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
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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
[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.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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