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"Jack, I sense you exaggerate your confidence in order to mask an ocean of insecurity."

Commander Jack Ransom was a male Human Starfleet officer who served as the first officer of the USS Cerritos under Captain Carol Freeman in the 2380s. (LD: "Second Contact") His birthday was July 16th. (LD: "Moist Vessel")

Starfleet career

Ransom had extensive experience leading away missions, especially missions that seemed like "a walk in the park" before taking a sudden turn towards disastrous. Ransom listed facing horned gorillas, sentient tar, and "spores that make you hook up with your best friend's sister."

He further prided himself on his "classic Jack Ransom peace brokering." (LD: "Temporal Edict")

Ransom's affinity for joysticks in "Envoys" and preference for landing manually in "Temporal Edict" may suggest a previous assignment as helmsman.

USS Cerritos

In 2380, Ransom served as Captain Carol Freeman's first officer aboard the USS Cerritos. That year, he led ground-based elements of a second contact mission to the capital planet of the Galar system, before being bitten by a Galardonian insect and bringing a rage virus aboard the ship. (LD: "Second Contact")

While Ensign Sam Rutherford was considering a transfer to the command division, Commander Ransom observed his performance during two command trainer holodeck programs. (LD: "Envoys")

Ransom and Mariner debating rank and protocol in a prison on Gelrak V

Ransom led a gift giving-mission to Gelrak V shortly after they had been signed into the Federation, when an incident led to the team being attacked and imprisoned. While being pitted against Vindor in a match to the death, Ransom stabbed Ensign Beckett Mariner in the foot to prevent her from being able to fight so he could defend his team. Vindor conceded the match, freeing the team. (LD: "Temporal Edict")

According to Bradward Boimler's simulation of Jack, he had used Captain Freeman's fondness for sweets (specifically cookies) to manipulate her. It was likely in one such attempt he found she was allergic to chocolate. (LD: "Crisis Point")

Personal interests

Ransom practiced martial arts, had a large collection of free weights, and was a fan of the double-fist punch. (LD: "Temporal Edict")

Jack Ransom also demonstrated that he found Beckett Mariner to be attractive. Despite this, he never tried romancing her. (LD: "Temporal Edict", "No Small Parts")


Following his promotion to lieutenant junior grade and transfer to the USS Titan, Brad Boimler kept a decorative plate with Ransom's face printed on it in his quarters. (LD: "No Small Parts")

Memorable quotes

"Oh, what happened? Where am I? And… did I eat flesh?"
"Uh, hardly any."

- Jack Ransom and Ensign D'Vana Tendi, after the former returned to normal (LD: "Second Contact")

"In thousands of simulations that has literally never happened before. Let's try another one, on a ship with even MORE children!"

- Jack Ransom, after watching Sam Rutherford spectacularly fail Command Trainer 4 (LD: "Envoys")

"Ugh. Landru."
"I know, it's always weird revisiting planets from the TOS era."
"It's what I call the 2260s. Stands for 'those old scientists' – You know, Spock, Scotty, those guys. Seems like they were stumbling on crazy new aliens every week back then."

- Carol Freeman and Jack Ransom, on Landru and the 2260s (LD: "No Small Parts")

"From now on, I'll make sure to give you special attention."
"No! Be as hard on her as you always are!"
"Yeah, be hard on me!"
"I'm only hard on you when you make me hard! I mean I'm – I'm not hard right now! I mean I could – I could get hard, if I wanted to, but I'm not hard right now. I'm so sorry! You're both great!"

- Jack Ransom, Freeman, and Beckett Mariner, on being harsh on Beckett Mariner (LD: "No Small Parts")

"Looks like we'll have to repel them the old-fashioned way. Setting my fists to stun and my kicks to kill."

- Jack Ransom, on repelling the Pakleds (LD: "No Small Parts")

"Deanna, can you introduce me to any of your Betazoid friends?"
"Jack, I sense you exaggerate your confidence in order to mask an ocean of insecurity."
"Oh, will they sense that too? I can make that work for me."

- Jack Ransom and Deanna Troi, on Ransom's personality (LD: "No Small Parts")



Background information

Ransom was voiced by Jerry O'Connell. Despite having the same surname as Captain Rudolph Ransom, there is no on-screen evidence indicating any familial relationship between them.

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