It took an authoritarian outsider to get Deanna into a uniform, but she kept it up after the dictatorial Jellico left. I love that Deanna doesn’t always wear a uniform on duty. It’s an interesting character choice both for Deanna and for Picard. But it did create the illusion that she did not have as much authority or gravity as the rest of the bridge crew. As did Beverly’s medical jacket. The two main women in the cast are coded as specialists outside the command structure. Beverly holds the same rank as Riker throughout the series while Troi is just one grade lower, but they fall under the medical umbrella. Even in uniform they are the only ones wearing blue – though Data serves the same function as Spock did in TOS, he wears yellow. So while I love the layered characterization wearing something else gives Deanna, I appreciate the authority and legitimacy the uniform affords.
Plus Cap one shows that the original one-piece uniform looks better on Deanna than anyone. And cap four shows….that the grey jacket film uniform looks better on Deanna than anyone.
Star Trek can be so delightful. Here Deanna joins Worf and his son on the holodeck for some good old-fashioned fun in the wild wild west. And then it’s taken over by a sentient computer virus that inserts Data into every holo-character because of course. But who cares what the plot is when the result is Deanna in leather pants and pink paisley with a gun strapped to her hips? And hat and duster? Outlaw Troi has stolen my heart.