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Old April 2 2013, 02:41 AM   #8
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Re: Deanna driving the ship...

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That's like expecting a doctor with rank of commander in the Navy to be able to pilot a submarine. They're different areas of training and it wouldn't make sense for that person to be called on to drive. It was just some nut at Paramount decided it was a good idea to put Sirtis at the helm for dramatic effect.
A Navy doctor doesn't serve as a bridge officer nor do they take command officer training. They looked at the Troi doing the command training in a season 7 ep (it was pretty forgetable - I just remember the simulation scene where she has send La Forge to his death to seal a warp core problem)

Your point is more valid if Crusher was taking over but she pointed in Descent that command would pass to the lowest ensign in engineering before it passed to her
That's my point. A doctor is never going to command a submarine no matter their rank. Nor is a therapist. The same applies to even driving one. You get specially trained for that. You don't just hand the controls over to anyone with a little rank.
she's done command training which allows her to serve on the bridge with full rank of commander.

From Memory-Alpha
Troi attempted the Bridge Officer's test in 2370. Riker supervised the tests, and did not show any favoritism towards Deanna. After she attempted the engineering qualification several times without much luck, he told her the tests were canceled. However, he also gave her a hint which told her that the test was really about her ability to send a crewmember to his death. After successfully passing the test, Troi was promoted to the rank of Commander and began to include bridge command as part of her duty shifts.(TNG: "Thine Own Self") Troi would continue this role, on occasion, when posted to the USS Enterprise-E later in her career. (Star Trek: Insurrection)
The Starfleet bridge officer examination was a series of tests for Starfleet officers who wished to be able to take command, besides the command officers such as captain, first officer, second officer, and third officer. The test had many stages, but the final exam required the officer to make a choice that sent one person under their direct command to certain death. No one who failed the test could serve as a command officer on the bridge of a starship except in emergency situations.
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