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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Wesley refers to his upcoming sixteenth birthday. A scene was filmed, but cut for time, which depicted Wesley celebrating his birthday with friends and crew mates, while Worf and Data make observations on human birthday rituals. Stills from the scene were featured in a Starlog Magazine article on the series. See more
Bouncing a spacecraft off the atmosphere of a planet operates on the same principle as skipping a stone on the surface of a pond - in other words, it requires that the ship/stone approach the surface at an extremely shallow angle. The shuttle in this episode is seen to be pointing toward the planet at far too steep an angle to bounce off the atmosphere. See more
[pondering over a test about dealing with other species and cultures
Zaldans have webbed fingers... Phh... I wouldn't have passed.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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