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

View Poll Results: Beverly Crusher - come back or stay away?
Come back! 155 79.08%
Stay away! 41 20.92%
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Old May 27 2009, 07:33 PM   #1
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Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

Continuing my polls about whether characters should have stayed or not...would you have preferred Beverly to stay away or to have come back like she did?
I'll definitely go with come back, while not my favorite character I do rate Beverly highly.
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Old May 27 2009, 11:27 PM   #2
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Re: Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

This is difficult, because I liked them both, but in different ways!

Crusher was good because she served as a good foil to Picard, and she definately had some great episodes.

Having said that the Data/Pulaski chemistry was good (it was like a new take on the McCoy/Spock relationship, and I thought it worked well) but her character was never expanded upon enough. We found out "she requested the assignment" (like Beverly now I think about it!) and "Has been a fan of [Picard's] for quite some time" (Like Beverly)

Hmm after writing this, I'm beginning to wonder, was Pulaski a kit-bash of previous characters? :S
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Old May 28 2009, 01:11 AM   #3
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Re: Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

I never liked Pulaski, and was ecstatic when Crusher came back in season 3. Just another in the list of things that were immediately noticeable improvements from the very start of the season. I always liked the character of Dr. Crusher, and I missed her much in season 2. Pulaski to me felt like a bad McCoy ripoff. Like they tried to give her this relationship with Data that was sort of like McCoy/Spock, but it completely fell flat and Pulaski always came off as annoying to me. Seasons 1 and 2, for the most part, are pretty forgettable compared to the rest of the show for a variety of reasons, Pulaski among them if you ask me.
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Old May 28 2009, 02:05 AM   #4
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Re: Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

Beverly Crusher is a much better doctor BIG TIME!!!
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Old May 28 2009, 02:18 AM   #5
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Re: Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

I love Beverly. She's funny and intelligent. She has great scenes with Picard. I was very sad when she left and ecstatic when she came back.

I'm not anti-Pulaski, she just never did much for me.
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Old May 28 2009, 02:18 AM   #6
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Re: Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

Ergh, 'stay away'. I always loved Pulaski!
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Old May 28 2009, 02:41 AM   #7
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Re: Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

Stay Away. I thought Pulaski gave the crew some flavor it was lacking.
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Old May 28 2009, 02:47 AM   #8
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Re: Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

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Stay Away. I thought Pulaski gave the crew some flavor it was lacking.
I agree. Pulaski's character definitely irritated me, but I loved it about her-- and I loved seeing her warm up to Data. Beverly Crusher is a great character, but I find the relationship she has with her son and with the captain ridiculously uncomfortable and unresolved. Plus... she's the weakest actor in the cast.

Having said that, this is just me being over critical--- I love TNG and was happy with Crusher's return, regardless-- though I would have liked it better if they hadn't have acted like Pulaski had never been there (of course, it is a Starship, and people come and go all the time).
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Old May 28 2009, 03:20 AM   #9
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Re: Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

100% for Beverly Crusher. They did a good job with giving Pulaski a distinct personality, but i didn't like the character and Beverly was just great.
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Old May 28 2009, 04:06 AM   #10
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Re: Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

Went with Beverly, though I do wish that they brought back Pulaski from time to time; sort of like how they brought back Tasha Yar (ignoring the fact that they were usually different characters of course lol)
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Old May 28 2009, 05:16 AM   #11
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Re: Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

I picked come back!

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Old May 28 2009, 10:38 AM   #12
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Re: Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

Wow. This is actually a toughie for me because I think both characters had strong and weak points. They were definitely pushing for a McCoy and Spock thing with her and Data (even giving Pulaski McCoy's disdain for transporters), and Crusher was frequently there just to give support to other characters.

I think I have to give the nod to Crusher, because I think had Pulaski stayed they would have had to mellow her out anyway as the series progressed...
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Old May 28 2009, 12:42 PM   #13
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Re: Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

Come back. Beverly is one of my fav characters. Love the chemistry and banter with Picard
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Old May 28 2009, 12:49 PM   #14
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Re: Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

Considering that this thread is about TNG and in TNG Beverly did "come back," shouldn't this speculative query be posted elsewhere?

The Fanfiction or literature threads seem to be far more relevant homes for such speculation.
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Old May 28 2009, 02:52 PM   #15
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Re: Beverly Crusher or Pulaski?

Both. Surely a ship the size of the Enterprise merits more than one doctor! If Starfleet follows a 24/7 duty roster there are 168 hours a week to be filled by a primary doctor - certainly neither Crusher or Pulaski can or should be on duty for all of them! I suggest there should be four head doctors and perhaps even a spare (EMH notwithstanding).
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