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Nils Pitcairn was a 23rd century Human male who served in Starfleet as transporter chief aboard the Federation starship USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. (TOS episode: "The Cage")

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Pitcairn operating the transporter

Pitcairn joined Pike's crew in early 2251 when Captain Christopher Pike took command of the Enterprise, and was one of the primary service personnel introduced to Pike by Yeoman Dermot Cusack in a pre-mission briefing.

Cusack identified Pitcairn as a technical genius. He noted that, with his impressive technical expertise, Pitcairn could well have made chief engineer, but favored using his skills on the transporter. Cusack noted that Pitcairn has a very sure skill with the device, which was considered quite tricky to use at the time. (EV comic: "Flesh of My Flesh")

Pitcairn often worked with an assistant who was named Yamata, a man of much slighter build who sometimes wore thick-rimmed spectacles. (TOS episode: "The Cage"; TOS novel: The Rift)

In 2254, Pitcairn was operating the transporter aboard the Enterprise when a landing party beamed back from a Ngultor ship after rescuing Captain Pike, and later in the year when the Enterprise visited Talos IV. (EV comic: "Flesh of My Flesh"; TOS episode: "The Cage")

Some of Pitcairn's actions were remembered by the Talosians and subsequently included in a thought transmission that was shown on an Enterprise viewscreen thirteen years later, in 2267. (TOS episode: "The Menagerie")

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BackgroundEdit

  • Pitcairn's rank was not mentioned in his live action appearances, but he wore a jumpsuit without rank insignia that was favored by enlisted personnel. Cusack's comments that Pitcairn was chief engineer-material indicates that he was at least qualified to hold an officer's rank. He was addressed as "commander" in TOS novel: The Children of Kings. Whether he was a lieutenant commander or full commander was not specified, but the novel also established that Lieutenant Commander Spock had the authority to give him orders.
  • In his episodic appearance, Pitcairn was played by actor Clegg Hoyt, but his voice was dubbed in in post-production, with a voiceover supplied by Robert C. Johnson. The appearance was used in similar form in both "The Cage" and in the aired version, "The Menagerie".
  • Pitcairn was singled out as a significant member of Pike's crew in the first issue of the Early Voyages comic series "Flesh of My Flesh" in scene showing Pike choosing his crew. Despite this Pitcairn made no further appearances throughout the seventeen issue series.

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