Wesley Crusher
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Wesley Crusher (Character)
from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)

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Wesley Crusher is an aspiring Starfleet cadet, child prodigy, and son of the Enterprise-D's chief medical officer Beverly Crusher. He is occasionally precocious to the point of being obnoxious, although he is unaware of this. He spends all his time with adults who have studied for years to do what comes naturally to him and as a result sometimes fails to fit in with either grown-ups or his intimidated peers.

He shows a particular aptitude for engineering and participates in many work study programs aboard the Enterprise-D. He devises engineering fixes which save the ship from certain danger and notices things amiss when other members of the crew do not.

All of the members of the crew feel very protective of Wesley and each does their part to help him grown up.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard, despite the rocky beginnings of their friendship, serves as a stern father figure and encourages Wesley when he needs it. First officer William Riker treats Wesley like an adult and offers him tips for dealing with women and Guinan, the wise bartender, gives him needed reality and ego checks. He frequently works with Geordi La Forge in engineering, given his interest in the subject.

He learns he has a unique connection to an entity known as The Traveler, who has the ability to alter time, space, and warp fields with the power of his mind.

Background: Wesley is the son of Beverly and Jack Crusher, both Starfleet officers. His father was serving under Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the USS Stargazer when he was killed on an away mission when Wesley was five.

He is 15-years-old when he begins living aboard the Enterprise-D with his mother. Picard had a hard time adjusting to Wesley's presence, in part from guilt over Jack's death, but mostly because of his general unease around children.

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