Re: So I'm Watching "Chains of Command"
Charles Phipps wrote:
My interpretation was Jellico knew this would be a short mission and he needed everyone to respect his authority and for that, he needed to get them used to being ordered around. He couldn't earn their respect like Picard, so instead he wanted to get them to hate him but running themselves ragged to follow his orders.
I don't think he wanted
to be hated. He was asked to oversee a difficult mission in spite of having almost no time to get acclimated to the Enterprise
or its crew, something people often forget. The adjustment was probably just as difficult for Jellico as it was for everyone else. He didn't concern himself with how anyone felt
about it because his top priority was the mission at hand. Had he remained in command of Enterprise
after the mission, it's likely he would have taken time to get know the crew better.
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again