Portrait of a Character – Karyn Archer

Portrait of a Character – Karyn Archer

Karyn Archer marries canon and fan fiction.


During the run of Star Trek: Enterprise, there is an episode where the ship meets its own descendants. It is through an odd time travel trope. E2 has led me to four books and also two kicks back in time. Karyn is in the second one, and she is seen in Everybody Knows This is Nowhere.

I decided that Karyn, who in canon is Jonathan Archer‘s descendant, would also be a descendant to Lili and José. Hence she adds the captain, in a way, to the O’Day-Reed-Hayes-Digiorno-Madden family line.


Portrait of a Character – Karyn Archer

Tess Lina as Karyn Archer (image is for educational purposes)

As in canon, Karyn is played by actress Tess Lina.


Friendly and generally upbeat, Karyn is a big part of why the older NX-01 holds together at all. She is vital to its existence.


I don’t have a relationship for Karyn. People sometimes ‘ship her and Lorian, but I have him taking two separate human wives, and only having children with the first one. Karyn, unfortunately, is left out of the genetics sweepstakes.

Mirror Universe

Karyn, by definition, cannot exist in the Mirror Universe, as she is the product of a kick back in time. And in a way, I think that’s okay, because she gets a measure of goodness. Much like Dr. Hugh Culber in Star Trek Discovery, she does not have a dark side to her.


“Sir, they are going to want to know about the Xindi weapon, and why we did not stop it.”


For a character with not a lot of screen time, Karyn is already pretty memorable. I hope I have done her some justice.

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Shuttlepod pilot, fan fiction writer, sentient marsupial canid.