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Star Trek Movies I-X Discuss the first ten big screen outings in this forum!

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Old August 14 2012, 02:54 AM   #46
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Re: TMP: Decker in Command?

I suppose Admiral Kirk could have commanded the mission and Captain Decker the ship. There might have been even more dramatic possibilities there. At the end of the film, after Decker is lost, Kirk could have asked to be demoted to replace Decker. Could have worked.
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Old September 4 2012, 06:04 AM   #47
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Another consideration is Spock. He journeyed to meet up with the Enterprise because he sensed V'Ger. I think he would have done the same, even without Kirk in command (as far as he knew, it should have been Decker in command). However, would Decker have readily accepted his help? Would he have made Spock first officer? McCoy, for sure, would not have been a part of the crew if Kirk had not taken command.

I'm sure Decker would gladly have accepted his help. Spock was a legend by then. When Spock comes on the bridge, Decker looks to be in awe and gladly steps aside from the science station.
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Old September 6 2012, 06:31 PM   #48
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Re: TMP: Decker in Command?

Decker still would have taken Spock up on his offer as science officer, Spock never offered to be Chief Science Officer, just science officer. Whoever Decker already had as first officer would have stayed (Sulu?).

If McCoy hadn't been along for the ride would it have made any real difference? He didn't contribute anything that Decker himself would have found useful.

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Old September 6 2012, 08:36 PM   #49
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Decker still would have taken Spock up on his offer as science officer, Spock never offered to be Chief Science Officer, just science officer. Whoever Decker already had as first officer would have stayed (Sulu?).
Do we know there is even a position called "Chief Science Officer"? Throughout TOS, Spock was always referred to simply as "the science officer." And when Sonak is killed in the transporter accident, Kirk doesn't pick a junior science officer to fill the role. He gives it to Decker. And says "you'll have to double as science officer." The implication seems to be that there is only one.

Of course, we know that there are other scientists aboard in the different departments. But it seems there is only one person designated for the post of "science officer."
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Old September 7 2012, 03:19 AM   #50
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Decker still would have taken Spock up on his offer as science officer, Spock never offered to be Chief Science Officer, just science officer. Whoever Decker already had as first officer would have stayed (Sulu?).
Do we know there is even a position called "Chief Science Officer"? Throughout TOS, Spock was always referred to simply as "the science officer." And when Sonak is killed in the transporter accident, Kirk doesn't pick a junior science officer to fill the role. He gives it to Decker. And says "you'll have to double as science officer." The implication seems to be that there is only one.

Of course, we know that there are other scientists aboard in the different departments. But it seems there is only one person designated for the post of "science officer."
The thing about the term "science officer" is that it's a fairly generic term. There are multiple sciences--life sciences, planetary sciences, stellar sciences, social sciences, etc.--and each could have its own department headed by junior officers that report to a single officer in charge of them all. In that sense, the term "science officer" could be simply shorthand for "chief science officer" (or as I personally prefer, "chief sciences officer").
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Old September 7 2012, 04:32 AM   #51
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^^^ Which makes me think of something...
If each science has an officer in charge of that discipline, then a "Chief Science Officer" may not even need be a scientist. CSO could be an administrative head or department executive, with the chief science responsibilities headed by Chief Geologist, Chief Astronomer, etc.
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Old September 7 2012, 11:27 AM   #52
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And when Sonak is killed in the transporter accident, Kirk doesn't pick a junior science officer to fill the role. He gives it to Decker. And says "you'll have to double as science officer." The implication seems to be that there is only one.
I think this is more because only Sonak and Decker were trained in operating this new type of starship. A generic science officer would not know his, her or its way around the controls and interfaces. (Of course, Spock has no problem here, being Spock; those halfbreeds have to be prepared to outdo regular folks at every turn!)

But it seems there is only one person designated for the post of "science officer."
It could be argued that in "Where No Man Has Gone Before" already, this was not the case. In the staff meeting where dealing with Gary Mitchell is discussed, Lieutenant Dehner first indicates she has failed to objectively evaluate Mitchell, then accuses Spock of being heartless when he corrects her on the issue. Kirk then chides somebody by saying "It is my duty, whether pleasant or unpleasant, to listen to the reports, observations, even speculations, on any subject that might affect the safety of this vessel, and it's my science officer's duty to see I'm provided with that."

Since it's Lt Dehner who has failed to provide Kirk with this intel, we could well argue Kirk is chiding her for having failed in her science officer duty. After all, while Spock was also involved in the "seeing to providing", sort of, he doesn't yet wear Science colors in that episode, whereas Dehner certainly does.

a "Chief Science Officer" may not even need be a scientist
Which would be welcome news in explaining how Spock can so easily assume the role despite "originally" wearing command gold. Although of course he did have a background in sciences from the first pilot episode.

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