagh Bernstein during Ohio. In First Born, because Rick has fathered a temporally incompatible child, he and his boss, Carmen Calavicci, have to negotiate in order to allow Rick’s son, Jun, to live. One of the conditions of Jun being allowed to survive is that Rick is not permitted to return to the Mirror Universe during the Empress’s lifetime. However, he can go to the Mirror during other time periods and, when he does, in a kind of salute to her, he calls himself Ritchie as she called him that (the nickname is a reference to Ritchie Valens, and A Long, Long Time Ago). An earlier Mirror Universe mission is shown in Pat the Bunny.
“I’m sorry, but no, though I have never forgotten you, either of you. And I love my, my child, but I know that I have never been a father to you. I wish I had been.”
For a guy who doesn’t even have a first name in canon, I think I’ve given him a pretty wild life. Hopefully, readers find him as fascinating as I have.