Theory Re: Why Riker's Such A Jerk Sometimes

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by doubleohfive, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. MikeH92467

    MikeH92467 Admiral Admiral

    Dec 31, 2001
    Boise, ID
    Very much what I was getting at. However, I think Riker did a pretty good job of balancing his personality with his job. It looks like he was fairly popular and managed to be pleasant at most times. Of course, he was always going to be feared to a certain extent, because getting on his wrong side could break your career track.
  2. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

    May 10, 2005
    The visitor's bullpen
    I agree with the assertion that Riker was only a jerk to...well, jerks. Ro Laren, for example. She needed to be taken down a peg, and Riker was the perfect person to do it. And in that case, if Ro hadn't decided to be a jackass right back to him, then there wouldn't have been a problem.
  3. desfem79

    desfem79 Lieutenant Commander

    Dec 29, 2013
    Well jerk and fancy concurrently lol.. At least he "had his piece" in Conundrum, which Deanna endorsed lol..

    As for scolding poor performers, it's his job. Which manager (which all senior officers in any military installation are by definition*) wouldn't? Was Picard a "dick" to Worf for killing Duras? To Beverly for doing an autopsy on the Ferengi scientist? To Data for being duplicitous in Clues?

    * I know Starfleet is not exclusively military but it's structure, norms, customs and regulations are copied from the US Navy.