the role swap au nobody asked for or wanted except for me
[ID: A digital drawing of Deanna Troi and Will Riker, in each other’s outfits. Deanna is wearing a red Starfleet uniform and her hair is up in a bun, and she’s smiling at Will. Will is wearing a bright teal jumpsuit with a wide, low neckline and a matching blue hairband, and he’s looking back at Deanna with a soft smile. They’re labeled “Commander Troi” and “Counselor Riker” respectively. The background is white.]
I do love that opening scene in Genesis when Beverly focuses completely on Spot and then on Reg having google diagnosed himself and the whole time Riker is laying there in the background getting thorns pulled out of his back. (Because he “got comfortable” with a woman on a cactus).
Riker : *looks into the camera like he’s on The Office*
Nothing made me like Will Riker more than that scene where Deanna’s sleazy Boyfriend of the Week, the part Betazoid guy, tried to taunt him
sleazy guy: haha she’s sleeping with me. she chose me and I won >:)
Riker: well joke’s on you cause you’re actually making me happy cause I’m glad she’s getting laid and having a good time 🙂 I want y’all to fuck 🙂 you’re just giving me what I want most sweaty 🙂 her happiness 🙂 no you didn’t win cause it’s not a fucken competition 🙂 she’s not a prize to be won she’s a lady 🙂 lol she’s probably gonna dump you soon cause you think women are property 🙂 fucken say your prayers mate 🙂 i’m not sad you’re sad 🙂 you’re only dating her cause you don’t have a solid sense of identity and you think dating a beautiful, interesting woman will make you interesting but it won’t 🙂 the moment she leaves you you’ll go back to being nothing and having an empty gap in your soul 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
you get to watch this man have an entire existential crisis in the span of two seconds just because Riker felt the need to come for a cardboard cutout minor character’s life like that
Watching TNG's "Second Chances" right now and… maybe it's just my mind playing with me, but… it really looks like Thomas is sort of paler and gaunter than Will – exactly how it should for a guy who was stranded underground on not-fantastic rations for eight years. Nowadays they'd just do that with CGI, but it *really* seems better the way they did it, realistically – just serious props to the makeup department, and Frakes himself, you know? (Even the beard is a bit different!)
I haven’t seen Second Chances in awhile so I can’t really say. I’m googling pics though and he looks thinner!
But the beard thing is interesting. Because Riker was stranded before he made the change to a beard, but Thomas kept it, although in a different fashion (Which created that hilarious reveal scene in “Defiant”).
Suggesting a beard was always the endgame for Riker.