Settled in the 24th century and 78 years after the adventures of the original crew of the starship Enterprise, under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard the all new Enterprise NCC 1701-D travels out to distant planets to seek out new life and to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Seven months after graduation, Ensign William Riker's first posting was to the USS Pegasus under the command of Erik Pressman. He was the ship's conn officer, and his youthful appearance earned him the nickname "Ensign Babyface," coined by fellow crewmember Lieutenant Boylen. Phil Wallace was another of Riker's friends aboard the Pegasus.
Riker was stationed on planet Betazed. While there, he met Deanna Troi. The two began a relationship which lasted several years.
Sometime during his early career, Riker needed to wear a feathered costume while on a diplomatic mission to Armus IX. Similarly, he wore furs to meet with the leadership council on Kabatris.
2361 Promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the USS Potemkin. There he developed a tactic which involved using a planet's magnetic pole and shutting down all ship's systems to confuse an enemy vessel's sensors.
Later in 2361, Riker led an away team to Nervala IV to rescue stranded researchers. He was the last to beam out. Atmospheric distortions threatened to dissipate his pattern, so the Potemkin transporter chief compensated by creating a second confinement beam. Only one beam was needed for Riker to rematerialize, so the second beam was shut down. The Potemkin crew did not realize that the second beam had been duplicated and reflected back to the planet's surface, materializing another William Riker. This duplicate remained stranded on the surface for the next eight years. The nature of the transporter accident created a unique situation: both Rikers had an equal claim to being the 'real' William T. Riker, as they are both genetically the same person. This version took the name Thomas and recommenced his Star Fleet career for a while.
Promoted to lieutenant commander for "exceptional valor" during that mission and quickly posted to the USS Hood as first officer. His service was exemplary, despite refusing to allow Captain DeSoto to transport into a hostile situation on planet Altair III.
Offered his own command he declined in favour of the Enterprise.
Commander William T. Riker Photos
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