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Old January 29 2013, 05:27 AM   #52
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Re: Geordi's Authority

Data's position as Second Officer seems to me to be more of a "next in line IF Picard and Riker are gone" position, and really a non-trumping position the rest of the time. If Data is not in command of the ship, but is in Engineering, then LaForge's position as Chief Engineer trumps.

It's almost more of knowing who the go-to person is in case of a crisis, rather than an all the time superiority.
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