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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Ronald D. Moore also wrote the Deep Space Nine episode "Valiant" that focused on another group of Starfleet cadets, Red Squad. See more
In the explanation of the maneuvers, the term "low apogee" is used to describe a trajectory around Titan, a moon of Saturn. In the strict sense, an apogee is the highest point in the orbit of a satellite around earth. Even when accepting that the term may also be used for other planets, the fact remains that the term is used here to refer to the orbit of a ship around a moon, not a planet, hence it is not correct. A correct term would have been "low apoapsis". See more
[on seeing Picard for the first time since his Academy years
What happened to your hair?
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
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