TCommander Riker is surprised to find a second version of himself on the planet Nervala IV. He visited this planet eight years ago, while still a lieutenant on the Potemkin. When his beam-up through the distortion field that surrounds the planet was about to fail, the transporter chief locked a second beam onto him. When Riker materialized on the Potemkin, no one was aware that the other beam had been reflected by the field, materializing a second Riker on the planet. This Lt. Riker spent eight years on the lonely outpost and has taken a completely different development than Cmdr. Riker - including that Lt. Riker's love to Deanna is still alive. The two can't get along with each other, but they finally work well together to retrieve the last data from the outpost, before the transport window closes for another eight years. Lt. Riker eventually decides to leave for the USS Gandhi and to go by his second name, Thomas.

Errors and Explanations

Nit Central

  1. Chris Thomas on Monday, January 03, 2000 - 10:05 am: Riker says here he wanted to make captain by the time he was 35 - so why does he keep turning down all those captaincies? Daria 'Ratbat' Sigma on Thursday, January 06, 2000 - 1:03 am: I think it might be that that was an ambition he once had, but doesn't anymore. Chris Thomas on Thursday, January 06, 2000 - 1:52 am: Riker still seems to be a man of action, so why does he want to play second fiddle to Picard - especially now in the movies. He's not getting any younger and remember, people like Shelby would happily take his place. Lea Frost on Friday, January 07, 2000 - 3:59 pm: Well, they offered him the Melbourne, and it got wiped out by the Borg. They apparently offered him the Voyager (according to Q's line in "Death Wish"), and it got sucked into the Delta Quadrant. They put him in command of the Enterprise-D, and it crashed. Either that, or he's holding out for the Enterprise, waiting for Picard to kick off... :-) Chris Thomas on Friday, January 07, 2000 - 6:47 pm: I wonder if the events that came to light in The Pegasus have hindered his chances somewhat now. Mark Swinton on Monday, January 24, 2000 - 5:35 pm: Maybe- or maybe he's just happy where he is...

    At our nearby cathedral (York Minster for those tourists among you who are planning to come here and want to see one of the glories of all England), the assistant organist, one John Scott Whitely, has been in that position since 1975! In other words, he's been there 25 years and not promoted to be Organist at another Cathedral. Considering the likes of other organists such as Martin Baker, who has been an assistant organist at Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul's Cathedral and since 1992 Westminster Abbey (all within the space of fifteen years!) it's clear that Mr. Whitely intends to remain second fiddle... er, organist... as long as he is able to play the instrument. The same could be said for Riker.

    Chris Thomas on Monday, January 24, 2000 - 11:36 pm: It just seems so odd, given they made Riker out to be so ambitious previously. Mark Swinton on Saturday, September 23, 2000 - 2:15 pm: Well, staying with the metaphor I previously raised, even without being Director of Music at York Minster, John Scott Whiteley faces many challenges. For instance, he's often called upon to play very difficult music for broadcasts, recordings and special services, whereas when you become Director of Music in an English cathedral nowadays, it seems that you get the primary task of conducting the choir, with playing the organ as a luxury extra (i.e. for special services or during choir vacations or in concerts or on recordings). Similarly, if Riker took a captaincy he would be in full command, answering to no-one on his own ship because he is responsible for the ship, but he would then be missing out on the various hands-on jobs (like crew evaluation and shuttle piloting) that he still gets to do as first officer. Chris Thomas on Saturday, September 23, 2000 - 10:21 pm: He doesn't seem to like crew evaluations in Tapestry... and he would still have to answer to Starfleet.
  2. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 6:21 am: Why wasn't the allegedly valuable information transmitted up to the Potemkin eight years earlier? Can't they use some kind of mobile link to transmit this information? With all their sensors and transporters capable of locating things on the surface, why not just beam the computer core up to the ship? Any such link would be affected by the distortion field.
  3. Do you think that Starfleet considers what Troi did with Lieutenant Riker to be 'counseling'? Yes - Providing emotional support is part of her job description.
  4. Starfleet must be thrilled by this transporter discovery. Now they can make thousands of Data's and don't have to worry about figuring out how to rebuild him. No they can't - the duplication of Riker was only possible due to the unique circum stances of the event, which proved impossible to recreate.

The Next Generation Season 6
Time's Arrow Part 2 I Realm of Fear I Man of the People I Relics I Schisms I True Q I Rascals I A Fistful of Datas I The Quality of Life I Chain of Command Part 1 I Chain of Command Part 2 I Ship in a Bottle I Aquiel I Face of the Enemy I Tapestry I Birthright Part 1 I Birthright Part 2 I Starship Mine I Lessons I The Chase I Frame of Mind I Suspicions I Rightful Heir I Second Chances I Timescape I Descent Part 1
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