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The First Duty 

Wesley Crusher's team has an accident at Starfleet Academy. Picard offers to help a Starfleet investigation as to what happened, and begins to suspect they are hiding something.



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Episode cast overview:
Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Lt. Worf
Counselor Deanna Troi
Lt. Commander Data
Lt. Cmdr. Albert
Captain Satelk
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Jean Hajar


Captain Picard is delighted to be the commencement speaker at Starfleet Academy on earth, but even before the Enterprise arrives for graduation, he must deliver the news to Dr. Crusher that her son cadet Wesley's Nova squadron has had an accident during Saturn maneuvers, in which his teammate Josh Albert was killed. While Picard remembers with grounds keeper Boothby a potentially career-breaking incident during his own training, the official investigation he is part of soon discovers Nicholas Locarno's team is trying to cover up what really happened, for one thing deviating from the original flight plan and blaming the deceased panicking. Picard has Data and Geordi partake in the flight recorder analysis. A random Saturn satellite sensor sweep shows they lied by omission, and Picard realizes their cocky intent. They can get off with a formal reprimand for lack of proof... Written by KGF Vissers

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This episode was screened for cadets of the United States Air Force Academy as an illustration of the honor code students were expected to observe. See more »


When Wesley is undergoing questioning, he says that he transported to Mimas (which is one of Saturn's moons), and pronounces it, "mee-mus". The correct pronunciation is "my-mus". It's difficult to believe that a Starfleet cadet, much less Wesley, wouldn't know this. See more »


Wesley Crusher: We thought we could do it. We thought we could do anything. We were wrong. And Josh died.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Pathfinder (1999) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Wesley is a lying little weasel...
24 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Picard is surprised to learn that Wesley has gotten himself into trouble at Starfleet Academy...big trouble. He and a group of cadets were involved in an accident where one of their team's members was killed and one of the dominant members of the group, Nick (Robert Duncan McNeill) pressures Wesley and the rest to lie to the board of inquiry. Why? What are they hiding? Wesley isn't forthcoming about why...so it's up to Picard to figure out what REALLY happened.

This episode makes Wesley look pretty bad. While he ultimately does do the right thing, he is a lying weasel during much of the show and you really don't like or respect him in this one. Because of this, the show is a bit of a letdown. However, it is interesting and worth seeing.

By the way, Robert Duncan McNeill later was a regular on "Star Trek: Voyager". Also veteran character actors Ed Lautner and Ray Walston also appear in this episode.

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