Yes, I am newbie. I know I am because it says so. Much to my delight, I found this site when I was trying to find the correct title for the Mozart piece played at the beginning of Ensigns of Command and found a lengthy string. I responded to it and found, to my embarrassment, that it is bad form to respond to a thread which is out-dated, and the moderator is right. He kindly left it, more out of curiosity as there was a response and he wanted to see where it went. He invited me to start a new thread! So here goes: I, as many of you have, watched ALL the episodes of each series. Now that I'm retired (and have Net Flix) have watched each numerous times. So many younger people cringe when they see how women on TOS were portrayed. I have to say, it makes me chuckle too, but it makes them rant. Having lived through this time, Star Trek was actually ahead of the times. Gene R. actually wanted Bones to be a female doc and the network didn't want that. Let's look at TNG of Star Trek. After watching them through a couple of times, I noticed a few things I would not have if Net Flix has not been born. Gene got his Female Doc (YaY), Dr. Beverly Crusher. The character was carted off to Headquarters and Dr. Polaski appeared. Sadly, it was for only one year. I would imagine the fans did not like an uppity (female) Doctor who was prickly and older, who was not intimidated by the Captain and not afraid to forcefully voice her objections. But wait! Truth is, what you have is a female Dr. McCoy. I wonder if that character had been allowed to arch to being (or written in the first place) as a Academy chum of Picard, would it have been more successful or was it just too early in the 1980s to have a powerful female character who was more powerful than the Captain when it came to compelling him to take care of himself despite himself? The show decided to bring back the pretty, bright thing who could do those lovely warmup stretches with Troi in skin-tight spandex. Ahh the 80s. Let me bring you to Captain Jayneway, Wagon Train-ing through the Delta Quadrant. Doesn't she remind you a tad bit of Kirk? She tries to stick to the Prime Directive, but time and time again she has to choose between small-to-middlin' transgressions to save others or to save her crew. She did have a bit of a self-destruction complex, though. I'm just saying, it is quite a journey through time watching the female characters evolve (but not too quickly, please). The Star Trek universe was always trying to be a step ahead, and frequently was. Do any of you see characters in TNG universe connect with characters in TOS?