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Old February 19 2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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Which "main" character could have been eliminated?

Although Star Trek is considered to be in some respects an ensemble show, we all know there is at least one main character that could have been excised in each series and no major damage done.

Let me know which main character in TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, or ENT that could have been eliminated and the show would not have suffered for it in the slightest and may have even been improved (the Kes Effect)

For definition purposes, we are limiting "main" characters to those names appeared in the credits every week, and not Guest Stars.
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Old February 19 2014, 03:24 PM   #2
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Re: Which "main" character could have been eliminated?

TOS- Chekhov
TNG- Tasha or Wesley Crusher
DS9- Worf
Voy- Everyone in the whole damned show except the Doctor.
ENT- Archer
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Old February 19 2014, 03:25 PM   #3
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Re: Which "main" character could have been eliminated?

Janice Rand....oh, wait.
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Old February 19 2014, 03:32 PM   #4
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TOS - Chekov
TNG - Deanna and Beverly.
DS9 - Kira and the entire planet of Bajor
VOY - Chakotay (overall winner by far)
ENT - Travis, Archer (at least for S1 and 2)
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Old February 19 2014, 03:35 PM   #5
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"TNG - Deanna and Beverly."
But when they got rid of Crusher we'd be stuck with Pulaski for the full TNG run... You sure you would be willing to take that leap?
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Old February 19 2014, 04:03 PM   #6
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TOS: Chekov. Even in the movies he seemed an expendable character. Even though we would never have "nuclear wessels" - one of the best lines in the movies.

TNG: WESLEY CRUSHER! I have a tremendous admiration for Wil Wheaton but the character was dud from the start. There are no major story lines that would have suffered from his absence. Even the Traveler story line would have been far more interesting if he had interacted with Data.

DS9: Have a hard time with this one, maybe Rom? The showrunners for DS9 did a nice job of making everyone important.

VOY: Kes and Harry Kim

ENT: Travis, and Porthos
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Old February 19 2014, 04:09 PM   #7
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Re: Which "main" character could have been eliminated?

Jedi_Master wrote:
For definition purposes, we are limiting "main" characters to those names appeared in the credits every week...
Not much of a choice when it comes to TOS that way.


TOS: Sulu & Chekov
TNG: Yar (taken care of)
DS9: Worf
VOY: Chakotay, Neelix, Kes, Kim
ENT: T'Pol
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Old February 19 2014, 04:15 PM   #8
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"TNG - Deanna and Beverly."
But when they got rid of Crusher we'd be stuck with Pulaski for the full TNG run... You sure you would be willing to take that leap?
Definitely. Pulaski may have been a blatant McCoy knock-off, but she was excellent, IMHO.
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Old February 19 2014, 04:20 PM   #9
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TOS: Chekov
TNG: The Crushers
DS9: Jadzia Dax
VOY: Tom Paris
ENT: Montgomery
nuTrek: nuKirk
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Old February 19 2014, 04:22 PM   #10
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" she was excellent, IMHO"
I love differences of opinion! This is an awesome site!

What I do know is that, in-universe, it seemed pretty clear that Picard absolutely HATED the woman. That in and of itself created boundless opportunities for comedy, as their two opposing wills kept bouncing off each other during the course of the season.

Remember when Picard woke up and found out just who it was that had saved his life? The first thing out of his mouth- "What the hell are you doing here?"
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Old February 19 2014, 04:28 PM   #11
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Old February 19 2014, 04:29 PM   #12
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TOS: Chekov
TNG: Wesley
DS9: Dead Jadzia (as in don't kill her (yes i liked her ))
VOY: Nelix
ENT: Archer
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Old February 19 2014, 04:32 PM   #13
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"TNG - Deanna and Beverly."
But when they got rid of Crusher we'd be stuck with Pulaski for the full TNG run... You sure you would be willing to take that leap?
I for one would.

Never use the same actor/actress as the ship's head doctor more than three (or so) episodes, constantly change them. The same way TNG did the ship's chief engineer the first season.

Picard is continually saying "welcome aboard, you must be the new doctor." Kind of like Murphy Brown and her never ending new assistants.

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Old February 19 2014, 04:39 PM   #14
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TOS: Chekov. Much as I like the character, it's not as if he had any crucial story lines...
TNG: Yar. Oh, wait...
DS9: Keiko! Or if she's not main enough, Ezri Dax. They should have let Dax die with Jadzia.
VOY: Seven. She's single-handedly responsible for ruining the best villain in the entire sci-fi genre.
ENT: Mayweather. A poorly written character.
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Old February 19 2014, 04:57 PM   #15
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TOS: Chekov. Much as I like the character, it's not as if he had any crucial story lines...
TNG: Yar. Oh, wait...
DS9: Keiko! Or if she's not main enough, Ezri Dax. They should have let Dax die with Jadzia.
VOY: Seven. She's single-handedly responsible for ruining the best villain in the entire sci-fi genre.
ENT: Mayweather. A poorly written character.
I almost said Keiko, but she is a guest star... she does win the award as the most annoying and non supportive life partner EVER in Trek.

I liked the concept of having a "free" Borg on the Voyager crew, but having that character be a Glamazon just felt forced and pandering.

Chekov in my mind is the quintessential "expendable" character. He is in so many shows, and movies, but never DOES anything. Even in nuTrek he is just a way for them to do cultural jokes about Russians, oh and people with accents.
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