Trekathon 275: Second Chances (TNG)

June 20th, 2010

The most interesting transporter malfunction so far. In a call back to the TOS episode The Enemy Within, Riker is duplicated in a transporter accident. Only this time it’s not an evil twin.

It’s a refreshing take on the older idea, and my only quibble is the lack of trauma in ‘Thomas’ Riker. He’s been trapped, alone, in this isolated base for eight years. But he doesn’t seem traumatised at all by it – in fact, you get the impression that the existence of the other Riker is the only thing causing him trauma. Frakes does a reasonable job in separating the two Rikers, but I think it would have been helped if he had a bit more to work with in the script.

275 down, 462 to go.