Star Trek Brings Back a Classic Starfleet Admiral Trope

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 3 Finale – “Stars at Night”The end of Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 3 revisited a classic and infamous Starfleet Admiral trope: Vice Admiral Les Buenamigo (Carlos Alazraqui) was evil all along. In Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 finale, Admiral Buenamigo attempted to force the decommissioning of the California-class starships and replace them with his creation, the Texas-class starships, which are operated entirely by artificial intelligence. However, Ensign Samanthan Rutherford (Eugene Cordero) and Captain Carol Freeman (Dawnn Lewis) of the USS Cerritos foiled Buenamigo’s plan, and the corrupt Admiral was killed by his own USS Aledo when the robot ship crashed. went rogue and attacked Starfleet.


Maybe Captain Freeman should have guessed that Admiral Buenamigo was bad because Starfleet has a long history of flag officers going violently mad. Buenamigo’s motivation was simply career advancement; even after becoming a vice admiral, he found the upper echelons of Starfleet “so competitive” and Les wanted to make his own mark on service, which would have mothballed the California class in favor of his Texas class fleet. But once his plot was uncovered, Buenamigo revealed he was a psychopath. Them flip-flopped as he stopped saying the Texas class would save the lives of Starfleet officers and agreed to kill all souls aboard the Cerritos ‘for the good of the many “. Admiral Buenamigo has proven to be another blight on the reputation of Starfleet admirals, and he is among the most twisted flag officers Star Trek has seen.

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Why So Many Star Trek Admirals Go Evil

Starfleet Admirals are turning evil at an alarming rate. Most Admirals were starship captains first, and it seems that the pressures of long-term deep space exploration as well as the dangers they witnessed in the Final Frontier are motivating many Admirals to resort to extreme methods. Most evil admirals believe what they are doing is protecting Starfleet and the Federation, but some, like Admiral Buenamigo, are just twisted, selfish individuals claiming to serve Starfleet’s best interests while secretly pursuing their own. program. Buenamigo’s misdeeds date back to when he was a lieutenant commander who manipulated Rutherford into designing the USS Aledo, erasing his memory with a cybernetic implant in the process.

Admiral Buenamigo is in good company when it comes to evil Starfleet officers. Among the worst Starfleet has harbored, Admiral Cartwright (Brock Peters) led a plot to assassinate the Klingon High Chancellor and prevent peace with the Federation in Star Trek VI: The Unknown Country. A military coup on Earth by Starfleet was attempted by Star Trek: Deep Space Nineof Admiral Leyton (Robert Foxworth), whom he vindicated as protecting Earth from Dominion Changelings. In Star Trek Into Darkness‘ Kelvin Timeline, Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) sought to militarize Starfleet and start a war with the Klingons by bombing their homeworld. Marcus was so mad he was even willing to kill his own daughter, Carol (Alice Eve).

Will Jellico be Star Trek’s next evil admiral?

Star Trek: Prodigy brings back Admiral Edward Jellico (Ronny Cox) as Vice Admiral Janeway’s (Kate Mulgrew) foil, so will Jellico turn out to be the next evil Admiral? Jellico was briefly captain of the USS Enterprise-D in Star Trek: The Next Generation and his uncompromising leadership style won no fans among the crew or among the Trekkers. But Jellico was just stubborn and tough, not downright mean. Still, it’s reasonable to be wary that Jellico might reveal his true colors like so many other corrupt admirals. Starfleet has its share of noble admirals like Kirk (William Shatner), Picard (Patrick Stewart), Cornwell (Jayne Brook), Vance (Oded Fehr) and Janeway, but Star Trek: Lower Decks proved that the evil Starfleet Admiral trope lives on and shows no signs of going away.

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