John Samuel Benson was a Human Starfleet officer who served aboard the USS Galaxy in the 2360s, the USS Bozeman in the 2370s,[a] and under Captain Jean-Luc Picard as first officer of the USS Enterprise-E in the 2380s after Captain William T. Riker took command of the USS Titan.
Early life Edit
Early Starfleet career Edit
Benson was assigned to the USS Galaxy in 2365, two years out of the Academy. He served aboard her for five years until he was reassigned to the USS Bozeman in 2370. He received a promotion to lieutenant a year later.
Service on the USS Enterprise-E Edit
On stardate 57189.4, Captain Jean-Luc Picard chose Benson to be William T. Riker's replacement as first officer of the USS Enterprise-E. Benson was on Earth Spacedock at the same time the Enterprise was getting repairs following the Battle in the Bassen Rift, so Picard met him in person, giving him the news. He told Benson to report to the Enterprise the following morning at zero eight hundred hours. In addition to his new posting, Benson received a promotion to commander.[a]
The next day, Benson reported to the bridge. Picard greeted him and the Enterprise got underway. Benson inquired as to where their destination would be, but Picard could only tell him that "who or what we're looking for may intend harm to the Federation." When they arrived at their destination, a Klingon ship was waiting for them and sent a boarding party to engineering. Picard's negotiations with the Klingons failed, and a battle ensued. Both sides received casualties, but eventually the Klingons fled.
After briefly returning to Earth, the Enterprise began trying to locate the Klingon vessel that had attacked them, known as the IKS Pak'tu. Benson, along with Geordi La Forge discovered a warp trail that they believed belonged to the Pak'tu. For several hours, they found nothing, but finally, a Klingon ship matching the Pak'tu's configuration appeared and attacked them. After a few hit-and-runs, Captain Kardok and several of his crew transported onto the Enterprise's bridge and attempted to kill everyone there. They would have succeeded, but B-4 suddenly emerged from the ready room and dispelled them. Kardok and crew hurriedly transported back to the Pak'tu, but Worf fired a volley of photon torpedoes at them, destroying the vessel and likely killing everyone aboard.
In 2384, Benson took command of the Enterprise. Three years later, in 2387, the Enterprise was sent to give aid to the survivors of the destruction of Romulus. Benson remained in command of the Enterprise until his death during a Borg attack in 2389.[a]
John quickly became one of Picard's trusted officers; he began calling John "number one," an affectionate nickname he had given Will Riker before him. John said that he didn't mind it, and Picard told him that he would likely hear him use it often.
Background and trivia Edit
- Benson was created in 2010 for "Lego Star Trek" as a replacement for William T. Riker following Riker's promotion to captain of the USS Titan. Martin Madden already existed in a deleted scene from Star Trek Nemesis, but CaptFredricks had no knowledge of the character at that time. By the time of writing Star Trek: Final Voyages, he had, and Madden replaced Benson as the USS Enterprise-E's executive officer.
Notes and references Edit
|v - e - t||USS Enterprise-E personnel (Alternate timelines)|
|Command crew|| Jean-Luc Picard • William T. Riker (TTI) • John Benson (LST) • Data (TTI) • Worf • Geordi La Forge • Beverly Crusher • George Gibson? (LST) • Gregory Jordan (LST)|
William T. Riker^ (LST) • Data† (LST)
|Duty officers|| Tim Henderson (LST)|