You could have recognized a familiar name if you saw the opening episode of Star Trek Picard season 3. There is a fleeting mention of Rachel Garrett in the most recent Star Trek series that you could miss.
She is related to Raffi’s quest to find the enigmatic Red Lady, and her name appears on the screen. Fans of Star Trek will perk up their ears like Vulcans at the mention of the character’s name.
But given that Rachel Garrett hasn’t been referenced since a Star Trek TV series introduced her decades ago, we may all use a refresher on who she is and why we know her name.
Who is Rachel Garrett?
Starfleet Captain Rachel Garrett oversaw the Enterprise-C in the middle of the 24th century. She served as Captain Picard’s mentor and was a key figure in the long line of Star Trek captains who oversaw various iterations of the USS Enterprise.
Rachel Garrett in Yesterday Enterprise: A Legendary TNG Episode
In the renowned Star Trek episode Yesterday’s Enterprise, Rachel Garrett makes her Star Trek debut. Aside from being one of the best TNG episodes ever, this is also widely recognized as one of the best science fiction TV storylines ever.
The Enterprise enters a parallel universe in which Starfleet is at war with the Klingons. The USS Enterprise-D is a military ship engaged in a conflict that it is about to lose in this reality.
Since Picard’s Enterprise-D prevented Rachel Garrett’s Enterprise-C from being destroyed by Romulan intruders, this alternate reality was made.
Garrett’s Enterprise-C must travel back in time and give itself to the invaders to fix the timeline, allowing the future Klingon conflict to be avoided and the timeline to proceed smoothly.
After some thought, Rachel Garrett chooses to go back to her timeline to prevent the future. Her sacrifice, along with the Enterprise-sacrifice, C’s stop the Klingon war and fix the timeline.
As a result, Rachel Garrett is considered to be one of the most courageous and significant Star Trek characters of all time.
Her sacrifice saved countless lives. It should come as no surprise that she will be honored with a statue in Star Trek: Picard season 3 episode 1.
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