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Old May 21 2010, 11:12 PM   #1
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Was Hutch really that bad?

In Starship Mine, much is made of how much everyone can't stand Commander Hutchinson. He's a fantastic comic relief for the first part of the episode, and pairing him with Data is comedy gold.

Then he gets killed. Did anyone else feel sorry for him? It's not like he was that bad of a guy--just a little too talky. I always thought he kind of got the short shrift. Maybe they renamed the base "the Calvin Hutchinson Memorial Base," or at least rolled out a "Hutch" memorial color scheme.
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Old May 22 2010, 12:16 AM   #2
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Re: Was Hutch really that bad?

He seemed like a decent enough guy,he was just a small-talking tool. And, yeah. it kind of sucks that he died. (Esp. since Geordi is fired with the same (or similar) weapon and didn't die. It just seemed like killing him for the sake of killing him/getting him out of the picture so our heroes could save the day unencumbered. It've been nice for him to be involved more in saving the day. Oh well. Seeing him and Data walk around talking about nothing. Although Data fucks up by saying that humans prefer a body temperature of around 68 degrees. Which only dead humans prefer.
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Old May 22 2010, 12:32 AM   #3
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Re: Was Hutch really that bad?

Hutch was a decent enough fellow, & genuinely interested in being sociable. I don't think anyone specifically hated the guy. He was just considered to be a bit of a nuisance, as a host. I can see how the crew might be disinclined to make mention of him, as events progressed, being they were consumed with other problems, throughout the rest of the episode. I felt bad for the guy. He was obviously a noted Starfleet officer, & his loss is certainly tragic

I think the major flaw of that episode is that in the final scene, the crew is quipping light-heartedly about Picard's saddle & perhaps hinting that he used horseback riding as an excuse to escape Hutch's reception. Pretty crude to be mocking the guy now that he has died tragically, as a result of the Enterprise being the stage for a hostile takeover & robbery.

Thanks a lot Enterprise crew. Come and look down your noses at us again sometime. Maybe you can find another way to get someone else killed, for your amusement. Feel free to come to the memorial service, & regale us with your tales of how bloody annoying the guy was
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Old May 22 2010, 02:29 AM   #4
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Re: Was Hutch really that bad?

Hutch was a nice guy. So was Starsky.
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Old May 22 2010, 02:45 AM   #5
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Re: Was Hutch really that bad?

Picard "My only regret is I never got to use it on a horse."
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Old May 22 2010, 03:20 AM   #6
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Re: Was Hutch really that bad?

I've seen that episode a dozen times, I'm sure, and I didn't even realize he got killed. I thought he was kinda lurking in the background as another hostage.

Does this say more about his personality or mine?

On a more serious note, he was mildly amusing as a TV character, but as a real person, he would have been annoying to the extreme.
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Old May 22 2010, 03:33 AM   #7
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Re: Was Hutch really that bad?

I felt bad for him too. He was a bit annoying, but not in any overly negative way. He certainly didn't deserve to be lightly written off by the crew at the end of the episode.
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Old May 23 2010, 01:46 PM   #8
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Re: Was Hutch really that bad?

Perhaps the good ol' 24th Century crew wasn't as evolved as they liked to let on.
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Old May 23 2010, 03:46 PM   #9
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I felt bad for him too. He was a bit annoying, but not in any overly negative way. He certainly didn't deserve to be lightly written off by the crew at the end of the episode.
His death was unfortunate for one other vital reason: it prevented a spin off series!
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Old May 23 2010, 09:32 PM   #10
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He'd have taught Robau a thing or two.

Oh yeah! I went there!
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Old May 23 2010, 10:53 PM   #11
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Re: Was Hutch really that bad?

A better way to keep the mood light: instead of Hutch being murdered and unmourned (onscreen, at least), his vocal cords are temporarily paralyzed by the phaser shot. At the end of the episode, a solicitous Mr. Data promises to keep Hutch company, and regales him, for several hours, with stories of re-aligning the phase inverters and performing level three diagnostics. Hutch finally gets a taste of his own medicine, and everyone laughs.
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Old May 24 2010, 07:21 AM   #12
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Old May 24 2010, 07:22 AM   #13
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Maybe they renamed the base "the Calvin Hutchinson Memorial Base,"
Starbase Calvin, they were a sister Starbase to the distant Starbase Hobbes.
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Old May 24 2010, 02:13 PM   #14
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Re: Was Hutch really that bad?

I thought the senior staff treated him in a somewhat mean fashion. Speaking of which, what ever happened to the rest of the Enterprise crew?

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And, yeah. it kind of sucks that he died. (Esp. since Geordi is fired with the same (or similar) weapon and didn't die. It just seemed like killing him for the sake of killing him/getting him out of the picture so our heroes could save the day unencumbered.
I always thought that the reason Geordi survived is because Orton used a lower setting on his weapon to shoot Geordi than his accomplice did when he shot Hutch.
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Old May 24 2010, 09:55 PM   #15
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Re: Was Hutch really that bad?

I didn't even realize he had died either. I figured he simply was in the background somewhere.

I'm going to have to rewatch the episode.
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