Re: TNG's "Too Short a Season" with Kirk...
Riker became aimless post-The Best of Both Worlds
. He had no reason to be there and served as nothing more than Picard's secretary at that point.
I prefer the young, driven officer who wanted to be a starship captain.
"...the most elementary and valuable statement in science, the beginning of wisdom, is I do not know." - Lt. Commander Data, "Where Silence Has Lease"