Encountering the KlingonsEdit
On May 11th, 2256, Anderson was contacted by Captain Philippa Georgiou of the USS Shenzhou regarding contact with a Klingon artifact in Federation space. Anderson ordered Georgiou to hold her position, while the USS Europa and other Starfleet vessels in range diverted to their location. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello")
As Klingon reinforcements arrived and attacked the other Starfleet vessels, Anderson arrived at the site aboard the Europa, where he contacted the Klingon leader, T'Kuvma, to negotiate a cease-fire. T'Kuvma, recognizing the admiral as "someone worthy of our attention", had one of his cloaked vessels ram the Europa, with Anderson still aboard. The Europa activated its auto-destruct sequence moments later. (DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars")
Memorable quotes Edit
"The ideal outcome for any Klingon interaction is battle. They're relentlessly hostile, sir. It's in their nature."
"The Federation and the Klingon Empire have always been on the cold side of war. We've had only fleeting run-ins with them for a century. And now you presume to know their motivation because it's "in their nature"? Considering your background, I would think you're the last person to make assumptions based on race."
- - Michael Burnham and Brett Anderson, discussing the "nature" of the Klingons (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello")
"Attention, Klingon leader, I am Admiral Brett Anderson. I speak with the authority of the entire Federation when I propose a cease-fire so that we might resolve this conflict with no further bloodshed."
"If we're fighting, we're not talking."
- - Brett Anderson, to T'Kuvma after the latter accepts the former's offer of a ceasefire (DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars")
"Let's end this, so we can get–... What was that?"
Background information Edit
Brett Anderson was portrayed by Terry Serpico.
The Pocket DIS novel Desperate Hours establishes that Admiral Anderson was the superior officer for the sector of space the Shenzhou was operating in. Furthermore, he was responsible for deciding that Michael Burnham be promoted to first officer of the Shenzhou in 2255, over the more experienced Saru. That year, in response to a crisis on Sirsa III at which the Shenzhou was present, Anderson instructed Christopher Pike, Georgiou's subordinate by experience, to take the Enterprise to the planet and eliminate the threat by photon torpedo bombardment, which would involve the collateral demise of the planet's colonial population. However, his orders did not need to be enacted.