Possible Victim Number Three: Ronnie Jellico

Who Should I Kill?

We now take a look at our third victim, Ronnie Jellico, former helmsman of the Crazy Horse and son of Admiral Edward Jellico.

(Currently doesn’t have an actor, but I’ll likely try to use the real son of Ronnie Cox, but if you have suggestions do let me know.)

Who Is He?

Ronnie Jellico is the son of Admiral Edward Jellico, formerly of TNG’s “Chain of Command” when he was captain of the Cairo. Ronnie’s name is a deliberate reference to actor Ronny Cox, who plays Jellico, and Ronnie himself is semi-canon: Jellico had at least one child (who was four at the time of “Chain of Command” and that is who Ronnie is).

By the time 2385 rolls around, Ronnie has graduated from the Academy and is assigned as a helmsman to the Crazy Horse. The ship was commanded by one of his father’s former proteges, which only made it worse for Ronnie when he arrived. He was branded as an “admiral’s brat” when he entered the Academy, but he wanted to prove himself.

Sadly, he has had difficultly doing that. Ronnie is a bit of a bumbling sort, not exactly brave. He’s easily swayed by his fears and isn’t known for taking stands. He has a huge crush on the only other survivor from his ship, Tolera, and has had one on her from first day he was assigned there. He’s a bit of a hopeless romantic and is awkward at expressing himself.

But there is potential there. Tolera enlisted his services as a wannabe engineer (he wanted to be one before he got the Academy) and he’s succeeded in his small acts of engineering when his back was against the wall. Under pressure, Ronnie tends to perform at his best, though his mind occasionally wanders.

What He’s Done So Far

1. Survive a takeover from the Borg aboard the Crazy Horse.

2. Successfully navigated the Crazy Horse to the battle bridge, where he engineered a way to get into it.

3. Admitted his feelings to Tolera, who then made love with him in the middle of the battle bridge as the Borg were trying to break down their door. (In their defense, they thought they were going to die.)

4. Was beamed to the sickbay of the Challenger while in the middle of making love to Tolera.

5. Upon the Borg invading the Challenger, navigated the ship with Tolera and delivered critical supplies to sickbay to help engineer the weapon.

6. Aided in guarding sickbay from the Borg as the weapon was being made.

7. Was the first to volunteer to go on the mission to deliver the weapon.

If He Lives …

Ronnie will have accomplished something his father never did: survive the Borg. He’s been trying to get out of his old man’s shadow for his brief Starfleet career and this will mark a major accomplishment for him. The survival of not one but two ships infested by Borg will give the young man a much needed boost in confidence and propel him onward.

If Taurik or Trisha dies, Ronnie will end up getting the ops position either way. His career advancement isn’t exactly at the forefront of his mind but added responsibility would help him grow as a person.

Ronnie’s relationship with Tolera would also progress, though in what direction is yet to be determined. The two came together under desperate circumstances and may not last once the adrenaline wears off.

From a story standpoint, Ronnie is one of my favorite characters to write. He reminds me of a younger, more awkward, lacking in confidence Hank Harrison. He’s a hopeless romantic and a young guy, someone I feel who can really grow if given the chance in story to do so.

If He Dies …

Captain Max Phillips will have failed to protect the son of one of his friends and mentors. Admiral Jellico called him out of retirement and trusted him with this assignment because the two were close. Losing Ronnie after all this will hurt Max and cause him to question his decision process.

The effect on the greater workings of the Federation will also be profound upon Admiral Jellico’s being informed of his only son’s death. This will make Jellico an enemy of the Borg and anyone who dares to propose they should be treated as anything else but a horror that must be destroyed.

Jenna Phillips will have to deal directly with Max’s feelings and the fallout of Ronnie’s death.

Tolera will be the one most immediately effected as Ronnie’s death will mark the second lover she lost during the mission (the first being the chief of security aboard the Crazy Horse.) Tolera will become hardened by the events and have an undying hatred of the Borg, which will impact her future dealings with the crew of the Challenger.

From a story standpoint, Ronnie’s death will have wider long-term ramifications than anyone of the crew will immediately realize. His father being Edward Jellico is a major key to future plot points of the story.

2 thoughts on “Possible Victim Number Three: Ronnie Jellico

  1. Ronnie is from the first page a memorable character. So automatically one shouts out don’t kill him. But I refer you to my Game of Thrones response on the forum where I encourage you to consider the freedom of killing anyone and term none as safe from the bullet. His death could provide the biggest shake up factor for the readership and show the stakes really are high.

    The fact that he has a rather famous daddy who would have big time beef with the Borg thereafter is a big deal if – IF – if you really do follow up on that implication and have it coming home to roost in the story. Otherwise it is potential squandered. As I say, character death should serve the story and the characters. Ronnie’s could do that. However, the flip side of that is, character survival should serve the story and the characters. Ronnie could certainly serve up that.

    Be careful though of simply seeing Ronnie as stepping up in to other positions simply because other characters have died. Consider (albeit that the ship is understaffed with the crisis) that in allowing them on the mission the captain had to have decided that they all could potentially be killed. This means he had to be willing to risk that. That means too that there ought really to be other persons in the command chain who can fill in these positions without it necessarily being Ronnie. Even with a reduced crew you are dealing with a massive number of people and you aren’t restricted by a TV budget. You can introduce a new character who was second in command in Ops and who actually has a different approach and opinion to Ronnie (may blame him for the death of one of the others) and this creates new story conflicts, obstacles to be overcome. Food for fodder my man given you’re opening this up for discussion.

    Consider:
    So his death would be a big splash and show that there are real stakes in this game.
    Think outside the box when it comes to his survival and what it might entail. It may not mean a smooth transition to becoming the new Ops chief.
    He has survived the Borg before – does that make him experienced and therefore able to evade their clutches again – or does that make him too invulnerable, not quite Mary Sue but the readers aren’t going to think he’s going to bite the bullet ever.
    If he survives, might there be other lasting scars – a lost limb or sense or a character personality change.

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