Norrin's Bad wrote:
Another thing: Don't get me wrong, I like Riker, but after BOBW he should have been made Captain or written out of the series. BOBW marked the summit of his character development, where he emerged from Picard's shadow, becoming a great captain in his own right. He had nowhere to go after this but down. This was the end of great Riker and the beginning of neutered Riker.
Unfortunately, that would have been the end of Jonathan Frakes' appearances on TNG. I don't think he was ready to leave. In fact, he still isn't, even though the show has been off the air for 14 years.
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Save 230 million and you're a Starfleet officer.