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This page details Christopher Pike in the primary universe; for the Christopher Pike in the mirror universe see Christopher Pike (mirror); for the Christopher Pike in the alternate reality created by Nero's temporal incursion see Christopher Pike (alternate reality); for the Christopher Pike in all other alternate universes see Christopher Pike (alternates).
Full Name: Christopher Richard McKinnies Prescott Pike
Species: Human
Gender: male
Born: 2219
Died: 2320
Affiliation: Federation Starfleet
Family
Parents: Father: Petty Officer Charles Pike/Josh Pike

Mother: Willa McKinnies (deceased, 2231)
Stepfather: Heston Prescott (deceased, 2231)

Adoptive Mother: Hobelia Pike
Marital Status: Married
Spouse(s): Vina
Children: Phillip Pike
Career
Previous Assignment: CO, USS Enterprise
Final Assignment: inspection of Class-J cadet ship
Rank: fleet captain
Insignia: Assignment insignia.
Base insignia.

Christopher Richard Pike was a noted Starfleet officer in the 23rd century. He was most famous for his thirteen-year command of the USS Enterprise. (TOS episode: "The Cage"; TOS novel: Final Frontier; et al.)

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History

Early Life

The Early Voyages comic series, and the novel Burning Dreams, provide contradictory information on Pike's early life.
Early Voyages'

Christopher Pike was the son of retired Starfleet Admiral Josh Pike, and was raised in Mojave, California, Earth. Josh brought up Chris with level of tough love that left the father son relationship somewhat strained. (EV comic: "The Fallen")

Chris's godfather, Mahirn, was a friend of Josh's. (EV comic: "The Flat, Gold Forever")

Burning Dreams

Christopher McKinnies was born in Mojave, California in 2219, the son of architect Willa McKinnies, and would not know his biological father until adulthood. When Christopher was nine, his mother married terraformer Heston Prescott, and his stepson took his surname.

Actor Jeffrey Hunter, who played Pike, was born Henry Herman McKinnies, Jr.

In 2228 the family moved to the colony world of Elysium. There he was befriended by Charlie Pike, an apparent drifter and hired hand, who helped the family in their horse breeding endeavor. Willa and Heston died in 2231 when intense wildfires swept across Elysium. While aboard a Starfleet ship aiding rescue operations on Elysium, Chris learned that Charlie was a Starfleet petty officer who had been on extended leave. Pike brought Christopher back to Mojave, to the home he shared with his wife, Hobelia. Charlie also brought Tango, a horse that Chris and Charlie had been raising back to Mojave as well. The day after Christopher's thirteenth birthday, the couple formally adopted him, and gave him the surname Pike. Pike would later learn that Charlie Pike was actually his biological father. (TOS novel: Burning Dreams)

Early Career

Pike attended Starfleet Academy, and graduated in 2241 at the top of his class. Fellow members of his class included Lucien Murat, Akiko Torunaga, and Kadish of Vulcan, all of whom also became Starfleet legends. (TNG novel: The Forgotten War)

In 2246, he held the rank of lieutenant commander, and was temporarily assigned as first officer of the USS Aldrin under Captain Kamnach. Pike was forced to relieve Kamnach of duty when the captain launched an unprovoked attack on a Vestian ship. Pike was charged with mutiny, but all charges were dismissed following a court-martial, and Pike given a promotion to Commander, and assigned to the USS York. (TOS novel: Burning Dreams)

Pike served as the executive officer of the USS Enterprise under Captain Robert April for a time. Here, he met a young Spock for the first time. (TOS novella: Crisis on Vulcan)

Pike's third command was the USS Yorktown. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Glory)

As his command prior to the Enterprise it would presumably been on the Yorktown that Pike first served alongside Number One and Dermot Cusack.

At some point, Pike, along with his trusted Yeoman Cusack, were involved with a conflict with the Tholians. (EV comic: "The Fires of Pharos")

Captain of the Enterprise

Pike walks with April to board his new command, the Enterprise

In 2251, Captain Robert April announced to the UFP Grand Assembly that he was stepping down as commanding officer of the Enterprise. Pike was given command of the Enterprise, bringing with him Cusack as captain's yeoman, and managing to convince Number One to serve as his XO rather than pursue her own command. Pike and Cusack shared a drink of Irish whisky when they discussed the rest of his senior staff selection, which included continuing member's of the crew from April's captaincy as well as several new faces. April personally walked Pike to the Enterprise in spacedock to give him some words of wisdom before he boarded. Pike commanded the Enterprise for a total of thirteen years, including two five-year missions. (TOS novels: Final Frontier, Vulcan's Glory; EV comic: "Flesh of My Flesh"; ST reference: Star Trek Chronology)

In 2251, while on leave at Earth, he met Janeese Carlisle and fell in love. Though forced to leave her as she was entering Starfleet Academy, they maintained subspace contact over the next two and a half years. When the Enterprise returned to Earth in 2254, he learned she was in love with another man, and was nearly driven to bitterness and disappointment. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Glory)

Two years into his command, Pike's science officer was struck down by Virillian toxic fever, just as the Enterprise was about to begin a long term survey of the Pathiad Nebulatae. Pike managed to secure the then Cadet Spock to take on the science officer role on the Enterprise before proceeding on the mission. (EV comic: "Flesh of My Flesh")

Pike in Ngultor captivity (Flesh of My Flesh)

On stardate 2252.34 in 2254, the Enterprise was diverted from her mission to the Marrat system to investigate some strange goings on. With the Enterprise acting as bait, the culprit of several disappearances was revealed. An organic starship of the Ngultor attacked the Enterprise and took Pike hostage, probing his mind causing him to flashback to times gone past, attempting to research the species and population centers of the region in preparation for their harvest. Fortunately their link worked both ways and Pike was able to discover their plans and with renewed determination break the connection. Pike was promptly rescued by a landing party lead by Number One and after being beamed back to the Enterprise destroyed the Ngultor mothership to prevent it reporting back its findings to Ngultor space. (EV comic: "Flesh of My Flesh"). The incident had lasting effects on Captain Pike and he still hadn't fully recovered weeks later (EV comics: "Our Dearest Blood", "Nor Iron Bars a Cage")

Pike's first encounter with his future nemesis, Kaaj

The Enterprise proceeded to the Marrat system, arriving just in time to drive off a hostile force from Starbase 13. Proceeding to the Pharos siteworld, the site of Project Pharos to investigate a loss of communication the Enterprise came under attack from the IKS Varchas under command of the Klingon Kaaj. The Enterprise near crippled by Kaaj’s advanced tactics Pike resorted to outside tactics and fired on the dilithium rich planet below, the attack ignited the planet and gave Kaaj a humiliating defeat, the Klingon retreated vowing a blood debt of revenge on Pike for his actions. (EV comic: "The Fires of Pharos")

The Enterprise's next mission took Pike to Rigel VII, where Pike was taken by the Rigellian Minister's aide Talza to visit the Zemtar fortress the site for a ceremony the next day ratifying the planet's entry into the United Federation of Planets. Unfortunately, Talza was Rigellian traditionalist and part of a conspiracy amongst the planet's warrior elite, the Kaylar, to stage a coup. The trip to the fortress was a trap and Pike only just survived an encounter with a Kaylar warrior. Dermot Cusack was less fortunate and was killed by Talza, who had left Pike to his fate. (EV comic: "Our Dearest Blood")

The Enterprise left Rigel for Vega colony to take care of others wounded in the Kaylar attacks. En route the USS Savannah collected the dead and delivered Pike's new Yeoman Mia Colt. Pike, still grieving, did not get off to a good start with Colt when he reacted badly when, following Cusack's eulogy, she, talking with Nano, suggested the outcomes of the incident on Rigel VII might not be all bad. (EV comic: "Nor Iron Bars a Cage")

The Talosians

Pike and Vina in Talosian captivity

Before reaching Vega, Pike diverted the Enterprise when it detected a distress call from Talos IV. On the planet Pike lead a landing party which discovered a camp of survivors from SS Columbia. However, all but one of these survivors was soon revealed to be the telepathic illusions of the planet's natives, the Talosians, who took Pike into captivity. (TOS episode: "The Cage")

While his crew tried to rescue him, Pike endured the mental illusions of the Talosians, reliving the events of Rigel VII, but this time with Vina, the one true survivor. The Talosians allowed two Enterprise crew persons to beam in, Number One and Mia Colt, hoping one of the three women would tempt Pike into staying on Talos IV and mating. Whilst held together, Pike made recompense for his earlier harshness towards his new yeoman. (TOS episode: "The Cage"; EV comic: "Nor Iron Bars a Cage")

Not willing to be held by the Talosians Pike resisted and forced them to allow him and his fellow captives to escape, risking suicide rather than remaining in captivity, Vina chose to remain with Talosians. (TOS episodes: "The Cage", "The Menagerie")

Later missions

Not long after Talos IV, the Enterprise visited Corinthia VII. Though initially believed to be devoid of any advanced life forms, a landing party discovered huge subterranean creatures on the planet. It was his experience with the Talosians that helped Pike battle these dangerous life forms. (TOS short story: "A Private Anecdote")

Captain Pike was also instrumental in defeating the Merkaan Hamesaad Dreen, who had been harassing Federation shipping. Pike convinced Dreen that he wasn't the ideal Starfleet officer, that he could be bought. As part of the plan, Pike talked Dreen into allowing Spock to beam aboard his ship with a gift of dilithium. While Spock was being beamed on board, Pike had his transporter chief beam a security team on to the Merkaan ship at the same time. The Starfleet security team was soon able to seize Dreen's vessel. Dreen was later allowed to return home in disgrace. (TOS novel: Legacy)

On a mission to find the missing starship USS Cortez Pike lead a landing party to Darien 224 where he and the landing party were attacked by a rebel group of the planet's resident Vulcan colony. The landing party was rescued by another group from the colony and soon found themselves the guests of the colony’s leaders. The Vulcans' motives soon became clear, they wished to return to Vulcan as conquerors, and required the Enterprise to get there. They sent Pike back in the landing party's shuttlecraft to prepare there ship, sure of his compliance while holding the rest of the landing party hostage. Pike got back to the Enterprise just as the Vulcans on Darien fired a powerful psionic weapon to destroy the Cortez, which had been commandeered by the opposing Vulcan faction. The firing of the weapon caused a feedback which began to destroy Darien. With the planetoid falling apart Pike had the Enterprise taken into the atmosphere to beam out the rest of the landing party and make a safe get away. (EV comic: "Cloak and Dagger")

Pike at the edge of the crop fires on Prairie

Following the events at Darien 224 the Enterprise stoped at Deep Space Station K-12 to undergo repairs. Whilst their Pike received a message from his godfather informing him his father was critically ill. He took one of the Enterprise's shuttlecraft, headed for Earth, to visit his father. Unfortunately the message had been faked by Pike's Klingon nemesis Kaaj and he soon found himself under attack. Thanks to the incompetence of Kaaj's crew he was able to escape immediate capture and crash landed on the planet Prairie. He was rescued from the burning wreckage of his shuttle by Claire Thorn and taken back to her Harvester rig, the Rostok. The Klingons soon tracked him down and sent assault squads to capture him, once again Pike managed to evade them and left the harvester on a skimmer. His escape was short lived, he and his skimmer were shot down by another assault squad, but they were unable to track him in the corn fields. Frustrated and impatient Kaaj locked on to his assault teams com signal and fired from orbit, killing his men, destroying the crops, but missing Pike! Before Kaaj could destroy enough of the crops to kill Pike the Enterprise arrived and drove off the Klingons. (EV comic: "The Flat, Gold Forever")

In 2262, Pike encountered the Kan'ess, a race of reptilian hunters, and was for a time held captive as a pet by one of their leaders. (TOS novel: Burning Dreams)

Fleet Captain Pike

In 2264, following the end of his second five-year mission on the Enterprise, Pike accepted a promotion to Fleet Captain. (TOS episode: "The Menagerie")

Shortly after his promotion, Pike was a guest of honor at a diplomatic conference on Babel. He found the experience to be tedious and dull, but uncovered criminal activities by a Tellarite delegate with the peculiar help of Leata, an Orion slave/assassin/bounty hunter. (TOS comic: "Alien Spotlight: Orions")

In 2265, aboard the USS Tereshkova, he participated in a joint Starfleet-Trill study of a rogue comet in the Trill system. At the request of Trill scientist Audrid Dax, he agreed to keep the discovery of a parasitic life form inside that comet classified. (DS9 short story: "Sins of the Mother") Pike's reports on the encounter were added to the Starfleet file XENO-02884/1. (DS9 novel: Lesser Evil)

Tragedy and New Life

Pike, crippled by radiation

In 2266, Pike was taking part in a training cruise on a J class starship when a structural rupture flooded the ship with delta radiation. Pike acted to save trapped cadets, taking debilitating doses of radiation in the process. His life was saved, but he was confined to a life-support wheelchair and left unable to speak, other than by the simple blinking of a light on his chair. While technically Pike should've been removed from the active duty lists, Mendez and his fellow officers did not have the heart to remove Pike from the lists.

Commodore Mendez gave Pike a room in the top floor of the medical wing so that he could look out over the starbase and surrounding lands. Mendez also kept in contact with Charlie and Hobelia - who had been asked by Pike not to travel across the galaxy to retrieve him if he suffered such an accident. Charlie and Hobelia began making arrangements to see if Pike could be brought back to them on Earth.

Doctors became concerned that Pike would deteriorate further and would soon be unable to even communicate through blinking the light on his chair. The Talosians, due to their continued telepathic link with Pike, were soon aware of Pike's condition. In early 2267, the Talosians sent a message to Spock, Pike's former science officer, and summoned him to Starbase 11. The Talosians asked Spock to bring Pike to them on Talos IV.

Spock beamed Pike on board the Enterprise, and then commandeered the ship. Spock programmed the ship's computer to take the ship to Talos, locking it so that any attempt to stop the ship would short out the life support systems. Kirk was determined not to lose his ship, and followed the Enterprise in a shuttle. Accompanying Kirk was what was later to be revealed as an illusion of Commodore Mendez.

Using the fiction of a court martial to distract Kirk from regaining control of the Enterprise too soon, the ship headed for Talos IV. The Talosians showed Kirk why Pike should be allowed to live out his life on Talos. Upon reaching the planet, the illusion of Mendez disappeared. At about the same time, Starfleet contacted Kirk and told him that not only would they not be taking any action against Spock, but also would allow contact with Talos IV on this occasion. The Talosians extended an invitation to Pike to live with them, unfettered by his physical body. Pike returned to Talos IV, where he would be reunited with Vina and given the illusion of full health. (TOS episode: "The Menagerie")

On Talos, Pike and Vina lived a life of illusion, freeing them from their ruined bodies. But soon, the illusions came to feel empty to them. So, Pike, still an explorer at heart, looked for a way to give his life meaning again. He found it in the abandoned technology of the Talosian race. He studied their history, their rise to power eons ago, and their fall when the illusions they had created consumed them. Pike also learned the Talosians' mental abilities. With the Talosians' help, he repaired the equipment that had manipulated the environment long ago, and started the world back on the road to new life. The Talosian robots even built a home for Pike and Vina in a reclaimed part of the surface.

Pike also studied the ancient Talosians' medical techniques. Using them, he and Vina finally were able to have the only thing missing in their lives -- a child. Phillip Joshua Pike was born in 2276, ten years after his father had returned to Talos.

In 2289, then-Captain Spock made a return visit to Talos. He had been sent by Starfleet to offer Pike a way to return home -- to undergo an experimental procedure that would put Pike's brain inside a partly-cloned, partly-bionic body. After Phillip attacked Spock out of fear that his father would leave forever, Pike refused the offer, and remained on Talos with his wife and son. By now, the retired Fleet captain sported a full beard. A stark contrast to the scarred face Spock last saw, departing his friend. (TOS comic: "Door in the Cage"; TOS comic: "Future Tense")

On Talos, Pike helped inspire the Talosians to reclaim the surface of their planet and rebuild their former culture. Pike had died sometime prior to 2320, but by then Talos had again become a thriving world, and Pike (in a recorded message, relayed after his death) appealed to Spock -- now an ambassador -- to take some of his ashes back to Earth, and to help bring Talos into the Federation. (TOS novel: Burning Dreams)

Legacy

The shuttlecraft Pike has been flown under the USS Enterprise-D. (TNG episode: "The Most Toys")

By the late 24th century, the Christopher Pike Medal of Valor has been awarded to officers (usually with the rank of Captain) for uncommon acts of bravery in the line of Starfleet duty. (DS9 episodes: "Tears of the Prophets", "Take Me Out to the Holosuite")

Pike City on Cestus III is a re-built, colonial capital named in his honour. (DS9 episode: "Family Business")

Alternate timelines

In 2269, the Romulans implemented their Second History project to interfere in human history at a key moment. The Romulans were able to briefly change history, resulting in an alternate timeline in which the United Federation of Planets did not exist. However the Vulcans kept the Romulan Star Empire in check, and became a major Alpha Quadrant power. In this timeline, Pike served on board the VSS ShiKahr - that timeline's version of the Enterprise - as first officer under Captain Spock. Pike was later promoted to Captain himself, and was given command of the VSS T'Ruda. Spock and James T. Kirk were later able to reverse the Romulan interference, preventing the timeline from occuring. (TOS novel: Killing Time)

In another alternate timeline, Pike commanded the UESS Enterprise from 2250 to at least 2264. In that year, he was responsible for convincing T'Pol of Vulcan to help Earth petition for membership in the Interstellar Coalition. (Star Trek: Myriad Universes novel: A Less Perfect Union)

Starfleet service record

location assignment dates rank or rate assignment insignia rank insignia
Starfleet Academy student officer 2237-2241 cadet Assignment patch. Uniform sleeve.
USS Aldrin first officer 2246 lieutenant commander Sleeve rank.
USS York late 2240s commander
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) circa 2250 Assignment patch.
USS Yorktown commanding officer circa 2250 captain Sleeve rank.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) 2251-2260s Assignment patch.
mid 2260s fleet captain Assignment patch.
Uniform sleeve.

Connections

Commanding officers of the ships Enterprise
Enterprise (NX-01) Archer Enterprise assignment patch.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) AprilPikeKirkZarloDeckerSpock USS Enterprise assignment insignia.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (alternate reality) PikeSpockKirk
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) Kirk
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) HarrimanSuluJohnson
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) GarrettCastillo
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) PicardRikerJellico
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) BatesonPicardRikerData
ISS Enterprise (NX-01) Forrest Emblem of the Terran Empire.
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701) FranzPikeKirkSpockRileySaavik
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) Picard
USS Aldrin personnel
USS Aldrin
(23rd century)
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(Oberth-class)
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USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) senior staff
commanding officers C. RasmussenR. AprilPikeJ.T. KirkZarloStylesDeckerSpock first officers G.S. KirkShundreshSimonNumber OneSpockSonakDeckerSulu USS Enterprise assignment insignia.
second officers MohindasSpockScott chief medical officers S. AprilBoyceMcCoy
chief engineers BrownellKursley • Fourrier • GraceBarryBurnsteinScott science officers Allinsky • Davies • SpockSonak
communications officers Van Fleet • Dabisch • NanoUhura helmsmen Florida • Ferrara • MohindasKelsoSulu
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Christopher Pike was a 23rd century Starfleet officer. He was captain of the starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) for many years, as the immediate predecessor to later Captain James T. Kirk, succeeding Captain Robert April.

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Known canon data

Rigel and Talos

Kaylar fortress on Rigel VII.

In 2254, Captain Pike led a landing party to Rigel VII. Attacked by Kaylar warriors, three crewmen were killed, including Pike's own yeoman. Spock and six others were also injured. The incident weighed heavily on Pike's mind for some time, causing him to consider resigning his commission.

It was in that state of mind, while was en route to Vega colony, that Pike and the Enterprise crew made first contact with Talos IV. The highly-telepathic Talosians abducted Pike, and later his first officer and new yeoman, to breed a race of slaves in order to rebuild their society. While captive, Pike met and fell in love with Vina, but left her behind on Talos in order to preserve her illusion of youth and vitality. (TOS: "The Cage")

In the aftermath of the Talos incident, Starfleet enacted General Order 7, forbidding contact with the Talosians, under penalty of death.

Promotion and tragedy

Pike commanded the Enterprise for at least 11 years, during which time Spock served as his science officer. In the mid-2260s, he was promoted to fleet captain, and relinquished command of the Enterprise to James T. Kirk. Shortly thereafter, Pike was supervising a group of cadets aboard a training vessel. There was an accident, and Pike fell victim to delta radiation, though he saved the lives of the midshipmen.

Horribly disfigured, Pike was placed in a life-supporting wheelchair, which could translate his brain's encephalographic signals into blinking lights - one for "yes," two for "no."

Return to Talos

Christopher Pike would have lived out the rest of his life a prisoner in his own body, were it not for the Talosians, who made Commander Spock aware of his former captain's ordeal. Spock then devised an elaborate plan to use the Enterprise to take Captain Pike from Starbase 11 and return him to Talos IV, where he could at least have the illusion of health. Spock was court-martialed for his actions, but the charges were later dropped by Starfleet Command, in recognition of his service to Pike.

Returned to Talos, Pike was reunited with Vina, and the two lived an idyllic life of illusion free from their physical disabilities. (TOS: "The Menagerie")

Alternate timelines and realities

In an alternate reality created by the incursion of the Romulan ship Narada, Christopher Pike completed a dissertation prior to graduation from the Academy, about the Narada's attack on the USS Kelvin.

Later, he would be the individual that encouraged the embittered, arrogant version of James T. Kirk to make something of himself and attend Starfleet Academy. During Kirk's Academy tenure, the crisis on Vulcan coupled with an attack on the Laurentian system stretched Starfleet's resources so thin that the Academy classes were pressed into service. Pike was the commander of one of the ships staffed largely by cadets--the Enterprise.

In this capacity, Pike was taken captive by the captain of the Narada and tortured for information about Earth's defenses. He was rescued by Kirk and Spock, and although he appeared to have suffered an injury that cost him the use of his legs (whether temporarily or permanently is unknown), he remained in Starfleet and was promoted to admiral. (Star Trek)

Non-canon continuities

With little canon data on Christopher Pike, different interpretations of his early life and career have sprung up over the years. The Marvel Comics series Star Trek: Early Voyages and the 2006 Pocket Books novel Burning Dreams depict contradictory information on Pike's childhood.

Early life

The Early Voyages

Christopher Pike was the son of retired Starfleet Admiral Joshua Pike, and was born on April 11th 2220 in Mojave, California, Earth. (EV comic: "The Flat, Gold Forever").

Burning Dreams

Christopher Richard McKinnies was born in Mojave, California in 2219, the son of architect Willa McKinnies, and would not know his biological father until adulthood. When Christopher was nine, his mother married terraformer Heston Prescott, and his stepson took his surname.

In 2228 the family moved to the colony world of Elysium. There he was befriended by Charlie Pike, an apparent drifter and hired hand, who helped the family in their horse breeding endeavor. Willa and Heston died in 2231 when intense wildfires swept across Elysium. While aboard a Starfleet ship aiding rescue operations on Elysium, Chris learned that Charlie was a Starfleet petty officer who had been on extended leave. Pike brought Christopher back to Mojave, to the home he shared with his wife, Hobelia. Charlie also brought Tango, a horse that Chris and Charlie had been raising back to Mojave as well. The day after Christopher's thirteenth birthday, the couple formally adopted him, and gave him the surname Pike. Pike would later learn that Charlie Pike was actually his biological father.

Starfleet

Different novels and comics sometimes present conflicting data about Pike's pre-Enterprise career, though the various sources fit together well just as often.

Academy and early career

Pike attended Starfleet Academy, and graduated in 2241 at the top of his class. Fellow members of his class included Lucien Murat, Akiko Torunaga, and Kadish of Vulcan, all of whom also became Starfleet legends. (TNG novel: The Forgotten War)

Around 2240 he was executive officer of the USS ShirKahr under Pingmei Zhou. (TOSS # 20: "Transporter Room")

In 2246, he held the rank of lieutenant commander, and was temporarily assigned as first officer of the USS Aldrin under Captain Kamnach. Pike was forced to relieve Kamnach of duty when the captain launched an unprovoked attack on a Vestian ship. Pike was charged with mutiny, but all charges were dismissed following a court-martial, and Pike given a promotion to Commander, and assigned to the USS York. (TOS novel: Burning Dreams)

It is possible that the York was supposed to be a reference to the Yorktown.

Pike served as the executive officer of the USS Enterprise under Captain Robert April for a time. Here, he met a young Spock for the first time. (TOS young adult novel: Crisis on Vulcan)

Pike's third command was the USS Yorktown, where he first met the mysterious Number One and Dermot Cusack. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Glory)

At some point, Pike along with his trusted Yeoman Cusack were involved with a conflict with the Tholians. (EV comic: "The Firest of Pharos")

Enterprise

In 2251, Captain Robert April announced to the UFP Grand Assembly that he was stepping down as commanding officer of the USS Enterprise. Pike was given command of the Enterprise, bringing Number One with him as his XO, and Cusack as captain's yeoman. (TOS novels: Final Frontier, Vulcan's Glory; EV comic: "Flesh of My Flesh")

For extensive details of Pike's command of the Enterprise, according to the novels and comics, see this section of his article at Memory Beta.

After Enterprise

In 2264, following the end of his second five-year mission on the Enterprise, Pike accepted a promotion to Fleet Captain.

The following paragraph is a spoiler for a recently released (19 December 2007) comic book

Shortly after this promotion, Pike was at Babel and aided Leata, an Orion woman. (Star Trek Alien Spotlight: Orions)

Early in 2265 he was assigned to the USS Ballarat, escorting a convoy including the USS Mumbai. (TOSS # 20: "Transporter Room")

Later in 2265, aboard the USS Tereshkova, he participated in a joint Starfleet-Trill study of a rogue comet in the Trill system. At the request of Trill scientist Audrid Dax, he agreed to keep the discovery of a parasitic life form inside that comet classified. (TOS novel: Where Sea Meets Sky; DS9 short story: "Sins of the Mother")

Later life

On Talos, Pike and Vina lived a life of illusion, freeing them from their ruined bodies. But soon, the illusions came to feel empty to them. So, Pike, still an explorer at heart, looked for a way to give his life meaning again. He found it in the abandoned technology of the Talosian race. He studied their history, their rise to power eons ago, and their fall when the illusions they had created consumed them. Pike also learned the Talosians mental abilities. With the Talosians' help, he repaired the equipment that had manipulated the environment long ago, and started the world back on the road to new life. The Talosian robots even built a home for Pike and Vina in a reclaimed part of the surface.

Pike also studied the ancient Talosians' medical techniques. Using them, he and Vina finally were able to have the only thing missing in their lives -- a child. Phillip Joshua Pike was born in 2276, ten years after his father had returned to Talos.

In 2289, then-Captain Spock made a return visit to Talos. He had been sent by Starfleet to offer Pike a way to return home -- to undergo an experimental proceedure that would put Pike's brain inside a partly-cloned, partly-bionic body. After Phillip attacked Spock out of fear that his father would leave forever, Pike refused the offer, and remained on Talos with his wife and son. (TOS comic: "Door in the Cage")

On Talos, Pike helped inspire the Talosians to reclaim the surface of their planet and rebuild their former culture. By the time of his death around 2320, Talos IV had again become a thriving world, and Pike (in a recorded message, relayed after his death) appealed to Spock, now an ambassador, to take some of his ashes back to Earth, and to help bring Talos into the Federation. (TOS novel: Burning Dreams)

In 2373, the Talosians created an illusion of Pike to assist Omega Squad in repelling a Jem'Hadar invasion of Talos. (Starfleet Academy comic)

What became of Phillip Pike after his parents' deaths is unknown, and with DC Comics' loss of the Star Trek publishing license, the tale will likely never be told.

In Memoriam

Fanon continuities

Star Trek: New Voyages

In 2266, Fleet Captain Christopher Pike commanded the USS Daedalus (NCC-129).

In an alternate timeline, Christopher Pike was destroyed along with the USS Enterprise by the Planet Killer. This event set up the Doomsday War. ("In Harm's Way")

Star Trek: Sigils and Unions

In an alternate, Narada-affected timeline, Ensign Christopher Pike was assigned to a clandestine diplomatic mission to Cardassia Prime one year after the Narada's attack. In this timeline, the Federation opened negotiations with the Cardassian Union, and Ensign Pike served as an aide to Ambassador Sarek and Captain ch'Maashan, who were present for the covert preliminary negotiations. In the Vulcan crisis, the Federation and Cardassian Union would go on to sign a mutual defense pact aimed at countering Romulan and Klingon aggression against either entity.

Pike would note the receptive--though very carefully hidden--attitude of a young aide to Councillor Telor...and years later, Varec Berat still regretted that fear of the Obsidian Order had kept him from being able to reciprocate Pike's display of friendliness during his visit to the planet. (Star Trek: Sigils and Unions--"Cardassian Sunrise")

Biographical timeline

  • 2210s: Born in Mojave on Earth.
    • 2213: (Star Trek: Origins)
    • 2219: (TOS novel: Burning Dreams)
    • 2220: April 11 (Star Trek: Early Voyages)
  • 2235: He's assigned to USS Yorktown (NX-1531) as Ensign and Helsman. (Star Trek: Origins)
  • 2236: The SS Columbia crash-lands on planet Talos IV; only one survivor named Vina. (TOS: "The Cage")
  • 2245: USS Enterprise NCC-1701 is launched under Captain Robert April.
  • 2250s: Christopher Pike takes over command of the Enterprise.
    • circa 2252: Spock begins service on the Enterprise under Captain Pike's command, becoming a loyal and long-serving officer.
    • 2254: The Enterprise visits Rigel VII, Talos IV, Vega colony. (TOS: "The Cage")
  • 2260s:
    • 2264: Pike is promoted to fleet captain; the Enterprise is turned over to the command of Captain James T. Kirk.
    • 2266: Fleet Captain Pike is bound by delta rays to a wheelchair by an accident aboard a training vessel. He is taken by Spock and the Enterprise to Talos IV, goes into retirement and lives with Vina in illusory bliss.
  • 2276: Son born on Talos IV. (TOS comic: "Door in the Cage")
  • 2320: Dies on Talos IV (Burning Dreams, Starfleet Academy comic)


Commanding officers of the starships Enterprise
Enterprise (NX-01): Archer
ISS Enterprise (NX-01): Forrest | Archer
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701): April | Pike | Kirk | Zarlo | Decker | Spock
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701): Pike | Kirk
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A): Kirk
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B): Harriman | Chekov | Sulu
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C): Garrett
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D): Picard | W. Riker | Jellico
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E): Bateson | Picard
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-G): Cross
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-G): E. Holliday | W. Holliday
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-J): Pudlo
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-O): A. Riker
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-P): Obeska
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-JFAZW): Hyperriker

Background information

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This article uses material from the "Christopher Pike" article on the ST Expanded wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.







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