Re: First Contact Time Travel Plot
^ Yeah, I had a big problem with how they painted Cochrane. He was no longer a contemplative engineer/test pilot with some parochial attitudes as in "Metamorphosis", but presented as an alcoholic loon who didn't seem capable of adding up numbers on paper, and much less being able to design a warp ship. It's not James Cromwell's fault though, he did what the script asked for.
Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard: For duty and humanity! --Men in Black (1934)