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The Icarus Factor 

Riker's delight at being offered a command of the USS Aries turns to frustration when the man sent to prepare him for his mission is his estranged father; Worf's behavior leads Wesley to delve into Klingon tradition.

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Robert Iscove

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Gene Roddenberry (created by), David Assael (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Diana Muldaur ... Doctor Pulaski
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Mitchell Ryan ... Kyle Riker
Lance Spellerberg Lance Spellerberg ... Ensign Herbert
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When Riker is offered the command of the the USS Aries he and Picard are pleased. They are stopping at Starbase Montgomery where they are taking a civilian on board to brief Riker on his new assignment. When it turns out to be Riker's father -they haven't seen each other for some 15 years - it seems he knows Dr. Pulaski with whom he obviously at one time had a serious relationship. It takes a physical encounter for father and son to solve their issues. Worf meanwhile has been quite irascible lately and it's left to Wesley Crusher to figure out what he needs. While at the base, the crew is also taking advantage of the facilities to have the engines looked at. Written by garykmcd

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At the beginning of this episode, the Enterprise is on its way to Starbase Montgomery. Guest-star Mitchell Ryan would, several years later, go on to play Edward Montgomery on the ABC sitcom Dharma & Greg (1997) from 1997 to 2002. (Probably just a coincidence, but still interesting!) See more »

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Kyle Riker mentioned to Deanna that Will was about to be offered his first command, NOT that this is the first time he was offered a command. Command of the Ares was the second time Commander Riker was offered a ship of his own. The first was the U.S.S. Drake, which he turned down in order to serve as the First Officer on the Enterprise, thus Will IS still being offered his "first" command. See more »

Quotes

Kyle Riker: How about a drink?
Doctor Pulaski: How about a kiss?
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Featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Riker's daddy issues....
14 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Kyle Riker (Mitchell Ryan)--hyper-competitive and emotionally absent lots of macho theatrics Worf's right of ascension

Whether you like "The Icarus Factor" or not might well depend on whether you like soap operas. Instead of the usual missions, there are two crew members who have serious growing up issues...and for once, it ain't Wesley!

In the first theme, Riker is being offered command of a ship. But, there is a problem--his father had come to talk to him about this assignment and ready him should he accept it. Why is this bad? Well, Riker has daddy issues--and he and his father are not at all close. Much of Will Riker's childhood was spent with a hyper-competitive dad who was also emotionally absent. And, although he behaves as if he doesn't need his father or care, Will obviously is carrying a lot of pain and needs to deal with this.

The other involves Worf. Wesley has noticed that Worf is even more emotionally distant and surly than usual and he brings this to the attention of Worf's other friends. They have no idea what's going on...until Wesley realizes, after doing some research, that Worf is feeling alone and alienated from his Klingon heritage because there are no Klingon friends with him to celebrate his Right of Ascension. So, the crew prepares for the ceremony--with involves 'pain sticks'!

As I said, this is a soap opera-like episode. Nothing really occurs except for some occasionally embarrassing emotional baggage coming to a head. It is fitting, then, that Ryan Riker (the dad) is played by Mitchell Ryan--a very familiar face on soap operas like "All My Children", "Dark Shadows" and "General Hospital". As for me, I really found the episode a bit poor--with a real slump in writing and not enough happening other than a couple folks whining about their childhoods.


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22 April 1989 (USA) See more »

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