A mission of the Enterprise as seen through some junior officers who are up for promotions, as questions of duty and honor arise among some of them, such as a Bajoran whom Worf has designated to be promoted to operations.



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Sam Lavelle, who is up for promotion after tests he takes with fellow ensigns, fears Riker has it in for him. Sito Jaxa is told by Picard she shouldn't even have been admitted to the course after her cowardly conduct as Starfleet Academy cadet. Worf takes care of the close combat training. While the trainee officers wrestle with their hopes and honor, the Enterprise has to shift focus to a real operation. This involves a covert mission with a Cardassian, for which a cadet is selected after some doubts have been lifted by hidden psychological tests. Written by KGF Vissers

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5 February 1994 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The return of Shannon Fill as Sito Jaxa who first appeared as one of Wesley Crusher's Squadron Teammates at the academy in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The First Duty (1992). See more »


When Ensign Sito sits in the Ops position after the battle simulation, a wooden wedge can be seen bracing the base of the seat. See more »


[repeated line]
Lieutenant Worf: Defend yourself!
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The First Duty (1992) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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2 April 2016 | by (Outer Rim of the Milky Way Galaxy) – See all my reviews

As a Junior Enlisted officer in the military, this has always been one of my favorite episodes. It was excellent to see how the lower ranks (decks) reacted to what those above them are doing, and how the upper ranks react to what the lower decks do. Ensign Sito Jaxa was a favorite character and I really wish she would have returned or her fate determined over on DS9. She would have been a welcome addition (and perhaps a foil/protégé for Kira). I would have rather seen TNG go onto another season rather than go onto the big screen. All in all, this is one of the best episodes TNG ever did. It's too bad they didn't do more episodes showing what was going on with the lower ranks. (or that it took until O'Brien was on DS9 to give him his own pips).

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