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Old February 10 2014, 03:26 PM   #46
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Re: Did You Ever Notice Riker Doing This?

/\ Lol. Someone should question Frakes about his acting choices at the next con he's at. Be interesting to see what he says.
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Old February 10 2014, 10:32 PM   #47
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/\ Lol. Someone should question Frakes about his acting choices at the next con he's at. Be interesting to see what he says.
I just want to know if the thing with the chairs is something HE normally does, or something that he decided Riker would do.
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Old February 10 2014, 10:45 PM   #48
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/\ Lol. Someone should question Frakes about his acting choices at the next con he's at. Be interesting to see what he says.
I just want to know if the thing with the chairs is something HE normally does, or something that he decided Riker would do.
Good question. Riker has an authoritative swagger that I've rarely seen Frakes do outside of the character, but I could be wrong.

(on the other hand, and not-Trek related, but I've noticed that all of David Tennant's characters seem to have the same physical quirks as the Tenth Doctor -- even walking on any bit of furniture just to get across the room)
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Old February 11 2014, 11:18 AM   #49
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Re: Did You Ever Notice Riker Doing This?

What about the inexplicable need to shine his flashlight in everyone's face when he first goes aboard the Enterprise-C in Yesterday's Enterprise. Even Geordi? Pretty sure the VISOR is a technological step or two above a flashlight...


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Old February 11 2014, 01:53 PM   #50
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This thread makes me want a Riker spinoff show.
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Old February 11 2014, 10:26 PM   #51
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I think, perhaps, some of you are somewhat over-analyzing this.

For me, Frakes is injecting as much charm and humour into the character as he can. Riker is supposed to be a bit brash, young, perhaps egotistical, sly, with a good heart and a wry smile.

While Picard is stoic, proper, intelligent and reserved Riker is far more 'in your face', he is the 'cheeky chappy' as they say. The style of sitting just emphasizes this. His wise-cracks and grins are all part of the character.

As for the walk, I think Frakes is just naturally lanky and walks with a funny...slant. He IS a tall dude.
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Old February 11 2014, 10:46 PM   #52
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I think, perhaps, some of you are somewhat over-analyzing this.
No way!

That's the fun part!
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Old February 12 2014, 12:22 AM   #53
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What about the inexplicable need to shine his flashlight in everyone's face when he first goes aboard the Enterprise-C in Yesterday's Enterprise. Even Geordi? Pretty sure the VISOR is a technological step or two above a flashlight...


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I never noticed that before!
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Old February 12 2014, 02:05 AM   #54
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he is the 'cheeky chappy' as they say.
"They" clearly being on your side of the pond....
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Old February 12 2014, 02:21 AM   #55
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For me, Frakes is injecting as much charm and humour into the character as he can. Riker is supposed to be a bit brash, young, perhaps egotistical, sly, with a good heart and a wry smile.
His smile isn't wry. It's smarmy.
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Old February 12 2014, 03:00 AM   #56
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For me, Frakes is injecting as much charm and humour into the character as he can. Riker is supposed to be a bit brash, young, perhaps egotistical, sly, with a good heart and a wry smile.
His smile isn't wry. It's smarmy.
And it isn't a smile, it's more a kind of... smirk.
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Old February 12 2014, 03:15 AM   #57
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I wonder why the writers chose the trombone as his instrument of choice? Saxophones are certainly smarmier...maybe Frakes already knew how to play, or the trombone was somehow supposed to represent something Riker was missing?

I think Riker is more of a Kenny G type, he needs a perm and a soprano sax.

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Old February 12 2014, 08:42 AM   #58
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I wonder why the writers chose the trombone as his instrument of choice? Saxophones are certainly smarmier...maybe Frakes already knew how to play, or the trombone was somehow supposed to represent something Riker was missing?

I think Riker is more of a Kenny G type, he needs a perm and a soprano sax.
Frakes plays the trombone IRL. I think that he used to play in clubs and so forth in the early days of TNG and I've read reports that the cast would sometimes rock up to see him.

I think it's interesting that there is such a divide in opinion on Riker as a character. I don't think there is another character that divides opinion so much, except maybe for Kirk.
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Old February 12 2014, 01:42 PM   #59
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I like Riker as a character, there's no difference of opinion there at all. Like Kirk/Shatner, who I also like, it's just really easy to find some humor in Frakes' performances.
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Old February 12 2014, 05:10 PM   #60
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I think Frakes tried to add energy, character and humor to his scenes. For all the talk of how supposedly bland TNG was the actors did try to add character and energy tho their scene with little characters traits and oddities.
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