Re: riker's choices
Citation, please. I could check out the episodes on Netflix, one-by-one, or even review the transcripts at chekoteya.net, but I'll let you handle that, since you're the one with the memory of him saying that.
from Memory Alpha.
"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