‘Star Trek’ Characters Who Would Be Friends if They Met

An extremely important aspect of the ongoing success of the Star Trek franchise is the many compelling characters it has given audiences. But because the shows take place in different locations and at different periods in history, many of the characters who would likely get along really well have never had the chance to meet. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Michael and Jadzia: Two highly confident women of ‘Star Trek’

Sonequa Martin-Green at the premiere of 'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 2, 2019
Sonequa Martin-Green at the premiere of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, 2019 | Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) of Discovery and Jadzia Dax (Terry Ferrell) of Deep Space Nine are two prominent characters in the Star Trek franchise who would surely be good friends if they crossed paths.

They have similar attitudes. Both characters are confident and brash, not afraid to roll up their sleeves and jump head-first into a challenging situation. They also both have a certain good-natured quality when it comes to the people they care about. And what’s more, both of them grow into their confidence over time.

When we first meet Michael, she’s struggling with her reputation as a mutineer. And having been raised in part by Vulcans, she still demonstrates some typical Vulcan affectations and behavioral traits. That’s not really who she is, but she’s still trying to find her authentic identity. She seems a little uncomfortable in her own skin at this point.

But over the course of the series, she challenges herself, takes on leadership roles, and grows into the self-assured captain she is today.

Similarly, our first glimpse of Jadzia is shortly after she receives the Dax symbiont. She hasn’t fully integrated all of its memories and personality traits yet. But as she goes further with that process — and as she faces difficulties that allow her to stretch herself — she evolves into someone who is confident, jovial, and difficult not to love.

Spock and Sisko: Similar leadership styles

What’s interesting about Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Sisko (Avery Brooks)  of Deep Space Nine is that they approach their roles as leaders with similar attitudes. They’re both deliberate in their thinking, and they demonstrate a similar ability to look inward and be reflective. 

In addition, they both know when it’s appropriate to violate the guiding principles they’ve set for themselves. Spock, for whom logic is of course deeply important, recognizes that it is not the only criterion that should guide one’s decisions. In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, he’s talking to Valeris (Kim Cattrall) and says, “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, Valeris. Not the end.” 

And in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, after he mind-melds with V’ger, he has something of an epiphany. V’ger experiences pure logic and still longs for something more. And Spock realizes that greater meaning can be found in beauty, hope, and affection for others.

And as Spock knows when to question logic, Sisko knows when to challenge the rules of Starfleet. For example, in the episode “In The Pale Moonlight,” he basically tricks the Romulans into throwing their hat into the ring of the Dominion War. It’s the only way he can see that victory might be possible.

It’s a huge deal because that kind of deception goes against all of his Starfleet training. It also leads to one of his most memorable monologues about how he feels he can live with the fact that he deceived the Romulans because he thinks it serves the greater good.

Tilly and Wesley: fellow geeks

These two have so much in common. If Tilly (Mary Wiseman) of Discovery and Wesley (Wil Wheaton) of The Next Generation met when they were both teenagers, they would become instant best friends.

Both characters are highly intelligent but a little socially awkward. They both have ambitions of rising through the ranks of Starfleet (at least initially for Wesley) but their self-consciousness poses an obstacle.

Tilly and Wesley also both feel like outsiders when we first meet them. Wesley because he’s the only kid on the Enterprise and Tilly because she hasn’t yet developed the self-assuredness we see in later seasons. If these two had the opportunity to develop a friendship, they could be incredible sources of encouragement and support for one another.

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