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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 November 17 2011, 01:42 PM   #76
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

My girl Bev, of course. I like Pulaski, too, but Beverly's the one for me.
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Old November 23 2011, 01:44 AM   #77
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

I don't know I voted for Crusher. I guess because Her relationships with the others can be uncomfortable.
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Old November 23 2011, 02:44 AM   #78
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

I liked Pulsaki. Someone who could tell the Captain what she thinks and also, the part I love most, is openly criticize the Prime Directive, which was absurd by the time of TNG, like in Pen Pals and so on.
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Old November 23 2011, 02:52 AM   #79
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

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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.
You pretty much said all that I was thinking.

She was not a bad looking woman during the 1980's, either, though the Rue McCallahan hair that a lot of woman over 35 had in those days had to go. Plus in "When Silence Has Lease", which is one of my favorite episodes, she was the only one, with exception to Worf's willing to take the chance of not being on Negelem's death list, I think, who had the most realistic reaction to Picard's choice of blowing up the ship, bluff or no bluff.
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Old November 23 2011, 03:12 AM   #80
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It would have been nice to catch up with Pulaski at some point later in the series. Was there ever anything mentioned about where she had gone after leaving the Enterprise?
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Old November 25 2011, 04:50 AM   #81
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

I dont believe so. She may have appeared in some TNG novels. But no mention in the actual television series.
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Old December 1 2011, 02:50 AM   #82
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

I've been trying to put into words why I prefer Crusher over Pulaski -- even though I realize Pulaski is a bit more dynamic of a character. In the end, I'd say it's this: Picard is the ultimate father figure, and Dr. Crusher is the mother figure. I think that adds to the overall feeling of family among the crew and fits the tone of TNG better. Pulaski's more like the cranky aunt or the mother-in-law or something of Enterprise.

I know in some of the TNG-relaunch books set after Nemesis they experimented with adding characters that had a more tense relationship with one another but I flet that was out of place, too. TNG isn't DS9 and shouldn't be written as if it were.
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Old December 4 2011, 05:54 PM   #83
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

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I never liked Diana in any role she played including Dr. Pulaski.
I thought she was fantastic as Rosalind Shea on LA Law,
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Old December 5 2011, 05:11 PM   #84
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

Beverly Crusher absolutely
I honestly did never care much of Pulaski and found her slightly annoying also. The Bones II factor did not really suite well to TNG universe. Nothing against the actress, though.
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Old December 10 2011, 02:13 AM   #85
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

Dr. Crusher of course!
The masses agree too because Dr.Pulaski bad mouthed Data. Well most of the masses. I like Dr.Crusher because she has a zing to her. As seen in the episode The Enemy and The Defector. She zings Worf when she is checking Admiral Jarok's injuries while saying that they have come across some Romulan anatomy. Pulaski does not appreciate Data at all.
She mispronounced his name and said that their was no difference between the correct pronounciation and the incorrect one.
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Old December 10 2011, 02:28 AM   #86
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I know why they couldn't have Pulaski and Crusher on the Ship at the same time.

It was the homoembargo.

But they're probably both just bi enough to totally be into one another.

Why wouldn't they?

Now I hear you saying, but what about that episode with the Trill who Bev turned down the opportunity to much a little carpet with, because ironically her worldview was a little too inside the box?

This is good.

If Bev and Katie couldn't help but throw themselves at each other if they had ever got in a line of sight, then that means that the reason Bev passed on that Trill is not becuase she's afraid of vaginas romantically, but because she's not into blondes.

See!

Bev isn't a homophobe after all!

Squee!
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Old December 11 2011, 04:52 PM   #87
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Beverly Crusher for me.
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Old August 2 2012, 09:35 PM   #88
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Thanks to the blu rays I've just finished re-watching season 1. It's been so long since the series aired I almost forgot Dr. Crusher was written out in the second season. I have to say I prefer Beverly only because she seemed to fit in with the other characters better than Pulaski. With Pulaski it was clear they were trying to make female Bones. The problem is Bones was gruff but really a down home country guy at heart, Pulaski was just gruff. The writers made the fatal mistake of trying to reinvent the Bones/Spock dynamic with Pulaski and Data but the problem was Pulaski was just plain rude to Data referring to him as it and just a machine.

That being said I actually think Diana Muldaur is a better actress than Gates McFadden. Muldaur gave a rather two dimensional character a lot of personality. It says something that 25 years later we're still talking about it. Now, I'm not saying McFadden was a terrible actress far from it. Certainly in the [few] episodes that Crusher was center stage she gave some good performances but she was a bit stale at times.

They really shouldn't have written Crusher out of the show in the Second Year it was too unrealistic that she'd leave her 15 year old son to fend for himself on the Enterprise. It all worked out for the best though. Diana Muldaur has stated she only did TNG as a personal favor to Gene Roddenberry and that she hated her time on the show. Apparently with the exception of Michael Dorn and Patrick Stewart she was treated pretty shabby by the rest of the cast who were all upset over Gates McFadden's firing (yes, Gates was fired from the show as a result of some sort of feud between her and Producer Maurice Hurley). Diana apparently left on her own accord, she never signed a full contract (which is why her name was never in the main credits).
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Old August 2 2012, 10:12 PM   #89
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

Dr. Crusher is a pretty handsome woman. Hard to go against that. I know, I know...so superficial.
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Old August 2 2012, 10:46 PM   #90
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Crusher easily, but it would have been interesting to see how the Pulaski character developed if their roles were reversed and we got six years of Diana instead.
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