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"Captain, do you know what year this is?"
"Of course I do. It's 2278."
– Jean-Luc Picard and Morgan Bateson, 2368 ("Cause And Effect")

Morgan Bateson was a Starfleet officer, and captain of the USS Bozeman in 2278.


In that year, the Bozeman encountered a temporal distortion and was transported forward in time to the year 2368. There, in an area of space known as the Typhon Expanse, it encountered the USS Enterprise-D, with which it collided, causing the Enterprise to explode. The explosion, being in such close proximity to the temporal distortion, ruptured the spacetime continuum, trapping both vessels in a temporal causality loop, wherein the Bozeman continually encountered the Enterprise, and the latter ship was destroyed. Eventually, the crew of the Enterprise was able to realize what was happening and avoid the collision, freeing both vessels from the loop. Bateson subsequently contacted the Enterprise, whereupon he was informed by that ship's captain, Jean-Luc Picard, that Bateson and his crew were stranded in the 24th century. (TNG: "Cause And Effect")

In 2371, the Bozeman was still under the command of Captain Bateson. (Star Trek Generations)

Captain Bateson commanding the Bozeman was not mentioned in dialogue, and was seen only on an Okudagram in Stellar Cartography.

Bateson and his elite team

Bateson and his elite team

In 2381, Captain Bateson was instrumental in leading an elite team that exonerated Captain Carol Freeman from false charges that she was responsible for the destruction of the Pakled homeworld, Pakled Planet. In reality, the Pakleds had framed Captain Freeman, which Bateson helped prove, leading to the capture of the Zakdorn data fabricator, who had manufactured the evidence against Freeman, in the Romulan Neutral Zone.

Following Freeman's exoneration, Bateson was present at the arrest of the Pakled Queen. (LD: "Grounded")



Background information[]

Bateson was played by actor Kelsey Grammer in "Cause And Effect".


Bateson was the lead character of the Star Trek novel Ship of the Line, the story of which tells of the incident that trapped the Bozeman in the temporal causality loop and the problems of Bateson and the Bozeman crew trying to adjust to life in the 24th century. The novel establishes that the Bozeman was retired and made into a museum ship at Starbase 12 in 2371, and that Bateson and his crew were briefly assigned to the new USS Enterprise-E for her shakedown cruise the following year. Following the shakedown, Bateson and his crew were reassigned to a new USS Bozeman (NCC-1941-A), which is the ship that participates in the Battle of Sector 001 in Star Trek: First Contact.

In addition to this appearance, Bateson also appeared in short stories in both Strange New Worlds VI and Strange New Worlds VII, the novel Spectre, and an appearance with Montgomery Scott in "Out of Time" in the DC Comics TNG Special 2.

He is the captain of the USS Atlas in the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy by David Mack.

He briefly appears in The Captain's Daughter by Peter David, when Hikaru Sulu has to turn down an appointment as the Bozeman's first officer after discovering the existence of his daughter, Demora. This saves Sulu from being trapped with the rest of the Bozeman's crew.

Bateson was incorrectly referred to as Morgan Bateman in the All Our Yesterdays sourcebook.

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