Thanks for the kind words. Pike and Kirk were both guys who had their share of self-doubt, but I get what you're saying about the writing of some shows. I think the problem is not that people want their protagonists to have some shades to their character but that it's often done using the same one or two clumsy - IMO - narrative approaches. The troubled backstory focusing on a traumatic event in the protagonist's service history comes up time and time again, always to be handled with a big expository lump. Which, now that I think of it, is the exact problem with Tressaurian's third act. Garrovick's dilemma is based in his backstory with the Tressaurians which he has to explain and ruminate over at length. If I had it to write over, the entire third act briefing room scene would go in the recycle basket to be permanently deleted.