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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17 November 1990 (USA)  »

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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 »


When Wesley stops in desert to start tricorder scan on Energy readings, automobile tracks are clearly visible in sand where Wesley and Dirgo stands as camera swap behind Picard. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Oh, I envy you, Wesley Crusher... You're just at the beginning of the adventure.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Samaritan Snare (1989) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Umm, so what's with that fountain??
2 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Yeah this was a bad episode! Everything that's been said here is right! But my only question is "what's with that fountain?" They never explained it! Why was it so protected? Was it magical? Did it give the drinker youth? What?! Westly figures out how to get pass the force field and gets to the water. Is it water? Maybe it's soda? Why would someone take the time to build such a force field to protect it? It's just water! Maybe it's some kind of clear coffee?! I don't know?! So what the heck is with that fountain?! Someone should make a whole fan fiction just about that fountain. I would watch that!


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