Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Star Trek Week: Doctors Crusher and Pulaski

Continuing with the Star Trek: The Next Generation Write ups, I'm doing a double feature with the two women who served as  the ship's Chief Medical Officer; Dr. Crusher and Dr. Pulaski.

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Dr. Crusher was appointed chief medical officer of the Starship Enterprise-D in 2364, and joined the ship at Farpoint Station with Wesley, reporting on board on stardate 41154. Picard initially had reservations about her presence, but she assured him that the past would have no effect on her duties and she had no problem serving under his command.

Crusher was offered a position as head of Starfleet Medical in 2365 and left the Enterprise during that year. She was replaced by Dr. Katherine Pulaski. While at Starfleet Medical, she worked with the notorious Lieutenant Commander Calvin Hutchinson. Crusher found it difficult to be away, however, and decided to return to the ship the following year.

Beverly and Jean-Luc maintained a close friendship while serving on the Enterprise-D, usually sharing their morning meal together. Beverly usually tried to serve a new and exotic food, although she and Jean-Luc both preferred something simple. Their relationship stayed platonic for the most part. They considered one another close friends, and would give each other advice when dealing with difficult decisions. 

Awareness  3      Coordination 4
Ingenuity  4        Presence  3
Resolve  3          Strength 3

Good Traits (6)
Experienced (x1)
Rank (Starfleet Commander)
Voice of Authority

Bad Traits (-4)
Code of Conduct-Doctor's Oath (minor)
Emotional Complication-her relationship with Captain Picard (minor)
Obligation- Starfleet (major)

Skills (25)

Convince 3
Craft 3
Knowledge 4
Marksman 2
Medicine  4
Science 4

Technology 3
Transport 2

Story Points 9
Tech Level 7


Dr. Katherine Pulaski

Prior to serving on the Enterprise-D, she serves on the USS Repulse under Captain Taggart, who was sorry to lose her. Kate is a fairly traditional doctor, well versed in methods that her nurses consider archaic, such as splints. She has a cool bedside manner, and is known to prescribe "PCS", also known as "Pulaski's Chicken Soup", for minor ailments.

She is outgoing and much more bubbly and louder than the quiet, reserved Beverly Crusher. She also has a high-spirited nature and is known to be very charming toward most of the crew, while at the same time she likes to make humorous or even slightly sarcastic remarks every now and then. In short, she very strongly possesses a lot of archetypically "human" personality features.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard's working relationship with Dr. Pulaski is somewhat strained, and at the beginning of her service on the ship, her stubborn, brusque manner annoys him at times. Pulaski has some "personality" issues with Lieutenant Commander Data. Despite the fact that Data has always been seen as alive (and later won the legal rights of a sentient being), Pulaski thinks of Data merely as a machine, and does not understand why he wants to be human. She sometimes speaks about him in the third person while he is present, even referring to him as "it".

Awareness  3      Coordination 3
Ingenuity  4        Presence  3
Resolve  5          Strength 3

Good Traits (8)
Experienced (x2)
Rank (Starfleet Commander)

Bad Traits (-5)
Code of Conduct- Doctor's Oath (minor)
Eccentric-strong willed, technophobic (minor)
Obligation- Starfleet (major)

Skills (26)
Athletics 1
Convince 4
Knowledge 4
Medicine 4
Science 5
Subterfuge 3
Survival 1
Technology 2
Transport 2

Story Points 6
Tech Level 7 


Starfleet Medical Tricorder 

The palm sized medical tricorder used by Starfleet medical staff is an invaluable tool in helping analyze and diagnose the ailments that afflict the crew might encounter.

The tricorder comes with a small, detachable sensor that can be waved over the body of the patient to get a thorough examination.


Traits: Scan, Skill (Medicine), Restriction (Can only scan life forms)

Story Points: 1

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