Portrait of a Character – Patti Socorro

Origins

This character is technically Star Trek: Enterprise canon but is never seen on screen. She does not have a first name, or a first initial and, instead, the sole reference to an Ensign Socorro refers to her smell after exercising.

Some introduction, eh?

Portrayal

I wanted an actress who would be decent-looking but not a breathless knockout.

Carey Mulligan as Patti Socorro
Carey Mulligan as Patti Socorro

Therefore, I chose British actress Carey Mulligan. Mulligan has some sci-fi cred, having been in an episode of Doctor Who.

Personality

Brittle and withdrawn, Patti is as luckless as Lili O’Day when the Enterprise is thrown back in time the first time, during the E2 stories (Reflections Down a Corridor). I write her as a Crewman (in canon, she’s an Ensign) and so, when Lili and Patti are the only two unclaimed women left, they are referred to by Chang and the others as the Ensign and the Crewman. No one has to be told who the Ensign and the Crewman are.

Because she is more vulnerable than Lili, Patti is targeted, and Chang, Hodgkins, Brown, Curtis and Kemper attack, with Haynem helping but not taking part in the actual attack. This incident colors life on the NX-01,and Sandra Sloane is also implicated as a helper.

In the second kick back in time, Patti stays safe as the situation does not get anywhere near as out of control. For a while, she and Lili room together.

Relationships

William Slocum

Because the herd has thinned quite a bit, Will feels that he can approach her. He makes his move before the attack, but is there afterwards to try to help her heal a bit. He’s somewhat inept, however, and eventually they divorce during the first kick back in time.

Derek Kelby

In the second kick back in time, Derek (a canon character who does not have a canon first name) and Patti wed. This time, she is not the penultimate woman chosen.

Mirror Universe

Patti doesn’t have a Mirror Universe counterpart yet.

Carey Mulligan

I think a Mirror Patti would have to be considerably more assertive. She’d probably also have to be competent – but not necessarily overly so – in order to be on the Defiant. After all, Empress Hoshi doesn’t like a lot of female competition.

Quote

“I don’t, well, no one, has the time for me to hang around and recover from this. Those guys have to be caught.”

Upshot

This Navigational Crewman has been really put through the ringer by me. Maybe a Mirror version will fare better.

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