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Captain Marie Batel was a female Human Starfleet officer who served as the commanding officer of the USS Cayuga during the mid-23rd century. She was also an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Office.

Starfleet career[]

In 2245, Captain Batel was assigned to command the Constitution-class USS Cayuga. (SNW: "Hegemony" display graphic)

Sometime prior to 2259, Admiral Robert April would tell Batel that every good captain needs a first officer who will tell when he or she is wrong. (SNW: "Ad Astra per Aspera")

In 2259, she was in a relationship with fellow officer, Christopher Pike. She was scheduled to ship out the day after Pike was recalled to active duty by Admiral April. (SNW: "Strange New Worlds")

Later that year, she, along with the Cayuga, were assigned to upgrade the Earth Outpost Stations, bordering the Romulan Neutral Zone. During that mission, she was ordered to go aboard the USS Enterprise to arrest Pike's first officer, Lieutenant Commander Una Chin-Riley, for having illegally misrepresented her own genetically engineered heritage. Despite acknowledging that she personally disliked those orders, Batel took Chin-Riley into custody. (SNW: "A Quality of Mercy")

A short time later, Batel reluctantly acted as the judge advocate prosecutor in Una's court martial, under Vice Admiral Pasalk. Batel worked hard to get Chin-Riley a favorable plea deal that included dishonorable discharge without prison time, but Chin-Riley rejected the deal. Ultimately, the defense attorney (Neera Ketoul) successfully argued that Una Chin-Riley had essentially sought political asylum from Starfleet; the defendant was acquitted and allowed to return to duty. (SNW: "Ad Astra per Aspera")

Although Batel was up for a possible promotion to commodore, she was passed over in favor of William Geary because of "concerns." Both Pike and Batel believed that it was retaliation by Pasalk for Batel losing Chin-Riley's trial. (SNW: "Among the Lotus Eaters")

Later that year, the Cayuga and the Enterprise were assigned to a joint mission charting a new binary system.

Several days later, after the events on Rigel VII, Pike transferred Yeoman Zac Nguyen to the Cayuga for transport to prison and made amends with Batel. (SNW: "Among the Lotus Eaters")

Later that year, the Cayuga was located in the Alpha Quadrant near Gorn space when the Enterprise discovered a subspace fissure. Captain Batel and the Cayuga rendezvoused with the Enterprise, where she informed Pike that they had been assigned a priority one mission. (SNW: "Subspace Rhapsody")

While the Cayuga was helping out with vaccinations on Parnassus Beta, a colony just outside of Federation space, the Gorn attacked, destroying the Cayuga. Having been on the planet's surface with most of her crew, Batel managed to send out a distress call that was picked up by the Enterprise with the situation being complicated by the Gorn drawing a demarcation line and Starfleet not wanting to risk war over a planet that was outside of their jurisdiction. Pike and a landing party found Batel, but she had already been infected with Gorn eggs the day before which, in Humans, only had an incubation rate of a day and a half. After Spock and Nurse Christine Chapel destroyed the Gorn tower by crashing the Cayuga's wrecked saucer section into it, Pike, Batel and Lieutenant junior grade Montgomery Scott were beamed aboard the Enterprise where Chapel attempted to treat Batel, sedating her and placing Batel in a stasis field. Over Pike's objections, Batel requested to be killed if there proved to be no way of saving her life. (SNW: "Hegemony")



Background information[]

Marie Batel was played by Melanie Scrofano.

A demo video prepared for the court clerk's screen in the episode "Ad Astra per Aspera" gives Marie as the first name of this character, but it wasn't confirmed on screen until "Subspace Rhapsody". As a judge advocate she also bears the professional title of esquire. [1]

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