Picard finds himself facing a strenuous test of his loyalty to Starfleet, one which the other members of the crew are struggling to cope with, whilst Wesley faces an equally challenging entrance exam at Starfleet Academy.

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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 garykmcd

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T'shanik is the first Vulcan with a speaking role to appear in ST:TNG. See more »

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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 »

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Lt. Chang: You all have an hour to prepare for your last test.
Wesley Crusher: The psych test, sir?
Lt. Chang: 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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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Battle (1987) See more »

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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A transitional episode.
11 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Coming of Age" is an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" that is very transitional in nature. In other words, it concerns events that will SOON be unfolding. Because of that, you might not enjoy the episode so much until you learn more about what REALLY is happening. In one plot, Lt. Cmdr. Remmick and Admiral Quinn later appear in "Conspiracy"--and exactly WHO they are and WHAT they are doing finally becomes apparent. Here in this particular episode, however, their goals are unclear and the pair are involved in some sort of loyalty investigation--and it comes off a bit like the investigations during the so-called 'Red Scare' of the late 1940s and into the 50s. The other plot involves Acting Ensign Crusher going to take the Starfleet exam. While Crusher does not yet enter the academy, this will take up quite a bit of the show later--when he is absent from the ship and a few episodes involve his academy life.

Despite not having the answers, this is a very good episode and when seen as a whole, they are excellent and should be seen by fans. Well worth seeing and well written.


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