Would I trust them to watch my drink: Star Trek: TNG addition.
Picard: Absolutely. I think he'd be surprised by the request but too flummoxed to do refuse. He'd probably hold it in his free hand and that'd make it awkward if some diplomats came over to greet him, but even then I think he'd keep holding it. 10/10
Beverly: Yep. She probably wouldn't hold it, but she'd sit at the bar / table with it and keep an eye on it until I came back. If there was a medical emergency, would she bring it with her? Realistically, no. But it's funny to imagine that she would.
Riker: 100% yes. He would probably forsake his own drink to hold mine. Which means that someone will probably drug his, knowing his luck. But mine will be fine and when I apologize at the end of the episode for being the reason he let his guard down about his own drink and was consequently captured by the Ferangi or something, he would say that it's fine and that I can get him another drink to make it up to him. Roll credits on the roguish smirk.
Deanna: Not only would Deanna watch my drink, but she seems like the kind who would keep her hand over it. Absolutely nothing skeezy is happening on her watch. Someone would probably tell her that it's not necessary because the odds of someone messing with a drink on a Starship are low, but she would defend my right to be cautious and chide the unnamed extra for being insensitive.
Tasha: I wouldn't even have to ask. I'd say that I need to use the bathroom and she's already shifted my drink closer to hers and promised that she'll watch it while I'm gone.
Data: Yep. He would be completely confused by my request at first and not totally understand why I'd be worried about leaving it by itself. But he'd either access his databanks to figure out what the perceived threat is or take my word for it. Either way, he'd be super literal about the request and refuse to look away from it until I got back.
La Forge: Iffy. It depends on context, I think. If it's an episode where Geordi has a love-interest, I'm not leaving my drink with him. He will be too busy pining to pay attention. But if it's an average episode, I would ask and he would absolutely hold it and keep it safe. Someone will probably make an ableist joke about a blind man being asked to watch a drink. He's killed later in the episode and that's just vindication.
Pulaski: I wouldn't have the chance to ask because she's too busy calling Data a slur.
Worf: I would trust Worf with my life and my drink. He would be shocked to discover that some people could be so dishonorable as to slip something into another's drink and promise to defend mine, probably assuming that I have a specific person who I think will try to harm me. He would then growl at anyone who approached to keep them away from the cup until I returned. He would probably always guard his friends drinks from then on because he is very pure.
Guinan: She would simply pour me a new one when I got back. Not because she was careless but because this is her bar and the replicators aren't running low. I imagine she killed the last (and only) person to drug a drink in her presence, anyway.
Wesley: I would ask him but he would absolutely find a way to spill it on one of his superior officers. Probably Picard. That's just who he is.
O'Brien: Yes, I would and he would take that task so seriously that he does take the drink back to Transporter 3 if he's called back to work. He returns my cup three days later. I say thank you and I mean it.
Lore: He's too busy trying to drug Data's drink to watch mine.
Q: I would ask him and he would be offended that a human would make such a menial request of him. He would probably also make some biting comment about it being a flaw in humanity that we can't trust each other and point out that he could do something devious to my drink, himself, so why trust him? I'd tell him to forget it and say that I'll ask someone else, which would prompt him to get offended because no one could possibly keep my drink safer than he could. He sends it to pluto to "keep it cold". I never see it again because he's too busy flirting with the captain to bring it back.
Barclay: Assuming we've spoken before, I ask and he agrees. He's so enthused that I would ask that he manages to spill my drink on my shoes. I tell him it's fine but he's already running away.
Lwaxana: I would ask and she would agree happily, promising that it would be safe with her because she is the daughter of the fifth house, holder of the sacred Chalice of Rixx and heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed. She hands my drink to Mr. Homm as soon as I am out of the room.
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I saw a post on here that was saying that Guinan was underutilized in Star Trek and under appreciated by fans, which is a baffling take to anyone over 30. That later part is probably true with tumblr’s younger hornier set of Trek fans who are really looking for gay subtext but historically Guinan is always at the top of lists of best Star Trek characters. There’s two reasons for this; 1.) She’s a good character with interesting history who works on rules separate from what you normally see in Star Trek and 2.) She’s played by Whoopi Freaking Goldberg like holy shit what the fuck, how? Yes, she’s the best, obviously.
The basic explanation for why this was a big deal is that Whoopi was a big star in the 80s and 90s in movies and she was playing a character on a TV show. But to anyone born after, IDK, 1990-1995, those words don’t mean what they used to mean and the significance is lost. In the 80s the relationship between TV and movies was drastically different than it is now. You still have actors who typically work in TV and actors who typically work in movies but the quality of the acting and writing in movies was considered far superior than anything on television. TV stars weren’t likely to show up in a movie and a movie stars generally saw working on television as damaging to their image.
I looked his up to make sure I got the story right and when she first asked to be on Star Trek the producers didn’t believe her. First she had Levar Burton ask and he was like ‘they didn’t believe me’, then she called and basically got ignored because ‘there’s no way she’ll actually show up she has an Oscar. She’s a movie person’. She eventually had to meet with Roddenberry and explain how important it had been to her to see Nichelle Nichols on screen as a child before they would believe she would actually do the show. Nowadays if Scarlet Johansson wanted to do a guest spot on TV they’d be like ‘sure’ but in the 80s they were convinced this had to be a prank.
I can’t find a source to back this up but the story I heard in the 90s is that one point they offered to fire someone for her. I’m sure everytime she was on set they were on shock. The vibe in the writing room had to be insane.
Star Trek fans have always appreciated Guinan because it’s insane she was even there but she wasn’t underutilized on the show. I’m rewatching it now and she has a lot of good moments and episodes. They may not have used her optimally but no character was used optimally. It was 80s TV, the writing wasn’t that great.
Edit: basically TNG was keenly aware that she was an asset and used her as much as they possibly could
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