Although Riker considers maverick Federation scientist Kosinski's project to vastly boost the Enterprise's propulsion absurd, Picard obeys the Admiralty's orders. Fascinated, Wesley sits ... See full summary »

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Although Riker considers maverick Federation scientist Kosinski's project to vastly boost the Enterprise's propulsion absurd, Picard obeys the Admiralty's orders. Fascinated, Wesley sits with his alien assistant and wins his confidence. The results surpass even Kosinski's wildest dreams, jumping the ship into a galaxy millions of light year away. Deciding against immediate study, Picard orders Kosinski to get them back. Only Wesley noticed that his assistant, who 'faded' supernaturally, is the real key. The next jump brings to where the crew's deepest hopes and fears come true. The alien assistant is ailing and reveals his 'Traveller' identity. Wesley's astuteness is noted and fittingly rewarded with an academy cadet future. Written by KGF Vissers

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This story was loosely based on the Pocket TOS novel The Wounded Sky, also written by one of this episode's writers - Diane Duane. Producer Maurice Hurley did numerous uncredited rewrites on Duane and Michael Reaves' original script, but it still had much in common with their original concept. See more »

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When Kosinski enters the bridge after his 'experiment' unexpectedly sends the Enterprise to another galaxy, he begins explaining the process by which this error occurred. He states that "as the power grew, [he] applied the power 'asymptomatically'" which would imply that he applied power with no symptoms or otherwise discernible effects. It seems far more likely that the script read "applied the power 'asymptotically'", meaning that the power application tended to some arbitrary limit (the term 'asymptote' is often used in mathematics to describe the curve of a graph tending toward infinity). See more »

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Commander William T. Riker: And you have this ability, to travel?
The Traveler: Yes.
Commander William T. Riker: And others of your kind have the same ability?
The Traveler: Oh, yes.
Commander William T. Riker: Then why, in all of our history, is there no record of you or someone like you ever having visited us?
The Traveler: What wonderful arrogance! There is no record because we have not visited you before.
Commander William T. Riker: Why not?
The Traveler: Well, because, up until now - if-if you'll forgive this - you've been... uninteresting.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A good episode but it also means MORE Wesley Crusher in subsequent episodes!
9 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In this series, I always thought there were a few weak characters--ones who generally were less than satisfying to watch. While Wesley Crusher was not the worst of these, he wasn't one of my favorite crew members, that's for sure. So, while this IS a very good episode, it also spells a broadened role for the know-it-all and annoying teen! So, it's a case of good news/bad news!

An extremely arrogant man named Kosinski has been sent to re-tune the Enterprise's engines to make them more efficient and powerful. Riker immediately takes a dislike for the guy--and it's easy to see why. However, this arrogance turns out to be hubris, as the guy turns out to be a complete idiot and his 'assistant' turns out to be the brains of the outfit. However, the brains has an agenda of his own and it takes them millions of light-years distant--so far away that it would take hundreds of years to return home!! What's next? Random characters from the crew's past magically appear and disappear throughout the ship!

The idea behind this episode is very novel and very interesting. It's well written and unusual. But, like I mentioned above, it also signals a much larger role for the child prodigy, the now Ensign Crusher.


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