We have our theoretical main character in Dal. If he isn't the main he was certainly the focus of the first hour. He has the talent to get around the bad hand he is dealt. Like Crichton or Quill, he is the guy who gets everyone together and is presumed to be the captain. Or he suggested so at the very least.
If Dal is the dashing rogue, Gwn is out Aryn Sun or Gamora. She is associated with the enemy who happened to be around and fought with the main crew. She is literally tied up at the end and while she showed off her battle prowess, she also knew how to be diplomatic as we saw early in the hour. Plus, she has a Caitian friend!
All right, I'll stop it with the Farscape/Guardians references, but this is the first time we have seen this particular story in trek.
One of the two non humanoids in the series is Zero. They knew enough to create a suit around them and he fills in a lot of the blanks. They knew they needed to get some sort of crew for the ship. The legs are removeable (!) and they can swing their arm when it comes down to it but this seems to be the mystic role.
We have a Tellarite who was very much more polite than others we have seen before, but Jankom Pog is there to engineer the ship along. I would have thought a teenage Tellarite would moth off more. Also it will be interesting to see how this rough and tumble engineer works with the nice and clean Starfleet vessel.
Murf was kind of there. A basic blob they were helpful with saving the day and it will be interesting to see how things progress and the kind of development they get.
The Emergency Training Hologram came in at the end to round out the crew but we'll see how things go.
Rok-Tahk will make Peter David happy, but it is jarring to go from a character who growls to one that is an eight year old girl. When we saw the Universal translator in action it want this jarring. They might as well be two entirely different characters. Still, she is great as the gentle giant thus far.
At the end we have a group of people thrown together. They are not a full fledged crew yet but there are eight more episodes to go.
There are a a lot of questions (how did this ship wind up in the Delta Quadrant? How di these Alpha Quadrant species wind up there? What is it about this ship that the bad guys want?) that should be answered as things develop.
Looking at the draft, Rok-Tahk operated the ship outside her skill set. Dal played around with a vehicle despite not knowing how to use it. Gwyn provided exposition about Medusans and name dropped something Voyager related.
For episode two (the act break after the Protostar is online) Zero provided exposition about the ship and played around with weapons. Murf used an outside skill when operating the main console while Dal used knowledge of engineering with the ship. As far as being a tagalong, Murf was literally carried on the ship but Rok-Tahk and Gwyn were also brought on by coincidence.
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