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5 Times It Didn’t Pay To Be Related To Starfleet Legends In Star Trek

Being a member of the Starfleet family can be dangerous to your health.

If you are a family member of someone in Starfleet, you are likely to meet a bitter end. That’s how it usually goes. There are a lot of traumatic moments that belong only to those related to the main characters. If you were a character related to a main crew member on a Star Trek, you were probably going to bite him in a big way.

Especially the team from the original series. Damn, the writers really didn’t like that they had happy families to spend time with, did they?

So we take a look at five times it didn’t pay to be a parent to a Starfleet legend. Well, four times, and once this person was related to Kes.

Five times it didn’t pay to be the parent of a Starfleet legend in Star Trek.

Elizabeth Tucker (Charles ‘Trip’Tucker’s sister)

The only person on this list that we don’t actually see is Elizabeth Tucker, the sister of Charles “Trip” Tucker from the USS Enterprise. She was loved by her brother, and one could logically conclude that she was his favorite person. She was killed when the Xindi attacked, continuing the long legacy of killing the families of Starfleet members for no good reason.

Peter Preston (Scotty’s nephew)

Peter Preston wanted to make his uncle, Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, proud. That’s all he wanted to do. So when Khan Noonien Singh attacked the Enterprise, Peter refused to leave his post, and because of this he was mortally wounded and eventually died while the ship tried to hunt down Khan. He was introduced just to die, but the character being held by his distraught uncle on the bridge of the Enterprise remains one of the most powerful images ever seen in Trek.

David Marcus (son of Kirk)

Scotty wasn’t the only person to needlessly lose loved ones in a Star Trek movie, but the captain himself, James T. Kirk, had his own son David Marcus needlessly slaughtered by a Klingon under Kruge’s command. It seemed so pointless at the time and it was one of those moments that didn’t make sense. Unlike the death of Scotty’s nephew, David Marcus’ death didn’t have the same impact and isn’t viewed the same way by fans as Peter Prestons’ death.

Commander Sela (daughter of Tasha Yar)

Now, you might think Commander Sela shouldn’t qualify for this list, but keep in mind that his mother, Tasha Yar, was a prisoner in Romulan hands. She was a wife on death penalty to a Romulan general, not exactly a willing partner and because of that, Sela was conceived through this deadly pact. Sela was also the reason her mother was eventually executed. At only four years old, she betrayed her mother and had her killed. Yes, Sela had a traumatic childhood.

Linnis Paris (Tom Paris and Kes’ daughter)

What’s worse, having your own mother killed, or never existing because your mother decided she didn’t want to marry your future father? This is the existence of Linnis Paris. She was the daughter of Kes and Tom Paris from the Voyager spacecraft and was only ever conceived in a future that will never actually happen. Paris and Kes were supposed to reunite according to this timeline, but Kes ended up jumping ship in season four after her lead actress, Jennifer Lien, was written off the show. If being written out of time was bad enough, in the timeline she existed in, she was married to Harry Kim. She can’t take a break.