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Star Trek fan gives William Riker the hilarious, strange TV show he deserves

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The world was never graced with a Star Trek spinoff series devoted to commander William Riker's escapades, but one YouTuber is giving us a tantalizing taste of what could have been. The (brief) pilot episode of Riker is cobbled together from The Next Generation, and it embraces the absurdity of the seminal sci-fi show to hilarious effect. Fittingly, the pilot witnesses the birth of Riker Jr. from an unexpected mate — much to Deanna Troi's disapproval. Then again, Riker was never one to shy away from alien species.

Those who occupy a certain strange corner of the internet might recognize this style as the work of Jan van den Hemel, who worked together with fellow video editor Andrew Hussie to make dozens of hilarious The Next Generation edits back in the late 2000s. Riker is the first new TNG video from Hemel in nearly five years, and if you're a fan, you'll be glad to hear that more are on the way.

Correction: Andrew Hussie's last name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story.