What an exciting prospect! By all means let’s devote ourselves to deconstructing WC on the basis of whether its established plot elements are “necessary”. For example–
Was making the Kilrathi a “cat-like” species necessary? Certainly more irony and drama could have been squeezed out of a subjugated animal, like the chicken, cow, or horse.
Was the name “Tiger’s Claw” necessary? I mean, I guess a tiger can kill with one claw, but the name certainly implies weakness if not impotence. (And don’t get me started on the obvious fact the name–appropriately translated–would have made more sense for a Kilrathi ship to begin with.)
Was Angel’s death necessary? Certainly it would have been more dramatic and satisfying rescuing her while at the same time destroying Kilrah.
And speaking of Kilrah, was its destruction necessary? For crying out loud, that ended the war. Imagine all the “additional” campaigns against this interesting enemy that could have been ours to win.
Yes, fiction should only comprise plots, characters, and actions that are necessary. (Almost makes me want to start an “off-topic” thread on Shakespeare. Been wanting to tear that guy down for years. Romeo and Juliet both die? Outrageous!)