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Full Name: Gary Mitchell
Species: Human
Gender: male
Born: 2234
Died: 2265
Affiliation: Federation
Starfleet
Family
Mother: Dana Mitchell
Father: Thomas Mitchell
Marital Status: single
Career
Previous Assignment: USS Lydia Sutherland
Final Assignment: helmsman, USS Enterprise
Rank: lieutenant commander
Insignia: Image:2250s ops officer sleeve.png

Gary Mitchell was a human Starfleet officer, who gave his life in the line of duty in 2265, while serving aboard the USS Enterprise.

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Early Life and Starfleet Academy

Gary Mitchell, the son of Thomas and Dana Mitchell, was born in the sub-city of Eldman, New York City, on Earth in 2234 (stardate 1087.7).

From a young age, Gary was a keen sportsman. He was especially interested in racquetball and often participated in competitions. In 2250, he unfortunately lost the New York State raquetball singles championship. (TOS episode: "Where No Man Has Gone Before"; TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Republic).

According to TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek" #2, Mitchell was from Van Nuys, California.

In 2251, Mitchell entered Starfleet Academy, and his roommate at the academy was Karl-Willem Brandhorst. Shortly after entering Academy he met his future best friend, Second Year Cadet James T. Kirk. Kirk taught Federation History to the first year cadets, with Mitchell as one of his students. The two had different viewpoints on many issues. The class also encouraged Mitchell's mischievous side: to help distract Kirk from his classwork, Mitchell surreptitiously orchestrated a romance between Kirk and "a little blonde lab technician". Kirk almost married her.

Mitchell found a keen interest in studying warp engine design and stellar navigation at the Academy, but displayed a lack of interest in studying history, philosophy, and comparative sociology. During in those classes, Mitchell was known to stare out of the window vaguely bored, but when he was asked a question, he would quickly answer it. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Republic).

In TOS comic: "Starfleet Academy!", Kirk and Mitchell enter the Academy in the same class and are roommates. The same story depicts Carol Marcus as the "blonde lab technician".

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Aboard the Republic

A few weeks later Kirk and Mitchell were two of many cadets assigned to the USS Republic, under the command of Captain Rollin Bannock, on a two-week sensor sweep of the Klingon Neutral Zone. During the patrol the cadets were ordered to their quarters while the Republic's senior staff completed a secret mission. Being ever curious, Kirk and Mitchell attempted to access classified sensor logs, and were both reprimanded by Bannock.

Following this, the Republic left for a survey mission to Alpha Varangis, before being diverted to the Beta Bora system for a diplomatic mission which would see the end of centuries of warfare on Heir'tzan. Bannock agreed that the cadets would boost the planet's security forces at the peace briefings on the planet.

Mitchell, Kirk, and Cadet Phelana Yudrin successfully foiled an assassination attempt and an attempted kidnapping to end the peace talks. During the mission Kirk learned a lot from Mitchell about taking risks, and the two became closer friends. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Republic).

Starfleet Career

Aboard the Constitution

Following graduation from the Academy in 2255, Ensign Mitchell was assigned to the USS Constitution, under the command of Captain Augenthaler, as junior navigator. By 2257, Mitchell had been promoted to Lieutenant (j.g.).

In late 2257, Lieutenant Kirk was assigned to the Constitution as second officer following the USS Farragut's mission to Tycho IV. Shortly after, Kirk was forced to assume command of the Constitution when Captain Augethaler was stranded on Sordinia IV by N'shaii satellites. Mitchell helped his friend gain the trust of the Constitution's crew and overcome the satellites. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Constitution).

Aboard the Lydia Sutherland

By 2263, Mitchell had been promoted to Lieutenant Commander and assigned to the USS Lydia Sutherland under Captain Kirk. In a fleet action at Ghioghe, the Lydia Sutherland was severely damaged, with Mitchell returning to try and save Kirk, who was remained onboard the Lydia to ensure the evacuation of the crew. Mitchell was severely injured saving Kirk, and had to be dragged by Kirk to an escape pod, despite severe injuries. They were rescued and transferred to the Starfleet Teaching Hospital on Earth, under the care of Dr. Leonard McCoy. (TOS novel: Enterprise: The First Adventure)

Aboard the Enterprise

When Captain Kirk assumed command of the USS Enterprise in 2264, he wanted Mitchell to come aboard as first officer despite Mitchell's injuries still being severe, which meant he wouldn't be active for a few months. Admiral Kimitake Noguchi didn't want Mitchell as first officer, describing him and Kirk as too much alike. Noguchi assigned Lt. Commander Spock the role of first officer. (TOS novel: Enterprise: The First Adventure).

Mitchell finally joined the crew of the Enterprise in late 2264, and was assigned as second officer and senior helmsman, replacing Hikaru Sulu. During a mission to Dimorus, Captain Kirk was targeted by a Dimoran with a poison dart, but Mitchell took the dart and sought medical treatment aboard the Enterprise. (TOS novelization: Where No Man Has Gone Before; TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Enterprise).

Shortly after, the Enterprise was diverted from the Muhlari system to Starbase 31 to collect Admiral Ellen Mangione, the Constitution's former first officer. She led the Enterprise to a planet in the Klingon Neutral Zone, where the ship was taken over by enhanced renegade Klingons, the M'tachtar. With help from Commander Kang aboard the IKS Doj, Mitchell and Kirk led a team to retake the Enterprise. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Enterprise).

In 2265, the Enterprise was patrolling near the edge of the galaxy when they recovered a disaster recorder from the SS Valiant. Following the recorder led to an encounter with the galactic barrier, which killed nine crewmembers and affected Mitchell. Mitchell slowly began to exhibit god-like abilities, so the decision was made to maroon him on Delta Vega. Unfortunately, he became too advanced, killed Lt. Lee Kelso, and attempted to kill Kirk, before he was killed by Dr. Elizabeth Dehner and Kirk. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Republic).

Resurrection

In 2268, Mitchell's remains were reanimated and merged with Proteus, a powerful being from another universe. (TOS comic: "Star TreX")

Alternate timelines

In an alternate timeline created by the death of Jim Kirk in 2247, Mitchell rose to command the Enterprise in 2264 following the death of Captain Marshall Hoffman. Due to his command of the Enterprise he was able to avoid the situation resulting in his death and commanded the Enterprise until at least 2267. In that year, the Enterprise encountered the Gorn on Cestus III and Mitchell was forced to engage in personal combat with the Gorn captain by the Metrons.

Unlike the events of the primary timeline, Mitchell succeeded in killing the Gorn captain and as reward, the Metrons removed all spaceflight technology from the Gorn. Unfortunately, this action would lead to the eventual destruction of the Federation. (TOS - The Janus Gate novel: Future Imperfect).

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USS Constitution personnel
USS Constitution (22nd century) La Forge USS Constitution assignment insignia.
Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
USS Constitution (prototype) AugenthalerBanksBartonBorrikCarvajalChafinFerrisJ. GaynorHerzogA. HirotaA. JankowskiW.M. JefferiesJ.T. KirkLidellR. LikinsLivingstoneD. LynchMasefieldL.H. McCoyMedinaG. MitchellParkPolcovichRawitzerRebouletTomberlinC. VelasquezP. WaterstonR. WesleyWootenZuletaunnamed personnel
USS Constitution (Galaxy-class) J. van OsterlichSolackT. Soya • B. Spencer

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Gary Mitchell was a human Federation Starfleet officer, serving in the 2260s, who gained powerful psionic abilities as a result of interaction with the galactic barrier.

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Early life and career

Mitchell had well-above-average esper readings, something other family members had as well. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

He served on the USS Constitution in the late 2250s as junior navigator. (TOS novel: My Brother's Keeper, #2: Constitution)

He served as first officer on the USS Lydia Sutherland under command of James Kirk in the early 2260s until its destruction at Ghioghe, where he was near-fatally injured. (TOS novel Enterprise: The First Adventure)

Enterprise missions

When James Kirk took command of the USS Enterprise, he chose Mitchell as his first officer but was overruled by Starfleet Command (in the person of Admiral Kimitake Noguchi) in Spock's favour. Recovering from a near-fatal wound, Mitchell was unable to board the ship until after Kirk's first mission. (TOS novel Enterprise: The First Adventure)

Mitchell served as second officer (third-in-command) for approximately one year. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

Transformation and apparent death

While exploring Warp Region 6, the Enterprise attempted to breach the galactic barrier. The energies of the barrier had a strong effect on humans with high Esper ratings, killing nine crew, and severely affected Mitchell and Dr. Elizabeth Dehner, a psychiatrist recently assigned to the Enterprise: Both developed psycho-kinetic powers, Mitchell immediately, and Dehner some days later. The first effects noticeable were Mitchell's eyes: they had turned metallic-silver and seemed to glow. After he displayed abilities like telekinesis and telepathy, but also a changed personality, Spock and Kirk determined that he had become too dangerously insane and powerful to return to Federation space. They attempted to abandon him on the planet Delta Vega. When this failed, Kirk attempted to kill him with a phaser rifle and finally, with Dehner's help, buried him under a rockfall in a grave he had dug out and meant for Kirk.Once back aboard the Enterprise, Kirk's log listed both Mitchell and Dehner as killed in the line of duty. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

Later career

In Star Trek: Pioneer (PNR) continuity, Gary Mitchell survived and transformed Delta Vega into a paradise. On it he created a race of beings which possesed similar powers to his own, though not as advanced. A group of them led by Mitchell stole the USS Pioneer in 2387, intending to control the Federation. Fortunately they were stopped. (Star Trek: Pioneer (PNR): "In Thy Image")

In the Star Trek: Pendragon timeline, the USS Pendragon was diverted in 2383, to retrieve the bodies of Mitchell and Dehner from Delta Vega, which led to the ship breaching the galactic barrier. (PDN: "Whispers As Loud As Thunder")

Personal life

Friendships

In addition to serving on James Kirk's command staff during Kirk's first 5-year mission, Gary Mitchell was also Kirk's closest friend from their Starfleet Academy days.

The two got off to a rocky start at the Academy, however, when Mitchell called Kirk a "stack of books with legs" (Pocket Books series: My Brother's Keeper). The young Lt. Kirk heard the remark, and decided to teach Mitchell some respect. Kirk immediately had Mitchell transferred into his Tactics class. It was here that Kirk discovered Gary's ability to interpret the thoughts of others, and how he was able to do it. Gary was able to figure out what a person was thinking by simply looking at their face and "reading" the cues he noticed. Kirk thwarted this and forced Mitchell to actually think about answers to questions by turning away from Mitchell when he - Kirk - asked a question.

One of many possible explanations for the spelling "James R. Kirk" in the pilot episode.

Background information

Appearances

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

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