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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

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Old June 12 2009, 02:48 PM   #46
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Re: I like Tasha Yar.

I've said before that I think that the meaninglessness that Guinan drew from Tasha's death in Yesterday's Enterprise is that, although she died attempting to rescue Troi and the pilot, her death itself served no purpose other than getting her killed. By dying, she did not get the others any closer to a rescue, so while there was meaning behind why she took the actions that led to her death, there was no meaning behind the death itself.
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Old June 12 2009, 08:44 PM   #47
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Re: I like Tasha Yar.

There were two great Star Trek T-Shirts back in the day.

One was Red and said "I'm not stupid, I'm not expendable, and I'm NOT going".

The other was Yellow and said "I was stupid, I was expendable, I went - Tasha Yar"

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Old June 12 2009, 11:13 PM   #48
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Re: I like Tasha Yar.

DGCatAniSiri wrote: View Post
I've said before that I think that the meaninglessness that Guinan drew from Tasha's death in Yesterday's Enterprise is that, although she died attempting to rescue Troi and the pilot, her death itself served no purpose other than getting her killed. By dying, she did not get the others any closer to a rescue, so while there was meaning behind why she took the actions that led to her death, there was no meaning behind the death itself.
A fair assessment.
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Old June 12 2009, 11:21 PM   #49
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Re: I like Tasha Yar.

It really seemed to me as though one of two things happened: either TPTB really saw her death as "meaningless" (however you define that) or they deliberately mischaracterized it because they couldn't think of another way to create a scenario where she would be willing to sacrifice herself. Either way, I don't much like it.

But I'll try to think of it the way you describe, DGCatAniSri. It's the best non-annoying explanation I've seen so far.
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Old June 13 2009, 12:02 AM   #50
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Re: I like Tasha Yar.

IIRC the story behind Tasha's death is that they had such short notice of her leaving the series that they really couldn't come up with a good story to kill her. Thus the oil slick.
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Old June 14 2009, 02:56 AM   #51
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Re: I like Tasha Yar.

I love Tasha! Wish she would have stuck around a few more seasons, but I enjoyed seeing Denise in all her guest spots.
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Old June 14 2009, 10:16 AM   #52
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i think the character had a great back story and as someone mentioned did well to pull themselves up from where they'd come from to be head of security on the flagship, but generally she didn't have much to do during the 1st season, perhaps if she'd been more involved and a better actress it would have made more of an impact. Still sad to see a main character die but oh well
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Old June 14 2009, 10:18 AM   #53
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Re: I like Tasha Yar.

^ I agree on the involved aspect, but not on being a better actress. She suffers from guest-staritis. Here we have this close knit unit, and the outsider. Even though Denise was in most of the first season, the bonding didn't really happen until the third season, where TNG started growing by leaps and bounds. If she would have stuck with them, she would have become part of that unit with the rest of the crew, but she didn't, and so we do seem to have more of a critical eye on her because of it.

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Old June 14 2009, 10:49 PM   #54
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Well said, J. Allen.
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Old June 15 2009, 11:38 PM   #55
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Re: I like Tasha Yar.

I kind of like Tasha, too. I think she would have been more effective as a lower-ranked command officer, say, lieutenant, j.g., the way Worf and Geordi were in the first season. I could see her as the helm officer and as Picard's and Riker's protege. It would've been interesting to have a professional male-female relationship without romantic undertones like that.
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Old June 16 2009, 04:15 AM   #56
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Say, Red Ranger, I like that idea. A lot.

Maybe transfer her to pilot after Geordi goes down below, and let Worf be tactical after season one. Sort of like what we got, then Wesley could fit in Worf's "support" position at the back of the bridge and not bother us much.
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Old June 16 2009, 04:18 AM   #57
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^ Hear hear!


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Old June 16 2009, 05:54 AM   #58
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^Thirded!!
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^ Forded! And possibly Chevied!

Honestly, though, so much potential.

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Old June 16 2009, 08:37 AM   #60
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Yep, I think it would have been best if from the get-go, Tasha was the conn officer, Geordi was the engineer, and Worf was security chief. He always seemed more mature than Tasha anyway. PT, but we never did find out how old Worf is, correct? In Parallels, when Picard asks how old he is, he simply replies, "Old enough." -- RR
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