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Old October 12 2013, 03:44 AM   #16
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Re: Was Pulaski not liked by the crew?

Not sure, but the crew had questionable taste--perfect example, they preferred Crusher.
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Old October 12 2013, 04:02 AM   #17
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Re: Was Pulaski not liked by the crew?

I like the idea that it was only the six members of the command crew who loved Crusher and hated Pulaski, and that the remaining 1008 people on board the ship all felt exactly the opposite way, and were all united in their disappointment when Doctor Bev returned.
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Old October 12 2013, 05:52 AM   #18
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Re: Was Pulaski not liked by the crew?

Who cares about them? They're not in the command clique. They're only there to do the dirty work and get killed.
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Old October 12 2013, 06:49 AM   #19
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Re: Was Pulaski not liked by the crew?

I liked her. It didn't hurt to me that she was a Star Trek veteran, having appeared twice on the original series, but I just liked her presence in the 'new normal' that was Star Trek. "It...does know how to do these things, doesn't it?" in reference to Data was such a great line to me. As has been mentioned above, it was interesting that she didn't automatically accept Data as a living individual. Seriously, would any of us be any different, meeting an artificial being? There were probably many viewers (my old girlfriend among them) who were just checking out the series for the first time, and Pulaski's views probably spoke to many of them. If anything, her early views of Data helped cement the Data character as a person in his own right.
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Old October 12 2013, 06:37 PM   #20
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On the blurays the actress said that she did prepare a lot for the role by learning about the fictional medical devices as much as she could, so I dunno if she would quit over technobabble. Surely she would have known that the role had a lot of it before signing up.

I like Pulaski, she fits right in the TNG universe. I prefer Crusher because of her ties to the rest of the crew ( wesley, Picard romance, Jack Crusher backstory ) but I think it would have been cool to have some overlap where both doctors were on the ship.
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Old October 12 2013, 11:44 PM   #21
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Re: Was Pulaski not liked by the crew?

I recall reading that behind the scenes, she didn't get along with Stewart, and as he was the series lead, that put the writing on the wall for her....
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Old October 13 2013, 08:56 AM   #22
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Never liked Crusher. Too bad Pulaski got written out.
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Old October 13 2013, 10:28 AM   #23
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I like Pulaski, she fits right in the TNG universe. I prefer Crusher because of her ties to the rest of the crew ( wesley, Picard romance, Jack Crusher backstory ) but I think it would have been cool to have some overlap where both doctors were on the ship.
I've always been puzzled why the show never did anything with the backstory with Crusher and Picard. It's such a nice set up for potential stories, and the most of it we ever saw was in "All Good Things", which by the end was completely erased. Same thing with the story behind Riker and Troi, introduced but totally dropped right after with only a few episodes acknowledging it. It's the odd thing under Berman's leadership that carried over onto VOY where only a mismatched Paris and Torres were allowed, but he restricted the writers from building other relationships.
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Old October 13 2013, 12:48 PM   #24
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Re: Was Pulaski not liked by the crew?

^ Sometimes I think this is what contributes a little to the 'early instalment weirdness' of TNG season one. The writing team apparently had a lot of "thought bubbles" about how these characters know each other, their histories and interactions, which were seeded into early scripts but were pretty much dropped by the end of the first season. At least Riker/Troi got lip service from time to time (for example the episode Menege A Troi in part explores their pre-series backstory a little), but regrettably apart from the brief flashback to Jack's body being brought back we never really got much meat for the Picard/Crusher storyline. Until All Good Things, anyway. I'm led to believe that "The Arsenal Of Freedom" was apparently supposed to explore it a little bit the writers had backed off from it by the final draft script.
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Old October 13 2013, 03:16 PM   #25
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Not sure, but the crew had questionable taste--perfect example, they preferred Crusher.
That's not questionable taste, that's good taste.

If I want to see a Bones type character, I'll simply watch Bones himself.

He was better too.
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Old October 13 2013, 03:26 PM   #26
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Yeah...I've come to recognize that Diana Muldaur could have been an asset to the show if they'd given her an original character, but I can't appreciate that extra something that she was bringing because it was so blatantly and sloppily cloned from McCoy.
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Old October 13 2013, 08:17 PM   #27
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^ Sometimes I think this is what contributes a little to the 'early instalment weirdness' of TNG season one. The writing team apparently had a lot of "thought bubbles" about how these characters know each other, their histories and interactions, which were seeded into early scripts but were pretty much dropped by the end of the first season. At least Riker/Troi got lip service from time to time (for example the episode Menege A Troi in part explores their pre-series backstory a little), but regrettably apart from the brief flashback to Jack's body being brought back we never really got much meat for the Picard/Crusher storyline. Until All Good Things, anyway. I'm led to believe that "The Arsenal Of Freedom" was apparently supposed to explore it a little bit the writers had backed off from it by the final draft script.
Of all the callbacks to the backstory, I did like "The Bonding" where Wesley finally got to tell Picard how he really felt, that he was angry at Picard for his father dying in his command.

As for Pulaski being Bones-like. Other than transporter-phobia thing, I never really got the sense that she was too similar. She is a very atypical but passionate Starfleet officer, but I felt that's what TNG needed for the dynamic as there wasn't someone like that. That's how I felt about Ro's introduction being a big plus for the show.
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Old October 13 2013, 10:04 PM   #28
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TNG's so episodic that I guess they didn't want to go into stuff like that, except for a few times - like Picard's artificial heart ( although they seemed to forget about that in Nemesis ) Hell, they don't even do a real Crusher/Picard romance do they?

They use the Crusher backstory more in the old novels, I've only read a couple.
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Old October 14 2013, 02:00 PM   #29
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I recall reading that behind the scenes, she didn't get along with Stewart, and as he was the series lead, that put the writing on the wall for her....
I'd heard that Diana Muldaur did the series as a favour to Roddenberry, and never PLANNED to do more than one season, hence the "Special Guest Appearance" status rather than being listed as a regular. I don't think she made it public at the time that she only planned to do one season though.

Truthfully, I suspect 'the truth' fell somewhere between all these claims:

* The character was not being that well received by fans

* Maybe some of the cast/crew didn't get on too well with her (Marina Sirtis has been bitchy about her since at conventions, but then Sirtis is bitchy about pretty much everyone who isn't in her 'cool gang')

* With Maurice Hurley gone, Berman and others who were always fond of McFadden saw a chance to bring her back

* Muldaur didn't really want/plan to stay long-term anyway
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Old October 14 2013, 05:07 PM   #30
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It's really too bad Pulaski wasn't given a proper send off. They could have had her around for just the S3 premiere and then say her goodbyes. It was just as bad that she was written out abruptly like Crusher was previously.
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