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Okay, this is probably pointless, since this thread pretty much died and all its previous posters vanished MONTHS ago, but I'll add my two cents anyway.
The debate about "Thine Own Self" and Troi and Crusher:
The rankings and command structures in all the Trek series are direct liftings of United States Naval rankings. Since I served aboard a ship in the U.S. Navy, I can tell you pretty much EXACTLY how this works.
You have "Line Officers" and "Staff Officers". Line Officers are the folks in the direct chain of command. These are the people who are part of the ACTUAL command structure. Staff Officers are NOT part of the command structure. No matter WHAT their rank, these folks do NOT take command (with one exception, which I'll get to).
Staff Officers include your medical personnel, your lawyers (J.A.G. officers), your supply officers. Oddly, Trek only spotlights the medical people, so we'll focus on them.
Basically, just about anyone you see in a BLUE uniform (except your Science people; for some reason, they're given the same colors as medical) is a Staff Officer. They are NOT eligible for command.
Your Line Officers are pretty much everyone ELSE you see on Trek. These guys ARE eligible to take command of the ship. Now, you're thinking, "but, SRP76, they show both Crusher and Troi taking control of the ship and calling themselves 'Bridge Officers' on 'Thine Own Self'! How can what you're saying be true?". I'll tell you how:
When underway (actually, in port, too) there is a "Bridge Watch" (it's a "Quarterdeck Watch", in port). When you see Crusher and Troi having their little go, notice that the regular bridge crew is absent. Their (Crusher's and Troi's) watch is at night (what Data calls the "Night Watch" in the episode "Data's Day"). The command role that these two women are taking is actually a watch STATION, which is called "The Officer of the Deck". This is NOT a command role; it is a simple WATCH STATION, and nothing more. Absolutely ANYONE can stand this watch, and perform this role (well, technically, anyone, even a non-officer, can become QUALIFIED to stand it, but probably won't be allowed to actually STAND the watch). What Troi did during her "Bridge Officer's Test" was basically "get qualified" to stand O.O.D. watch. In the Trek world, such an accomplishment CAN (and did, in this case) carry a promotion, since it IS "above and beyond" the job of a Staff Officer.
The actual Order of Succession in the command structure does NOT include these watchstanders.
The guy in charge is the Captain, the Commanding Officer, the Skipper, whatever. He is a Line Officer.
Next up is the X.O., the Executive Officer, the First Officer. He is second in command. He is the next highest-ranking Line Officer behind the Captain.
After the X.O., you've got the Second Officer. He's the next highest-ranking Line Officer behind the Executive Officer.
Beyond these guys, the order goes down from next highest-ranking Line Officer to next highest-ranking Line Officer.
Which means that, even if a Staff Officer (such as the Doctor) is a CDR (full Commander), and the only surviving Line Officer is a lowly LTJG (Lieutenant Junior Grade), the LTJG takes command of the ship, NOT the CDR.
Now, that exception I told you about: If ALL the Line Officers aboard the ship are unable to take command (usually, this means dead), THEN the Staff Officers begin to take command, starting from the highest-ranking on down.
If all of THEM are gone, the people in the Warrant Officer ranks take over (we NEVER see a Warrant Officer on Trek, to the best of my knowledge).
And it goes ALL the way down: once the Warrants are history, the Enlisteds can finally take command.
Bear in mind, though, that these are NOTHING but formalities; if you ever find EVERY ONE of your ship's Line Officers dead, you don't need to worry about the Supply Officer taking charge. If you get in THIS situation, you're pretty much TOAST.
Well, that was one hell of a lecture! Sorry it took so long.
I hope you guys find this informative!
If you don't count uniforms from TOS and *shudder* ENT, the Uniform Color Code goes like such:
Red- Command Officers
Yellow- Science & Security Officers, Engineering Staff
Blue- Medical Officers
As to the Command Structure of Picard's Enterprise:
Not sure after that. For anybody who wishes to argue Worf's position on this list, in the episode (can't remember the name) where Picard and Riker are abducted to look for the Vulcan Weapon, Data was left in charge and Worf was his second-in-command.
They probably go down the list of Bridge Crew before they pick from the other areas of the ship. With that in mind, I suppose that Geordi would be after Worf.
For anybody who wishes to argue Worf's position on this list, in the episode (can't remember the name) where Picard and Riker are abducted to look for the Vulcan Weapon, Data was left in charge and Worf was his second-in-command.
Then explain that to me.
|I believe Data needed Geordi in Engineering in that episode. |
I think O'Brien was called or credited as a Warrant Officer once - not sure what that means.
So, since Deanna was a "Staff Officer" in disaster, would that mean ENSIGN Ro should have taken command (because O'Brien is an enlisted man).