So, my husband and I just finished watching Star Trek: Enterprise on Netflix. We missed it the first time around and watched it now because: new Star Trek!
And it actually was decent Star Trek. The best? Nope. But there were some good stories in there and some great characters.
The best of these was the doctor, Phlox.* Cheery, ethical, subtle - almost British in his balance of quiet joy and ingrained determination. Loved him.
And it got me thinking (and arguing with my husband) about the ideal Star Trek crew. You know, if you stole characters from all five Star Trek series, one for each major position on the ship or station, and put together a best of the best.
Now, there are two ways you could do this. One: the best people for the job. This gives you Odo over Worf, because you're just not going to beat a shape-shifter for Security Chief.
The second way to do this is: best character who happens to have that particular job. This gives you Worf over Odo because Worf.
Here are my lists, both ways:
Best of all worlds Star Trek Crew, by competence:
Captain: Picard (c'mon)
Doctor: Julian Bashir (genetically engineered vs. holographic** is a tough call, though)
Engineer: Trip Tucker (LaForge a close second) (actually, all the engineers are pretty competent - not to say downright magical in their ability to come up with a mechanical cure at the last minute)
Pilot: Chekov? Wesley? Paris? I don't know how to rank this one, because they're all portrayed as insanely good at their jobs.
Best of All Worlds, Star Trek Crew, by character:
Second-in-command: Spock (c'mon, he wins both - though Kira's great)
Doctor: Phlox (Bashir a close second)
Engineer: Trip by a hair (because Miles O'Brien's pretty awesome)
Okay, if you're nerd enough that this is your game, please play along in the comments. Fights definitely encouraged.
*The second best was Trip, the engineer. Dang it, show, you didn't do right by him and T'Pol. That was one of the finest 'ships that ever sailed and I'm just going to pretend that very last episode didn't happen, m'kay? Because the Trip/T'pol storyline was only one of about ten things you screwed up six ways from Sunday on that last episode. Couldn't you learn anything from TNG about ending well?
**The really sad thing about this game is that it reveals Voyager's lack of good characters. The Doctor is the only one who comes close to being competitive in this game.***
***Okay, maybe 7 of 9, too. But that's it.
**** My 13-year-old self might be the one voting here.*****
*****My 15-year-old self, on the other hand, would vote for Paris, but then my 32-year-old self points out that everything interesting about Paris was leeched out of him by the time the second season of Voyager rolled around, due to the horrible writing that turned every single character on that show into a cookie-cutter perfect Starfleet officer. (What? I'm not bitter!)