R. Star wrote:
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.
They wanted to give Dr Crusher and Troi more to do as female characters.
Hey, the writers' hearts were in the right place...
At least they never took command while Riker and Data were on duty on the bridge.