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.
"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