Portrait of a Character – Janice Rand
This character was removed from canon way too prematurely. I try to remedy that with fanfiction.
As in canon, Janice is played by the late actress Grace Lee Whitney.
This lovely and bright actress got a raw deal. Why? Because Kirk was supposed to be the bachelor captain with a girl in every port. And Whitney’s fatal flaw was having chemistry with him that was a little too good.
She was unceremoniously let go from a job that she loved and, by all accounts, was good at. I wish that hadn’t happened. I think Whitney could have stayed with the show throughout its run.
Subservient but also smart, Yeoman Rand could have gone further.
James T. Kirk
As I write her in the Mirror, she and Kirk have a real relationship, pre-Marlene Moreau.
The truth is, right now, the only way I am showing Janice is in the Mirror, where she was never shown in canon.
In my fanfiction, she is Captain James T. Kirk‘s Captain’s Woman right before Marlena Moreau.
And Marlena can’t stand the competition.
Janice’s fate is to be stabbed to death by Marlena in the latter’s inexorable rise to power, which leads to the first MU episode ever, Mirror, Mirror.
I should write more prequel action with her. I bet she would be more assertive and sexy in the Mirror Universe.
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