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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Ned Romero would later play Chakotay's Great Grandfather in Star Trek: Voyager: The Fight (1999). 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 »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Anthwara believes that I am responsible for the crimes of one of my ancestors against his people.
Commander William T. Riker: Do you believe that?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: No, of course not. I respect his belief; but I do not see how it can have any bearing on this mission. But even so, I can't help wondering... if a... dark chapter in my family's history is about to be repeated.
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Wesley leaves!
6 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode is pretty stupid, though it does at least mark the end to Wesley's appearances on the show. While I assume Wil Wheaton is a lovely person in real life, I have met very few people that liked him on the show. Here, oddly, he's at his very, very worst-- insufferable in fact!

The Federation has just negotiated a treaty with the Kardashian Empire*. As part of the treaty, some Federation planets will need to be evacuated and some of the Kardashians will have to do the same. This is a real problem for an ultra-bizarro group of American Indians** who are inexplicably living there. After all, I could appreciate their desire to leave Earth since folks weren't particularly nice to them in the past. But why did they need to go to THIS place way across space?! Considering how close it is to Kardashian space, this is just illogical.

Speaking of illogical, there is the plot about Wesley. So much of it just doesn't make sense. First, when he comes aboard he is sullen, insufferable and nasty. While this is normal for most teens, he's supposed to be about 20 and in his final year at Starfleet Academy. He was written very poorly because he was so extremely unlikable and behaved like a boorish jerk. Second, one of the Indians** takes him on a long spirit journey to discover who he really is. And, third, this same being then tells Wesley he's ascending to a higher form of life--and in light of what an annoying idiot he's become, there is no way ANYONE could believe this!! Oh, and the one native leader is clearly wearing a long-hair wig, as you can see the seams if you look carefully!

*Yes, I know they are Cardassians. My daughter calls them that and I think it's kind of cute.

**What do you call these people?! I want to be nice and all politically correct and all, but you CANNOT call them 'Native Americans'. Apart from being a bit patronizing, they certainly aren't Americans since they live on a planet other than Earth. And, since they never mention which tribe they are, you cannot call them by their tribe. Just wondering what to do about this?

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