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Old October 14 2013, 05:32 PM   #31
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Re: Was Pulaski not liked by the crew?

I initially didn't like Pulaski, because I don't like when you spend an entire season with a character, especially when it's the first season, then that character is replaced the following season without a "goodbye episode." Couple that with Yar being killed off mid-season 1, and shaking up the command structure like making Geordi Cheif Engineer, Worf's uniform changing, Riker growing a beard, (some changes good, to be sure), etc, it just seemed to bee too much change to drop Crusher so suddenly.

At the time of the first run of TNG, I didn't realize Muldaur had played 2 other characters in TOS, until season 3, when they brought Crusher back, so the TOS connection wasn't made for me until too late. I found Pulaski about as abrasive as Crush could be at times, and it seemed to me they were trying too hard to make Pulaski the female version of Bones McCoy. So, I really didn't warm to the character.

However, in following years after TNG ended, and seeing reruns, I have warmed to Pulaski somewhat, though I still prefer Crusher. She is like the Jonas Quinn of TNG, as far as I am concerned. I think if Pulaski had remained a semi regular, it would have been cool, though.
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Old October 14 2013, 05:34 PM   #32
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Re: Was Pulaski not liked by the crew?

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As for Pulaski being Bones-like. Other than transporter-phobia thing, I never really got the sense that she was too similar. She is a very atypical but passionate Starfleet officer, but I felt that's what TNG needed for the dynamic as there wasn't someone like that. That's how I felt about Ro's introduction being a big plus for the show.
I am of the view that having somebody come in as an 'outsider' to the clique of the Enterprise command crew was refreshing. She might have had certain broad similarities to Bones (Diana Muldaur herself acknowledges this was intentional), but the concept of a character who basically comes in from the outside and rubs everyone up the wrong way isn't necessarily a bad thing. I felt it created that sense of conflict that the writers were always kvetching TNG lacked. Your comparison with Ensign Ro is also very correct.

On the other hand, I think their trying to give her a blatant Bones/Spock thing with Data was a bad move. Data is essentially an innocent, and unlike Spock, where the dynamic was that ol' Pointy Ears would usually give as good as he got by throwing the odd bon mot back Bones' way, the nature of Data's character was such that he would always just sit there and take it while Pulaski verbally cuts him down..... and the audience natually empathized with him for that, making Pulaski look too harsh by comparison.

So the concept of the character had both pros and cons.
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Old October 14 2013, 05:39 PM   #33
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Re: Was Pulaski not liked by the crew?

On the other hand, I think their trying to give her a blatant Bones/Spock thing with Data was a bad move. Data is essentially an innocent, and unlike Spock, where the dynamic was that ol' Pointy Ears would usually give as good as he got by throwing the odd bon mot back Bones' way, the nature of Data's character was such that he would always just sit there and take it while Pulaski verbally cuts him down..... and the audience natually empathized with him for that, making Pulaski look too harsh by comparison.
Totally agree with this. Good of you to articulate it!
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Old October 15 2013, 02:37 AM   #34
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Re: Was Pulaski not liked by the crew?

The way they handled Pulaski/Data in the first two episodes, yeah I was really not too crazy about that. It wasn't really much of a dynamic, and it wasn't all that entertaining. That's why I dug "Elementary Dear Data" where it was more about her encouraging Data to become human, rather than the "oh, what is this machine doing here?". The kind of relationship you see all the way up to "Peak Performance" where she believes in Data both as a person and as a machine.
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