We promote Vandi Richards to Captain of Starfleet's flagship on the basis of a week's service about Exeter. Seemed to make sense at the time.
Vandi Richards has been absolutely amazing in the Tressaurian Intersection. I really think she's a great character. I even like the longer version of the "chili chat."
I feel more confident about Vandi becoming Captain of Starfleet's flagship after one week's service than I do about Sarah Palin becoming President after being Governor for almost half a term!
Frankly, I miss the longer version of the scene between Richards and Garrovick. I know there were problems with it, but I think the overlong Captain's Log that replaced it was a poor choice.