Portrait of a Character – Amanda Cole
The character is, of course, canon.
Furthermore, in canon, in the E2 episode, she and Phlox marry and have nine children.
Brash and maybe a little pushy, Amanda is the kind of person who goes after whatever she wants. If I were writing more of a prelude to the E2 stories, I probably would have included a confrontation between her and T’Pol. That might happen in the future; I’m not sure.
During the first kick back in time, in 2037, Phlox is recruited to play Santa Claus. Unbeknownst to him, the members of the crew stand in line to request gifts (the first two children haven’t been born yet, so the lineup is solely composed of adults) and Amanda is first. Surprising him, she sits on his lap, an act that he finds pleasing. Her sexual aggressiveness is what kick starts their relationship.
I do not believe that there are any impediments to Amanda existing in the Mirror Universe. She was not shown during either of the Star Trek: Enterprise canon Mirror Universe episodes, but that does not mean that the character was necessarily not there.
I write most Mirror Universe women as being overly sexed and beholden to men. I think Amanda would be. Here, she’s the touch MACO. There, she’s yet another sexpot, looking to snag a strong man before her looks fade, someone to protect her and her eventual children.
“Sure. Captain, I wanna tell you, I want to thank you for, for this, this opportunity. … I just, I never thought I’d become a mother.”
This is a character that wasn’t used too much in canon, and probably should have been. I suspect that real-world issues changed that, as the show was facing cancellation during that season. If it had not been, and she had been seen a few more times, who’s to say what would have happened, and where the writers would have taken the storyline? As is the case with many things with Enterprise – Star Trek fanfiction to the rescue!
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