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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

View Poll Results: Which character do you prefer?
Beverly Crusher 132 64.71%
Katherine Pulaski 59 28.92%
no preference 13 6.37%
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Old October 9 2011, 01:53 AM   #46
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

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Dr. Crusher is hotter though...
That's only the start of it, but with all the recast rumblings something's got to give.

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I like Crusher's character much better than Pulaski. I wish they used Crusher more in the show. I feel like Pulaski got better roles even though she was only there for one season.
It's too bad the producers didn't go with Gates McFadden's desire for a more humorous Dr. Crusher on top of what was already solid. I guess that's what has led some posters here to underestimate her acting abilities.
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Old October 9 2011, 04:43 AM   #47
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

Dr Crusher > Pulaski, which was a cheep rip off of Bones.

However, I still say they should of replaced Pulaski with....

Dr. Selar.
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Old October 10 2011, 07:58 AM   #48
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

I think Dr. Selar would have been a better junior medical assistant than Nurse Ogawa. However, I'm sure the show didn't need the cold logic of a pure Vulcan. T'Pol turned out to be a total mess.

With the benefit of hindsight, Suzie Plakson's history in sitcoms points to comedic acting for her. Perhaps then I could accept a producer rejection of McFadden's suggestion, making Crusher more serious than she was but without turning her into a total character turn-off.
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Old October 11 2011, 02:19 AM   #49
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

Hmm, a character there for 6 seasons (and 4 movies) vs a character there for just 1 season.
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Old October 11 2011, 03:12 AM   #50
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I think Dr. Selar would have been a better junior medical assistant than Nurse Ogawa. However, I'm sure the show didn't need the cold logic of a pure Vulcan. T'Pol turned out to be a total mess.

With the benefit of hindsight, Suzie Plakson's history in sitcoms points to comedic acting for her. Perhaps then I could accept a producer rejection of McFadden's suggestion, making Crusher more serious than she was but without turning her into a total character turn-off.
I am going to have to disagree somewhat. I haven't read Peter David's series with Selar in it but from the episode she was in,she by no means showed signs that she was your typical Vulcan. She wasn't cold, in fact she was rather pleasent though slightly sarcastic at times.
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Old October 12 2011, 11:16 PM   #51
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Dr. Pulaski is an irritating troll, Beverley is ok, but it would have been great to have a grumpy 'doc' like Bones. I miss ol' Bones.
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Old October 13 2011, 01:16 AM   #52
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Crusher everytime, just can't stand Pulaski It's one of those things that you just can't say why, just glad that we had to suffer only the one season.
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Old October 13 2011, 02:19 AM   #53
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

An important aspect to an actor is their vocal qualities. I just don't like the voice of Diana Muldaur. I didn't really care for it in TOS either... something about the nasal quality. So, Dr. Pulaski's voice came off as annoying to me. That coupled with the direction she was given, it didn't work for me. Beverly Crusher was a welcome sight when she returned in Season 3. But I still wish we'd seen a "transfer" take place, with the two of them interacting. Pulaski at least deserved that.
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Old October 14 2011, 10:09 PM   #54
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Dr. Crusher is hotter though...
I agree...
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Old October 15 2011, 11:04 PM   #55
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An important aspect to an actor is their vocal qualities. I just don't like the voice of Diana Muldaur. I didn't really care for it in TOS either... something about the nasal quality. So, Dr. Pulaski's voice came off as annoying to me. That coupled with the direction she was given, it didn't work for me. Beverly Crusher was a welcome sight when she returned in Season 3. But I still wish we'd seen a "transfer" take place, with the two of them interacting. Pulaski at least deserved that.
Not only her voice but her hair style annoyed me.
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Old October 16 2011, 06:57 PM   #56
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Dr. Pulaski is an irritating troll, Beverley is ok, but it would have been great to have a grumpy 'doc' like Bones. I miss ol' Bones.

er, Pulaski was basically a female "Bones," and a rather obvious one, so this comment baffles me.
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Old October 18 2011, 05:51 PM   #57
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Crusher. I found Pulaski annoyed me immensely. As a character, I couldn't understand her attitude towards Data. Oh, and Crusher has a better name.
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Old October 18 2011, 09:44 PM   #58
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Pulaski wasn't really a bad character, but she wasn't the best suited for the show perhaps, and her attitude toward Data pushed her over the edge.
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Old October 23 2011, 08:00 AM   #59
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I really liked Pulaski, and thought she was just one of many improvements in Next Gen in season two. She has far more life and spirit in her than Crusher, who just came across as neutral in personality. Pulaski was intellectually curious and adventurous. I like the moment where she does the tea ceremony with Worf and injects herself with antidote so as to "enjoy" the poison in the tea with him.Pulaski was not similar to McCoy except for her problem with transporters. I think people must be connecting her intolerance toward a synthetic being, Data, with McCoy's irritation with Spock. Data and Spock aren't equivalent. It makes sense that someone whose life work is biology might not find it easy to accept a non-biological being as a real person.I'm nuts for Diana Muldaur in just about anything she's done, in the 60s and 70s anyway. Besides having a great "presence", she's also insanely attractive in those earlier roles. In the 80s she did this unfortunate thing with her hair, that put an end to that... I was very disappointed when Crusher came back.
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Old October 23 2011, 03:50 PM   #60
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I really liked Pulaski, and thought she was just one of many improvements in Next Gen in season two. She has far more life and spirit in her than Crusher, who just came across as neutral in personality. Pulaski was intellectually curious and adventurous. I like the moment where she does the tea ceremony with Worf and injects herself with antidote so as to "enjoy" the poison in the tea with him.Pulaski was not similar to McCoy except for her problem with transporters. I think people must be connecting her intolerance toward a synthetic being, Data, with McCoy's irritation with Spock. Data and Spock aren't equivalent. It makes sense that someone whose life work is biology might not find it easy to accept a non-biological being as a real person.I'm nuts for Diana Muldaur in just about anything she's done, in the 60s and 70s anyway. Besides having a great "presence", she's also insanely attractive in those earlier roles. In the 80s she did this unfortunate thing with her hair, that put an end to that... I was very disappointed when Crusher came back.

Pulaski was very similar to Bones, not just because of the transporter and Data thing, but for their styles as well.

Their both older than most of the rest of the crew, outwardly grumpy but deeply caring and humanistic inside.

Really, Pulaski is so obviously a variation on McCoy(and deliberately so) that I think one almost has to be willfully trying to not see it to miss the comparison.

As I liked McCoy, I also like Pulaski, but I just can't see the whole "I liked one but not the other" thing.
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