Re: Star Trek: TMP questions and observations
Decker/Ilia have more in common with Riker/Troi.
As they should. Roddenberry intended for Riker/Troi to be the next drafts of the Decker and Ilia characters. Riker became much more of an ass than Decker was, but his character during TNG's first season matches what we know of Decker from TMP.
"Many things seem clever to an imbecile." --Captain Thelin th'Valrass, USS Enterprise-- "The Chimes at Midnight"