Galen persuades Gideon to seek a mystical crossroads. An investigator probes Matheson's mind.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Capt. Elizabeth Lochley (credit only)
Dr. Sarah Chambers (credit only)
Carrie Dobro ...
Mr. Jones
David Saunders ...
Navigator (as David A. Saunders)
Communications Officer


Galen persuades Gideon to seek a mystical crossroads. An investigator probes Matheson's mind.

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23rd century | See All (1) »


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23 June 1999 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Lt. John Matheson: Sir, before you go into your meeting, I wanted to let you know that Mr. Jones is here from the Bureau of Telepath Integration.
Capt. Matthew Gideon: The same Mr. Jones from six months ago? He gets around, doesn't he?
Lt. John Matheson: They're all called Mr Jones. It's their way of making the examination less personal.
Capt. Matthew Gideon: How could it not be personal? He crawls inside your head and roots around for dirt.
Lt. John Matheson: But only one telepath can watchdog another. It's like Internal Affairs of a police force...
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Technomage Galen persuades Captain Gideon to go on a search for the Well Of Forever
3 January 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews


Technomage Galen persuades Capt. Gideon to take the Excalibur to the mysterious Well Of Forever, somewhere in hyperspace. What Gideon doesn't know is that Galen does so under false pretences.

This episode's B-story revolves around Lt. Matheson being submitted to mandatory but intrusive telepathic probing by 'Mr Jones' of the Bureau of Telepath Integration.


This episode fails to deliver for the most part. The main storyline establishes Galen as a man who holds on to personal promises even if it means misleading a friend. Or even if it means knowingly jeopardizing the lives of the crew of the Excalibur. If the story had ended with Galen admitting that he made a mistake, or if in some way his guilt around his actions would have been shown earlier on in the episode, then, in my view, it would have been more believable.

It clearly was the writers' intention to establish Galen as an honorable man with his concluding words 'I will never again betray your trust. If I honored one vow, then you know I will keep this one'. For me that does not excuse the misleading of his friend nor the willingness to risk other people's lives for his own agenda. In any other story he would have been the bad guy... So the writers should have chosen another way to show us how 'honorable' Galen is.

Some scenes with Gideon and Eilerson seemed to refer to earlier dealings between the two, but I don't have a clue which dealings were meant here. In the two previous episodes there weren't too many scenes of those two characters interacting, certainly none that would explain the 'wink to the audience'. This gave me a lingering feeling that I missed something, which didn't particularly contribute to me enjoying this episode.

Quickly on to the next episode, I'd say.

Regards, Stephan Lodewijks from The Netherlands

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