Portrait of a Character – Craig Willets

Portrait of a Character – Craig Willets

Origins

I needed a character in my Star Trek fanfiction who would be a little lovesick, a little nerdy and as young as Brian Delacroix. Enter Craig Willets.

Portrayal

Craig is played by Michael Cera.

Michael Cera as Craig Willets
Michael Cera as Craig Willets

He is believably nerdy, and very young. He looks like the lowest-level Engineering crewman, easily the kind of guy you could see scrubbing plasma conduits.

Personality

Portrait of a Character – Craig Willets

Shy and withdrawn, Craig is in danger of being completely left out of the E2 genetics sweepstakes. It does not help his cause when, in The Three of Us, he commits a mildly disturbing act.

In the prime timeline, he rooms with Richard Daniels until Daniels reveals that he is a time traveler and leaves the ship. In November 13th, a far older Craig reveals in his memoirs that Daniels accidentally ended up with a pair of his (Craig’s) boots. This was due to Craig (this is canon!) being a rather messy roommate.

Relationships

Trenia

In the first kick back in time, he and the Ikaaran engineer end up together. Very little is mentioned about their relationship.

Dakiza

During the second kick back, he marries Dakiza, who is also an engineer. They have a son, Jeris. This marriage is a little less happy, and Craig very nearly strays.

Mirror Universe

Portrait of a Character – Craig Willets
Mirror Craig

While I have never, specifically, written a Mirror Universe version of Craig, there are no impediments to his existence. I believe he would be considerably more assertive.

Or he might still be withdrawn. I don’t know yet.

 

Quote

“All I know, is that we’ve been ignoring them. But that damned message it, it brought it all back that they are right there. I got old logs, too, yanno. And I read them sometimes. I wonder – I can’t help it – was I better off with Trenia? I could just reach out – if only I could. If they would only let us!”

Upshot

Whither Craig? I’m unsure. But I think even space travelers can be lacking in confidence, and even the future will have underaged crew members. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him just yet.

 

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