Who is the best Chief Engineer in Star Trek?
The Chief Engineer is one of the most important parts of Starfleet and is routinely the person that holds together whatever ship or space station the show is centered around. Each series has featured a strong Chief Engineer, one that is usually the more “salt of the Earth” type.
The original series had Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, as did the Kelvin remake series of films. The Next Generation had Geordi La Forge, while Deep Space Nine had Miles O’Brien. Voyager had B’Elanna Torres. Enterprise featured Charles “Trip” Tucker, arguably the most popular character on the show.
In the Nu Trek Era, we’ve gotten Jett Reno on Discovery, Hemmer on Strange New Worlds, and Jankmon Pog on Prodigy. Lower Decks doesn’t feature their Chief Engineer as a main character, but technically it’s Andy Billups. While Picard doesn’t feature one at all, at least not in an official capacity.
When talking about ranking the Chief Engineers, it’s hard, because what’s the qualification? If it’s based on likability, then Tucker or La Forge win. If it’s based on skill, Torres kept Voyager going through enemy space, using alien tech to Frankenstein the ship back to Alpha Quadrant.
ScreenRant disrespects Star Trek: Voyager
Frankly, the fact that Torres is ranked No. 10 on ScreenRant’s top 10 is sad. Especially over side characters like Jett Reno and Andy Phillips. She’s higher than both of them just for the simple fact she’s an actual main character and not just comedic relief. She’s also higher than Pog, as nothing is more annoying than referring to yourself in the third person.
At worse, Torres is 6th, but I’d argue she should be over Simon Peg’s Scotty, as he’s only in parts of three films, and it’s far easier to write likable characters over three short films, as opposed to seven seasons and 172 episodes. So how would I rank them?
- Trip Tucker
- Geordi La Forge
- Miles O’Brien
- TOS Scotty
- B’Ellanna Torres
- Kelvin Scotty
- Jet Reno
- Jankmon Pog
- Andy Phillips