Why would Lorca want Saru as his XO? Lorca is a guy who wants to win at any cost. How does having a pacifist who freaks and wants to retreat every time his spidey-sense twitches serve that purpose?

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    This seems like a duplicate of your own question here
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 14:09
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    It may seem like it but it's not. 2 different captains with what appears to be completely different agendas and attitudes. Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 14:15
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    Yes but the premise of your question is that he's a coward, yet the answer to the other question explains that he's not simply a coward. He's simply a prey species, this gives him a heightened sense at getting out of sticky situations, which is a good skill for an XO.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 14:19
  • But we have seen zero evidence that portrays him as anything but a coward. Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 14:40
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    "Prey" does not necessarily mean "easy prey". Flight is only one of Saru's possible responses to danger.
    – Gaultheria
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 19:11

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The Discovery is, first and foremost, a science ship. Having an XO who is a former science officer is an obvious decision. Having an XO who is a former science officer and can instinctively sense the presence of danger even before it becomes apparent is an excellent decision.

  • Was it Lorca's decision? Putting different personalities together in a check-and-balance scenario is pretty standard. Perhaps it was Starfleet that made the decision.
    – user62584
    Commented Oct 28, 2017 at 16:39

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