I was inspired to do this post after reading the post that Hailing Frequencies Open had on what made their own Super Crew.
I love the rebooted Kelvin timeline movie series, but I decided to stick to the tv series for this list. That there is no representation from the Enterprise series, is no mistake. God, that crew sucked. I am very much looking forward to the start of the Discovery series, and wonder if any of their crew will alter this list.
Captain: Admiral Kathryn Janeway
The perfect captain- Janeway was in ultimate control, yet was relatable. Faced with extraordinary pressures, she united two warring factions and built a unified crew out of former enemies. She survived a year of hell, coming out stronger than ever. I wish Star Trek showcased more female captains- while I like the captain they picked for Discovery, they missed an opportunity to add another female to the line up of leads for the franchise.
First Officer: Commander William T. Riker
He’s my Number One, especially once he grew his beard. Walk on over and sit in this chair please. Let me see the Riker maneuver.
Chief Medical Officer: Dr. Beverly Crusher
Dr. Crusher is grace under pressure. Man was I pissed when the powers that be had her off the ship for season two. Her coming back elevated the series. Smart and capable, she could handle any medical emergency that occurred.
Chief Engineer: Lieutenant Commander Georgi La Forge
This was a gimmie, for I love LeVar Burton. He is the celebrity I most want to meet- from his portrayal of Kunte Kinte in Roots, to his love of literacy in Reading Rainbow, and then his Star Trek TNG role. But you don’t need to take my word for it!
Ship’s Counselor: Commander Deanna Troi
She is the queen of empathy- and Riker’s gal. It made sense that ships in stressful combat zones would need a mental health expert. I was glad Star Trek addressed that issue. I’d be friends with her in real life.
Operations Officer: Ensign Harry Kim
This guy helped Voyager out of so many jams, and was still an ensign! This infuriated me. It’s called a field promotion people! I am promoting him up a few ranks immediately.
Science Officer: Commander Spock
Leonard Nimoy more than any other actor in the franchise personifies Star Trek. His Vulcan personality was the perfect foil to Captain Kirk, and made the combining of different nationality and alien species on a ship complete. Love the quote “I have been and always shall be your friend”.
Chief of Security: Lieutenant Commander Worf
Worf is the best. He needs no explanation as to his presence on this list.
Tactical Officer: Lieutenant Natasha Yar
The actress Denise Crosby must still be kicking herself than she left the Star Trek series. I liked her character in the first season of TNG, and loved her redemption in Yesterday’s Enterprise, so now I am giving her a chance to live on…
Conn Officer: Commander Nyota Uhura
No one compares to Uhura. Beautiful, smart, ambitious, an equal to the men- she is the original Star Trek role model. All strong female Star Trek characters owe a debt to her.
Rookie/Kid: Wesley Crusher
While I am a fan of the actor Wil Wheaton, his Wesley portrayal was not a favorite of mine, but I like keeping families together, so he remains on the ship with his mother. Given time, he will mature. And let’s just forget about that Traveler crap. Had I chosen Captain Benjamin Sisco for another position, his son Jake would have gotten this spot.
Wild Card: Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax
She is another character I am bringing back from the dead. She will be reunited with Worf, and they will have a happy ending!
Ship: U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D
The ship from my favorite of all the series- The Next Generation. It had a bar with Guinan in it, plus a cool holodeck.
So this supposed quick and easy post took much longer than I anticipated, as I read Memory Alpha articles on many of these characters, which then branched to other characters and episodes. Time suck alert! Still this was a fun way to imagine a perfect crew. So many worthy actors and actresses have kept this series as strong as it is. Live Long and Prosper, my friends.