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To Boldly Go

Can We Talk About How Riker Sits on Things?

If only I weren’t five foot four, I might be able to attempt this level of badassery in my every day life. Sadly, this executing this maneuver, especially in front of one’s superior officer, is recommended to experienced Rikers.

Though, as you can see, the beard is optional.

(via Topless Robot.)


  • Gordon Borland

    I tried to copy it, I think I tore a ligament.

  • Robert Vary

    I heard an unsubstantiated rumor on another blog with this video that this maneuver started as a kind of take-that from Jonathan Frakes to the design team regarding the very small future-type chairs they made and his 6’4″ self, and he just kinda kept doing it.

    Anyway, the part that really get me is not that he sits down like this but that he then GETS BACK UP this way as well!

  • Anonymous

    If I were tall, I would totally rock this. (For a certain definition of “rock” that means “trip over one’s own legs”.)

  • Leslee Bottomley Beldotti

    That’s an awesome maneuver that probably has to do with the fact that he’s 6’4″.

    I’m 5’10″ with long legs. I used to swing my leg over chairs like that when I was younger and wanting to amuse myself. Sadly, arthritis limits your level of badassery.

  • Chris L.

    And he’s so casual about it, too, the magnificent bastard…

  • Kim Pittman

    I am a bit freaked out that I have watched the entire show and never noticed him doing that.

  • Shoshana B

    I’m right there with you. Were I 6’4″ I would attempt this and end up in a tangle of limbs.

    And I have to say, I love your Adachi avatar. Short Program?

  • Dan Wohl

    According to Wil Wheaton on Reddit, the reason for this was Frakes’ back injury. This maneuver was less tough on his back to do over and over than sitting down the regular way.

  • Magic Xylophone

    Being 6’1″ and bearded, I feel an obligation to do this from now on.

  • CommentsSectionsAreDumb

    I heard he had to sit down like that because he had a bad case of…
    (wait for it)

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Yes indeed! I’ve been using this avatar for years, and you’re the first person ever to identify it. :D

  • David Shea

    I GREW UP on the Next Generation, and I never noticed Riker did this. Johnathan Frakes is a boss!

  • Carl Jackson

    No. The cause of the behavior which also contributed to Riker leaning in most scenes was a back injury that made him uncomfortable to stand for the long periods as well as any repetition of what would be a normal sitting movement for most of us. The source of that was a Reddit post, BUT the confirmation of that story comes from Wil Wheaton.

  • Kenneth C Pennington

    It’s almost as if he feels that backs were put on the chairs simply to confound him … and then he goes, “Screw this, I’m just gonna go over it!”


  • Anonymous

    Hey, I have that anthology!

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    I know! How can we all have watched Next Gen all these years and NEVER have noticed this before? You’d think that crap would stand out!