that's something i've never quite understood about William T. Riker. he turned down command after command, Drake, Aries, Melborne, Voyager and who knows how many others before finally accepting the Titan. now, it made sense turning down the Drake (doomed snotcruiser could only make warp 3) to instead serve as XO on the fleet's flagship. but the Aries sounded like an adventure to me, a lone ship in a distant corner of the galaxy on the verge of encountering a new civilization. and he kept turning down each command offered for the next decade. what was holding him on the Enterprise all that time? was he hoping to wait out Picard and get the Enterprise for himself? was 14 years as XO of the finest ship in the fleet really that much better for his career than command of his own, fine ship? was it because of his feelings for Counselor Troi? did he really just like being second-in-command to such an impecable leader as Picard? was he afraid of the Big Chair? did the offers eventually stop, and that's why he took the Titan, realizing that might be the last shot he had at captaincy? none of those reasons fit Riker as i see him. what you you fine folks think?