Yesh, chickens coming home to rest skipper.
Respect the rank not the person goes both ways…respecting the rank can get awful hard if you know the person you’re supposed to respect has no respect for you.
I know she’s professional enough not to openly admit her dismissal of the Enlisted…she’s not a stupid Officer. But simple things like “Shut up ARtificer the real Engineer, who is a fellow Officer is Speaking” attitude is going to be grating at the best of times, and well…
..yeah I can kinda see why the crew are like this.
Also they are justified in being mistrustful of a new Captain.
This is why Kirk (and his various Captaining protogees) is a good Skipper. He demands respect but he gives it in return.
He seems to straddle that balance of ‘Master-and-Commander’ and ‘Skipper’ reasonbly well. It’s why the old hands who’ve travelled with him before breathe a sigh of relief when he gets the Enterprise (although he did screw Dekker over and I don’t see why he couldn’t just put his flag on the Big-E instead of demoting Dekker to Brevet-Commander…but meh, STarfleet works in mysterious ways).
Either way, I’m loving this ‘all is not shiny in paradise’. That the fleet, and the crew are still people with their foibles and vagaries of trust.
The grey lines, of ‘Yes I sympathise with the Enlisted’s plight’ versus ‘Goddamit, they should be doing their duty and stop screwing around…try and realise the Captain is thinking on the bigger picture’.
It adds lots of very tasty layers to this.
This captain seems like the worst kind of skeptic. It’s like she’s so insistent on there being “no proof” of anything that she doesn’t want to allow people to even find any proof of anything. Yeesh.
At this specific point I don’t blame her, but earlier on it was others who suggested using infrared binoculars after she had already dismissed the idea because she didn’t see anything with her naked eye. She and her engineer didn’t even consider the possibility of her line of sight being blocked by the nacelle. She was trying to be logical, but you are right that she was merely dismissive and self limiting.
None the less, this scene can still go either way, or something else entirely. Imagine her off the cuff remark being correct and it is one of those damn space gods.
And now the Captain discovers a major flaw in her inability to remember the names of the crew, without names it is impossible to bring anyone up on charges.
LOL. Although, that’s what a good first officer is for.
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