So I'm Watching "Chains of Command"

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by Dale Sams, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Use of Time

    Use of Time Commodore Commodore

    Jul 25, 2012
    Va. Beach, VA
    But thats just a leadership preference not the definition of a good or bad Captain or a good or bad leader. If Riker had told me there is no joy in anything then I probably would have told him that I would be happy to share the crews joy when Crusher and Picard return safely and war with the Cardassians had been averted.

    I don't have any problem with what you said when you paraphrased what you would have told Jellico but I would have had a problem with you continuing to undermine him at every turn after your advice had been rejected.
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  2. Gary7

    Gary7 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    ^ It's the difference between a captain who has a crew with high morale or high duress.
  3. Use of Time

    Use of Time Commodore Commodore

    Jul 25, 2012
    Va. Beach, VA
    The mission itself makes it high duress. The bottom line is that Riker did absolutely nothing to help the situation. He set a poor example for the rest of the senior staff and made a tense situation worse.
  4. Gary7

    Gary7 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Yes, it's pretty much agreed upon that Riker let everyone down (including us); but Jellico didn't take a tactic of helping and instead had a punitive air about him. Of the two I still feel that Riker was the bad example, but I believe Jellico had room to handle it better. Picard certainly would have.
  5. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 18, 2007
    Actually, it didn't go all that fine with the Borg. Everybody would have died if not for Data, & Guinan actually had to show up & coax Riker into getting out of his usual funk, but I'm getting off the point, which is...
    I work shifts too, & what you seem to not realize is that Jellico ordered an additional shift to be put in place, which would equate to being shorter shifts by a quarter, with longer sleeping hours, and Riker's issue was that it would cause "Significant" personnel shortages on each shift. This equates to there being less staff & more work to do on each given shift, which can to some degree be compensated for by spreading workload over to the new shift. Restructuring was what he was having them do mostly, & shorter shifts would certainly not fatigue people to a degree that would cause risk to the mission. They just didn't enjoy the prospect of being short handed on these shifts... Tough luck.

    And frankly, I'm not going to continue to defend the captain's orders. Unless they can make a claim that his orders are such that he could be considered an unfit captain, then his orders do not need to be defended or even explained really. That is the privileged of rank. No one challenged his authority such that it was said he should be relieved of command... So get your objection noted, & then shut up & do the job he orders you to do
    What I'm saying is that the name "Enterprise" & the man they wanted over the mission, Jellico, were the only key factors that Starfleet were considering important. It was a new paradigm, "Jellico's Enterprise". The crew's design was not a factor in what they needed for the mission, & in order to achieve the mission, It's new captain had new expectations. Since they were Starfleet's finest, then they can be expected to be capable of adjusting to a new paradigm, which was certainly understood by Jellico & Starfleet before the mission got underway. It's analogous to buying a company for it's brand name with lesser interest in the actual company design, & then hiring a new CEO to get something new from it, & in doing so he must make unpleasant changes
    The mission was a success, the ship & crew went completely unharmed, aside from some bruised egos. He even managed, with his crew, to overcome the obstacle of Picard's mission being a trap & save its team members, AND every order he gave went completely unmentioned afterward, once it was executed, which means all negative outcomes from his orders were either negligible or nonexistent. What more can you ask? He didn't say "Pretty please, with sugar on top"?
    Because he finds himself in the position of having to reject his subordinates' suggestions does not mean he ignores his subordinates. The fact that Jellico uses Geordi's suggestion, which was the most inconvenient to him personally, should be the only evidence you need. When his officers offer suggestion which are useful, he makes use of them. He also accepted Data's suggestion of how to implement the orders Geordi had issues with. Being captain means sometimes saying no. Being the unlikable new captain telling people to do things they'd rather not do is going to be tough. Having to waste time pussyfooting around them gingerly makes it take longer to accomplish, & undermines his authority in the process

    You said yourself Picard had 2 years to inspire people, in peace time no less. Jellico had a few days. He just had to expect them to go all out. They're Starfleet, they're Enterprise, they're supposedly the finest crew in the fleet. They OWE that much. Jellico would have to have known in advance that being an unknown new captain having to make unpleasant changes & push high expectations & demanding challenges with his crew would make him unpopular. His choice, & I can't really dispute the logic, was to play the role he was left with, instead of trying to negotiate his way around it. After all, the guy with the 4 pips deserves obedience, whether you like him or not, whether you think it's fair or not, whether you even think it's correct. You don't get that choice. That's what being an officer is. If Riker doesn't like that, he needed to grab one of those ships he was offered, so HE'D be the guy everyone has to obey
  6. Gary7

    Gary7 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    ^ One thing we're all overlooking at this point: there wasn't really a need for a 4 shift rotation, was there? In the conflict with the Borg, the writers never even brought it up. You'd just assume that in any dire situation, people would be pulled from off-duty or slumber to jump in and help for as long as they were needed.

    With Jellico's diplomatic mission, there wasn't an enormous burden placed over the entire crew. It was mostly engineering, with Geordi taking the brunt of it. They had to investigate and figure out what the Cardassians were up to, burning the candle at both ends if they had to. I don't think we are ever shown a specific situation where other crew members are hard at work, exhausted, then followed on by another shift.

    So why institute this shift rotation? It was a plot device, to show Jellico nudging up the stress level on the crew by taking them out of their comfort zone. Without a good hard case to show WHY Jellico instituted this 4 duty shift rotation, it kind of falls flat.
  7. Tiberius

    Tiberius Commodore Commodore

    Sep 28, 2005
    Actually, my point was that if having four shifts instead of three lead to any increase in crew performance when faced with dangerous situations, then Picard would have implemented it ages ago. But they faced the Borg with three. If four was so much better, why didn't Picard implement it then? Answer: because it isn't, and Jellico only wanted to make the switch to four because it was his personal preference. And pandering to your personal preference when it will disrupt the crew shortly before they go into a dangerous situation is a stupid idea.

    And you'll still have people needing to get up earlier or later than they were used to, which will create fatigue.

    Assume that the three shifts are 6am-2pm, 2pm-10pm and 10pm-6am. Switch to four shifts and it's 6am-12pm, 12pm-6pm, 6pm-12am and 12am-6am. One of those shifts is starting a full four hours earlier. If you were starting at 2pm, now you've got to be ready 2 hours earlier. So for a start, you;ve got people adjusting their sleeping clocks. If they had a week or so before their confrontation with the Cardies, then it would be fine. But they don't. These people will be adjusting their body clocks at the worst possible time.

    Add to that the fact that the crew will still be getting used to personnel restructuring during the added shift. Again, if they had a week or so to get used to it, then it is good.

    Now, I'm not saying that a four shift rotation is bad. I'd probably do it myself if I was captain. But I certainly would not be messing around with a routine that the crew is used to and works comfortably with on the eve of a potentially dangerous situation.

    I never said he should be relieved of command over this. I just said that he picked a lousy time to mess with the crew's roster.

    The change to four shifts was not a change that MUST have been made, as you imply.

    And I;d argue that the performance of the crew was part of what made the name "Enterprise" so formidable.

    I think you misunderstand me. The only order I take issue with was the change to the crew rosters. Other than that, Jellico did a fine job. A bit abrupt, perhaps, but I agree that he did get the job done.

    All I have ever been saying is that the changes he made to the crew created fatiague and added a significant problem that the crew really didn't need at that time. When you're going into a confrontation with a bunch of Cardassian warships, I'm sure the department heads have better things to worry about that sorting out new shifts.

    And both of the examples you mentioned are irrelevant to the fact that Jellico ordered four shifts, which caused significant problems for the crew while providing no advantage whatsoever. Choosing Riker to fly the shuttle had significant advantages.
  8. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 18, 2007
    And prepare for the strong likelihood that the Cardassians were planning to move on the Federation Militarily, & the Enterprise would be alone at the epicenter when it all went to shit.

    Jellico: Jean-Luc... let's be candid for a moment. The Cardassians aren't going to listen to reason, and the Federation won't give in to their demands. And the odds are, you won't be coming back from this mission of yours. I want this ship ready for action. I don't have time to give Wil Riker or anyone else a "chance."

    The majority of the changes he put in place were for the very likely event that the diplomatic & investigative efforts would fail
    You don't know with certainty the former, & you have no proof of the latter. Perhaps Picard did at times, & perhaps this was a protocol that is commonplace & Jellico, possibly along with Starfleet, considered it a useful part of the mission. There's no info to suggest otherwise

    As I've stated, the captain's orders are assumed to have a legitimate reason
    In the majority of the restaffing most people would be sent to bed earlier, & likely given some kind of friendly 24th century sleep assist by the medical staff

    Plus, If fatigue were the most concerning issue, why was it not mentioned specifically by Riker, or anyone else, & if the order were so unreasonable, why didn't Picard say something in private right then, once Riker had left? Ultimately, it's because the concern was negligible

    They didn't like or approve of the directive. Jellico told them to do it anyway, and it was never mentioned again after having been done. There were no significant repercussions of that directive ever brought to light, stating that it had an overwhelmingly negative impact on the mission or crew. Unpleasant? Yes. Add it to the list of unpleasantness this mission created. Bad captaining? No. No evidence to suggest that here
    & maybe it was all part of the Starfleet approved mission specs before he even beamed aboard.
    You don't know that, & all I'm saying is that the change did not necessarily have to be of a personal preference nature, & I won't defend his order beyond stating that
    The "Enterprise" brand name was galactically formidable a century before they got posted there, for being present in situations just like this one.
    One directive, that you cannot say was a specifically personal one, & which had no lasting repercussions beyond the crew being unhappy with it & displeased with their captain, which they were likely to be in the first place, & was probably noted in the mission layout beforehand as well

    People are really calling this guy a poor captain because of one order & being curt? The man never even gets an onscreen thank you for saving Picard's life, Which was what got Riker relieved to begin with. It's not like Riker was doing anything useful to save him
  9. Tiberius

    Tiberius Commodore Commodore

    Sep 28, 2005
    Are you kidding?

    If Picard used to have his crew switch over to four shifts during crises, then the crew would have a proven method to quickly and efficiently make the change, and no one would be complaining about how difficult it is to reorganize the crew duty rosters.

    And as for there being no evidence that it was just Jellico's preference? Well, I can't think of anything else it could be. But if you can think of anything more plausible, I'll accept it.

    Lovely. Going into a confrontation with a fleet of Cardassian battle cruisers? Let's make sure your crew is doped up on sleeping tablets!

    Oh, and how do you think Beverly's going to react to this? The Enterprise has about 1000 people on board. Some are civilians and children, so let's assume 800 actual crew. And let's say that between half and three quarters are going to be getting up earlier. That's 400-600 people who are going to be bugging Beverly for sleeping pills. Do you think she's going to be happy about that? Handing them out like they're candy?

    Ah yes, the old, "If it wasn't mentioned, then it doesn't exist" argument.

    And of course, we were shown ample shots of the crew in the Jefferies Tubes to see if they were yawning constantly...

    In which case the crew would have known ahead of time, and they would have already started work on changing it. But since they didn't know until Ed gave the order, I'm going to say no to this.

    Give me another plausible answer to the question of why Jellico wanted four shifts then.

    For a start, I don't see how that's relevant. The Cardassians aren't going to think the Enterprise D is formidable just because they've heard that Kirk's a skilled warrior.

    Secondly, the crew is a requirement for the reputation of a ship. If you have the Enterprise and the Lollypop, two ships with identical specs but the Enterprise is known as a formidible ship and the Lollypop is laughable, and then you swap crews, would you find the Enterprise crewed by the people from the Lollypop to be particular threatening?

    Yes, it is mostly this one order I have issues with. Personal? No, but then I never said it was a personal issue. Lasting ramifications beyond the crew being unhappy? There were several potentially dangerous ramifications, including fatigue and a crew doped up on sleeping pills. Noted in the mission layout? Doubtful. As I said earlier, if it was, why did Riker not know about it until Jellico ordered it? Or does starfleet routinely keep its officers ignorant of such things?

    People are really calling this guy a poor captain because of one order & being curt? The man never even gets an onscreen thank you for saving Picard's life, Which was what got Riker relieved to begin with. It's not like Riker was doing anything useful to save him[/QUOTE]
  10. Gary7

    Gary7 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Remember, we don't have very much information to go on, but for the dialog given to us in this episode. Nowhere else do we ever hear about a 3 or 4 shift rotation in TNG. So it's an unexplored aspect that can only be left up to speculation.

    We'll never know if Jellico instituted this 4 shift rotation because he had experience in it being more effective during combat situations, or if he was just exercising his "remaking" of the crew, putting his thumbprint on it ("We're doing it my way.").

    And remember, he didn't really care about whether or not people got enough sleep.
    JELLICO: We're not on a research mission. Get it done in two days.
    DATA: I believe that is also an attainable goal. If we utilize the entire Engineering department, there should be sufficient manpower available to complete the task.
    LAFORGE: Sure, if everybody works around the clock for the next two days.
    JELLICO: Then you'd better get to it, Geordi. It looks like you have some work to do. Data.

    So much for the 4 shift rotation. EVERYBODY works around the clock on this one. For two straight days.

    RIKER: There is no delta shift yet, sir. I have spoken to the department heads about changing from three shifts to four, and they assure me it's going to cause us significant personnel problems.
    JELLICO: So you have not changed the watch rotation.
    RIKER: I was going to explain this to you after the ceremony, sir.
    JELLICO: You will tell the department heads that as of now the Enterprise is on a four shift rotation. I don't want to talk about it. Get it done. Now that means delta shift will be due to come on duty in two hours. I expect you to have it fully manned and ready when it does. Is that clear?

    "Significant personnel problems." But Jellico ignores this. "OK sir, here's your 4 shift rotation, however it's not fully manned because we don't have enough people with the right skills in order to adequately fill it in. You'll have performance issues, but you'll have your 4 shifts... SIR." Yet Jellico was such a stickler for the warp core being a few percentage points more efficient. Anyway, we don't get enough detail here... we don't know if Jellico is being unreasonable or the department heads are being lazy.

    LAFORGE: Commander, he's asked me to completely reroute half the power systems on the ship, change every duty roster, realign the warp coils in two days, and now he's transferred a third of my department to Security.*
    RIKER: If it makes you feel any better, you're not alone. Captain Jellico has made major changes in every department on the ship.*
    LAFORGE: Yeah, well, I don't mind making changes and I don't mind hard work, but the man isn't giving me the time I need to do the work. Someone's got to get him to listen to reason.*
    RIKER: It's not going to be me. He's made that abundantly clear.*
    LAFORGE: Well then, can I make a suggestion? Talk to Captain Picard. Maybe he can do something. We just need a little time.*
    RIKER: All right.

    Geordi isn't being given enough time to get things done. He's no novice--he's a seasoned veteran engineer, who has many hours logged as chief engineer. He knows the score. If he forces things to get done sooner, it means skipping checks and quality goes down, which then allows for greater risk of failure during critical moments. You can't be perfect but you need to be within tolerance. And Jellico was demanding precision above the specs.

    It all comes down to one main thing: Is Jellico making a reasonable request and is the crew capable of pulling it off? The sign of a good captain is being able to see the middle ground. Realize that you may not have "all the data" and a demand you make could come back as unable to be fulfilled. You can't have imaginary people staff stations if there's insufficient people to man them. "It's not my problem, commander." Well, it will be if you give your commander a no-win scenario.

    For me, I feel it was really just a plot device to give Riker cause to be resistant to Jellico, as under Picard's command they operated on a 3 shift rotation. Riker was more about keeping things as familiar to him as possible, rather than giving Jellico the latitude to make changes. And as it turned out, this was not the way to go for Riker.

    And then we have to pull back and remember that we can't all be an A+ student every day. Sometimes we slip up and fail. Riker had a C- day with Jellico. He obviously didn't continue as such when Picard was back in command. And the "future" Riker we learn about in "All Good Things" was sharp enough to eventually inherit command of the Enterprise after all.
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  11. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 18, 2007
    The captain's orders are assumed to have a legitimate reason, unless he is unfit. That you can't imagine what those might be is not my problem to sort out for you. That you don't know what his reasons are is no grounds to call him a poor captain who is being unduly hard on his crew, for personal preference. In every instance, he has shown to be concerned only with the mission success. It is irrational for you to suggest that one order you object to nullifies his entire presence otherwise, when you don't have all the information.
    If it wasn't mentioned during his complaint, then at the very least, you're making an entirely baseless argument,

    If we were talking about toilets, then yeah, I could assume them existing without being mentioned, but we're talking about an effect on the crew you've attributed that was never even spoken about, & using it to adamantly suggest he shouldn't be giving the order. You don't know
    They didn't even know the man was showing up until that day. Stands to reason he might have new orders & mission specs that they are unaware of
    The Enterprise name is so legendary, that it's their flagship now. I'm just telling you what the admiral lady said.

    "We're hoping that the presence of the Federation flagship on the border will send a message to their leadership about how seriously we view this situation."

    Flagship + Jellico = mission. Nowhere in that equation is the crew's way of doing things
    You realize they don't use dope right? It's the 24th century. They've got new fancy medicines that don't dope the crew up. Sleeping hypos with no side effects get handed out all the time. This is why I'm not entertaining the notion of offering more hypotheticals for you. You disregard common Star Trek knowledge to further your argument at any cost
    You did though. You're saying he is making changes for personal preference reasons, & I'm saying it's entirely possible it's all mission related, & you got no ground to suggest otherwise, because you don't know his mission, & it's not my job to invent it for you. He's the captain. The mission was a success on all levels, with no damage to ship or crew being reported. Not a bad captain giving bad orders. End of story.

    He knew where his room was. He knew the ships system designs. He knew what class Riker was in. He knew what ship Geordi served on. He even knew about Picard's mission, & his own mission was a success. I'd say it's reasonable to suggest he knew what he needed to know, & had anticipated the difficulties in carrying out the orders he gave
  12. Gary7

    Gary7 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    And finally, there's this:

    JELLICO: Let's drop the ranks for a moment. I don't like you. I think you're insubordinate, arrogant, willful, and I don't think you're a particularly good first officer. But you are also the best pilot on the ship.

    RIKER: Well, now that the ranks are dropped, Captain, I don't like you, either. You are arrogant and closed-minded. You need to control everything and everyone. You don't provide an atmosphere of trust, and you don't inspire these people to go out of their way for you. You've get everybody wound up so tight there's no joy in anything. I don't think you're a particularly good Captain.

    So Jellico claims that Riker is:
    * Insubordinate -- he didn't institute Jellico's shift change immediately.
    * Arrogant/willful -- he was determined for Jellico to have Picard declared a prisoner of war and for there to be a rescue mission, despite Jellico's orders to the contrary
    * Not a good first officer -- this is only an assessment of the two previous points

    And Riker claims that Jellico is:
    * Arrogant -- he gives orders and allows no room for discussion or debate
    * Close-minded -- he doesn't solicit opinions or consider unsolicited opinions have any merit
    * Controls everything -- certain things, yes. Jellico hand picks specific things that he'll micro manage.
    * No atmosphere of trust -- Jellico does tend to operate clandestine, without informing his closest officers as to what his real intentions are
    * No inspiration -- he doesn't care what people think; he only wants them to blindly follow orders
    * Everybody wound up tight -- this is only an assessment of the previous points
    * Not a particularly good captain -- again, assessing the combination of factors above

    A difference of management styles? Obviously. Does Jellico try to "set the stage" for his new command with his senior officers? Does he call for a senior staff meeting immediately after assuming command? No. He doesn't have any time for a "honeymoon" with the crew. Yet...

    I believe he could have started off with this:

  13. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 18, 2007
    ^ We don't even know that all the things which Riker accuses Jellico of are true in any other situation than this one. On the Cairo he may be able to work entirely differently. This mission presented difficulties even for him, & his solution might have been to just play the part he was inevitably going to be dealt, being the new jerk no one agrees with. As for Jellico's accusations. Riker has often been both arrogant & impulsive, & though his insubordination is pretty rare, it was present in this situation, in not just failing to follow an order, but in speaking out about his dissatisfaction with subordinates, his general attitude with the captain, & finally his act of defiance

    Though I do appreciate the sentiment of your diffusing speech. A lot of it is overkill. Frankly, I might have only said this

    "In this critical situation, there will be demands placed on all of us that will not be fully appreciated by anyone but ourselves. I do regret that it might be a strain our relationships, but commend you in advance for offering the best you can give. There can be no less for us to succeed"
  14. Tiberius

    Tiberius Commodore Commodore

    Sep 28, 2005
    Oh, get off your high horse. Where did I say that jellico didn't deserve to be captain? My argument is that demanding the crew switch to a four shift rotation is unecessary and a stupid idea.

    We know that switching to a four shift rotation is going to cause a lot of problems because Riker says it will.

    And as I said before, having four shifts is not required to carry out the mission. So why does Jellico want it? He gives no rationale for his request, no justification. So why shouldn't it be interpreted as personal preference?

    Sleep inducers are handed out all the time with no ill effects?

    You mean the alpha wave inducer mentioned in DS9 "The Passenger", which was mentioned as only being meant for occasional use? I wonder why they wouldn't want it used all the time? Maybe harmful side effects?

    The Delta wave inducer? Well, that functions like anasthetic, it keeps you asleep. So, apart from needing someone to take it off whenever you want to wake up, it's a medical device, not something doctors give out to patients.

    Neurogenic fields? These, mentioned twice in Voyager - "Waking Moments" and "Bliss" were shown to result in intense halucinations. Not really appropriate, and definitely harmful side effects.

    The only one that comes close to this is the somnetic inducer mentioned in "The Mind's Eye", and that was only one episode. And it obviously isn't something that most people have, since Geordi had to get one from Beverly. If he couldn't replicate it, then there may be some side effects associated with it that require it to be prescribed by a doctor.

    And as for general sedatives, only two mentioned indicate that they can put people to sleep for several hours, Kayolane and Sonambutril. Both of these are strong sedatives and thus have the potential for serious side effects. In any case, each of these only appeared in one episode, and never as a sleep aid.

    In short, your claim that sleep aids are handed out all the time is completely baseless. So don't tell me I'm disregarding common Star Trek knowledge, okay?

    Rubbish. I do know his mission. I saw him carry it out. And I did not at any point see something that required four duty shifts instead of three.

    Your argument that the change to four shifts may have been mission related has no more evidence than my claim that it was personal preference, but all of a sudden I have no right to question your logic while you have the right to question mine? Please. Stop with the hypocrisy.

    In short, my arguments that changing to four shifts have been supported by rational arguments and evidence from the episodes. Your arguments have consisted largely of, "Well, you don't know that it wasn't required, so it could have been," and "The captain is always right."

    That last one makes me laugh. If I came on the Enterprise as captain and a few hours before a potentially dangerous confrontation I gave the order that everyone had to move to different quarters in a way that they all had completely new neighbours, wouldn't that be a stupid order? Jellico's order to switch to four shifts isn't much better.
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  15. Gary7

    Gary7 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    That works as well. A little more direct than mine, no fluff. ;)

    I don't mean to intrude on your debate with Mojochi, but while the department heads informed Riker that given the present crew situation a 4 shift rotation would cause significant problems, we don't know exactly what those are. He doesn't say "critical." Is it a significant impact upon morale, or does it mean each shift (or certain ones) cannot be manned to completeness?

    As for the rationale, what's easy to miss is that the 4 shift rotation is in anticipation of going into a full fledged combat situation. If negotiations break down and the Enterprise is caught in a difficult spot, Jellico believes the 4 shift rotation will function better. But we never see that come to fruition.

    Unfortunately there's not enough time devoted to this issue other than a few sentences here and there. We're never presented with the combat advantage of a 4 shift rotation. So could it have also been Jellico being an ass, just rustling things up so that people realize there's a change in command and not SSDD? Perhaps. We'll never know. It's hard to debate definitively one way or another.
  16. Use of Time

    Use of Time Commodore Commodore

    Jul 25, 2012
    Va. Beach, VA
    Of all the things I have seen debated on this episode I don't think I've ever seen this much attention given to the damn shift schedule. It was a simple plot device intended to increase the dramatic interactions between Jellico and Riker. Nothing more and nothing less. I think you guys are going way to far into the weeds on this.

    Was Jellico being unreasonable with the shift schedule? Maybe
    Were the department heads exaggerating that they would be shorthanded? Maybe
    Is it a big enough sample size to really criticize CAPT Jellico? Not really.
  17. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 18, 2007
    Thank you & Thank you. All I've ever really been saying is that there's no concrete evidence to support calling this order a bad one, & thereby not suitable grounds for calling it a bad call or the man a bad captain. The ambiguity of him being a good captain that didn't jive with the crew for whatever reasons is what his part of the episode is about

    I usually come to his defense, because it's most common that people unjustly malign him because he is the new boss handing out orders to our beloved characters, when actually it's more obvious that Riker is in the wrong a great deal & due to the situation, Jellico seems bossy, but that may not be the reality, & we can't know the entirety of that reality, despite some people claiming otherwise

    It's gone on too long & is a bore to anybody still reading it at this point, & I'm pretty much done, because I've stated what needs to be said. If people don't know the entirety of what this character is doing & why, which we don't, then it is a baseless argument to say he's doing something wrong

    One last time, He is the captain, & the captain's orders are to be respected as having a legitimate reason, unless you're saying he's an unfit captain.
  18. Gary7

    Gary7 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Very well said--I think you hit the "nail on the head."

    An interesting semi-analogy to consider is Captain Christopher Pike. Many people like to bash Jeffrey Hunter as presenting a less appealing captain than Shatner did, and that the series was essentially "saved" by how the role ownership turned out. But we don't know how Jeffrey would have handled the role in the long run. His character was framed by the circumstances given, where Pike had just come off a really awful mission where crewmen died. Pike was worn out by the experience and starting to ponder about possibly resigning his commission. It was just one episode, and a difficult one for the captain at that. Same thing for the Jellico character. Thrust into a dire circumstance and not having much free time to do things the "easy way." But we don't get to see his character in other circumstances to get a good idea of how he really is as a starship captain.

    And with that... I bid you all farewell.
  19. Charles Phipps

    Charles Phipps Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 17, 2011
    My interpretation was Jellico knew this would be a short mission and he needed everyone to respect his authority and for that, he needed to get them used to being ordered around. He couldn't earn their respect like Picard, so instead he wanted to get them to hate him but running themselves ragged to follow his orders.
  20. Captain Clark Terrell

    Captain Clark Terrell Commodore Commodore

    Jun 9, 2013
    The Captain's Table
    I don't think he wanted to be hated. He was asked to oversee a difficult mission in spite of having almost no time to get acclimated to the Enterprise or its crew, something people often forget. The adjustment was probably just as difficult for Jellico as it was for everyone else. He didn't concern himself with how anyone felt about it because his top priority was the mission at hand. Had he remained in command of Enterprise after the mission, it's likely he would have taken time to get know the crew better.