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Old August 10 2008, 03:06 AM   #1
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Dr. Crusher's Personality- A Little Harsh Sometimes?

I was talking to my sister today about Dr. Crusher's personality. In a way, she seems a little cold to me. Not that she is a rude person or doesn't have emotions, but she seemed a little harsh sometimes.

For example, in the episode The Perfect Mate, Picard is in his quarters explaining to Bev his difficulties interacting with Kamala. Bev's response was something like, "well, I wish I could help you Jean-Luc." And she didn't even seem sincere when saying that. I don't know if it is just me, but if I am "pouring out my heart" to a close friend and their response is just "I wish I could help you" then I would be offended! Even if they didn't know what to say, they should just listen and keep their mouth shut. Or say something like, "I know this must be hard for you." Of course she cares about Jean-Luc as a friend, but she didn't seem very compassionate or even diplomatic at that moment. Of course, you could just say Bev responded like that because she didn't like what Kamala represented (a woman spending her whole life in slavery waiting to get married... and also a man that could have any man on the Enterprise that she wanted).

Bev has seemed harsh at other times too, but I feel to tired (and too lazy) to think of any right now. My sister says that Bev is just to the point about things and that she isn't cold. I'm not trying to make this an anti-Bev or Bev thrashing thread. I always liked the character. I am just wondering if anyone else ever thought this about her.
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Old August 10 2008, 03:40 AM   #2
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Re: Dr. Crusher's Personality- A Little Harsh Sometimes?

Haven't seen that episode in some time, but in a case like that I'd likely take it as symptomatic of the UST between Picard and Crusher...she got defensive when he wanted to talk about another woman.
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Old August 10 2008, 04:06 AM   #3
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Re: Dr. Crusher's Personality- A Little Harsh Sometimes?

Almost all the characters on TNG were emotionally cold.
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Old August 10 2008, 05:40 AM   #4
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Re: Dr. Crusher's Personality- A Little Harsh Sometimes?

Crusher had a personality? Missed it! Seriously, she's one of my least favorite ST characters, let alone TNG characters. I always wished they had made Troi the CMO instead of creating the "sexual tension for Picard" character Dr. Crusher eventually became! -- RR
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Old August 10 2008, 06:17 AM   #5
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..... "sexual tension for Picard" character Dr. Crusher eventually became! -- RR
the chemistry and tension between them was so hot it could freeze methane.
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Old August 10 2008, 06:50 AM   #6
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Re: Dr. Crusher's Personality- A Little Harsh Sometimes?

I don't think Crusher was ever harsh, though she was detached.

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I always wished they had made Troi the CMO instead of creating the "sexual tension for Picard" character Dr. Crusher eventually became! -- RR
Eventually? I thought that was there from the pilot.
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Old August 10 2008, 09:13 AM   #7
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Re: Dr. Crusher's Personality- A Little Harsh Sometimes?

Crusher by name....cold arrogant and self centred. pretty unsympathetic character really.
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Old August 10 2008, 11:06 AM   #8
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Haven't seen that episode in some time, but in a case like that I'd likely take it as symptomatic of the UST between Picard and Crusher...she got defensive when he wanted to talk about another woman.
I believe you have hit the nail on the head.
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Old August 10 2008, 11:05 PM   #9
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I don't find her harsh.
I think she does have a personality, although she didn't have much screen time ir episodes. She is warm, intelligent and with a lot of humanity - for example in I, Borg,[COLOR=#000000] first she wanted to save the wounded Borg, and then after, she was against the plan of destroying Borg by using Hugh. Or in Ethics, when she opposed to the scientist and doctor who was testing her drugs on patients. And she was there for Picard in Sarek, when he needed her so much.
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Old August 11 2008, 09:38 AM   #10
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Didn't know she had one...
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Old August 11 2008, 05:01 PM   #11
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Re: Dr. Crusher's Personality- A Little Harsh Sometimes?

In that particular ep, she's just totally pissed that JLP is getting hot under the collar about another woman.

In general, Crusher is often a bit pushy because of excessive, blind compassion and I get the feeling she uses her closeness to Picard to get him to do things against his better judgement. She often suggests doing stuff that's undiplomatic or risky for purely compassionate or human-centric reasons, esp. in the early seasons but also occasionally later on. She gets more balanced once she passes the bridge exam, though, which is a nice development on the part of the writers.
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Old August 13 2008, 08:14 PM   #12
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Haven't seen that episode in some time, but in a case like that I'd likely take it as symptomatic of the UST between Picard and Crusher...she got defensive when he wanted to talk about another woman.
I believe you have hit the nail on the head.
Agreed. She acted kind of pissy when Nella was questioning her about Picard when it was obvious Nella was moving in on her territory.

One scene I always thought was kind of cold was when Amanda Rodgers was with her talking about her parents death and asking about Beverly's husband. Now I am sure Beverly didn't want to talk about her dead husband, but Amanda was just trying to bond with her over a similar experience and Beverly looked downright annoyed.
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Old August 13 2008, 10:12 PM   #13
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Just out of curiousity have any of you ever seen Gates McFadden interviewed? She seems like a bitch on wheels to me! -- RR
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Old August 13 2008, 10:16 PM   #14
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But it was very appropriate when Q turned her into an Irish Setter
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Old August 13 2008, 10:42 PM   #15
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But it was very appropriate when Q turned her into an Irish Setter
Fuck yeah! -- RR
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