Why did Riker's father never return?

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  1. SignGuyHPW

    SignGuyHPW Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    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?
     
  2. Fruitcake

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    He returns in the books. You'll wish he hadn't.
     
  3. R. Star

    R. Star Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Why? His first appearance wasn't exactly a hit...
     
  4. MakeshiftPython

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    Because it wasn't DS9.
     
  5. Melakon

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    Riker Senior was a bigger jerk than his son.
     
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    Because there was no need for the character to return, they did what they needed to do with the character within the episode.
     
  7. MakeshiftPython

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    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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    Let's not forget the ultimate devolution of martial arts.
     
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    Riker should have been concerned about one thing: Pulaski was almost his stepmother. :eek:
     
  12. JirinPanthosa

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    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?
     
  13. JoeZhang

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    There is a cut-scene where Riker finds a holopicture of Troi and his Dad - he was never mentioned again.
     
  14. Caretaker

    Caretaker Commodore Premium Member

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    Also, his father returned in some of the comics, along with a fiancée, which brought up even more daddy issues.
     
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    ``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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    Because (in emulation of Mike Meyers's Scottish shopkeeper) the first episode he was in was CRAP!!!
     
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    Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
     
  18. Happy Go Lucky

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    Because Murtaugh killed him.
     
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    Because two pompous, bloated windbags aboard would have disrupted the environmental controls too much
     
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