Danger Ace wrote:
TNG went overboard where anyone could find themselves in command - Troi, Crusher, the gimpy half-blind janitor on deck 23, literally anybody ...
Yes. It strained credibility to see the ship's medical doctor and a trendy psycho-therapist have turns at commanding a capital ship.
That's not who commands such an important ship-- not for an hour, not for ten minutes.
It's only silly if you think of them solely in terms of their job roles. Both Crusher and Troi were also experienced senior officers and that involves command training and experience. The bridge officer test was a bit silly but the concept isn't as long when you consider that Crusher was usually only in command during routine missions and an experienced line officer could be summoned if anything dangerous happened.
It's far sillier to leave Ensign NuChekov in charge of the bridge in the midst of a non-routine crisis.