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Old September 27 2013, 11:52 PM   #12
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Re: The Replacement First Officer

In universe, Data or Worf would get promoted - both bridge officers who had command experience and worked shifts in command of the ship (TNG 'Data's Day') and Data was almost always promoted to first officer in Riker's absence (TNG 'Peak Performance' and 'Chain of Command, Part Two').

In reality, the producers would probably create a new character and bring them in. Jonathan Frakes leaving the series would create a void, and moving any other character to the position wouldn't really open the kind of story possibilities someone completely new would allow.
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