My 5 Unpopular Star Trek Opinions

Dr. Pulaski Was Better Than Dr. Crusher

This may be blasphemy but I can’t for the life of me think of anything Dr. Beverly Crusher ever said or did in all of her appearance on the seasons of ST:TNG she did or the movies that were made that was memorable. I never got the supposed “romantic tension” that was supposed to be there between her and Picard. Her personality was distinctly beige. I just didn’t get Dr. Crusher…she was just so blah. Plus she birthed the wretched creature known as Wesley Crusher.
Now Dr. Katherine Pulaski was an entirely different story. She was cranky and disagreeable and caused conflict among the happy family that made up the TNG crew. She was basically Dr. McCoy with a uterus deep in the throes of menopause and she was played to perfection by Diana Muldaur (who has a knack for playing people who upset apple carts). From her refusing to pronounce Data’s name the way he wanted to constantly butting heads with Picard, Dr. Pulaski was a breathe of curmudgeonly fresh air injected into a cast that was sometimes far too Pollyanna for my tastes.


  1. youjivinmeturkey · December 7, 2012

    Dude, I’m In Total Agreement With You.
    Especially The Fact That DS9 Seriously IS The Best Trek TV Production. Period. TNG May Be My Fave Fave, But DS9 Really Was The Best.
    -Crewman BRAD 😉


  2. r361n4 · December 7, 2012

    This post makes me want to go back and watch old star trek episodes now, lol. I actually have barely seen any of DS9 or Voyager, I was much more of a TNG guy at the time. I’ll have to change that methinks


  3. MikA · July 27, 2015

    The only thing I disagree on is Dr. Pulaski. I do agree with your opinion of Crusher, but for whatever reason, I never liked Pulaski. You’re absolutely right about DS9. It was the best of the 5 series. I thought the series finale was meh. They built up some tension for the finale, but I don’t think they executed the finale properly. I think they had too many storylines to wrap up. Both, Enterprise & Voyager are underrated. Janeway is my favorite captain. On Enterprise, I loved that the crew wasn’t bound by the “Prime Directive”. I thought that made some of the stories more interesting, esp. with the Xindi.


    • Derek · July 27, 2015

      I know she is a tough sell but I just love Pulaski to pieces.
      I have been revisiting Voyager and have found myself enjoying Janeway more than I initially did during the show’s original run.


  4. colmdebhailis · January 7, 2017

    Guinan is the stupidiest, most useless character in Trekdom. Just that idiotic costume is enough to deep space her pitiful behind. She is constantly imposed on episodes without advancing the plot in anyway. Compared to Guinan Neelix is a Spock.


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