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Old August 30 2013, 01:03 PM   #228
Bad Thoughts
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Re: What happened to Jennifer Lien?

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You can be the commanding officer of a ship without holding the rank of captain. The vast majority of co's in any modern navy aren't captains. With a few exceptions, Trek overlooks this.
In fairness, we only ever followed cruisers. If we had a series that followed an escort or something...
One series did so. It was even addressed as meta-narrative in one episode:

PABST: Oh, come on, Benny. Your hero's a Negro captain. The head of a space station, for Christ's sake.
BENNY: What's wrong with that?
PABST: People won't accept it. It's not believable.
(And yes, making Sisko a commander rather than a captain was considered by many at the time to be a reflection of the studio's unease with racial issues.)
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