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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

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Old October 11 2013, 07:03 AM   #1
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Why did Riker's father never return?

We only got one appearance of Will Riker's father and that was in season two. I kept waiting for a return episode. Maybe have him be captured by Cardassians or Romulans and The Enterprise get sent to save him?
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Old October 11 2013, 07:46 AM   #2
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Re: Why did Riker's father never return?

He returns in the books. You'll wish he hadn't.
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Old October 11 2013, 07:47 AM   #3
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Re: Why did Riker's father never return?

Why? His first appearance wasn't exactly a hit...
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Old October 11 2013, 07:50 AM   #4
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Because it wasn't DS9.
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Old October 11 2013, 08:22 AM   #5
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Re: Why did Riker's father never return?

Riker Senior was a bigger jerk than his son.
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Old October 11 2013, 08:59 AM   #6
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Re: Why did Riker's father never return?

Because there was no need for the character to return, they did what they needed to do with the character within the episode.
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Old October 11 2013, 09:08 AM   #7
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Re: Why did Riker's father never return?

Yeah, it was pretty much a self-contained story that was resolved (father and son reconciling after a difficult relationship). If he ever had to return, it would have made most sense to see him at the wedding, assuming he didn't pass away.
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Old October 11 2013, 09:23 AM   #8
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No more serious "daddy issues" to overcome.
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Old October 11 2013, 09:25 AM   #9
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Let's not forget the ultimate devolution of martial arts.
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Old October 11 2013, 03:43 PM   #10
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Papa was a rolling stone.
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Old October 11 2013, 03:48 PM   #11
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Re: Why did Riker's father never return?

Riker should have been concerned about one thing: Pulaski was almost his stepmother.
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Old October 11 2013, 07:40 PM   #12
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Re: Why did Riker's father never return?

Because just rolling out some character's family member and giving them a manufactured conflict which somehow involves the life or death conflict of the week is lazy writing? And after season 2 the writers didn't get lazy again until season 7?
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Old October 11 2013, 08:07 PM   #13
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There is a cut-scene where Riker finds a holopicture of Troi and his Dad - he was never mentioned again.
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Old October 11 2013, 08:42 PM   #14
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Re: Why did Riker's father never return?

Also, his father returned in some of the comics, along with a fiancée, which brought up even more daddy issues.
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Old October 11 2013, 10:24 PM   #15
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Also, his father returned in some of the comics, along with a fiancée, which brought up even more daddy issues.
``Dad, you're ... you ... you met someone my age in an alternate timeline and brought her back and now you're marrying her? ... And she's ... Wilma Thomasa Riker? Oh, I gotta have a transporter take my body apart and scrub every single atom clean now.''
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