Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 18

Coming of Age (12 Mar. 1988)

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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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The matte painting used to illustrate the Starfleet Academy testing facility is the same used for spaceports in many episodes of the series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979). One example is the Zantia spaceport from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Planet of the Amazon Women (1979). See more »

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When Jake steals the shuttlecraft, he somehow manages to get beyond transporter and tractor beam range, despite the fact that he is still between the Enterprise and the planet, which is well within the range of both. See more »

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Lt. Cmdr. Dexter Remmick: You don't like me very much, do you?
Lieutenant Worf: Is it required - sir?
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Conspiracy (1988) See more »

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Admiral Picard?
8 August 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

We see Wesley taking his exams in this for his entry into starfleet academy in this. The other candidates are interesting and we get to see the first Benzite seen in the Trek lore. The differences the way the candidates handle the facets of the exam were interesting. The investigation on the Enterprise was an interesting subplot and set up a story to be concluded later. The crew's frustration at Remmick's grilling, looking for something wrong with the way the Enterprise is being ran was compelling viewing. Remmick eventually departs and asks to one day serve aboard Enterprise. Picard has a look of total disgust and shock and mildly turns away. Wesley fails to win an Academy place and Picard reveals he failed the first time and Wesley is a little reassured. Interesting episode that dealt with many new aspects of Starfleet and investigations


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