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Old May 3 2013, 06:34 PM   #12
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Re: Pedantic Star Trek discussion #134: Riker's Field Commission

GameOn wrote: View Post
After the events of "The Best of Both Worlds" Riker was given extended leave while the Enterprise was undergoing repairs. He decided to head to Risa for an extended session of jamaharon but realised his vast Horga'hn collection was far too big to fit on any transport ship so decided to just steal the Enterprise instead.

For his actions Riker was reduced in rank to Commander and as a consequence of his new rank was given the duty for which he had repeatedly demonstrated unswerving ability: sitting in the shadow of a great man and passing up one command after another.
I see no reason this could not be canon
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