Re: Pedantic Star Trek discussion #134: Riker's Field Commission
It always seemed to me that for Riker, serving on the Federation's flagship vessel was a far bigger career move than taking his own command of a lesser known ship. The missions they were assigned to and the situations they got themselves into would have been far more adventures, while the people they met along their adventures would be the most important in the quadrant, not to mention the opportunities he could create by being associated with the flagship.
Also, maybe he was waiting for the Picard's luck (or heart) to catch up with him so he could swoop in and permanently take over command of the Enterprise.
Eh the "career move" would've been to take the promotion. Being second in command of the A team as opposed to captain of the B team is personal preference.
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