[QUOTE=Pauln6;7045993]I find it surprising that Chapel hasn't been given more 'air-time' in stories. They set her up with an interesting background in bio-research, archaeology, paleobiology, and exobiology (her work with Korby) and almost nobody has built on that since her first appearance. I think her later problem was that making her an MD instead head of life sciences means that she has no separate niche. She will always be second fiddle to McCoy.Yes, she has incredible credentials. I did read Crossroads and Barbara Hambly (who is a really talented writer, I think) briefly mentions her inability to pick the right kind of man for a relationship.
She is so intelligent and beautiful and yet she cannot connect with people on a personal level~ she does not pick anyone who could get too close to her even though she seems to want a companion. That's a complicated personality, I think~ similar to McCoy, but different.