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# 16
12-11-2012, 01:42 PM
Y'know, I've been slowly watching TNG and noticed this.

The way I had it figured, the commander of any vessel is expected to be able to give orders. After all, command division first officers are normally gunning for their own command one day; it makes sense to allow them to practice while under a more experienced eye. Especially so with Riker, as we know he was offered several commands of his own; presumably he was already experienced by the time he got to the Enterprise, so naturally Picard would trust his judgement enough to let him order people around. Besides, it's not like Picard couldn't say "No, that's stupid, do this instead" if Riker did anything he thought was a bad idea.