Star Trek – The All Star Edition – Part 2

In my last post I annointed Chief Miles Edward O’Brien as my all star engineer. He might not be most exciting choice, but I think he is the best. When you need someone to repair the Defiant against the Jem’Hadar and the Dominion, he’s Johnny on the spot.

Now it’s time to take a look at who my pick for Chief Medical Officer will be. We actually have six candidates this time around.

They are:

  • Dr. Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy
  • Dr. Beverly Cheryl Howard Crusher
  • Dr. Katherine Pulaski
  • Dr. Julian Subatoi Bashir
  • the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH)
  • Dr. Phlox

First the losers.

It doesn’t take much of a stretch to figure out that Dr. Katherine Pulaski is not my pick for an all star crew member. Hateful and abrasive, the fact that she replaced the delightful Dr. Crusher during season 2 of TNG does not help. I will just about literally throw something at the TV everytime I have to endure an episode with her in it and listen to her mispronounce Lt. Commander Data’s name. Even when Data corrects her by saying, “One is my name. The other is not.” she is too daft to grasp it, seeing him as no more than a machine. She did do one helpful thing I’m forced to admit. She saved Picard’s life by performing a coronary replacment on him. And the other helpful thing she did was leave the show, paving the way for the illustrious Dr. Crusher to return.  Of course Pulaski’s portrayer, Diana Muldaur is a fine actress. Her role was to shake things up and plant burrs under the butts of the others. She played that role a little too well.

Next in the losers hierarchy is Dr. Julian Bashir. Medically, he was about as capable as any of them, but he was just a snooty, arrogant character that I always loved to hate. But he wasn’t even born smart enough to be a brick layer, much less a doctor. His parents had him genetically enhanced through a procedure known as accelerated critical neural pathway formation. Of course he likes to call attention to his brilliance by always pointing out that he finished second in his class and would have finished first if he hadn’t mistaken a postganglionic fiber for a preganglonic nerve. Despite my loathing of the Bashir character, I thought Alexander Siddig played the part superlatively. He had that aristocratic snob accent down pat.

Now before I declare the winner, there are three more “losers” to go. My problem is I like them all and I honestly couldn’t rank them very easily. So I’m gonna take them in order as they appeared. Just keep in mind that just because I’m going to go with Dr. McCoy first that doesn’t mean Dr. Phlox ranks higher than him. That just isn’t so.

Everybody loves Dr. Leonard H. Bones McCoy, and I certainly do too. His function was basically to keep Kirk and Spock honest. He was that friend that everybody has who just has this way of cutting through the BS and telling you the truth whether you want to hear it or not. Despite the fact that he was the third man, he always got the best lines.

  • That green-blooded s*n-of-a-b*tch. It’s his revenge for all those arguments he lost.” (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
  • Well Jim, I hear Chapel’s an MD now. Well, I’m gonna need a top nurse, not a doctor who’ll argue every little diagnosis with me. And they probably redesigned the whole sickbay too! I know engineers, they love to change things!”  (Star Trek: The Motionless Picture)
  • I signed aboard this ship to practice medicine, not to have my atoms scattered back and forth across space by this gadget.” (TOS: Space Seed)

And of course who could forget all those: “I’m a doctor, not a…….” sayings. My favorite is when he has to work on the Horta in Devil in the Dark. “I’m a doctor, not a bricklayer!!”

Of course huge amounts of credit must be given to DeForest Kelley who was an under-rated character actor for many years before becoming McCoy. It was De Kelley’s unique way of playing the part that made McCoy so delightful. De died in 1999, the first of the original cast to pass away. Gone, but never forgotten.

Next we have the first non-human doctor. More than that he is a computer controlled hologram and one the bright spots from Star Trek: Voyager. I could only be talking about the Emergency Medical Hologram or EMH for short, but more affectionately called simply “the Doctor.” Like McCoy, the Doctor seemed to always get the best lines.

  • Doesn’t anyone know how to turn off the program when they leave?!?” (STV: Caretaker)
  • Sticks and stones won’t break my bones, so you can imagine how I feel about being called names.” (STV: Basics Part 1)
  • Interesting sensation blowing one’s nose; it’s my first time.” (The Doctor programmed with a flu) (STV: Tattoo)

Amazingly his program seemed to run pretty well most of the time. Obviously Voyager was not running on the Windows Vista platform. (That was a lame attempt at humor). He expanded and experimented and wasn’t limited to just comic relief. He created a holodeck family for himself and after introducing randomness to it, his holodeck daughter died. And the actor, Robert Picardo, gave a moving and memorable performance.

Then we have Dr. Phlox. My initial fear about him – that he would be another Neelix – would turn out to be unfounded. A member of a previously not talked about species, Dr. Phlox was a Denobulan. He had four wives, who each had four husbands. Talk about doing some swinging. But I will always remember Dr. Phlox as the doctor who saved the Klingons from destroying themselves with a mutagenic virus. Of course his cure caused them to lose their cranial ridges for awhile, but better that than to all be in Sto-vo-kor. Actor John Billingsley played the part with understated humor. Having seen him in a couple of things since Enterprise went off the air, I have come to realize just how good of an actor he is. I hope we get to see him a lot more in the coming years.

And finally the winner. Dr. Beverly Crusher. Why? Because she’s red-headed and I like her. Besides this is my blog and I can pick whoever I want. To me Dr. Crusher just oozed competence. She was always able to cure anything that came along and she looked darn good doing it. The only negative about her was that she gave birth to that wretched child Wesley. Beverly was an accomplished thespian (as opposed to Tasha Yar who might have been something that rhymed with thespian) and playwright, often recruiting other crew members to perform in her productions. She was also a accomplished dancer although she preferred not to be known as the Dancing Doctor.Instead of “Dancing with the Stars” we would havde “Dancing in the Stars.”  But it was Beverly’s ability to command that elevates her over her other colleagues. Beverly sometimes took command as the bridge officer during night shifts and even inspired Troi to give it a try. Then there was her stint as a commando with Picard and Worf. Is there anything that lady couldn’t do? Of course she was played by the beautiful and mega talented Gates McFadden. It’s a shame we haven’t gotten to see her perform in more things. Her part in The Hunt for Red October was way too brief.

So that wraps up this edition of Star Trek – the All Star edition. I’m not sure my next blog post will be part 3, but watch for it, when I name my all star first officer.

Also on the horizon is a review of a fan made production I watched last week called: Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.

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5 Responses to “Star Trek – The All Star Edition – Part 2”

  1. OK, Scotty was my pick for engineer, hmmm, let’s see, who’s gonna be my pick for medi ~ heck I don’t even need to finish that question. BONES of course, lol.

    Crusher was pretty cool and I won’t argue with you because, like you said, this IS your blog, but sheesh, nobody can beat the good doctor who fell in love with a salt shaker and lived through it. ROFL

    • theworldofmojo Says:

      AW the salt vampire “Nancy Crater” episode. It was like the third episode or so of TOS “Man Trap” and no I did not look it up.

  2. Ah the other redhead in your life! I am so glad that she never gave you a second look!!! 😉 I ♥ U!

    • theworldofmojo Says:

      I’ve seen Gates in person you know. And it is true, she didn’t even know I was alive. But she’s 60 now and you are young and hot, so I got the best end of the deal. You can assimilate me anytime!!!

  3. debeyepps Says:

    Sorry…I’m going to have to go with Bones as well. Mostly because with the exception of Dr. Crusher, I don’t know any of the other ones. I have always been pretty much a fan of only the original Star Trek and TNG. I haven’t really watched any after that. I would like to see some episodes with TMH…he sounds like someone I would like!

    Oh…and by the way…William Shatner wins hands down for any part there is! But you know of my love for all things WS!

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