The other day I happened to see a return of the *Star Trek: The Next Generation * sixth-season finale/seventh season opener, “Descent.” I didn’t watch all the way through because I’m not a masochist; when I first saw it fifteen years ago, I wondered how Picard escaped a general court-martial afterwards. In this episode, the redoubtable captain of the Enterprise
Takes his ship into hostile space controlled, so far as he knows, by the Federation’s most powerful enemy, then LEAVES THE SHIP (i.e., abandons his post) to go on a search mission in un-secure territory, despite it having been established in the very first episode that 24th-century captains do not lead away teams in such circumstances as the Admirality has realized that this is stupid; and
Takes his **first officer ** and half the ship’s complement with him, including the ship’s chief engineer and the senior tactical officer, though he has every reason to think the Enterprise may shortly be in armed hostilities; and
Leaves the ship’s doctor in command of a bridge on which NO senior officers are present, even though if there was a battle she might be better used TREATING CASUALTIES in sickbay (i.e., doing her actual job).
Watching even a snippet of this episode, I wondered exactly how many admirals Picard had video logs of fucking goats, given that he still had a command at the end of it. But since this was pretty much an aberration for Picard, I’m willing to stipulate that this episode was actually a holo-novel written by Tom Paris that was somehow mistaken for an actual adventure of Federation flagship.
Which brings me to the point of the thread: what are you favorite instances in Trek of an officer committing multiple acts that should have gotten him cashiered and/or shot by his junior officers, but inexplicably nothing happens?