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This week's ST captain poll


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Report this Mar. 20 2011, 2:24 pm

(Sorry, I'm still new here: when we want to discuss ST's poll, do we make a new thread here, or is there some other way to do it?)

I greatly enjoyed this week's new poll.  The question was "Which character would make a great captain?"

Here were the possible answers and my thoughts on all of them:

Data - Obviously a good tactical captain, as we saw when he commanded the Sutherland in "Redemption II."  But the captain needs to be able to use intuition, as Kirk often reminded Spock, and Data cannot do that without a struggle.  Also, the captain is responsible for the morale of the crew, and Data might have trouble in that regard.

Jadzia Dax - Lifetimes of experience give her a reference point for almost every new situation.  An expert with people and with the science of space exploration.  I can't see a downside, except for the fact that she's dead.

Bones - No way.  I love him as a character and as a doctor, but he's too tempermental and judgmental to be an effective captain.  He'd be busted for insubordination or breaking the Prime Directive before the week was out.  He's much better as a counterpoint to the captain, making sure his captain is thinking the situation through in all its facets.

Seven of Nine - Maybe someday.  I think she needs more time to explore her identity before taking on such a big responsibility.

Spock - He is a captain by the time his story arc ends, but he doesn't seem too interested in that role.  He is capable of carrying out Starfleet's orders better than almost anyone else, but wouldn't he serve the Federation better as an ambassador and philosopher-at-large?  You can't go wrong with a vote for Spock, but I think it might be a misallocation of resources.

Worf - No, for the same reason as Bones.  He's just too rash, although he matured a lot by the end of DS9.  I think he would perhaps be a better captain than Data, but I need to think about it more.

My vote is for Dax.

"We must strive to be more than we are, Lal. It does not matter that we will never reach our ultimate goal. The effort yields its own rewards." - Data, "The Offspring"

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