Ens. Wesley Crusher suffers from the pangs of first love when the Enterprise is tasked to transport a young woman, Salia, back to her home where she is to become the leader of her people. ... See full summary »



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Jaime Hubbard ...
Salia (as Jamie Hubbard)
Peter Neptune ...
Cindy Sorenson ...
Furry Animal (Anya) (as Cindy Sorensen)


Ens. Wesley Crusher suffers from the pangs of first love when the Enterprise is tasked to transport a young woman, Salia, back to her home where she is to become the leader of her people. Traveling with her is her guardian and teacher, Anya, who is more that just a bit overprotective. Wesley very much wants to be with her - and her likewise with him - but there are few opportunities and Anya continually interferes. Guinan and others provide him with advice. When Salia reveals her true self to him, he re-evaluates his feelings. Written by garykmcd

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18 February 1989 (USA)  »

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Wil Wheaton's first on-screen kiss. See more »


When Wesley takes Salia to the holodeck, the area around their feet decreases in size. This forces Salia to move closer to Wesley and put her arm around his waist. In the very next shot the same arm is now linked with Wesley's. See more »


Wesley Crusher: [to Riker] What should I say? How do I act? What do I do?
Commander William T. Riker: Guinan, I need your help. Could you step over here a minute?
Guinan: Sounds simple enough.
Commander William T. Riker: [to Wesley] Now, first words out of your mouth are the most important. You may want to start with something like this.
[to Guinan]
Commander William T. Riker: You are the most beautiful woman in the galaxy...
[to Wesley]
Commander William T. Riker: But that might not work.
Guinan: Yes! Yes, it would.
Commander William T. Riker: [to Guinan] You don't know how long I've wanted to tell you that.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A Fairly Lightweight Romance with a Twist
7 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm sure many found this charming. For me, it was just so so. If it weren't for the implications of the young woman's presence, it wouldn't be all that gratifying. The Enterprise acts as envoy to take a teenaged girl (or so we think) along with her guardian to hopefully settle hostilities on a couple warring planets. Wesley Crusher sees her and it's lights out. Suddenly, his work begins to suffer and he seeks advice on how to woo her. The funniest is Worf who explains Klingon mating rituals. Wesley is flabbergasted. Meanwhile, the guardian tells Picard to keep Wesley away from the young woman. She has big fish to fry and doesn't need distractions. This character is a shape-shifter and is able to take on the presence of an enormous creature or a silly looking bear-like thing. The young woman has the same powers and so any dalliance with Wesley is compromised. There is a touching scene where he shows her some of the holodeck projections from other celestial locales and they have a nice moment together. We still know where this is going. A pleasant episode and a bit of development for Wesley's character. Worth seeing, certainly.

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