"I sense great plot points from the both of them." It is kind of odd that Troi was not dropped, if you really think about it. Her entire character was basically "let's ruin the mystery". She was a character based on *Spoilers*, and too many plots were about why Troi can't sense anything so we can have a mystery and drama. It was handled shockingly well. You get used to those plot points: Troi is always brain blocked, Geordi is creepy and then rolling under blast doors, Riker yells at lower ranks and then does the Riker creeper face smile when he's about to get some, and they can't find a ship because it is hiding over a planet's poles. Oh god, does every ship seem to hide over the north pole. At that rate, one wonders why Tasha Yar has gotten any retrospective flack. There's a lot they could have found for that character, with the tropes buried under good writing.