Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 5

Where No One Has Gone Before (24 Oct. 1987)

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Although Riker considers maverick federation scientist Kosinski's project to vastly boost the propulsion absurd, Picard obeys the admiralty orders. Fascinated, Wesley sits with his alien ... See full summary »



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Although Riker considers maverick federation scientist Kosinski's project to vastly boost the propulsion absurd, Picard obeys the admiralty orders. Fascinated, Wesley sits with his alien assistant and wins his confidence. the results surpass even Kosinski's wildest dreams, jumping into a galaxy far beyond the explored part of the universe. 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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The title is derived from the introduction spoken by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Patrick Stewart, originally spoken in the first Star Trek (1966) series by Captain James T. Kirk: "Space... The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission, to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before." However, for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), "no man" was changed to "no one". See more »


Kosinski never wears a communicator throughout the entire episode, even though he is in Starfleet uniform. This is highly unusual, since the communicator pin is an integral part of the uniform. However, many details indicate that Kosinski is not a Starfleet officer: his strange single square insignia, him being referred to only as "expert" or "mister" - never by any rank, Commander Riker calling him "sir" in the transporter room, his informal (to say the least) behavior with senior officers, and so on. Apparently he is a civilian, working for Starfleet, which entitles him to wearing a Starfleet uniform, but not an officer's pin. See more »


Lt. Commander Data: Captain, we're here. Why not avail ourselves of this opportunity for study? There is a giant protostar here in the process of forming. No other vessel has been out this far.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Spoken like a true Starfleet graduate.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Remember Me (1990) See more »


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Quite a Mind Trip
26 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the best episode so far. What makes it so is that the laws of physics become accessible to the broad array of characters. The Enterprise and its ilk have the greatest potential but they are limited by their very structures and the forces of time and space. So we need to have a force of some kind enter the picture. This is what happens with the Traveller. We also come to realize that while raw and impulsive, Wesley Crusher is a key figure. I know he is an annoying kid, but he is the focal point here. Something must be done as the crew fly across the universe, arriving at galaxies that could only be dreamed of. The Traveller is the embodiment of an x-factor to go beyond and yet integrate the physics they are dealing with. There are some marvelous twists and turns here. Characters and objects fade in and out during warping. At some point, one has to admit some sense of defeat and draw in the forces that are not understandable to the mere mortal. I found this episode really interesting.

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