Travis Mayweather

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Travis Mayweather
Travis Mayweather.JPG
Species Human
Born 2126
Affiliation Starfleet
Posting Helmsman,
Enterprise (NX-01)
Rank Ensign
Portrayed by Anthony Montgomery

Travis Mayweather is a fictional character, portrayed by Anthony Montgomery, in the television series Star Trek: Enterprise, serving as a navigator and helm officer aboard the starship Enterprise. He holds the rank of Ensign, and is in the command division. Mayweather is one of the main characters throughout the show's entire four-season run.

Character overview[edit]

Television series[edit]

Mayweather was born in 2126 aboard the ECS Horizon, a human J-class cargo ship, and visited many places such as Trillius Prime, Draylax, Vega Colony, and both Tenebian moons. He is a "boomer", meaning he grew up in space aboard cargo ships, and that he has more experience in space than even his commanding officer, Captain Jonathan Archer.

Mayweather is a quiet and enthusiastic young man who is a highly skilled pilot and has some spelunking experience. He has at least one brother, Paul, who became the captain of the Horizon after the death of their father, the ship's previous captain, in January 2153. Their mother, Rianna, was the ship's medic and chief engineer. There is also mention that Mayweather has a sister who is married, but she is never seen. Mayweather returned home to the Horizon circa January 10, 2153 while the Horizon was heading to the Deneva colony. While heading to Deneva Station, the Horizon was attacked by pirates but Mayweather's experience with weapons from Starfleet allowed the Horizon to defend herself against her attackers.

Over the course of the series, Mayweather has been injured, incapacitated, or even "killed" more times than any other character in the primary cast.

When Star Trek: Enterprise was first conceived, Mayweather was intended to be a lieutenant, because of his experience in space. His rank was changed to Ensign because the producers thought that having Mayweather and the older Malcolm Reed at a similar rank wouldn't be believable.[citation needed]

Novels[edit]

In the novel Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures, Mayweather is promoted to first officer of the USS Pioneer under Captain Malcolm Reed.

Mirror Universe[edit]

In the two-part episode "In a Mirror, Darkly", the Mirror Universe version of Travis Mayweather is a sergeant in the MACO corps. He eventually allies himself with the Mirror Hoshi Sato in her attempt to take over the Terran Empire.

Reception[edit]

According to author David Greven, "Ensign Travis Mayweather, the helmsman, is African American and a complete blank, rarely given even one non-technobabble line an episode; without the slightest exaggeration, it is entirely accurate to say that Nichelle Nichols' Uhura on Original Trek had more lines of dialog."[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Greven, David. Gender and Sexuality in Star Trek. Jefferson: McFarland and Company, 2009. pg. 123.

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