Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Jarvisimo, Jan 3, 2013.
Heck, you can get executed at weddings on Vulcan!
It does matter if your intent is to establish whether or not a precedent has been set. As I said before, I do not think a precedent can reasonably be said to have been set when the institution supposedly setting that precedent literally doesn't know about it.
Who's to say that Picard would thwart such a hypothetical anti-Bacco conspiracy? It's more likely the Protection Detail would.
Interesting side-note: Articles of the Federation established that Starfleet Security was responsible for protecting the President, but Destiny and Cold Equations: Silent Weapons established the existence of a new, civilian organization, the Protection Detail (a division of the Federation Security Agency), as being responsible for protecting the President after 2381. Since it would seem that Ross and company used their authority as admirals to empty the Palais of the Starfleet Security officers normally charged with protecting Zife, that's a positive indication that the scenario you're proposing is now considerably more difficult.
That's one way of viewing it, and that's completely valid.
On the other hand, I'm fairly certain that the people of the Federation did not vote for Zife because they wanted him engaging in negligent homicide, mass murder, aggressive warfare, occupation, and obstruction of justice. And allowing such a monster to continue in office could reasonably be argued to be a travesty of liberal democracy, too.
As I said, I go both ways on this issue.
Penalties for violation of civil law are almost completely unrelated to foreign policy towards pre-contact societies. Movement in one area tells us little if anything about movement in another.
Wow. Wow, wow. Hold your horses there.
Who is "they?"
President Zife, in A Time to Heal, had no idea what Section 31 was, and had no idea who they were when he encountered their agents.
We know that Section 31 has some allies high in Starfleet -- and, given Ross's attitudes towards them, some who are terrified of them and so don't oppose them.
Does this represent significant institutional corruption? Of course.
Is that the same thing as the Federation government, as a whole, knowing about Section 31? No. In fact, indications are that most key political leaders in the UFP have never heard of Section 31.
To make a comparison: Does the existence of Nixon's [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Plumbers"[/url]Plumbers[/url] therefore indict the entire United States government?
ENT: The Good That Men Do established very clearly that Section 31 was exposed and disbanded, and its operatives brought to justice, by the early 25th Century.
A Time to Kill explicitly established that the Federation Charter had been amended to ban the destruction of planets.
No, it is not. But it is also not as dark and insidious as you are making it sound.
The Federation is not utopia. It has significant instances of institutional corruption, and it sometimes violates people's rights. More than a few, of course, have accused it of being a homogenizing force, of seeking to impose its values on foreign cultures, and of being a force for cultural imperialism. They are not entirely wrong.
But the Federation is also not an utterly corrupt state. It is a polity that represents real and significant improvements in almost ever relevant area of modern politics. It is more politically stable and mature, more genuinely democratic, more egalitarian, more civil libertarian, more environmentally friendly, and more peaceful, on almost every level, than any society that exists in the real world. It's not the dark and dystopian society some people try to spin it to be.
I've also wondered whatever happen to the Douwd from TNG "Suvivors"
This may sound like a strange one, but I've been rewatching TNG in hi-def lately, and recently viewed the second season episode "The Dauphin." I would love to see Anya again. Her parting words to Worf that they may one day fight on the same side together were interesting... it would be pretty cool to see her and Worf team up. Similarly, and I may be alone in this, I wouldn't mind seeing Salia again either.
A little unorthodox or obscure, but for some reason their characters fascinated me this time around.
Dr Katherine Pulaski. I'd like to see her again. I liked her gruff character. Isn't there a free CMO place on any of the current starships we could slip her in? The Full Circle fleet maybe?
Also, I'd love to see the SCE people back. The last referenes where in A Singular Destiny and IFM.
We did see Dr. Pulaski pop up on Terok Nor during the Cardassian occupation in Double Helix: Vectors, and according to Memory Beta, she's at Riker and Troi's wedding in A Time for War, A Time for Peace.
That being said, I agree it would be nice to see her pop up again.
While I've never had anything serious against Pulaski as a character, I think most TNG fans would rather see her die horribly in a novel than anything else.
IIRC, she was featured as CMO of the U.S.S. Repulse in Peter David's TNG: Vendetta.
She was also in the SCE story Progress. Still, we haven't heard anything about her in the 80's.
I used to feel this way, but rewatching season two in HD has given me a new appreciation for the character. There were a few dropped hints about more to do with her character a few times. One of the most notable is when she's talking to the genetic engineering doctor over the viewscreen in "Unnatural Selection," and the doctor says "THE Dr. Pulaski? Author of -some important paper-?"
Picard looks at her with mild surprise, Pulaski looks embarrassed and says "That was a long time ago." I would have loved some more exploration of that! And I love her evolving relationship with Data, beginning with her callous dismissal of him to sticking up for him and worrying about his feelings in the final (regular) episode of the season, "Peak Performance." I'm not saying she was the best character ever, but I am definitely more interested in her this time around.
Really? I've always liked the Pulaski character, and would like to see her return to Trek Lit (assuming she survived the Borg Invasion). TBH, I think I preferred her over Crusher.
Geez... I still haven't read the What's Past omnibus. Gotta get moving on that one...
Can I just say I dislike Bacco as a President and will support the coup when it comes
As a non-TNG-but-Pulaski-fan, I might even be tempted to read a Treklit novel that featured her I imagine she'd be an...interesting character to write.
Couldn't you just support her opponent in the next election? Disliking an individual president is no excuse for rejecting the entire system of legitimate presidential succession.
"Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Pagro!"
You mean like Picard did? Hardly legitimate there. What's good for the goose...
I was the one defending Picard, not Christopher. There's no inconsistency in Christopher's arguments.
Christopher is the one saying that people should respect the system of legitimate presidential succession.
It's funny how something sudden;y becomes acceptable if one of the hero crew does it but if another character does the exact same thing then it's a moral outrage.
Pulaski was in a neat two-part DS9 comic, "The Cancer Within", set during DS9's fourth season.
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