Interesting, and a view of TNG that might have been, or even more Voyager, if they had stuck with the idea of Starfleet an the Maquis being this rouge group that didn’t fit in well at all. I thought for a bit that the XO was going to if not come around, be able to appreciate what the Captain was going for, but it seems like it was not in the cards, and makes me wonder if a tragedy will happen sooner rather than later.
That’s my biggest disappointment in Voyager, complete premise abandonment right after the first episode. Kind of the same with Enterprise, since it should have predated the perfect harmony rule, and lead to “Dear Doctor.”
I just looked “Dear Doctor” up and it seems like the same bull shit handwringing as “Penpals” and “Homeward” where it seems better to let a culture die off completely than interfere with it.
The worst part of “Dear Doctor” is behind the scenes. Archer and Flox were supposed to disagree to the very end, and the cure was to be given to the aliens regardless. I forget who, but one of the producers insisted Archer and Flox couldn’t disagree, but instead of Flox coming around to Archer, they made Archer come around to Flox even though his position was completely irrational.
“Penpals” and “Homeword” at least has the artifice of the Prime Directive taken as dogma. I actually like Picard’s overbearing adherence to his vision of how the Prime Directive must be followed, but I hate that it is the standard model for the period, and later shown to be the standard for all time. I liked to think of Kirk and Picard both as mostly inline with their period’s thinking on what the Prime Directive means. Nope, Kirk is a delinquent, and Picard is a legalist.
This is an incredibly well made panel. Every aspect of this scene is confrontational. The visual/uniforms are same but different, the aggressive stances and expressions, the dialogue, hell even the backgrounds are opposites – sky v/s earth.
How’s she gonna make Starfleet great again if she’s drummed out of the service?
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