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 boast 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 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 KGF Vissers

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This episode is considered by many to be the original premise behind the series Star Trek: Voyager (1995). See more »

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After the first jump, an outside view shows a highly dynamic astronomical scenery: gas clouds visibly moving across the screen and around a large red object (possibly that protostar Data mentions later), making about one full revolution per minute. Only massive black holes can rotate the matter around them at such speeds, but the red object looks nothing like a black hole, and besides, if the Enterprise was so close to a black hole, it would've been in very big trouble. Other than that, any astronomical view should appear frozen solid to a human observer, considering the vast distances and dimensions involved. See more »

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The Traveler: Are you familiar with the intricacies of what is called here 'music'?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Somewhat.
The Traveler: And such musical genius as I saw in one of your ship's libraries, one called Mozart, who as a small child wrote astonishing symphonies, a genius who made music not only to be heard, but seen and felt beyond the understanding, the ability of others? Wesley is such a person, not with music, but with the equally lovely intricacies of time, energy, propulsion, and the instruments of this vessel, which allow all that to ...
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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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