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Old May 17 2013, 08:50 PM   #32
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Re: Did Guinan EVER did or said something useful?

Third Nacelle wrote: View Post
Guinan's main purpose as a character is to be someone outside the chain-of-command to whom the main characters can confide or get her advice. She also provides Picard with a friend who's not under his command. By virtue of her position and her age, she's able to see things from the outside and understand the big picture in ways the other characters can't.
Thing is, when you put it like that, it just shows up what an utter failure Troi was as a character. Most of that - between her medical-dept job and her empathic powers - should have been her role, and if she'd been better-handled they wouldn't have had a gap for Guinan!

Lt. Uhura-Brown wrote: View Post
I always wondered what her history was with Q, and how she'd ever be able to hold her own in a battle with a seemingly near-omnipotent entity.
The thing to remember about Q is that powerful as he is, and as terrible a person as he ultimately is, he's fundamentally more mouth than trousers. He taunts, he annoys, and occasionally stings, but he enjoys playing the trickster too much to actually bring his power really to bear. So, like the archetypical bully, even a tiny little fleabite at his own dignity by an 'imp' hurts a lot.

Gary7 wrote: View Post
If it weren't for Guinan, Picard would've run things per usual and the timeline would never have been reset. Essentially, Guinan saved billions of lives. There's something to be said for that!
Works in reverse too - from a strictly utilitarian POV, resetting the timeline probably remade more lives than it unmade, true, but there are certainly "reverse" Tashas who lived in the YE timeline and died in the Prime timeline, not to mention kids who were never born because their parents never met and so forth...
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