Denise Crosby left Star Trek: The Next Generation before the first season was over because they were not using her character enough. And it is a fair point that the first season was a nearly unwatchable disaster, to quote Ron Moore. However, the show changed by season 3 thanks in large part to Michael Piller. Gone were shallow plots, shallow and perfect characters, and a monster of the week format. Instead, it turned to deep character exploration which was as much a focus as any other part of the plot. Crosby did not get to share in this period, which is the purpose of this thread. What if Denise Crosby had not left the show? How would that character have developed and what would it do to the show? Certainly one thing is the shifting positions of the crew. Worf was a character that simply filled any open gaps until the Tasha Yar character died. And around that time, Geordi was initially navigator until they made him the engineer.