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Old January 9 2013, 01:43 PM   #15
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Re: Crew members and their roles

Oh, I don't dispute that this was a 2 week mission on the ships maiden mission (I don't know if we can call it maiden voyage or shake down mission for sure or not) but it was clearly not a mission where Janeway felt compelled to have every single position filled right out of the gate where as the Enterprise D was planning on deep space exploring and wouldn't have time to go back and get more crew.

That being said, when they hit the Delta quadrant, it seems like it would have been really practical to fill out the science position better. Even Chakotay would have for a more compelling Science / Executive officer especially since the series never really focused on a science officer who's expertise focuses on social sciences which is in contrast to Janeway's pure physical science background. Heck, I think it might have made Chakotay more compelling of a character.
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