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Who was the VERY FIRST captain of the Enterprise?

patten1701

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Report this Jul. 07 2013, 8:37 pm

While I believe most of the responses will be James T. Kirk, he's not the one. So who can tell me? I will provide the answer at a later date.

chator56

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Report this Jul. 08 2013, 12:30 am

Which Enterprise? NX-01, the first warp capable starship named Enterprise was first captained by Johnathan Archer. The NCC-1701 is rumored to have been first captained by Robert April, which was the original name for the Captain of the Enterprise that Roddenberry conceived. But on TV, we first see the Enterprise captained by Christopher Pike.

stovokor2000-A

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Report this Jul. 08 2013, 5:27 am

Quote: chator56 @ Jul. 08 2013, 12:30 am

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>Which Enterprise? NX-01, the first warp capable starship named Enterprise was first captained by Johnathan Archer. The NCC-1701 is rumored to have been first captained by Robert April, which was the original name for the Captain of the Enterprise that Roddenberry conceived. But on TV, we first see the Enterprise captained by Christopher Pike.

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lets not forget that Captain april's only apparance was in the animated series.......which is not canon.


 


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patten1701

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Report this Jul. 09 2013, 1:48 pm

Robert April was the answer I was looking for. I forget about Johnathan Archer as a Enterprise captain, mostly because the NCC-1701 was identified as "the first starship to bear the name". I suppose technicality demands that Johnathan Archer be identified as the very first captain of the Enterprise. My apologies.

FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Jul. 10 2013, 9:21 am

Or we could go into history and say it was Captain James Smith to took command of the original sloop Enterprise in 1775.    (It was named Enterprise by Benedict Arnold when he captured it from the British a few months prior.)


 


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http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/enterprise/Documents/Enterprise/the_legend.html

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Report this Jul. 10 2013, 10:18 am

Quote: patten1701 @ Jul. 09 2013, 1:48 pm

>Robert April was the answer I was looking for. I forget about Johnathan Archer as a Enterprise captain, mostly because the NCC-1701 was identified as "the first starship to bear the name". I suppose technicality demands that Johnathan Archer be identified as the very first captain of the Enterprise. My apologies.


Robert April is not canon

Five Captains

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Report this Jul. 11 2013, 7:37 pm

NCC-1701. If you go only by what was mentioned on live action Trek, then it was Christopher Pike but if you are willing to accept the animated series, then it was Robert Apirl.

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Report this Jul. 11 2013, 7:41 pm

Quote: patten1701 @ Jul. 09 2013, 1:48 pm

>Robert April was the answer I was looking for. I forget about Johnathan Archer as a Enterprise captain, mostly because the NCC-1701 was identified as "the first starship to bear the name". I suppose technicality demands that Johnathan Archer be identified as the very first captain of the Enterprise. My apologies.


May I ask where it was mentioned that the 1701 was the first starship to bear the name Enterprise?

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Report this Jul. 11 2013, 8:42 pm

If you go buy the novels, the Encyclopidia and the animated series. All say that Robert April was the first Capt of 1701. Does Archers Enterprise count considering it wasnt a Federation ship and it did not carry the registry number we all know and love?


 

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Report this Jul. 17 2013, 2:16 am

Quote: chator56 @ Jul. 08 2013, 12:30 am

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>Which Enterprise? NX-01, the first warp capable starship named Enterprise was first captained by Johnathan Archer. The NCC-1701 is rumored to have been first captained by Robert April, which was the original name for the Captain of the Enterprise that Roddenberry conceived. But on TV, we first see the Enterprise captained by Christopher Pike.

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Actually Gene Roddenberry has actually called the animated season canon due to it have the TOS cast as voiceover for the animated ones

stovokor2000-A

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Report this Jul. 17 2013, 6:46 am

Quote: rob39874 @ Jul. 17 2013, 2:16 am

>Actually Gene Roddenberry has actually called the animated season canon due to it have the TOS cast as voiceover for the animated ones

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Actually thats iincorrect.


The fans like to say that tas is canon beasus it has most of the original cast members doing voice overs.


Gene Roddenberry never said that.


According to D.C. Fontana writer for TOS,TAS,& TNG, as well as being 1 of his long time friends, she says that Gene Roddenberry never took TAS seriously in regards to canon.


Geene is well known for "re-writting" canon when ever he felt it would halp the story he wanted to tell.People who worked with Roddenberry remember that he used to handle canon not on a series-by-series basis nor an episode-by-episode basis, but point by point. If he changed his mind on something, or if a fact in one episode contradicted what he considered to be a more important fact in another episode, he had no problem declaring that specific point non-canon.


Another thing , Gene R. himself had a habit of decanonizing things the didn't like, for example he didnt like that Spock was killed in the 2nd moie, so he proclaimed that "THE WRATH OF KHAN & THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK were not canon..


Also after he got TNG going, he decided that some of The Original Series wasn't canon either.I, the bulk of season 3 and some season 1 and 2 episodes. At that time Geene thought of TNG as canon wherever there was conflict between the two. He admitted it was revisionist thinking, but so be it.


Bottom line is, geene was never happy with how TAS turned out.At the end of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, all licenses for Star Trek spin-off fiction were renegotiated and the animated series was essentially "decanonized" by Gene Roddenberry himself

 


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Report this Jul. 18 2013, 3:29 am

Quote: patten1701 @ Jul. 09 2013, 1:48 pm

>Robert April was the answer I was looking for. I forget about Johnathan Archer as a Enterprise captain, mostly because the NCC-1701 was identified as "the first starship to bear the name". I suppose technicality demands that Johnathan Archer be identified as the very first captain of the Enterprise. My apologies.


Robert April is not the answer you were looking for! Archer was Captain of a Enterprise before the Federation existed, just as a Navy Captain or NASA Captain is today. The first Federation Captain of the Enetrprise according to canon and official storylines was Christopher Pike. April is only Captain in sideline fiction stories but not official Star Trek.

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Report this Aug. 19 2013, 5:40 pm

It has to be Archer, because Enterprise (AKA Star Trek Enterprise) is part of the franchise. However, we do not know who the first Vulcan to serve upon a human crewed star ship was. Sorry, it was not T'Pol. (Just gave away my best trivia question!)


Blalock & Nimoy were the best two actors in the Star Trek universe. Go Vulcans!

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Report this Aug. 19 2013, 7:17 pm

Quote: TravisMalcolm @ Aug. 19 2013, 5:40 pm

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>It has to be Archer, because Enterprise (AKA Star Trek Enterprise) is part of the franchise. However, we do not know who the first Vulcan to serve upon a human crewed star ship was. Sorry, it was not T'Pol. (Just gave away my best trivia question!)

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then who waw it?


and keep in mind that novels comics are not canon/in continuity with the franchise


 


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Report this Aug. 20 2013, 1:09 am

Check memory alpha and that was no help and can't find any reference to anyone but T'Pol

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