Name: Scrivin, Jonathan Robert
Rank: Commander
Position: First Officer, U.S.S. Diplomat
Species: Human
Born: 2338
Birthplace: U.S.S. Flemming, Sol system
Height: 6’ 5"
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Marital Status: Divorced

Previous Assignments: U.S.S. Grissom, U.S.S. Indiana

Personal History
Born in 2338, Jonathan was the only child of Marie (mother), a musician, and Brandon (father), a Starfleet officer assigned to an administrative position on Starbase 62 in the Opla system. His parents met when Marie took a job on the station playing with the Folo Orchestra. Jon was born aboard the U.S.S. Flemming, a Constellation-class vessel, while his parents were en route to Earth – their intention was to return there so that Jon could be born on their homeworld, but the Flemming was diverted to aide in the aftermath of the Purceli disaster in the Welker system. Jon was born before the ship made it to Earth, much to the disappointment of both Marie and Brandon.

Jon grew up on Starbase 62, and was often encouraged by his father to join Starfleet, who hoped to push him hard enough for him to get a position more ‘exciting’ than his own dreary assignment. At the age of 17, Jon applied and was accepted into Starfleet Academy. He graduated in 2359, and was assigned to the Excelsior-class U.S.S. Grissom.

In mid 2361, Jon was on leave visiting his parents on Starbase 62 when a fire aboard the station claimed the lives of 34 people, including both his parents. Jon was severely injured during his attempts to fight the fire – his efforts were rewarded with a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant junior grade, but he suffered second degree burns to 60% of his body, and was taken to the Rectu VII Medical Facility for his recovery period. It was while there that he met Dr. (later professor) Serina Brook, who was also a patient there after having been injured in a demonstration of a plasmonic confinement array. Following his treatment, Jon was assigned to the Freedom-class U.S.S. Indiana, and continued to see Serina. The two married later that year, and had a child, Elizabeth Anna, in early 2362.

However, Jon’s increasing workload as he rose through the ranks (he received a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in early 2363) and the lack of opportunities for Serina as a civilian scientist aboard a Starfleet patrol vessel placed strain on their marriage. In 2363, the pair divorced, with Serina gaining custody of Elizabeth Anna. Serina took up the position of Chief Researcher, Hyperphysics Department with the Vemina Research Institute on Thentari II, while Jon continued to serve aboard the Indiana.

Jon was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in late 2366, and planned to celebrate the New Year with his daughter on Earth, visiting his maternal grandparents in Nevada, taking advantage of the Indiana’s scheduled barion sweep at the Hephastos maintenance base in Venus orbit. Jon managed to make arrangements for Elizabeth Anna to get to earth by tagging along with Lieutenant Commander Festa Capri, an old friend of Scrivin’s from the Academy, who was serving aboard the U.S.S. Melbourne. But both the female Andorian officer and the Jon’s daughter were killed when the Melbourne was diverted into the task force assembled to face the Borg at Wolf 359 – there was not time to evacuate the civilians before the battle. Jon was crushed by the news of Elizabeth Anna’s death, but returned to duty aboard the Indiana in early 2367 to assist in the efforts to salvage the remnants of the Borg cube destroyed above Earth by the U.S.S. Enterprise. Professor Sarina Brook, however, blamed Jon for the death of their daughter, and led to an even more hostile relationship between the two.

In 2369, Jon was promoted to the rank of Commander, and took the position of First Officer aboard the Indiana. He served there until 2371, when he was assigned to the newly refit U.S.S. Diplomat, despite his views that he was ready for a command of his own. Jon arrived in the final stages of the refit to help coordinate the various departments as they prepared for the second maiden voyage of the Diplomat.

Casting Notes

I had no idea whom to cast for this role. Absolutely none whatsoever. I needed someone who could distinguish themselves from the other wonderful first officers on the various Trek series, and I didn’t know where to turn. Thankfully, a good friend, Peter Hartree, referred me to Tim Robbins. In retrospect, I don’t know why I didn’t think of him sooner. He’s certainly distinguished himself as an incredible actor – look at him in The Player or The Shawshank Redemption (or even Erik the Viking). Plus he follows on the tradition of first officers also being great directors... :)

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