I flagged the comment trail here as off-topic, but my flag was declined. I'm confused as to how downvotes and Captain Kirk are on-topic to a question about two Babylon 5 characters.
Why was my flag declined?
I think comments about downvotes are on-topic, because they’re supposed to help the asker improve their question (in the eyes of the downvoter).
We often have comments that lament the lack of a comment from the downvoter, but there’s not much to be done about that. The question of whether downvotes should require a comment has been discussed ad nauseam (the answer is no), but those comments are still on-topic, because they still seek to improve the question and/or understand why others didn’t like it.
Same applies for comments about downvotes on answers.
I don’t know anything about Babylon 5 or Star Trek, so I can neither follow nor comment upon the particular comment thread you linked to.