A fistful of RIKERS! A transporter malfunction on a planet eight years ago has created a molecular duplicate of Will Riker. The crew of the Enterprise now discovers the second Riker and learns of all the things that has happened to him in the past eight y
I’ve always liked episodes that focused on Will Riker. So here, we get two Rikers for the price of one. A mishap involving a transporter and a distortion field eight years ago created a duplicate of Will Riker. But now the duplicate Riker (known as Thomas) is thrown back into the mix. I like the fact that they expressed in no uncertain terms, that this character is the exact same person. He’s not a clone, or a Riker from an alternate dimension. Upon until eight years ago, they shared the same memories, experiences and passions – including a burning passion for a certain Betazed counselor. Lemar Burton (Geordi LaForge) directed this episode and I think he did a pretty decent job when it came to the duel editing between the scenes where the individual Rikers share screen time. It’s a little choppy at first, and the dangling pauses between each character’s lines makes it pretty obvious that they were filmed separately. But as the episode proceeds, this no longer becomes a problem. The only thing that I didn’t like was the fact that they never truly resolved the friction between Commander Riker and Lt. Riker. Commander Riker is surly and belligerent towards his twin self throughout the entire episode, and the two never truly reach an accord with one another. But fortunately for TNG fans, the story doesn’t end with “Second Chances”. We will see Thomas Riker again in the Deep Space Nine episode, “Defiant”.
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