As usual, io9 fails to list a new Star Trek novel: Star Trek: The Next Generation – Collateral Damage (October 8) Read more
Syfy is a cable channel, not a broadcast channel. FCC content regulations do not apply to Syfy.
And while everyone is distracted by the Tony Stark rogues’ gallery, this guy flies off with the armor, reverse-engineers it, and re-sells cheap knock-offs on the black market.
It’s not ideal, no. But there is plenty of precedent for officers of the line (or, as I believe the U.S. navy currently refers to them, Fully Warfare Qualified Unrestricted Line (URL) Officers) of lesser rank having operational authority over higher-ranked personnel lacking that designation.
Lieutenant Commander is a rank; first officer is a billet (job function). The two are not necessarily linked. An officer can fill the XO billet without necessarily being the second-highest ranking officer on a ship. It is possible, for instance, for the XO of a ship to be a lieutenant, and its chief medical officer a… Read more
I think they’re pretty good, but mine is a heavily biased opinion. ;-)