1. Yes, very dull. 2, I believe the only reason Lwaxana Troi/Majel appeared at all was because she was married to the creator of the show. I dread her appearances, and they even let her defile an episode of DSN. 3. I would at least given Troi a more important title. Diplomatic Liaison Officer or something - maybe have be assigned by the Federation Council or something to introduce some more interesting interaction between her and the rest of the crew.