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Lieutenant Harrison was a male Human Starfleet officer who lived during the mid-23rd century. He served aboard the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk, from 2266 to 2269, during a historic five-year mission that starship undertook. In 2267, he was originally a technician first class and later a lieutenant.

Starfleet career


Harrison in 2266

In 2266, Harrison served in the sciences division, and sat at a forward bridge station during a star mapping mission that led to a tense first contact with the First Federation starship Fesarius on stardate 1514.0. Harrison was one of many bridge officers who were violently ejected from their seats when the Enterprise was forced to destroy a radiation-emitting space buoy operated by Balok. (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver")

In a deleted scene from "The Corbomite Maneuver", Harrison was shown as sitting at a bridge station behind Sulu, next to Hadley, while Sulu related how, in his childhood, he had tried to emulate the facial expressions of Oriental villains from movies. ("Inside the Roddenberry Vault, Part I", Star Trek: The Original Series - The Roddenberry Vault special features)

Harrison was working in a corridor while the Enterprise encountered Harry Mudd and his "cargo": a trio of women. He took a good look at the women as they walked by. (TOS: "Mudd's Women")

Harrison (left) restrains Sulu while McCoy works

Harrison was working in the ship's biopsy lab in 2266 when Enterprise personnel were afflicted with an intoxication from Psi 2000. Upon McCoy requesting a report from Harrison, a specific crewman began laughing hysterically over the speaker. Harrison was later at his post in sickbay (wearing a sciences blue jumpsuit uniform), helping to restrain Hikaru Sulu, while McCoy tested antidote serums. (TOS: "The Naked Time")

Later that year, Harrison (again wearing a sciences blue jumpsuit uniform) was working in a corridor adjacent to Charles Evans' quarters, at a panel labeled "atmospheric system". Harrison carried out this work while Spock was standing beside him and was meanwhile aware that Spock intended to use a force field. After Spock stated he would activate the force field himself and that Harrison had permission to return to his duties, Harrison did so. (TOS: "Charlie X")

In the stage directions for this scene, from the final draft script of "Charlie X", Harrison was referred to as "an engineer". The script also made it clear that Harrison was actually involved in setting up the force field, which is used in an attempt to trap Charles Evans in his own quarters, though precisely what task Harrison is working on in the final version of the episode was not presented as clearly.

In battle with a Romulan Bird-of-Prey around stardate 1709, Harrison took over for Lieutenant Stiles at the navigator's console on the bridge. (TOS: "Balance of Terror")

In the stage directions for this scene from the revised final draft script of "Balance of Terror", Harrison was referred to as one of two "N.D. crewmen" (the other being an unseen helmsman who simultaneously replaced Sulu at the helm).

Kodos, Kirk and Harrison held at bay by Lenore

Harrison was logging information on a PADD with Vinci outside the briefing room where Kirk was comparing information on Anton Karidian and Kodos moments before Spock entered. Later, he was on the bridge at the engineering station while the Enterprise was parked in orbit of Planet Q. Later, he was part of a security team that responded to a call of trouble at the ship's theater. Lenore Karidian stole Harrison's phaser to hold Enterprise crewpeople at bay. She accidentally discharged the weapon and killed her father. (TOS: "The Conscience of the King")


Harrison at his bridge station

When Khan Noonien Singh attempted to take over the ship in 2267, Harrison was wearing a red operations division uniform while among multiple crewmembers who were trapped, by Khan, on the bridge. Kirk's captain's log noted commendations for numerous personnel, including Technician First Class Harrison, who lost consciousness from oxygen deprivation. (TOS: "Space Seed")

Although Harrison was on the bridge, he was the only officer of the visually-accounted-for crewmembers who didn't end up in the briefing room after being incapacitated.

Harrison (third from right) and security team

Harrison served on a security team ordered by Lieutenant Commander Giotto to hunt for a Horta on Janus VI. (TOS: "The Devil in the Dark")

Harrison was part of a security detail that beamed down to an iron-silica planet where Lazarus and anti-Lazarus were found. (TOS: "The Alternative Factor")

Harrison brawls, maddened by the subsonic transmitter

Lieutenant Harrison, wearing a sciences division uniform as he sat at the console to the left of the viewscreen on the bridge as the Enterprise approached Omicron Ceti III in 2267. Later, wearing a gold command division uniform, he was among Starfleet personnel that beamed down to that planet. When sub-sonic vibrations were used to irritate Omicron spore-possessed crewmembers on that planet, Harrison was overcome by the effect and started fighting with Lieutenant Kelowitz and another crewmember. (TOS: "This Side of Paradise")



Background information

Harrison was played by regular TOS extra Ron Veto. Veto is one of only a few to wear all three division colors – sciences blue, operations red and command gold – in his various appearances.

The name Harrison was among several others mentioned by Kirk in "Space Seed", but not specifically directed towards any one character, and is based on the timing of the camera's pan across the bridge in association with Kirk's dialogue.

Harrison was one candidate rumored to possibly be an antagonist in the film Star Trek Into Darkness. Before the movie was released, a name for the villain was revealed to be "John Harrison", though whether this was his actual name or merely an alias was undisclosed. Star Trek Magazine issue 172, p. 32, in the lead-up to the film's release, speculated a fifty percent probability that the character would turn out to be Lieutenant Harrison.

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