An Inside Look Into The Riker Chair Maneuver

By: H&I Staff     Posted: May 19, 2020, 2:35PM

It goes without saying that Commander Riker is number one for many fans of The Next Generation and Star Trek as a whole. From his stylish beard to his charismatic demeanor, Riker is without a doubt one of the most memorable characters in the franchise.

However, there is one aspect of Riker’s that you and many other fans might have overlooked over the years — The Riker Chair Maneuver. 

Coined after the “Riker Maneuver” strategy from the show, this sweeping of the leg above any chair that dares to cross Riker’s path has become a legend amongst fans.

For years fans speculated the reasoning behind The Riker Chair Maneuver. It wasn't until this Reddit thread that fans got their answer. The theory goes on to claim that, much like the Riker Lean, this stance was due to an injury Jonathan Frakes endured on his back while working for a moving company prior to the series. 

This theory would later be confirmed by Wil Wheaton himself in the same Reddit thread stating “Confirmed. Source: I served on the Enterprise with Riker for 5 years.”

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