THE MISSION, SHIP, AND CREW
Everything you never knew you really wanted to know about the USS Explorer!
The Explorer has been chosen by Admiral Frank McGrath to explore the far reaches because she
was the first vessel up for grabs in Starfleet's hasty construction efforts. He chose her crew
because they basically didn't have anything better to do. Regardless, Captain Andy Baxter's
valiant, if a little neurotic, crew set off into the unknown, bent on proving to anyone who cares to
listen that they're not as incompetent as everyone thinks they are. Not surprisingly, they don't
have an incredible amount of luck.
The USS Explorer is something of a dying breed in this day and age. Starfleet's fleet is now made
up of faster, more maneuverable ships like the Sovereign and Akira-class. In a world where the
Galaxy-class ship seems an low-priced commodity, the Explorer's designers set out to prove that
this class still has, well, class.
The Explorer is equipped with every possible amenity, just in case she has to make first contact
with a race of impressionable and sensitive aliens. There are jacuzzis, a bowling alley, a
discotheque, four swimming pools, posh presidential suites, and an arboretum that's made of real
rainforest supplanted directly from the Earth. Oh, and incidentally, Explorer also comes packed
with quantum torpedoes and ablative armor as well, just in case some of these new species turn
their nose up at the peeing cupid statue.
And, if that's not enough, check out the USS Explorer's Specs.
Below is an image of our dauntless crew. They're not much to look at, true, but did you
think they'd be supermodels? Come on!
By Matt Richardson © 1997
From left to right
First Row: Dr. Janice Browning, Lt. Commander Chris Richards, Counselor Kelly Peterman,
Captain Andy Baxter.
Second Row: Lt. J'hana, Lt. Zack Ford, Mr. Mirk, Lt. Ariel Tilleran, Lt. Megan Hartley,
Commander David Conway, and Lt. Commander Kristen Larkin.
- Click here for information on each crewmember!
- Enter the Captain's Ranty Room and discover Baxter's opinion on all the important
topics you never thought you cared about!