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View Poll Results: ?
Scotty 43 45.74%
LaForge 13 13.83%
O'Brien 24 25.53%
Torres 5 5.32%
Tucker 9 9.57%
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Old September 14 2012, 05:29 PM   #16
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Re: Best engineering chief?

Tucker would have been Scott's idol.
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Old September 14 2012, 07:41 PM   #17
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Re: Best engineering chief?

I voted for Trip cause I love him the most
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Old September 15 2012, 03:38 AM   #18
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Re: Best engineering chief?

That whole time-inflation nonsense was a joke by Scott in ST3, and sadly picked up as factual by people after.
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Old September 15 2012, 05:51 AM   #19
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O'brien... a real working man who can get the job done no matter what.
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Old September 15 2012, 06:09 AM   #20
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Scotty is the main man.

I'd say O'Brien but for some reason he can't decide on the rank he holds in Starfleet. From transporter chief on the Enterprise to Chief Petty Officer on DS9. Was O'Brien ever an engineer or was he the default mechanic for cast sake?
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Old September 15 2012, 06:53 AM   #21
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You know, I really like LeForge, but I love Scotty.
However, an argument can be made for Torres. She routinely re-invented the laws of the universe by spouting technobabble and pressing buttons. Of course the laws of universe return to normal in the next episode.

Think about it
B'Elanna: Captain, I have an idea. I can send a shock burst of tachyon radiation through the ship at just the precise amplitude to reverse the negative protons in our bodies driving out the voodoo demons. I just need to remodulate the attenuators on the anti matter converter overflows. But to protect ourselves against the radiation I am going to send an inverted chronoton wave through the doctor's mobile emmiter and piggy back the signal off of Seven's cortical implant through subspace.

I have seen so many convoluted solutions like that on Voyager.
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Old September 15 2012, 12:52 PM   #22
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At the other extreme of the spectrum, Geordi's technobabble seemed the most internally consistent: what's impossible in one episode isn't easily achieved 3 seasons later.
Time for the campaign slogan:

A vote for LaForge is a vote for consistent laws of physics!
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Old September 15 2012, 04:33 PM   #23
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Xhiandra wrote: View Post
At the other extreme of the spectrum, Geordi's technobabble seemed the most internally consistent: what's impossible in one episode isn't easily achieved 3 seasons later.
Time for the campaign slogan:

A vote for LaForge is a vote for consistent laws of physics!
I'll agree with this one, if just on the technobabble point. LaForge and by proxy the TNG writers used it how it was meant to be. Sparingly and never to the point where you're confusing the audience.

Voyager not only threw out entire paragraphs of Technobabble at a time, they made it major plot points.
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Old September 15 2012, 09:39 PM   #24
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You know, I really like LeForge, but I love Scotty.
However, an argument can be made for Torres. She routinely re-invented the laws of the universe by spouting technobabble and pressing buttons. Of course the laws of universe return to normal in the next episode.

Think about it
B'Elanna: Captain, I have an idea. I can send a shock burst of tachyon radiation through the ship at just the precise amplitude to reverse the negative protons in our bodies driving out the voodoo demons. I just need to remodulate the attenuators on the anti matter converter overflows. But to protect ourselves against the radiation I am going to send an inverted chronoton wave through the doctor's mobile emmiter and piggy back the signal off of Seven's cortical implant through subspace.

I have seen so many convoluted solutions like that on Voyager.
I loved that episode.
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Old September 16 2012, 10:55 AM   #25
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R. Star wrote: View Post
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At the other extreme of the spectrum, Geordi's technobabble seemed the most internally consistent: what's impossible in one episode isn't easily achieved 3 seasons later.
Time for the campaign slogan:

A vote for LaForge is a vote for consistent laws of physics!
I'll agree with this one, if just on the technobabble point. LaForge and by proxy the TNG writers used it how it was meant to be. Sparingly and never to the point where you're confusing the audience.

Voyager not only threw out entire paragraphs of Technobabble at a time, they made it major plot points.
So true
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Old September 16 2012, 09:25 PM   #26
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For me, it's O'Brien. Just because he actually had to some pretty hardcore engineering on that Cardassian monster, instead of just working with pre-fab, mostly perfect Starfleet tech.
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Old September 16 2012, 09:43 PM   #27
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I tend to go with Scotty, and pop culture agrees with me
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Old September 16 2012, 10:02 PM   #28
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O'Brien because:
-He managed to get an old, wrecked Cardassian station's tech to mingle with Federation technology.
-He ironed out the kink's in the troublesome Defiant to the point where Starfleet actually could start making more comfortably.
-Ran an engineering department that not only repaired and maintained a space station and attending starship, but did the same for the dozens of vessels that visited DS9.
-He could do the above in wartime conditions too.
-Engineering wasn't even his original department (used to be security).
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Old September 16 2012, 10:30 PM   #29
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Very close between Scotty and O'Brien but I went for the Miles.
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Old September 16 2012, 11:00 PM   #30
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Best Engineering Chief: LaForge, for reasons already articulated in this thread.

Best Character would be Scotty. LaForge falls down for pretty much the character traits that make him a great engineer. There's pretty much no room in his psyche for quirky or counterproductive behaviour.
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