Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 20

Journey's End (26 Mar. 1994)

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After the Federation grants access by the Cardassians to a planet already inhabited by Native American Indians, Picard has the daunting task of relocating them.



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Wesley is on leave from Starfleet Academy, but gloomy, moody and even rude. The Federation has concluded a peace treaty with the Cardassians, which reassigns several planets, including one where a tribe of American Indians relocated twenty years ago. Picard grudgingly accepts the assignment to relocate the colonists, who refuse to be uprooted a second time in two centuries. Their chief even claims that Picard is there to acquit his ancestor's part in a slaughter of his tribe 23 generations ago. The Cardassians arrive six weeks early for a 'legal' survey of the colony, stirring resistance. This is fueled by Wesley, who accepted an invitation from an Indian, who claims to have seen him during his vision quest, to undertake his own. It leads to Wesley's late dad, telling him that it's time to take a different path from his. Picard tries to get through to Cardassian commander Gul Evek. Wesley makes a major discovery and choice. Written by KGF Vissers

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Doug Wert reprises his role as Jack Crusher for the third and final time. See more »


Beverly speaks to Wesley about the Traveler, but mistakenly says that he is from Tau Ceti. Both Star Trek: The Next Generation: Where No One Has Gone Before, and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Remember Me had established that the Traveler was from Tau Alpha C. See more »


Admiral Alynna Nechayev: As someone once said: "Diplomacy is the art of the possible."
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Preemptive Strike (1994) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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One Story Ends with a Blowout;; Another Begins with a Pinprick
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The most visible occurrence of this episode is the last appearance of the Wesley Crusher character. Paying close attention, we learn that this promising Starfleet whiz kid is inwardly becoming depressed at the prospect of completing his studies and becoming an officer. During a mission to relocate the residents of a Federation colony on Dorvan V which is being ceded to Cardassia, Wesley meets a mysterious Native American who encourages him to take a vision quest, revealing an image from his father Jack Crusher telling Wes not to become an officer. After committing a deliberate violation of Starfleet code of conduct, shedding his uniform and trying to intervene in a violent brawl between the colonists and arriving Cardassians, Wesley discovers the mysterious Indian is none other than The Traveler, an inter-dimensional alien whom the Enterprise crew had encountered seven years earlier, now asking Wesley to travel with him to explore other plains of existence.

Though concluding Wesley's arc was important, the more important aspect of this episode is in the story of the attempt to resettle the Federation colonists from Dorvan V. This intended resettlement is the direct result of a border treaty with Cardassia, requiring them and the Federation to exchange colonies across the redrawn border. The Dorvan colonists, having spent generations being relocated in their search for a home, refuse to leave - or to be forcibly removed. The Cardassian newcomers agree to let them live undisturbed under Cardassian jurisdiction, an agreement which is destined to be short lived. In the immediate interim during Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, other colonists will refuse to be evacuated, try cutting ties with the Federation, suffer harassment by Cardassian bullies and band together to form a resistance, the Maquis. The Maquis would then play a vital role during Star Trek Voyager. And, it stems from a pinprick incident from this episode.

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