After bringing the good news that Ensign Wesley Crusher has been accepted to Starfeet Academy, captain Picard decides to go ahead by shuttle with Wesley on a mission to appease troublesome salonite miners on Pentaurus 5, while Riker brings the Enterprise to the defenseless planet Gamelon-1, which believes to be under silent attack from a spaceship which causes immense radiation. The miner host pilot captain Dirgo's shuttle gets into trouble, having to land in a desert without working replicator or supplies, so Picard decides to walk to the nearest mountains for shelter, persisting even when sensor readings suggest possible life. Riker decides not to return for a search before dealing with the radiation source, which is found to be an abandoned barge and soon starts disintegrating while on tractor-beam to an asteroid... When Dirgo foolishly fires a phaser on a protective column, which mysteriously forms around a fountain at approach, the cave crushes on Picard, so Wesley's ingenuity is... Written by
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The computer counts down the time until radiation exposure becomes fatal, but there is no magical time at which radiation becomes fatal. Death by radioactive contamination is cumulative, with many health problems occurring years after the initial exposure. Short-term effects include nausea, vomiting, and hair-loss, yet none of the crew have these problems. Long-term effects, which crop up years later, include anemia, leukemia, and dozens of different kinds of cancer. But again, every Enterprise crew member stays completely healthy. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Oh, I envy you, Wesley Crusher... You're just at the beginning of the adventure.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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