Re: Episode of the Week: 2x15 "Pen Pals"
Riker has every right to be condescending to his underlings! He's the boss.
Only a very poor boss is condescending to people he calls "underlings". A good boss will listen to his staff
and if he has the time (which Riker had in abundance), he may choose to share his reasoning to further enhance the trust they have in him.
One day soon, man is going to be able to harness incredible energies, energies that could ultimately hurl us to other worlds in... some sort of spaceship.