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Dr. Crusher & Dr. Pulaski

TrekDad1701

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Report this Sep. 28 2013, 12:27 pm

This has probably been brought up somewhere before, but why the doctor change in the 2nd Season?

2takesfrakes

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Report this Sep. 28 2013, 4:39 pm

Gates McFadden wanted to leave STAR TREK,
pretty much for the same reasons that
Denise Crosby did. When she quit the show,
Gene Roddenberry, himself, chose Diana Muldaur
to play Doctor Pulaski and decided she would
be "more or less another Doctor McCoy." She
would, however, retain only a "guest star"
billing, throughout the Second Season.


Diana complained that TNG was not like TOS,
in that it was not a fun atmosphere. Everyone
seemed "out for themselves," and she did not
feel like she "fit in," with the rest of the cast.
Patrick Stewart finally persuaded Gates to return.


randy kerr

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Report this Sep. 28 2013, 7:43 pm

to me i think that the 2 doctors are great.

2takesfrakes

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Report this Sep. 29 2013, 5:47 am

... Agreed!!!


I thought Pulaski had a lot of unexplored
potential. But, at the end of the day ...
it was Gates' gig. Doctor Pulaski being
Beverly Crusher's replacement went
against her. Beverly was sorely missed.


Had Kate Pulaski been another semi-regular
character, an onboard scienitst of some kind,
Diana's experiences may have been very different.
And the scenes of her arguing with Data probably
would have benefitted from that, as well ...


moonbeam6612

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Report this Sep. 29 2013, 12:47 pm

I have to say I liked Dr. Pulaski a lot more than Dr. Crusher. I found Beverly too smooth, too nice, too soft, too sweet. Pulaski had more of an edge, and I prefer people with edges (I also loved the grumpy child-hating Picard of the early episodes!!).


 I think that character had a lot of potential - her and Data, her and Picard - and I was very sad to see her disappear.


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Mugatu_for_Two

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Report this Sep. 30 2013, 12:31 pm

I liked Pulaski too. Sure she was a dick to Data. But there was room for her character to grow. And she was a guest star on TOS.


Didn't she leave TNG because she was offered a role in "LA Law"?

2takesfrakes

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Report this Oct. 01 2013, 3:22 am

Gene Roddenberry had this to say on it:
"To let her go was made solely because
the hoped-for chemistry between her and
the rest of the starship cast did not develop."


Rick Berman also said that, "The thought of
bringing Gates back was a good idea to us.
The feeling was that we had perhaps made
a mistake, and the best way to remedy it was
to bring her back." So, L.A. Law had nothing to
do with that. But it did keep her gainfully employed ...


TrekDad1701

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Report this Oct. 02 2013, 1:22 pm

Thanks for the answer on the Crusher/Pulaski question.

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Report this Oct. 02 2013, 4:36 pm

I thought I had read that the producers wanted to replace Crusher with Pulaski, whom they planned to make more argumentative, like Dr. McCoy had been for Captain Kirk.


Pulaski did not seem to fit in well with the rest of the crew, so I'm glad they brought Beverly back.


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Report this Oct. 18 2013, 6:48 am

I really struggled with Pulaski.  Being a TOS guy to start off with, it seemed like a completely transparent way to "regenerate" the atmosphere of the past.  Muldaur may have been a fine actress, but the character build for Pulaski was contentious at best.  I felt like she was always fighting with everyone else on the crew.  The sole positive moment I can pull out of the season with her is where she and Data are fighting about his name....  she calls him data (soft a) and he corects here with Data (strong A).  "One is my name, the other is not."  Even as I write this I chuckle at the simplicity of his arguement to diffuse her attempt to demean him.  

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Report this Dec. 15 2013, 7:59 am

I was really disappointed that Gates McFadden left the show, of course (my favorite character!), but i must admit i really liked Dr. Pulaski... I agree that the character could have been developed a lot more but really she was fine... except that one episode where she was flirting with Riker's dad. I was too used to seeing that actor in "dharma and greg" and seeing Pulaski as a grump.


If nothing's wrong with me... then maybe something's wrong with the universe! - Dr Beverly Crusher, "Remember Me"

FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Dec. 21 2013, 1:37 pm

It would have been interesting to see Pulaski come back every once in a while to work with Crusher on special projects.

Lunallei

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Report this Jan. 26 2014, 8:43 am

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Dec. 21 2013, 1:37 pm

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>It would have been interesting to see Pulaski come back every once in a while to work with Crusher on special projects.

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What a great idea. I'd have liked to see how Beverly and Pulaski interact... I think they would dislike each other at first, but eventually they could become friends. Gee. can I use that for my fanfiction?


Also, was it in that season or another one that McFadden got pregnant? I always thought that that was why she left, but apparently her son was three when the series ended. Does not compute.


If nothing's wrong with me... then maybe something's wrong with the universe! - Dr Beverly Crusher, "Remember Me"

Five Captains

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Report this Feb. 09 2014, 1:01 pm

I did not like Pulaski but that is only because McCoy is my all time favorite Star Trek character and I found Pulaski as just a carbon copy of McCoy even down to the hatred for transporters. TNG was its own show and always did better trying not to be a copy of TOS.

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Report this Feb. 12 2014, 3:55 am

I wasn't a big fan of Crusher, was glad to see Pulaski come in.  If only it could have remained that way...............


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