- From "The Descent" (TNG) review:
... Eventually sending just about everyone to go searching. So that leaves Beverly
in command of the Enterprise with the Z-List crew members.
- In the review about the episode "The Naked Now" (TNG) he points out a scene where the Chief Engineer and her assistant are both called away from Engineering. The assistant refuses to leave his post, as he's reluctant to leave Engineering without any supervisor. But then Wesley Crusher convinces the assistant to just leave him in charge... Instead of one of the dozen qualified Engineering personnel seen milling about in the background.
- From "The Neutral Zone" (TNG):
Chuck: Anyway, since Picard is concerned about [the three people from the 1980's] making trouble, naturally he does nothing to ensure that they stay out of trouble, because he keeps assigning important people to look after them and then calling them away - instead of someone less important to be charged with managing them. With over a thousand people on board you'd think there would be someone in charge of dealing with VIPs... but no.
- From the review of "Our Man Bashir" (DS9):
Chuck: Meanwhile, all the senior officers of the station have crammed themselves into one tiny little Runabout, after pissing off the Klingons, the Cardassians and the Dominion. Surprisingly, someone actually gets the idea into their head that this would make a convenient target. [...] They try an emergency beam-out, but the explosion blows out the transporter, leaving Eddington now in command.
- From "Paradise" (DS9):
Chuck: "Paradise opens with the kind of silliness we're often prone to seeing in Trek: People doing stuff that by all rights should be done by somebody else, purely as an excuse to get to the plot. In this case, Sisko and O'Brien are scouting planets for colonization, rather than running the station and making sure said station is still running, respectively."
- From the review of "Resistance" (VOY):
Chuck: So Tom Paris not only flies the ship, the most important shuttle missions, is the field-medic-slash-assistant-to-the-doctor, has 24th century lockpicking ability... he's also a commando. Oh, and let's not forget he once designed an engine that went to infinity.
[Later in the same review...]
Chuck: Since this is an important engineering matter, it's quickly handed off to Harry to take care of, instead of one of the actual engineers.
[Still in the same review, this time regarding a multi-purpose villain]
Chuck: Because this is a television show, Augris will be the face of these people in all situations: whether communicating to off-world aliens, performing interrogations, or searching the streets for criminals. What a micro-manager.
- From "Warlord" (VOY):
Chuck: ... With all the radiation, they have to move in close to beam them out, but Harry is working to beam through it, since he's the Transporter Chief and all that. Or, actually, NOT, but why leave it in the hands of a specialist when you can assign it to the guy who never held that position in his life?
- From "Dark Frontier" (VOY):
Chuck: "... and that way Tom can beam them out. Yes, Tom. Have there been so many casualties in the transporter room that there are no transporter chiefs left? Harry, Torres, and now the guy busy piloting the ship... Does the transporter chief exist solely to be shot by the bad guys?"
- In "Shattered" (VOY) he points out a scene from the episode where Ensign Harry Kim is in command of the ship - despite obviously still not being trusted enough to be promoted to at least Lieutenant Jr. Grade.
- From "Strange New World" (ENT):
Chuck: Meanwhile Archer pilots a shuttlepod down, with Reed alongside him. At this point it means that Hoshi is in command - who is terrified of Enterprise and all of its contents.
[Later in the same review...]
Chuck: The transporter is new technology, just approved for use on human-beings in the last two months, and is designed to break them down and put them back together again. This is all done by highly-trained experts, who know how to handle this thing precisely, to avoid any problems... and who are all apparently on a coffee break, because we see Reed down there instead. After all, he's already the tactical officer, security officer, deliverer of weather reports, and the guy who rides shotgun whenever Archer takes the shuttlepod out, so why shouldn't he operate the transporter too? I mean, how hard can it be? [Cue horrific transporter accident]
- Archer seems to have demoted Hoshi to be the Enterprise's delivery girl for the jobs that the others can't be arsed to do. Moments after launching a Subspace Communications Amplifier, which needed to be checked was working properly so that Enterprise could maintain their link to Earth, he asked Hoshi to find out Reed's favourite food for his birthday, choosing her over any other random crewman, and told her to make it her top priority. It's not as though Hoshi is the damned Communications Officer!
Chuck: Is there a medication for what you're on, Archer?
- Likewise, in "Regeneration", Hoshi has been demoted once again, and is now in charge of delivering food to Dr Phlox. Phlox then asks for her to look after his menagerie of critters, effectively demoting her to the role of Ship's Zookeeper.
- From Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan:
Chuck: [Dr. Marcus wants the Reliant to check whether they can move some inanimate pre-life-forms off Ceti Alpha 6]... But that requires going down there to check. And no matter what the era, it's always the job to send down the two senior-most officers for simple reconnaissance.
- From Star Trek V: The Final Frontier:
Chuck: "Sybok places [Kirk] back in command, so he decides to do it by the book: namely, that when going into a potentially dangerous planet, you send the captain, first officer, chief medical officer, and the nearest available religious nut down for reconnaissance."
- Shows up also in Stargate SG-1, where he laments the budgetary restraints the show has means SG teams are never accompanied by airmen or mooks. That it is only the most important, highest ranking members who do everything.
- Chuck practically name-checks this trope (as "Main Crew Does Everything") in "Minefield" (ENT), an episode which contains two glaring examples of the trope: The fact that Phlox is the only one with medical training on board, and the fact that Archer is the one who goes out on the hull to help Reed and dismantle a nuclear bomb. He goes on to point out how easy it would have been to justify the use of the trope in the second case, while simultaneously giving Archer some much-needed character development.
- Taken Up to Eleven in his Knights of the Old Republic review, where not only do the main characters do everything, it's specifically Traven Rhad who does everything.