Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 9

Final Mission (17 Nov. 1990)

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Before leaving for Starfleet Academy, Wesley Crusher accompanies Captain Picard on a dangerous mission.



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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 KGF Vissers

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Wil Wheaton's final credited appearance as a regular. He would go on to make guest appearances in four later episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). See more »


The computer counts down the time until radiation exposure becomes fatal, but resistance levels are different for every individual, as well as for different species. Enterprise contains many different kinds of aliens, all of whom would have different maximum contamination levels. See more »


Ensign Wesley Crusher: [to Dirgo] And you were worried about how tough the Captain is?
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Samaritan Snare (1989) See more »


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Yes, It Is That Bad!
22 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I finished watching this and was astonished at how silly it was. Then I started second guessing things because the recent episodes have been so good. Now, after reading other commentaries, my suspicions have been confirmed. This is a sophomoric plot with enough idiocy to fill its own book. I won't go over all the problems. The two most basic to me are Wesley and Picard being picked up by some ne'er-do-well captain of a rickety shuttle. I suppose the Enterprise shuttles were leased, and they didn't want to put any more miles on them. Then we have the ridiculous scow, floating around in orbit. Unless, I lost all my knowledge of physics, when you reach a point where the gravitational pull is unable to sustain itself, the object floats away. This should have happened a few minutes after the tractor beam got hold of the big piece of junk. I won't even go into the tawdry junk that goes on after the crash. It is embarrassingly syrupy and precious and so unlike something that would represent Picard in this series. Perhaps the script was the prize winner in a junior high creative writing contest.

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