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Old July 23 2013, 05:54 PM   #52
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Re: William T. Riker - Character Assassination or Praise

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By the end of the year, Riker could have been completely on his own, and Shelby would have been established as Picard's new right hand. I know that Roddenberry wanted to paint a picture of harmony and cohesion, but he could have done that without having Riker rooted in place for so many years.
That would have been great, Shelby would have been the female Number One that Gene had always wanted, but was forced by NBC to abandon after "The Cage".
NBC didn't want Roddenberry to abandon the female first officer, they wanted him to abandon having his mistress playing the part.
That depends on which memoir you choose to believe, but the end result was the same, regardless.
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