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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Wesley's quarters at the Academy has a hinged door with a mechanical doorknob, rather than the automatic sliding doors seen in most Starfleet facilities. 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 »


Boothby: [on Nova Squadron] To the other cadets, the members of that team are gods; and that's a hard image to live up to. But Nick Locarno, he watches out for them. He keeps them together. Nick is what makes that team special. He's their coach, surrogate father and best friend, all in one - a natural leader. The members of that team love him. If he asks them to do something, they do it - even if it means going right over a cliff.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Pegasus (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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