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Lieutenant Ilia

Lieutenant Ilia
Gender: Female
Species: Deltan
Affiliation: Starfleet
Rank: Lieutenant
Occupation: Starfleet officer
Status: Missing (2270s)
Played by: Persis Khambatta
"My oath of celibacy is on record, captain. May I assume my duties?"
– Ilia to James T. Kirk, 2270s (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

Lieutenant Ilia was a female Deltan Starfleet officer in the 23rd century. She was in the navigation and helm branches of the Command division. In the mid-2270s, she served aboard the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain James T. Kirk.

Years before her assignment, she had been romantically involved with Willard Decker on her home planet Delta IV. She would meet him again on the Enterprise. She did, however, swear an oath of celibacy upon initiation of her service, a requirement for Deltans entering Starfleet.

In the aftermath of an attack by V'ger on the Enterprise, she soothed the nerves in Pavel Chekov's hand and wrist before Christine Chapel tended him.

Although Ilia was killed by the V'ger probe, V'ger created another probe that was an artificial near-duplicate of her to collect information and act as a liaison between V'ger and the "carbon units" that "infested" the Enterprise. The probe mentioned that the Ilia unit was "no longer functioning". The duplicated Ilia probe was similar to Ilia down to the molecular structure, as a medical exam later revealed. The probe included both her memories and personality, though both suppressed by V'ger's programming.

When Spock entered V'ger's interior wearing a thruster suit, he saw a representation of Ilia floating in the expanse and attempted a mind meld.

Kirk later listed both Ilia and Will as missing instead of killed, following the involvement of both in the conclusion of the crisis. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

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Background information Edit

Ilia was played by Persis Khambatta. The character was originally proposed for Star Trek: Phase II. The show's production materials described the character's abilities and background—notably, that she was very intelligent, an "esper" and that almost everything with her people was sex-oriented. Khambatta had been cast in the role for the series, and had done costume and makeup tests which were used for the motion picture. (The Making of Star Trek The Motion Picture)

Ilia, as well as her relationship with Willard Decker, was the inspiration for both the Betazoid character Deanna Troi and Troi's relationship with the Human William T. Riker. This includes the Betazoids, like the Deltans, being named after a character in the Greek alphabet, their relatively very open attitude toward sexual activities, and their ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) capability (manifesting in Troi primarily as empathy).

In the DVD commentary for the Director's Cut, director Robert Wise suggested Ilia was a last-minute replacement for the unnamed transporter accident victim who was killed earlier with Commander Sonak. Decker's surprised reaction at her arrival seemed to support this.

In the shooting script, Illia's rank was Lieutenant junior grade . This rank was mentioned in the Gene Roddenberry's novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Apocrypha Edit

Ilia can also be seen in the first two story arcs of the Star Trek newspaper comic strip.

In The Return, by William Shatner, it was revealed that V'ger was modified by the source species of the Borg. It was suggested that Ilia and Decker were fused to the Borg Collective, in five-dimensional space, by V'ger and that Ilia might be the Borg Queen seen later.

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