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He seems to be dangerously obsessed with being first officer of the Enterprise and being with Picard and terrified of moving away from his comfort zone and has turned down several captaincies because he just loves being on the Enterprise, we later learn his choosing to stay is having a damaging effect on up and coming candidates in Starfleet like in The Best Of Both Worlds who want to advance in their careers are held up by a man who will not move no matter how many ships he's offered, seems his only logic for staying because his friends are there, he's fond of the ship, he's fond of the captain and is just hanging around, some reason he's happy there and doesn't want to move. Think with all his constant passing up captaincies should have resulted in Starfleet comforting him and saying accept captaincy or sent you to cadet training school to train cadets or something.

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Arguably the First Officer of the Enterprise, or any other ship of that size and capability, is actually a higher position than Captain of many smaller ships. They have more responsibility, for a larger crew, on more important/more dangerous missions... The Enterprise wasn't Picard's first command, nor was it Riker's first position as First Officer. If anything, Riker should have only been moved up to Captain of another Galaxy-class ship, or better.

You do remember that under Riker's command that the NCC 1701-D was destroyed in Generations?

And? He was only temporarily in command, because Picard left the ship. If Riker had left the ship too, it might have been Dr Crusher or even Counselor Troi.

@Knixon said:

And? He was only temporarily in command, because Picard left the ship. If Riker had left the ship too, it might have been Dr Crusher or even Counselor Troi.

Warf has been long overdue for a series of his own

@mechajutaro said:

@Knixon said:

And? He was only temporarily in command, because Picard left the ship. If Riker had left the ship too, it might have been Dr Crusher or even Counselor Troi.

Warf has been long overdue for a series of his own

Worf (note the correct spelling) did a lot more on DS9. It could even be said that he saved the Federation and the entire Alpha Quadrant.

Perhaps Riker being demoted like Kirk was in Star Trek 4 for stealing and blowing up the Enterprise would've been more realistic.

Well, it WAS an enemy attack. Not his own action. Also, Riker hadn't stolen the Enterprise to start with, like Kirk did. And, at least officially/technically, Kirk was demoted for disobeying a direct order, not for stealing and blowing up the Enterprise: the other charges were dismissed. Kirk was "demoted" down from Admiral so he could officially command a ship again. So in every way that really mattered, especially to Kirk, it was a good thing.

@mechajutaro said:

@Knixon said:

And? He was only temporarily in command, because Picard left the ship. If Riker had left the ship too, it might have been Dr Crusher or even Counselor Troi.

Warf has been long overdue for a series of his own

Well Crusher did a better Job in commanding in TNG's Descent part I&II and proved to be quite a smart tactician when destroying that Borg ship I rather leave the ship under her command than Riker or Troi.

Riker did well in Best Of Both Worlds and some other episodes. I guess they needed to make the woman look good, so she was written that way, but while you're right about Troi since she had basically no experience, it seems rather silly to put Dr Crusher ahead of Riker. I would suggest that, in more common scenarios, Dr Crusher would be like Khan: "She is intelligent, but not experienced. Her pattern indicates two-dimensional thinking."

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@mechajutaro said:

@Knixon said:

And? He was only temporarily in command, because Picard left the ship. If Riker had left the ship too, it might have been Dr Crusher or even Counselor Troi.

Warf has been long overdue for a series of his own

Well Crusher did a better Job in commanding in TNG's Descent part I&II and proved to be quite a smart tactician when destroying that Borg ship I rather leave the ship under her command than Riker or Troi.

Just don't leave the damn ship in Wesley's hands, whatever you do

@mechajutaro said:

@Nexus71 said:

@mechajutaro said:

@Knixon said:

And? He was only temporarily in command, because Picard left the ship. If Riker had left the ship too, it might have been Dr Crusher or even Counselor Troi.

Warf has been long overdue for a series of his own

Well Crusher did a better Job in commanding in TNG's Descent part I&II and proved to be quite a smart tactician when destroying that Borg ship I rather leave the ship under her command than Riker or Troi.

Just don't leave the damn ship in Wesley's hands, whatever you do

Why not? Once The Traveler has taught him how to teleport the whole ship away from danger, it couldn't be in better hands.

Why not? Once The Traveler has taught him how to teleport the whole ship away from danger, it couldn't be in better hands.

Troi ?certainly Riker ?probably

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