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Old May 25 2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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Tom Paris - awesome or vastly underused?

I've always felt like an interesting arc for Tom's character would have been to give him more responsibilities. I loved seeing him in charge, and I wish they had given him more command opportunities, like in "Initiations."

Is this just me?
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Old May 25 2012, 09:02 PM   #2
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Re: Tom Paris - awesome or vastly underused?

I thinki the only way they could have gave him more to do was to make him the first officer. Still, he had more to do than Trek characters who've held the conn position over the years.
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Old May 25 2012, 11:27 PM   #3
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Re: Tom Paris - awesome or vastly underused?

Somehow Tom never became redundant, unlike poor Chakotay and Kim...
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Old May 26 2012, 02:12 AM   #4
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Re: Tom Paris - awesome or vastly underused?

We should turn this into The Tom Paris Appreciation Thread. He's brash, cocky, yummy, funny, and smart. What's not to love?

I say he's vastly underused.
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Old May 26 2012, 02:42 AM   #5
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Re: Tom Paris - awesome or vastly underused?

So when Tom and Harry would double date the DeLanney sisters and Harry was in love with the wrong Twin.... The right twin was on Tom's arm, grabbing his ass?

So how far did Tom get with the right twin all the while that Harry was trying for swapsies, before finally in the name of good taste he closed a door to a sure thing that harry could never open?
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Old May 26 2012, 03:09 AM   #6
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Re: Tom Paris - awesome or vastly underused?

No, he was used just right.
If he were overused, his zingers would have gone from funny to annoying.
The best way to keep him fresh was not to over do it.
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Old May 26 2012, 05:39 AM   #7
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Re: Tom Paris - awesome or vastly underused?

He was blandly okay in a boy way.
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Old May 26 2012, 07:36 AM   #8
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Re: Tom Paris - awesome or vastly underused?

I feel let down that we never saw him reading bad poetry while dodging furniture.

Do we think B'Elanna can heft beds at Tom or nothing larger than a loveseat?
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Old May 26 2012, 08:15 PM   #9
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Re: Tom Paris - awesome or vastly underused?

I would not have minded if Tom had gotten more screentime, but as it is, he's one of my favorite Star Trek characters. He never got dull or annoying, and I really enjoyed the dynamic he had with the rest of the cast. I feel like he had chemistry with everybody, and Tom and B'Elanna remain to this day my favorite Trek couple. At least B'Elanna was bitchy because she was half-Klingon. What was Keiko's excuse?

Actually, come to think about it, one thing that really disappoints me about Tom is how little we saw him interact with his father. I would have loved to see a "welcome home" scene where Tom and Admiral Paris reunite, and Tom introduces him to his granddaughter.
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Old May 26 2012, 08:48 PM   #10
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Re: Tom Paris - awesome or vastly underused?

The character nearly always got some pointless dialogue in the vein of Troi and Chakotay. It often seemed that the writers had to tell the audience what to think of a character that had just appeared on the viewscreen by Paris' reaction to them.
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Old May 27 2012, 02:54 AM   #11
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RoJoHen wrote: View Post
I would not have minded if Tom had gotten more screentime, but as it is, he's one of my favorite Star Trek characters. He never got dull or annoying, and I really enjoyed the dynamic he had with the rest of the cast. I feel like he had chemistry with everybody, and Tom and B'Elanna remain to this day my favorite Trek couple. At least B'Elanna was bitchy because she was half-Klingon. What was Keiko's excuse?
Miles was a great Engineer but he was a dimwit as a husband.
Keiko did have reason to get annoyed with him when she did. Keiko was very mature, Miles acted like a little boy allot. Keiko was raising a child while Miles was playing with toys and video games with Julian. She treated him how he acted.
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Old May 27 2012, 03:34 AM   #12
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Re: Tom Paris - awesome or vastly underused?

Tom was okay, but I have never much cared for fictional characters like that in general. I don't like rogues, be they in TV, film, or print. Their snarky and sarcastic attitude does not appeal to me at all.

Han Solo, Tom Paris, pretty much every character Joss Whedon ever wrote...not my thing.
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Old May 27 2012, 03:44 AM   #13
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Mr. Laser Beam wrote: View Post
Tom was okay, but I have never much cared for characters like that in general. I don't like rogues. Their snarky and sarcastic attitude does not appeal to me at all.
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Old May 27 2012, 03:49 AM   #14
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^ Fixed that for ya.
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Old May 27 2012, 01:55 PM   #15
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Re: Tom Paris - awesome or vastly underused?

Up to 4.18 Tom did an awful lot. Top Pilot, Fathered an entire advanced Civilization, went on Away missions, helped with Engineering, was the nurse, was in the Holodeck many, many episodes.

After this point, from what I know, he continues in all these aspects, plus builds the Delta Flyer.

I don't think he was underused at all The only thing more you could do with him was make him First Officer, and that didn't help Chakotay's character much
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