Although Riker considers maverick federation scientist Kosinski's project to vastly boast the propulsion absurd, Picard obeys the admiralty orders. Fascinated, Wesley sits with his alien assistant and wins his confidence. the results surpass eve 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
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, who played The Traveler, had originally auditioned for the part of Data. See more
The Enterprise is transported at "off the scale" velocities to the M-33 galaxy over 2 million light years away. Geordi La Forge mentions that according to his calculations on his terminal, at maximum warp, it would take the Enterprise "over 300 years" to get home. According to numerous Star Trek-canon sources, Warp Factor 9 ranges between 729 to 1000+ times the speed of light, so in actuality it would take the Enterprise over 2000 years to get home, not 300. In order for the Enterprise to make it home from 2 million light years away in 300 years, it would have to travel at over 6666 times the speed of light. This is also further debunked by Star Trek: Voyager
, which stated that it would take the USS Voyager (which has a higher top warp speed of Warp 9.975 compared to Enterprise's 9.6) over 75 years to traverse over 70,000 light years at its maximum warp. Even if Voyager and Enterprise had matching top speeds, it would still take Enterprise over 2140 years to get home from 2 million light years distance, and not 300 years as Geordi stated. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Attention all decks. This is to inform you that with your support, the Traveler has returned us to our own galaxy. However, he has now left us. Wherever he has gone - we wish him well.
A Little Night Music
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart See more