Wesley is off to complete his Starfleet entrance exams and testing and makes friends with Mordock, another of the four candidates seeking admission. Only one of the four will be accepted into the Academy and the competition will be strong. Wesley is particularly worried about the psychological evaluation which will focus on what he fears most. He has no idea what that is, however. Picard's old friend, Admiral Gregory Quinn requests to be beamed aboard and arrives with Commander Remick from the Inspector General's office. Remmick is there to conduct a complete investigation of the ship's operations. His very presence is unnerving to both the Captain and the bridge crew and his questions to the senior officers all seem to indicate that it is Captain Picard who is under investigation with his decisions, judgment and reliability all in question. Written by
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The crew informs Capt. Picard that the wayward shuttle is out of transporter range, but that simply isn't possible. If the Enterprise can use the transporter to transport people to and from the surface of the planet, how could it not be able to transport someone from a shuttle that is between the planet's atmosphere and the Enterprise?
Even if the shuttle were, for some reason, out of the transporter range, the Enterprise is much faster than any of its shuttles, so it could very easily maneuver into transporter range or, if the transporter isn't functional, into tractor-beam range.
It makes absolutely no sense that Capt. Picard doesn't immediately give the command to chase the shuttle once it is in danger. Maintaining a standard orbit in the face of this emergency serves no purpose. See more
You all have an hour to prepare for your last test.
The psych test, sir?
We prefer to think of it as a psychological evaluation, based on reactions to various individual problems, but, er... 'psych test' will do.
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