Captain McBain wrote:
These answers are sort of contradictory. If Data's rank allows him to 'make the call' in crunch situations, then why didn't Logan's rank allow him to make the call when Picard and Riker were on the planet?
I should have said Data's position, as second officer. Data and Geordi are of course equal in rank from season three onwards.
Geordi's position was Picard left him in command, so essentially he was temporary Captain, at least this is how the show sold it.
When the show is as contradictory as it is, I'm just trying to join some dots!