Monday, July 13, 2015

Character Insight No. 153: Admiral Hayes

This is the latest installment in a series of "Character Insight" articles regarding the rich history of characters in the Star Trek universe. An audio version will appear on the This Week in Trek podcast, available for direct download here 

Welcome back to Character Insight! This week, we profile a recurring character from Voyager and the movies, Admiral Hayes.

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(The Vice Admiral, courtesy

Hayes first shows up at the beginning of First Contact, as he leads to charge against the Borg invasion of Earth. Although he orders Picard and the Enterprise away from the battle, Picard ends up disobeying this order and leading the fleet to victory after Hayes has his ship destroyed in the fight.

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The next time we see the Vice Admiral, he is sending a message through the experimental Hirogen communications network to the Voyager. An alien decodes the message first and makes it into a false message to try and trip the Voyager for his own purposes, but Janeway figures out the ruse just in time. Which leads to this great line from her about Admiral Hayes:

"Admiral Hayes. Good man. Fine officer. Bit of a windbag."
– Kathryn Janeway ("Hope and Fear")

Hayes shows up one more time a couple years later, sending another message to Voyager through the MIDAS array. He is one of a few officers leading the charge to help Voyager get back home from the Earth side, and he therefore plays an important role in this storyline despite his limited appearances. In this regard, he is a lot like Admirals Ross and Nechayev, who also appear in multiple series and/or seasons and play a big role in long term stories, and who were covered by this segment in the past couple months.

Admiral Hayes is another admiral who is likely a good character, but he's not always shown in the best light thanks to being in contradiction to the Captains we follow more closely in these stories. It's good to see him reused after that first appearance in the movies, as the trope of disposable jerk admiral had grown quite tedious by the time of Voyager.

Hayes was played by Jack Shearer. He made his most recent appearances a little over 5 years ago as a judge in the TV show 24 and also as Justice Antonin Scalia in Boston Legal. Which, if you haven't seen it, is a good campy show featuring William Shatner as well.

Until next time, don't worry about Locutus, he's your best weapon against the Borg.


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