Re: Away Teams
David Gerrold's away team concept could have worked if casting decisions and writing had been different. I'll use Yar as the example. Picard orders away team. Riker gives Yar the assignment. Yar chooses 2 or 3 security or specialist types, one of whom could be a guest part with sizable dialogue.
Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard: For Duty and Humanity!
--Men in Black, 1934.