Allegedly a back injury is behind the maneuver. From a post on Reddit and confirmed by Wil Wheaton. Scroll down the Reddit post to find the section pasted below. The reply from user 'wil' is Mr. Wheaton.
[–]AmishAvenger 1162 points 2 days ago*
Frakes had a back injury, caused by having a job moving furniture. The result is the "Riker Lean," where ...
Riker is not literally questioning whether the setting is a real place or a simulation. He is speaking about Amanda's infatuation.
AMANDA: Don't you like me? Even just a little bit?
RIKER: You're a very lovely young lady. But none of this is real.
AMANDA: My feelings are real.
RIKER: I know. But you can't make someone love you.
The line you mention is a ...
There are two specific moments that I find directly relevant here:
"Encounter at Farpoint"
The very first time Picard calls Riker "Number One" is in "Encounter at Farpoint", on the bridge, at around 1:16:00. The actual dialog spoken was:
PICARD: At least you impressed him, Number One. That's hopeful.
RIKER: Thank you, Captain. ...
The original screenplay would suggest that Riker recognises that it's too perfect. It's quite literally the romance scene from a (bad) holo-novel with just the right amount of moonlight peeking through the perfectly spaced gazebo struts deep within the world's least realistic forest.
31 EXT. A GAZEBO - NIGHT (OPTICAL)
in the woods, as Amanda and ...
In the Next Generation episode "Disaster" the titular disaster strands Captain Picard and three children in a turbo lift.
PICARD: Your name is Marissa. Is that right? Well, Marissa, I'm going to need a first officer to help me. You're the oldest and so that makes you my Number One.
MARISSA: Number One?
PICARD: That's what I always called my ...
The only instance I can think of is the two-part episode "Chain of Command". In that episode, Picard is relieved of command of the Enterprise, and is replaced by Captain Edward Jellico. As Jellico takes on his new command with gusto, he speaks a mile a minute at his new executive officer, including asking him "Do you prefer 'Will' or 'William'?". Riker ...
The StarTrek.com website gives Riker's birthdate as August 19th, 2335.
Full Name: William Thomas Riker
Date of birth: August 19, 2335
Place of birth: Valdez, Alaska, Earth
Since TNG: Encounter at Farpoint took place in February 2364 (based on the stardate calculators at TrekGuide.com, Stevepugh.net and HillSchmidt), that would make ...
I know everyone thinks it's because of his back, but he says in a podcast that it started as a joke and he knew it was good and he had to keep doing it.
Q: There was a recent video that went around, called "Riker Sits
Frakes: Yeah, did that go viral or what?
Q: So what happened there?
Frakes: That, at one point in one room there was this ...
Q's wager was that if he failed to tempt a human to join the Q Continuum he would "never trouble humanity again"
"Q" (BROTHER) I recall no wager!
PICARD: I'm sure your fellow "Q" remember you agreed to never trouble
our species again. Just as they're aware you've failed to tempt a
human to join you. So, "Q", I strongly suspect you have some
I can find no other references to Riker's alleged exceptional skill as a pilot. However he does have prior experience as a pilot, having served as conn officer aboard the USS Pegasus.
Riker is more often noted as being an exceptional tactician as opposed to a pilot. From TNG: "Peak Performance":
DATA: I have several examples of Commander Riker's battle ...
Not exactly what you are looking for, but in "Rascals" (Season 6, Episode 7) there is the exchange where young Picard is pretending to be Riker's son. At the end of the conversation, he accidentally says "Thanks, Number One." Riker looks surprised and worried, because of the Ferengi guard, and Picard famously covers by claiming, "He's my Number One Dad."
This may have simply been one of many pilot/season changes that get made when a show moves from a single pilot to a full season.
It is possible that the telepathy was simply deemed too confusing/strange/uninteresting to test audiences that they showrunners decided to let that idea drop in favor of other elements which had better responses.
As to Deanna/...
Being a Starfleet Admiral doesn't appear to be a pre-requisite for being granted command of a fleet of ships.
In DS9: Sacrifice of Angels, Captain Sisko is appointed to lead the fleet (comprising elements of the Second, Fifth and Ninth fleets) conducting "Operation Return", retaking Deep Space Nine and the Bajoran wormhole. This fleet is one of the ...
It appears to be original to Star Trek
Started with a basic Google search on one of the distinctive quotes, followed by one specifically negating "Star Trek". Both times only returned references to the instance in Star Trek. The same applies for other quotes I searched.
Next I checked the Memory Alpha article on The Dauphin, and that too provided no ...
In S01E01 "Encounter at Farpoint", Picard tests Riker by having him manually attach the saucer to the drive section after those were separated:
DATA [OC]: The saucer module is now entering orbit with us, sir.
PICARD: Acknowledged. Commander Riker will conduct a manual docking. Picard out.
PICARD: You've reported in, haven't you? You ...
The point at which Riker shatters is the point at which the script indicates that he's re-entered reality. Prior to that (and for the entire episode) he was suffering from an hallucination while under sedation in the small alien room. Everything before that point wasn't real.
INT. ALIEN LAB
Riker bolts awake. He looks around, sees that he is lying on an
The StarTrek.com website lists William Riker's quarters as being on
Room 0912, first Deck 8, then Deck 9
William Riker - Startrek.com
Presumably the Deck 8 reference relates to the Enteprise-D, Deck 9 to the
slightly larger Enterprise-E.
For the record, other crew members are said to be at the following locations;
Captain Picard - Deck 9, Room 3601
Riker bluffs in poker at least twice on-screen: once in 2x09 "The Measure of a Man", wherein he introduces the concept to Data, and once(-ish) in 5x18 "Cause and Effect". (The poker game in question was repeated several times due to time-travel shenanigans.) In both cases, his bluffing was relevant to the plot.
In most other cases the outcome of the actual ...
The problem here is a matter of POSITION, vs. a matter of RANK.
One can command a fleet, or in current wet navy parlance, a "task group" or "task force". That is a position.
One can be the rank of a captain, or admiral, or whatever. That is a RANK.
The two are NOT THE SAME.
In current US navy, TF-55 (aka DESRON destroyer squadron 50) is commanded by ...
Many of the sources cited are not absolutely canonical sources. Absolutely canonical sources, the episodes, give some clues about Riker's age.
The 4th season episode "Future Imperfect" starts with a birthday celebration for Commander Riker on stardate 44286.5, first aired 12 November 1990. It is possible he has a cake with candles that can be counted.
I'm not going to repeat what have been already well covered in the previous answers, but there is another likely command rejection that does not appear to be covered in canon (at least on screen, I can't confirm whether this is covered in any of the books).
But to expand on Riker's promotion during the original Borg crisis. He was promoted to Captain and ...