Recently, there was the annual Star Trek convention in Vegas. One of these days I have to go. The fans decided on the Best Star Trek Crew. While I wholeheartedly disagree with that list, it got me wondering, what ‘Best of’ crew would I put together?
I may be bias because Picard was not only my first exposure to Star Trek but I have just finished watching all of TNG. Whatever the case may be, the reason I would have Picard was that he epitomizes everything good about the Federation. Out of all the captains, he probably breaks the Prime Directive the least. That doesn’t mean he’s a stickler for the rules as he’ll try to follow the spirit of the Prime Directive.
Picard will always try to help people even if they’re his mortal enemy like the Borg. He’ll try to reason with people as oppose to blast them with phasers. There’s a reason why there is a Captain Picard Day.
I was tempted to put in Spock here as I love Spock and he’s a great first officer. However, him and Picard kind of play similar roles. With that in mind, I settled on my number two, Kira Nerys.
I love Nerys because she’s a fighter. She also has plenty of experience in battle, understands about working with her former enemy, and can manage factions with different agendas. I love her passionate personality yet she doesn’t let that interfere with her work and knows how to get things done.
This was another tough decision. You could pretty much choose any Starfleet engineer as they can all turn rocks into replicators. However, I ended up going with O’Brien.
With the exception of Tucker, the rest of the engineers had it easy. O’Brien had to deal with Federation, Cardassian, and Bajoran technology, on one busy space station yet he somehow got it all to work. The only downside with O’Brien is that he’d want to bring his wife along. MILES!!!
With the exception of Polanski, I love all the doctors! In real life, I love my doctors to be motherly and women, but I think I would have to go with the one who carried an entire show on his back–the Doctor!
The Doctor’s an interesting character because he’s a mixture of all the other characters. He explores his “humanity” like Data or Spock, he’s grumpy and short with people like Bones, and since he’s a hologram he has a ton of advantages. Out of all the doctors, he probably has the most personality and he’s the first of his kind. He’s just a joy to watch and I’m so glad they eventually gave him the holoemitter.
This was actually one of the easier ones to decide as there’s really only two choices. Yar died early and Worf was the worst security officer ever. I don’t think they had security on Kirk’s ship as he WAS security. That leaves Tuvok and Odo.
It was a tough choice but I decided to go with Tuvok. Odo’s not the best shapeshifter even after being in the Great Link with his people, but Tuvok spied on the Marquis for a while. And I thought Vulcans couldn’t lie. If the Doctor was the most interesting and enjoyable character on Voyager, Tuvok was easily number two. Plus, what’s Star Trek crew without a Vulcan?
Because of the symbiote inside of Jadzia, she had access to previous time periods and tons of knowledge. While I did enjoy some of her past life episodes, I wish I had seen more of Jadzia the Scientist. Those times when she used her brains instead of flirting or talking about her past were always the most fun for me. I always felt like she was holding back her smarts under the veneer of seduction.
What made Hoshi great was that unlike the others, she didn’t have the benefit of a working translator. She basically made what people in Picard’s era used. She spoke several languages and when they ran into a new language, she would use her knowledge to decipher and understand it. That always made for fascinating viewing. I always thought they missed out as Hoshi could have been an excellent codebreaker/spy and it would have made far more sense for her to be working with Section 31.
I need someone competent to fly the ship. So why not get someone who was born on a spaceship? I always thought they wasted the opportunity to explore Mayweather’s background. Yes, he had the one episode but I think everyone in Star Trek was born on a planet or moon. Is there a divide between people born on ships and those born on planets? Because of his background, Mayweather would be better equipped to deal with a ship’s controls and maneuverability more than anyone else.
It took much thinking on my part but that’s my Best Star Trek crew. What’s yours?