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Lieutenant Commander Argyle was one of the chief engineers aboard the USS Enterprise-D in 2364.

He oversaw Kosinski's warp drive experiment in main engineering. (TNG: "Where No One Has Gone Before")

That same year, he supervised the reassembly of Lore, Data's android 'brother', in sickbay. He spoke with a slight Scottish accent. (TNG: "Datalore", mentioned by name in "Lonely Among Us")

After upgrades to the subspace phase coils, Sarah MacDougal, a duty engineer and a third shift supervisor, noted in her final analysis a minor phase variation. Argyle recommended the continued use of test instrumentation for monitoring phase shifts. (TNG: "Galaxy's Child")


Background information

Argyle was played by actor Biff Yeager. Argyle appeared to have replaced Sarah MacDougal as Chief Engineer and was apparently replaced himself by Lieutenant Logan prior to TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom".

In a review of "Where No One Has Gone Before" for TV Squad, Wil Wheaton suggested (with the caveat that this was based on his memories of 20-years past, and that he was only 14 years old at the time), that the character of Argyle was under consideration by producers to become a permanent chief engineer for the Enterprise until they began receiving letters campaigning for Argyle, referencing one of his episodes before it had aired, and fans began complaining that they had been spammed via mail which asked them to write in on behalf of Yeager. [1]

For the remastered edition of "Galaxy's Child", the original Okudagram for the engineering logs was replaced by a new graphic. Argyle was mentioned in this graphic; however, his position in the ranking of engineers was not mentioned.


Argyle has appeared or been mentioned in non-canon releases, such as Pocket TNG novels Ghost Ship, The Peacekeepers, Power Hungry, Metamorphosis, and Vendetta.

According to the DC Comics comic book "Suspect", his first name was "Terence" and he was murdered around 2369 or 2370. However, according the current Pocket Books continuity, his first name was 'Michael', and he was killed aboard the USS Excalibur during the Borg incursion of 2373.

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