Use of Time wrote:
Hell, it doesn't it even have to be an alien character. I thought Trip was a standout on Enterprise just because he was more of down to Earth than we usually see on Star Trek.
To answer your question. If there is a new series I could definitely see a "new" character. Sometimes even the acting ability can transcend the writing. (See Picardo, Robert)
Breakout redneck? i don't think so he was fairly bland unlike Phlox who actually looked unique and had a unique voice.