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Old June 11 2013, 04:45 PM   #29
Captain Clark Terrell
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Re: riker's choices

Timo wrote: View Post
He wasn't being given any new starships during the time he was aboard the Stargazer. If he spent just five years commanding the old relic, fine. But if he were stuck as the CO of an outdated tub for more than a decade, it actually makes him a loser.
What does that say about Kirk, who spent the majority of his career commanding an obsolete Enterprise?

Timo wrote:
And speaking of losing, among the things he lost was his starship. Is that really a recommendation?
Picard is hardly unique in having lost his vessel. He commanded the Stargazer for more than twenty years before it disappeared. He had ample time to bolster his resume: one incident wouldn't diminish several years of service to Starfleet.

Timo wrote:
The mechanism by which Picard got the Enterprise was never properly explored in the episodes or movies. Perhaps getting the Federation Flagship is primarily a matter of knowing the right people, or being an acclaimed diplomat who also happens to be on Starfleet payroll in some suitable capacity, one of these being starship CO. Riker wouldn't have these paths open to him if the E-D really was his one goal in life.
The Sky's the Limit is a collection of TNG short stories. One of them is about Captain Thomas Halloway, who presided over Enterprise-D's construction at Utopia Planitia. Halloway was offered command of the vessel but turned it down because he didn't want to uproot his family from Earth. Admiral Satie accepted his decision, as she'd known for some time that he wasn't going to take the assignment. Satie already had Picard's name in mind, citing his experience as a starship captain as a the primary reason for her interest.

Novels and short stories aren't cannon, but this scenario is certainly plausible.

"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again
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