A focus (unlike a spotlight) is an in-depth look at a Star Trek fanfiction canon item and my twist(s) on it.
Of course, all of fan fiction is like that, but the idea here is to provide a window into how a single canon concept can be used in fan fiction.
Star Trek Enterprise did one thing extremely well, which is that it gave audiences a good, solid look at Andorians, a canon alien species that has been around back to The Original Series, about fifty years ago.
Background – Andorians
The look of Andorians has changed over time, as advancements in makeup and prosthetic technology have made the blue-skilled antennaed aliens look more and more real.
Shran is easily the most fully-realized of all Andorians ever shown in the series, if not canon.
While there are Andorians in the Barnstorming series, the main occasion for showing them is in this short story. To dovetail with Shran’s casual prejudice, I made the entire species (more or less) like that. And so Talla, who is half and half, is bullied at school. In order to shout down her persecutors, she claims that her father still has the Teneebian Amethyst. And that’s when things get difficult ….
Andorians are a fascinating canon species, and I’d love to showcase them more. At some point, I’ll try to find a place for them, and not just in contrast to the related Aenar.
This character is, of course Star Trek: Enterprise canon, and is present on the ship throughout its entire time in outer space, e. g. 2151 – 2161. During the run of the series, he was not explored too well and, by the third and fourth seasons, the actor and the character often had little to do.
Affable and curious, Travis is more of an adventurer and an explorer than the others. A part of this is due to his age, but also due to the fact that he’s spent nearly his entire life in space. He’s already had his “firsts”.
The way I write him, he can have some melancholy, particularly in the context of Together. But things start out differently. In Party on Risa (a missing scene from the canon episode, Two Days, Two Nights), he dances with a mysterious alien woman (savvy readers should recognize that this is a full-blooded Witannen). In The Puzzle, he’s kidnapped for an odd alien experiment that makes him question existence and think philosophically, beyond his normal understanding. Ultimately, he enjoys the experience, and even makes a few new friends.
In Reversal, he’s sympathetic and is willing to give Doug a chance. He also has his fun, particularly in Intolerance, as it is initially his idea to compete with Tripp and Malcolm for the female medical students. Originally, there are assignments (they change the game later, when it’s determined that there are two, rather than three women, as they had originally thought), and he is “assigned” to Blair Claymore.
But melancholy isn’t far behind. Together turns out rather badly for him, as he and Jennifer do not get along and he eventually fears a bit for his job. In Temper, in the alternate timeline, Malcolm reveals that Travis died at impact when a shuttle crashed (and Malcolm himself became permanently injured as Tripp and Hoshi died fighting).
Hijinks return briefly in Broken Seal, when he is an accomplice when the movie is altered.
This canon relationship takes place during E2 and I do not tamper with it. With Julie, Travis is free and easy. They have a good relationship. For both kick backs in time, they have a son, who they name after Travis’s brother, Paul.
This isn’t much of a relationship as they are thrown together during the events of Together. It isn’t until Fortune that the reader learns that Jennifer emerged from that experience pregnant. Whether she lost the baby via miscarriage or abortion remains unknown, and Travis concedes the point and will not ask.
During the events of Reversal, Shelby gives Travis an apple (as is depicted in Apple, a missing scene story). He realizes she wants a serious relationship, but he knows he isn’t in the right place to commit to her, and it would be unfair. But rather than tell her, he rather immaturely runs off. Lili ends up chasing after him, demanding that he apologize. As for Shelby, at some point after this, she ends up with José for a while, but she and Travis have the potential to start up during Fortune. Given the events of Day of the Dead, it appears that this relationship doesn’t go anywhere.
When Travis finally does marry, it’s to Ellen Warren. Ellen is mentioned in Day of the Dead – she and Travis have just met. But Travis is always on the road, and Ellen is stuck with the house and the dog (they do not have children). It all comes to a head in Equinox, when Travis realizes he’d better retire as Ellen is giving him an ultimatum – space or me. Because the Bluebird is detained, it’s highly likely that Travis and Ellen divorce as she has had it with him, and with Starfleet.
I have so much on him that this will be a separate post.
“Maybe a kiss will be a thrill for her. It’s just one kiss. Hey, you never know.”
This character was grossly underutilized during the series run, and I admit I don’t use him enough, either. It often seems that some characters just don’t get a lot of air time, and Travis is one of those characters. In my fiction, he gets a lot more airtime in the Mirror Universe. It’s tough for me to give him more justice, as she doesn’t really fit into my main family (O’Day-Beckett–Hayes-Reed-MacKenzie–Ramirez-Crossman-Sato etc.), but Ellen certainly fits into the Warren-Parker family. He may yet get more ink.