On this Father’s Day, we’re looking at three of the best Star Trek fathers.
There are so many possible ways to be a good father it would take all day and night to go through all of them. The biggest and most defining is being there for your family. Something all three of the men on the list are known for. Star Trek is known for having its fair share of great dads, and we’re looking at just three of them on this list.
Now, we know there are more than three, but we have time restraints and a word count, so we’re only tackling three.
Just a quick shoutout to some honorable mentions like Miles O’Brien, Worf, and so many others who had great moments on television highlighting their fatherly traits.
Three of our favorite Star Trek dads to celebrate on Father’s Day
There are few shows that really built themselves around fathers quite like Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The show’s entire original premise was “how does this widowed father raise his child on an outpost near a war-ravaged planet?” It worked too. While later seasons really captured a unique vibe with the Dominion War, the first few seasons really built who these characters were. The bond between Benjamin and Jake, and even Benjamin and Dax, who was like a fatherly mentor to Benjamin when they first met, really was the bedrock of the show.
Rom was a meek character, very rarely able to stand up for himself, except when it came to his son Nog. Rom was the kind of character I imagined Goofy would be if he were in Star Trek. Silly laugh, simple logic, but a kind heart. He never quit and his bond with Nog was on par with some of the better moments from Benjamin and Jake Sisko.
Did you ever see the episode of Enterprise where Jonathan Archer hounds Phlox all night in the med-bay because Porthos got sick? Porthos may not be a person, but Archer shows every characteristic a father needs in that episode. He’s attentive, worried, wants to help, and affectionate. Sure, he’s a bit of a putz at times with Phlox but he’s scared. That’s his boy and he just wants him to be ok. That’s dad material right there. Now if only he and T’Pol could finally get past the will they/won’t they of it all…