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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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 »

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Lieutenant Worf: It is very difficult for me to depend on anyone for anything - but especially for my life.
Wesley Crusher: But on the Enterprise, you do that every day. Everyone depends on everyone else to protect them.
Lieutenant Worf: Yes.
Wesley Crusher: So you overcame it?
Lieutenant Worf: No. It is still my enemy.
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A prelude to a future episode
11 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:19 - "Coming Of Age" (Stardate: 41416.2) - this episode begins the problems in the highest ranks of Starfleet that will be concluded in the late 1st season episode "Conspiracy". In fact, the very two guest stars that starred in this episode will make a return in the aforementioned future episode - that being Ward Costello as Admiral Gregory Quinn and Robert Schenkkan as the hated Lt. Cmdr. Dexter Remmick. Meanwhile, Wesley goes off to take the strenuous Starfleet Academy entrance exam, competing against 3 other candidates for the 1 open position. This episode also makes mention of previous season 1 episodes including "Where No One Has Gone Before", "The Battle", and "Justice".


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