In Star Trek Discovery there is a species of alien who evolved as prey to the other primary species of their particular world. On the Shen Zhou they have a Lt Commander (Lt. Saru) who is a member of this alien race and is a very fearful, almost cowardly, person who wants to run away from danger at any opportunity.

So the question is: Why and how would a person like this ever

  1. enlist for a Command position and
  2. even get through the academy far enough to reach any rank near enought to take the bridge in command?
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    – Edlothiad
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 14:09

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Doug Jones, the actor for Lt. Saru claims the survival instinct makes him a "badass"

From an interview that can be found on IGN Doug says

We're built in and born into a world where we look over our shoulders a lot, and what comes with that, that fear, is a protective and survival instinct. So that kind of makes me a badass, even though you think I'm a frail little species, when pushed into a corner, I can kick.

So really he feels he is not afraid and is fighting to take control of the Captain's chair.

  • Where in your quote (or anywhere else in canon) is it stated that he is 'fighting to take control of the Captain's chair'? Granted, he covets and strives for a command position but your narrative seems to imply that he wants to usurp Lorca.
    – user62584
    Commented Oct 28, 2017 at 17:38
  • @Jeeped I took everything from the video interview, make what you will of it.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Oct 29, 2017 at 1:14

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