Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 19

The First Duty (28 Mar. 1992)

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



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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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Robert Duncan McNeill said in an interview that although Paris and Locarno may seem similar, they're actually quite different. Paris seemed unpleasant and self-serving, but deep down he was a good person. He'd just made some bad choices that led to some unfortunate consequences. Locarno, on the other hand, while nice and charming on the outside, was actually a really nasty person on the inside. See more »


It is unlikely that students would be allowed to fly a demonstration such as seen here.This type of flying requires years of experience and hundreds of hours of practice as is the case for contemporary military demonstration teams. Cadet students would not have the time required to practice nor the hours of flight time experience to even qualify for such a team. See more »


Capt. Picard: You told the truth up to a point. But a lie of omission is still a lie.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Lower Decks (1994) See more »


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Wesley is a lying little weasel...
24 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – 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 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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