Paper Moon wrote:
Picard brought Troi on diplomatic missions all the time for these purposes all the time. The FBI analogy overstates Troi's invasiveness. Picard is a great people reader, but Troi, empathic abilities aside, is, as you said, a trained people reader, and is theoretically an expert in that field. I'm just surprised that Picard never had such an expert (obviously with a more opaque title) sit in a meeting with the Romulans. I know Hegol Den is not cleared for command decisions, but I believe he would have the training.
I'm not sure what you think they would have caught. "The Romulan commander is tense and is hiding something." Well, duh. They're from mutually suspicious cold war antagonists -- both sides are hiding something.
On a completely unrelated note: who is stationed where on the Enterprise's bridge?
Big Chair: Picard
Riker's old chair: Worf
Troi's old chair: ???
For the duration of this mission, Spock, as Federation liaison to the I.R.W. Eletrix
, was sitting in Troi's old chair.
Ops: Glinn Dygan (loved that!!)
Conn: is it still Faur?
Do Elfiki, Hegol or Chen have particular stations on the bridge? And is there an established Engineering station on the E-E's bridge, like there was on the D?
Elfiki sits at a science station on the bridge. Hegol, so far as I can recall, is not a bridge officer. Chen usually mans the conn.