First-time poster here! Has there been any discussion about the Kirsten Clancy character and whether they could have used an existing, in-universe character to act as Picard's Starfleet foil? There's a case to be made that Clancy is emblematic of a Starfleet that no longer resembles its former self. New Starfleet, new character to be the C in C. I can get on board with that. I just wonder if the writers ever gave any thought to making the C in C who goes toe to toe with Picard someone we already know. Options: 1. Admiral Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) as the C in C. They already teased out this possibility in Nemesis by making her Picard's superior officer. Maybe they thought Janeway was too idealistic and too much of an explorer to ever go over to the dark side and buy into the post-Mars world of suspicion and political isolationism. 2. Admiral Phillipa Louvois (Amanda McBroom). She'd be about the right age, and she already has a slightly rancorous relationship with Picard. Plus she'd be a bit of a tendril connecting the whole plot to Bruce Maddox / Synth plot. In a moment of anger, she could holler at Picard that she regrets her decision as JAG officer that Data was not the property of Starfleet. "Jean-Luc, if I had it to do again, I'd let Bruce Maddox take your Synth officer apart piece by piece! It's one of the greatest regrets of my career!" 3. Admiral Shelby (Elizabeth Dennehy). Ambitious. Smart. Calculating. Perhaps made cynical after years of studying and fighting the Borg. 4. Admiral Katherine Pulaski (Diana Muldaur). It would be an interesting role reversal between her and Picard. She always accused him of not seeing the "human side of the equation." It's hard to imagine a plausible backstory that would lead to her leaving medicine / research and going into high command, but maybe she lost someone close to her on Mars (spouse? grandchild?). Plus Dr. Pulaski always was a bit suspicious of artificial intelligence. 5. Admiral Robin Lefler (Ashley Judd). Probably too young to play the C in C convincingly. Plus maybe not a significant enough character to make a meaningful connection. 6. Admiral Alynna Nechayev (Natalia Nogulich). Self-explanatory. I guess the downside is that she'd be picking up the role pretty much where she left it in TNG/DS9 without much development. The upside... the role already exists, and it seems plausible someone like that could rise to power under such circumstances. Anyway, does anyone know if it was a strategic decision the writers made to go with a brand-new character versus someone already familiar to ST fans?