5 thoughts on “No One Listens to Worf

  1. It’s been a long-running joke in the TNG fan community, but it’s really depressing to see all of them back to back like this.
    Every office has that one co-worker who always says something really stupid at meetings and wastes everyone’s time while the CEO addresses the madness as though it were a legitimate question.
    It’s really sad to see Worf reduced to this.
    It’s also a sign of really lazy writing. Either Worf is sensible and Picard is a fool, or Worf is unfit for his duty. You absolutely have to believe the former. Otherwise the whole show falls apart. So now, Picard is a fool. Damnit.
    Every time your security chief recommends that you raise shields, or alert the crew of potential danger, or send a qualified but non-essential crew member in place of the Captain/Second-in-Command/Chief Medical Officer/Chief Engineer, etc… you should heed his advice.
    Otherwise, bust his ass down to ensign and shut him up for good.

  2. Since I’m new to the Star Trek thing, I’ll offer a different perspective knowing full-well that hundreds of other people have already said the same thing.

    I think you can have both. Worf is great at his job; so is Picard. They just have different immediate concerns. Worf is concerned for the immediate safety of the Enterprise; Picard is sympathetic to the prime directive. A timid security officer would threaten the safety of the ship. Picard wouldn’t want that. He prefers his officers to be bold, but obedient.

    Besides, who would want a squeamish soldier?

    It reminds me of something Bill Maher said once on his show. He said he wouldn’t want soldiers in his army to be afraid to shed blood. Soldiers should want to kill. The sensitive guy should be the one giving orders and holding the leash. He should be the captain. That’s Picard.

    Therefore, Worf should always be ready to attack and take an aggressive stance to defend the ship. He should always back down when the captain tells him to. Picard should always heed that advice, knowing that there are serious dangers which threaten the ship, his life, and the lives aboard the ship, but Picard must also make his decisions in pursuit of the welfare of the prime directive, humanity, civilization, and the stability of the galaxy.

    And that’s exactly what happens. So far. I’m only halfway through season two of The Next Generation, though.

  3. I agree with Scott. Also, a big part of the reason that Worf is on the Enterprise is so that the Klingon perspective and approach can be considered. Considered, but not always heeded.

    Worf understands this.

  4. [Comment redacted due to possible spoiler.]

    Am I right?

    Did anyone else watch the Brent Spiner clip “Spot is Stipid”? I think his Patrick Stewart impression was the clip after that.

  5. Without turning this whole thing into nerdslather, I’ll just reiterate my simplified argument: lazy writing.

    Roddenberry will always be remembered for tearing down racial barriers, yet he’s left a legacy of lazy, race-based writing.

    The fake races in Star Trek are all defined by a single characteristic:
    Klingons (aggression), Vulcans (superciliousness), Cardassians (imperiousness), Ferengi (avarice), Romulans (rage), etc

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