|Sara Carson in 2374|
|Stationed:||USS Lambda Paz|
|Rank:||Lieutenant (junior grade)|
|Carson in 2372|
She was aboard the Defiant in 2372 as a Flight controller during a trade arrangement with the Karemma. Following a Jem'Hadar attack, she left the bridge to find a medic to tend to Captain Benjamin Sisko, who had suffered a concussion and internal bleeding. (DS9: "Starship Down")
- Ensign Carson was identified by surname only and played by Sara Mornell in this episode.
In late-2373, Carson was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade and named Alpha Shift Flight Controller of the Lambda Paz. (Star Trek: War Aftermath: " The True Way", Star Trek: Lambda Paz: "Revenge a Dish Best Served Cold" ) That is where she met and began a relationship with Mandel Morrison. Their relationship involved a lot of playful flirting, and they became closer the prospect of war with the Dominion seemed inevitable.
During the Lamdbda Paz's maiden voyage, Carson was assigned to pilot a shuttle on a reconnaissance mission to a planetoid inside the Tong Beak Nebula. The shuttle was shot down by a Jem'Hadar fighter, forcing the shuttle to crash-land on the planetoid. Carson was seriously injured, and Morrison disobeyed orders by rescuing her from the shuttle after Captain Limis Vircona decided to abandon the rescue mission.
Following this near-death experience, Carson and Morrison consummated their relationship for the first time. Afterwards, Morrison expressed doubts about being romantically involved with someone during a war. Carson then ordered Morrison out of her quarters. ("Revenge a Dish Best Served Cold")
Her relationship with Morrison was largely a secret to much of the crew. First officer Ronnie Kozar caught wind of the relationship when Carson arrived late to one of her duty shifts and Morrison, known for mixing business with pleasure since his Academy days, arrived on the bridge a few seconds later. Kozar decided to ignore this infraction since they presented a plan for locating a group mercenaries who had raided the ship the day before. ("Moral Dilemma")
Carson was eager for a holosuite visit with Morrison when the Lambda Paz was docked at Deep Space 9. Morrison soon broke their date to accompany Captain Limis Vircona on a classified mission to Bajor. Upon their return, Carson dissolved the relationship, citing Morrison's inability to make up his mind about the nature of their relationship. ("Divided Loyalties")