It’s not a moved goalpost because ‘Chaotic Good’ was initially used in reference to Mariner on a show as light as LDS, so next I’m thinking Lwaxana, not the Maquis. Context matters, so let’s go back to that post: We can’t compare her to Sisko from “In the Pale Moonlight” — that’s just ridiculous, since Mariner would never be allowed to go that far on this kind of show. Not even Barclay, whose problems are only comical until Picard rightly orders everyone to start taking them seriously. All those characters with their specific issues just wouldn’t work on LDS unless they were brought in for an out-of-character, inconsequential moment of parody. Even if Mariner herself could be argued to have issues, it obviously isn’t something LDS can address the way live action would. And yes, Mariner was authorized by her “cool mom”, which just makes it even more strange. Corrupt admirals or Captain Harriman are not quite relevant because Captain Freeman is supposed to be reasonably competent with cartoonish exaggeration. McMahan just isn’t interested in breaking any mold: the viewer knows what kind of writing goes with this kind of animation, and that’s exactly what we’re getting. No surprises there, unlike the way TAS was written much closer to live action than a Saturday morning cartoon. What I’d like to see instead is a show played absolutely straight that generates comedy by asking questions that are conveniently avoided in live action, like the whole money issue and other aspects of Gene’s Vision. Just think of “Those are Klingons?” You don’t even need the continuation to feel that a taboo has been broken and now you’re wondering what comes next. LDS could do that all the time as the most natural elaboration upon the chosen setting. Just point the camera where it hasn’t been pointed before. So I don’t really need an explanation for why the show is made the way it is. What I’m worried about is that some people seem to accept what they’re given like it’s the most natural thing in the world, without so much as an “I understand what they’re going for, but here’s what I’d like to see instead.” I can’t imagine that LDS is precisely what anyone was looking for, so let’s see those individual views and generate discussion. Sure, there will always be that person who is annoyed by the “lack of support” or “hate” or “fans who can never be happy”, but that’s OK, since fandom isn’t about participating in shared hype.