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Colonel Daniel F. Weaver is the current leader of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment. An army veteran from the Gulf War, Captain Weaver took command of the 2nd Mass following the invasion and loss of his family. Weaver is tough with the men and women under his command; however, overall he proves genuinely concerned with the best interests of his people. He struggles throughout the first two seasons with his desire to use his fighters to strike back at the enemy and his growing realisation that he must protect the civilians under his command. Weaver lost his youngest daughter, Sophia, when he removed her harness, and is still holding on to the hope that his wife and eldest daughter are still alive.
Despite tensions between Weaver and his second-in-command Tom Mason, and a belief among the civilians that Weaver hated them, over time, Weaver became greatly respected by all in the 2nd Mass. According to Avery Churchill, Weaver was one of the rare commanders in the whole resistance movements that she had encountered that was referred to as 'leader' by his soldiers and civilians. Also, Weaver has come to terms with the fact that he can't control the 2nd Mass alone and that, while he is the more militarily astute of the two, Tom is more reasonable and cautious than he is. Therefore, he claims that he needs Tom to prevent him from making the rash and reckless decisions he sometimes wants to make.
Captain Daniel Weaver served extensively in the Army, clocking eight years of active service time including serving in the Gulf during Desert Storm, and six years in the reserve. After his military service, he was a contractor in a building business which allows him to see through the flaws of the Skitters construction projects over the cities. However, even with all this, he could not be prepared for what was to come. When the invaders attacked, he aided in the defense of his hometown of Allston. It was a losing battle, and soon the aliens breached the defenses and routed the resistance fighters. Weaver attempted to get to his family, but was too late. Since then he has committed himself to the Massachusetts Militia vowing to take revenge on those who killed his family.
Going to GroundEdit
Retreat From BostonEdit
Captain Weaver was put in charge of the Militia defending the area of Boston known as the Commons. However as the battle wore on, both positions were lost forcing Weaver to retreat. He ran into Tom Mason and his son, Hal, who were retreating from Back Bay, another district of the city, and learns that that too is lost. He informs Tom that Commander Porter has ordered a retreat and begins to start running again when a ship flies over head and drops a bomb on Southern Boston. Suddenly, a hysterical resistance member runs down the alley screaming the Southern Boston is lost. They quiet her before she attracts Skitters and begin to retreat towards the Militia HQ. ("Live and Learn")
Weaver reported to Porter after arriving back at the HQ. After Tom Mason arrives, Porter informs all of them that they are leaving the city. Weaver is shocked, believing that they can still win back the city. Before he can voice this, Tom states that they can't just abandon the captured kids. When Porter reminds him that he is not the only one with kids missing, Weaver attempts to back him up, pointing out that they should stay and fight, but Porter counters saying that this area has been picked clean of food and weapons, and that more importantly, the skitters would start picking up large groups of humans. He goes on to detail his plan to split up the Militia based on regiment and go to ground with groups of 100 fighters and 200 civilians. Porter places Weaver in charge of the 2nd Mass but to his shock, places Tom as his second in command. Weaver tries one last time to convince Porter to fight, by saying that there will be more of them if they keep hiding instead of fighting, saying he knows how to fight them. Porter defends his decision, and forcefully tells Weaver that this is the only way, and dismisses them. ("Live and Learn")
The morning of the exodus from Boston, Weaver tells Tom that they plan on checking out a Sundash in Belmont for food, as the ShopSmarts are too close to the main city, and were sure to be traps. Tom readily agrees, but Weaver rebukes him anyway saying he doesn't have to agree, just follow his orders. He then continues to evaluate the regiment, and spots Uncle Scott working on one of the trucks. Scott says it will take a few minutes and Weaver tells him he has ten. Weaver then saddles up on the GTO with the mounted .50 cal machine gun and begins to have the 2nd Mass move out. ("Live and Learn")
One Step Forward, Two Steps BackEdit
When they arrive at the Sundash in Belmont, they find it mostly picked cleaned. Hal comes back from scouting, reporting to Tom and Weaver that other places have been picked cleaned as well. Weaver sighs, saying how if it was just the fighters, they could keep going, but now they are in a predicament. Tom replies, saying their only options are the Shopsmarts back near Boston. Weaver tells Tom that they can't go back looking for more food as the numbers are too large, causing Tom to volunteer to go back. Weaver, not convinced Tom can pull it off, only gives him six fighters, a pickup truck, and as much as ammo as they can carry, but no RPGs or C4. Tom, determined to prove Weaver wrong, says they'll make do. Weaver lets him know that they will continue west, along the commuter rail and that they will meet at the Littleton Bridge and wishes him luck. ("Live and Learn")
Weaver's weapon of choice is a SIG Sauer SG 552 assault rifle and his sidearm seems to be a Beretta 92FS.
Weaver's gruff personality often puts him at odds with the other characters in the series, and his daughter suggests that his controlling nature was responsible for the breakup of his family prior to the invasion, but that same personality is what makes him a great commander. Weaver has the mentality of a traditional soldier: he is disciplined, careful, and stubborn. Despite this, his first concern truly is protecting the men and women under his command, even if he has difficulty showing his care for them.
Fighters vs. Civilians
Throughout the first two seasons, Weaver is forced to rethink the responsibilities of his role as the commanding officer of the 2nd Mass. Initially he views the 2nd Mass purely as a fighting force to harry the enemy invasion; his concern for the civilians is low and he views them as a liability. In fact, Tom Mason was appointed second-in-command of the 2nd Mass in the first episode by Commander Porter because it was assumed that Weaver would not protect the civilians.
As the series progresses, Weaver reevaluates the role of his troops and begins to recognize the need to utilize his resources to protect the civilians. While in season 1 Weaver's primary objective is to use his fighters to strike back against the alien base in Boston, by season 2 his focus has shifted to keeping as many of his people alive as possible. During season 2, we see him reach the other end of the spectrum, opting to go hide out in the Catskills for the winter rather than risk taking his people on the perilous journey to join up with the resistance in Charleston. In an odd reversal of roles, it is Tom Mason who must remind Weaver that the 2nd Mass has a duty to resist.
Reconciling With Daughter
Jimmy- Throughout the series Captain Weaver has had a close relationship with Jimmy, acting as a father figure through most of the show, he has constantly mentioned what a good fighter Jimmy is.
Dr. Glass -
"Stow it, or this stylish size 9 boot will comence some ass kickin" - Daniel Weaver (A More Perfect Union)
"I dont know whats crazy anymore, were fighting aliens from outer space.....with an army half full of kids" - Daniel Weaver (Silent Kill)
- Live and Learn
- The Armory
- Prisoner of War
- Silent Kill
- Sanctuary (Part 1)
- Sanctuary (Part 2)
- What Hides Beneath
- Eight Hours
- Worlds Apart
- Shall We Gather at the River
- Young Bloods
- Love and Other Acts of Courage
- Molon Labe
- Death March
- The Price of Greatness
- A More Perfect Union