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I'm a Starfleet officer – I was born and bred for this. I've trained for this moment most of my life. It won't be easy, but I think I can finally say – with confidence – I know what I have to do.
Jason Fredricks
2409 ("Task Force Hippocrates")

Jason Thomas Fredricks was a Human Starfleet officer who served as commanding officer on the USS Leviathan. He was perhaps best known for becoming one of the youngest starship captains in the history of the Federation, gaining the title at the young age of 22. Despite some initial setbacks, he led his crew competently, becoming a very well-known and respected commander.

His first command was the Leviathan, which he inherited in 2409 following the death of his commanding officer. He received an immediate field promotion to lieutenant from Captain Vo'Lok.[1][2] Though he initially struggled with the duties of command,[3] he soon became a capable commander, receiving another promotion mere months later.[4]

Biography Edit

Early life Edit

Jason Thomas Fredricks (serial number JR-327-994) was a Human male born to Thomas Fredricks and Maria Wilson on stardate 62089.7 in Winchester, Nevada, Earth.[5] Jason's grandfather died before they had a chance to become close, when Jason was still quite young. One thing Jason did recall about him was his constant "quirky smile."[6]

After explaining a brief history of phaser modulation and the Borg, Jason claimed that all he did in his childhood was study weapons technical manuals.[2] He and Lucas Wells also would pretend to be on Starfleet missions as children.[7]

As a teenager, Jason dreamed of becoming the youngest captain in all of Starfleet, planning to reach captain within two years of graduating Starfleet Academy.[8][5]

One year during high school, Jason cheated on a midterm test. He managed to avoid being found out by the teacher, and even had a friend cover for him. The only pitfall of his plan, however, was his mother. He found that he couldn't "look [her] in the eye and tell her [he] passed the test," when he clearly hadn't on his own merit. He then told his mother what really happened, and received a week's detention for his actions. He did, however, learn "never try to cover up your mistakes."[9]

Starfleet Academy Edit

Jason was admitted to Starfleet Academy upon graduating from Chaparral High School on stardate 78835.6.[5] He had an apartment in downtown San Francisco which he lived in until graduation from the Academy.[10]

He entered a romantic relationship with Lenerea Mendel sometime after joining the Academy, which lasted until around 2407.[11]

On at least one occasion, Jason had a nightmare about serving on a starship and fighting in the Federation-Klingon War. In this nightmare, he was severely burned by an exploding console at his bridge station.[10]

Having been named valedictorian, Jason attended the Class of 2408 graduation in San Francisco on stardate 82513.9.[5] He began his valedictory a bit nervous, but he gained some composure toward the end of it. He thanked both Admiral Quinn and his parents during the speech.

Afterwards, he nearly got into a physical brawl with fellow cadet Daniel Harvey, who was known for having a bad attitude. Daniel insulted him numerous times while other cadets tried to deescalate the situation, but Daniel persisted. He finally struck a nerve by insulting Jason's father for enlisting at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, and Jason would have struck him if not for the intervention of a higher-ranking officer.[12]

Service on the USS Leviathan Edit

On stardate 82533.4,[5] Captain Masc Taggart chose Jason to be his tactical officer on the USS Leviathan. He was impressed both by Jason's tactical skills and Fleet Admiral Jorel Quinn's high praises of him. He served in this position for roughly eight months, until stardate 83164.0, when Captain Kadek of the Klingon vessel IKS Chot attacked the Leviathan, capturing Captain Taggart and killing the first officer, Commander Henry Fuller. Being the next-in-line, Jason was forced to take command of the Leviathan.

As commanding officer Edit

With few of the ship's systems in working order, Jason decided to ram the Chot, but the USS Renown, having received an encoded distress call they had sent earlier, arrived, taking on the Klingons. Vo'Lok, the Renown's captain, attempted to rescue Taggart, but his comm officer picked up a distress call from the USS Khitomer. Vo'Lok, knowing that took precedence, contacted the Leviathan. Jason, though reluctant, understood Vo'Lok's decision, and decided to accompany the Renown to assist the Khitomer.[1]

In an alternate timeline, the Leviathan was not attacked by the Chot, and instead it proceeded directly to the Vega colony to assist against the Borg attack. The Khitomer's EMH sent a distress call to any ships in range, and Captain Taggart sent Jason and a small away team, consisting of Lucas Wells, Hannah Freeman,[a] Ernie Hauser, and Charlie Morgan, over.
Once aboard the Khitomer, Jason and the away team began to assist the Khitomer's crew as best they could. They first helped Lieutenant Thelis restore the main computer in auxiliary control, and then proceeded to assist Commander Davis in securing engineering from the Borg. Afterward, Davis told Jason that they should return to the Leviathan, sending Tala Jones, an Andorian officer, back with them. On the Leviathan, Jason and the others found Captain Taggart and the rest of the senior officers dead at the hands of the Borg. Jason took command, being the highest-ranking survivor.[13]

Shortly after the incident with the Klingons, the Borg attacked the Federation colony on Vega IX. Jason successfully led a counterattack against the Borg fleet in space, as well as on the surface of Vega IX. Upon returning to Earth after the battle, he visited Admiral Quinn on Earth Spacedock, who gave him a field promotion to lieutenant, and made him the official commander of the Leviathan.[2]

After a series of awry missions, Jason contemplated leaving Starfleet for good. Admiral Quinn gave him a temporary leave of command while he sorted things out. After about a week, Jason was back on his feet and ready to resume command, though not without qualms initially.[3][14]

Jason received a promotion to lieutenant commander on stardate 83468.7 after the successful defeat of the Devidians, who were wreaking havoc on Drozana Station in the 23rd century.[4]

Command difficulties Edit

Admiral Quinn considered Jason to be "strong and confident," but he felt Jason, like his father, suffered from strong emotional responses to situations, which could cause him to make indecisive choices. Despite this, Quinn believed he could overcome these tendencies with proper training.

Following the difficulties that arose on stardate 83245.3, Jason was barred from receiving further promotions until he proved he was fit to continue serving as the Leviathan's commanding officer. This remained in effect until at least two months later, on stardate 83440.[5]

According to Franklin Drake, Admiral Quinn was "pressured" by Starfleet Command to decide whether or not Jason should remain in command of the Leviathan. Drake assured Jason that both Quinn and Starfleet Command would be fully convinced of his worth to them after reading of Jason's successful leadership in the mission to stop the Devidians.[4]

Dealings with Section 31 Edit

As with several Starfleet officers before him, Jason caught the attention of Section 31 agents. Franklin Drake was tasked with giving him an assignment that would prove his worth to Section 31. On stardate 83446.1, he sent the Leviathan to the Donatu system to discover what was causing odd environmental problems on ships in the area, as well as determine why True Way ships were being spotted there. If the assignment was successful, Drake intended to ask him to join Section 31, believing Jason might accept his invitation where others had not.

In turn, Jason asked Drake to pardon Elisa Flores, who had been sent to the New Zealand Penal Settlement following her involvement with Jarek Davis' takeover of the Leviathan.[5][15]

Personality and appearance Edit

Jason had a lean, muscular build, standing at 185 cm tall with a mass of 82 kg. He had hazel eyes and dark brown hair which he usually kept cut short. His face was lean but full with a moderately spaced jawline. He wore a typical Starfleet uniform with a black body, grey collar, and red trim, while his pants and shoes were standard Starfleet-issue black. His over-shirt donned a standard set of pips and a command division combadge.[5]

Personal life and skills Edit

Jason enjoyed spending recreation time on the holodeck, and had several Wild West programs stored in the ship's computer. He would sometimes play the part of a lawman[16] named Marshal Quinn.[b] In one such program, Quinn and his deputy (played by Lucas Wells) were in the process of arresting Black Bart, a criminal wanted for "at least twenty counts of robbery," but the program was interrupted by a subspace transmission from Starfleet Intelligence.[17]

He kept a collection of old earth weapons in his quarters, including a Winchester rifle, a .44 Magnum revolver, and several rapiers and longswords.[18]

Traits Edit

Awards and honors Edit

Jason gave the valedictory during the 2408 Starfleet Academy graduation ceremony, an honor typically reserved for the student(s) with the highest academic achievements.[12]

Jason received a battlefield commission on stardate 83164.0, unofficially, from Captain Masc Taggart due to unusual circumstances, and later, officially, from Captain Vo'Lok.[5][1] Following the decisive battle at Vega IX and Jason's successful evacuation of the planet's colonists, Admiral Jorel Quinn awarded him the Grankite Order of Tactics.[5]

Relationships Edit

Family Edit

Jason's father, Thomas Fredricks, took him on a camping trip in 2394 along with Nicholas Wells and his son, Lucas, where they hiked and canoed and "had a lot of fun."

After joining Starfleet, Jason did not talk to his family often. On stardate 83208.6, Remus Wells asked him how his parents were. Jason replied that he hadn't spoken with them since the previous Christmas, almost two months earlier.[19]

By stardate 83245.3, the Jason's parents were living in an apartment complex in downtown Las Vegas. During Jason's struggle with command, he visited them there. Maria Fredricks was overjoyed to see her son, but Thomas was less than enthused. Jason tried to explain why he was leaving Starfleet, but his father would not have it, even mocking him, saying, "Give up, be a failure, become the laughing stock of the galaxy; but don't come crying home to mommy and daddy, expecting to get a pat on the back because you don't have the balls to stand on your own two feet as a man and deal with your own problems." This infuriated Jason, causing him to shout at his father and leave the room. Maria followed Jason to the door, disappointed that her son was following the path of her husband, becoming a "grumpy, ill-tempered man." Jason apologized, and she made him promise to put his friends and family before his duty, lest he end up like his father.[3]

Friendships Edit

Jason was considered a friend by the Academy's groundskeeper, Anthony McAllister, whom Jason shared a brief conversation with while he was still struggling with his decision to either stay in or leave Starfleet.[3]

On many occasions, Jason went to Crusoe, the Leviathan's bartender, for advice.[citation needed]

Lucas Wells Edit

Jason and Lucas' fathers were old friends from the Academy, and they decided to take their sons on a camping trip in 2394. They went hiking and canoeing, among other things.[19][c]

Jason and Lucas would often times acted out "Starfleet missions" as children. Lucas referred to their assignments to the USS Leviathan as being "just like old times."

The two were reunited on stardate 83164.0, when Lucas was reassigned from the USS ShiKahr. They began to reminisce, until Captain Masc Taggart ordered all hands to their stations.[7]

Tala Jones Edit

Jason and Tala shared a rather affectionate bond. When Tala learned that her cousin, Robbie, had been killed by a Klingon raid on a border colony in the Azha system, Jason comforted her. He was prepared to allow her some time off duty, but she believed that going back on duty would be the best thing for her.[6]

Dylyp Azeli Edit

Jason and Dylyp Azeli met during their first year at the Academy, though they never became close friends. After graduating, they lost contact completely. They were reunited in 2409, however, when Dylyp was assigned to the USS Leviathan, as the ship's operations officer.[11]

Jorel Quinn Edit

In 2404, Fleet Admiral Quinn made a routine visit to the Academy campus on Earth. He questioned the "eager" young cadet on what he would do to serve the Federation. Jason responded that he intended to rise to command his own starship within two years of graduation, and bring a swift end to the war. At the time, Quinn found Jason's sentiment amusing, but later realized that he had been wrong. Though the war continued, Quinn was confident that with men such as Jason on the frontlines, the war would one day come to an end.[5]

Quinn soon became intrigued by Jason's talents in taking charge of situations, and successful leadership of others. Jason was convinced he could become a captain within his first year after graduating, and while Quinn believed he had the skill, he saw that he lacked the necessary experience. He was able to convince him to take things slowly and work his way through the ranks, so one day he would get his chance for command.[14]

When Hannah Freeman wished reassignment to engineering, Jason told her that his father (referring to Quinn, not his real father) had told him to "slow down and take things one step at a time," thus influencing him to settle with being a junior tactical officer, rather than opting for command.[8]

Jason considered Quinn a "second father", as he had little support from his real father. Quinn also considered Jason to be like a son to him.[14]

Romance Edit

Lenerea Mendel Edit

Jason was in a romantic relationship with Lenerea Mendel during their time at Starfleet Academy, but the relationship abruptly ended after he heard a rumor that Lenerea had been having sexual relations with another cadet at the Academy. Lenerea had tried to persuade him that she hadn't, but he refused to listen at that time due to "anger and immaturity." The two made up later, but the possibility of them again entering a relationship was slim.[11]

Jason's nickname for her was "Len." He also once mockingly called her "Rea," a nickname Elisa Flores had for her.[20][9]

Elisa Flores Edit

Jason and Elisa first became involved during their mission to the Donatu system. The relationship began with simple flirting, such as her kissing him in his ready room, but soon went much further. Less than a week later, they had sex in Jason's quarters, but were interrupted by a call from Franklin Drake.[15][9]

Rivals Edit

Daniel Harvey Edit

At Starfleet Academy's shuttlebay lounge, Jason nearly got into a physical brawl with Daniel Harvey, who was known as a bully at the Academy, on the day following their graduation. Harvey attempted to anger Jason by saying that he had been assigned to the "garbage scow of the fleet," and that he spoke "like a five-year-old in front of a raving audience." Jason was content to let it go, though, until Harvey brought up Jason's father. Jason would have landed the first blow if not for the intervention of a senior officer.[1]

Appendices Edit

Background and trivia Edit

Jason Fredricks

Jason as he originally appeared (until 2016).

Appearances Edit

Unofficial appearances

Notes and references Edit

  1. In an early draft, Hannah's surname was Morrison.
  2. This holodeck character is named after Jorel Quinn.
  3. Jason incorrectly believed it occurred in 2395, but Lucas corrected him.

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