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Should Captains date their colleagues?

Eternal7

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Report this Jan. 07 2010, 4:24 am

In Star Trek: TNG, Captain Picard and Beverly Crusher were obviously attracted to each other. They had their own reasons for not pursuing a relationship but there is always the standing conflict as well of whether to mix the famous "business with pleasure"- this is especially seen among the Captains.

Do you think Captains should date their colleagues if the attraction is there between the two? Or, do you think it is unwise to pursue romantic relationships with your fellow colleagues? (Perhaps there are even some on here with their own experiences where they can share their wisdom on the subject.)

So, what do you think?

subytrek

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Report this Jan. 07 2010, 12:16 pm

No, they shouldn't and this concept was explored at least once in the episode Lessons where Picard was dating a crew member and he had to send her on an away mission where she suffered injuries. Even though she survived they decided to break up since they realized that having a relationship could compromise further missions.

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Report this Jan. 07 2010, 12:46 pm

Somewhat similar idea was explored in DS9's Change of Heart with Worf and Dax.  It's probably a very poor idea for the Captain and one of his officers to be in that kind of relationship.

subytrek

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Report this Jan. 07 2010, 12:58 pm

Yeah, it just creates a lot of complications on the job. There could be room for favoritism for promotions or sending another officer instead of your loved one into a dangerous mission. There should be a regulation against it if there isn't one already.

Eternal7

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Report this Jan. 11 2010, 9:19 pm

Interesting answers and comments- thanks for sharing. :)

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Report this Jan. 12 2010, 11:50 pm

It should not be done. I would think that there would be Starfleet regulations against it. There's just too much risk to morale of the crew and so forth. If they see the captain dating a lower officer then the rest of the crew may rightly or wrongly get wrong ideas about them. This could pose all kinds of problems. Now, if the captain was married to a lower officer before promoted the rank of captain then that's a different story. If they were in a long term relationship and then got promoted to the rank of captain I'd think that they'd have to serve different posts.

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Report this Jan. 17 2010, 3:33 pm

I don't see a problem with this.

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Report this Jan. 18 2010, 10:37 pm

Quote (subytrek @ Jan. 07 2010, 12:16 pm)
No, they shouldn't and this concept was explored at least once in the episode Lessons where Picard was dating a crew member and he had to send her on an away mission where she suffered injuries. Even though she survived they decided to break up since they realized that having a relationship could compromise further missions.

The Captain is responsible for the entire crew and the ship.  The captain has to remain impartial when it comes to assigning away teams, mission participants, any command decision...  promotions/etc...  

When you introduce a relationship with a coworker, it creates immediate bias in favor of the other partner.  Even if there is no bias (which I believe to be humanly impossible) the PERCEPTION of bias will create rumors and dissent among the crew, impairing the captain's ability to command.  If the captain wishes to date someone not in Starfleet but who is assigned to the ship in a civilian post, I think it would be more acceptable - but if both are in Starfleet, it would create a conflict of interest.  

Many companies today do not allow this - even today...  including my own.  It makes sense, and prevents any illusion of improper behaviour...  real or percieved.

StuRuckus

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Report this Jan. 21 2010, 1:02 am

Well what about in the Voyager instance.  Trapped maybe generations from home.  Should the Captain, in this instance, be the only one to not have a relationship with a crew member?

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Report this Jan. 21 2010, 9:42 am

Quote (StuRuckus @ Jan. 21 2010, 1:02 am)
Well what about in the Voyager instance. ¿Trapped maybe generations from home. ¿Should the Captain, in this instance, be the only one to not have a relationship with a crew member?

That's a pretty extreme situation, where alot of the standard practices really have to go out the window.  HOWEVER, in this case, I think it would be more imperitive that the Captain remain objective and uninvolved with another crew member.  In this case, the only relationship that should be fostered is a shepherd with his/her flock.  The shepherd sets the tone, the direction...

StuRuckus

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Report this Jan. 21 2010, 4:02 pm

True, that is a good point.  I guess if it came down to it, and she/he met someone autonomous from the crew that could relieve the loneliness.  I don't know though...

djunge

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Report this Jan. 21 2010, 4:08 pm

A captin shuld never date a subordnet. but equal rank would be fine.

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Report this Jan. 21 2010, 4:12 pm

What's the old saying???  "Never dip your pen in the company ink..."

:logical:

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Report this Jan. 21 2010, 9:26 pm

Maybe,but look what picard did when he thought his lost lt commander darren,she completelty shut down until she was beamed back aboard the ship.

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Report this Jan. 21 2010, 9:52 pm

I think so.

Yes.

However I don't like the story lines involving the emotional process of raising a child.

As soon as the credits roll,  and the continuation books hit the bookshelves, so and so start to have a family.

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