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Where No One Has Gone Before 

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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The episode was originally titled "Where None Have Gone Before". See more »

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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 »

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Kosinski: I don't think you understand: this has already been approved by Starfleet Command.
Commander William T. Riker: But it hasn't been approved by the chief engineer. Or by me.
Kosinski: I didn't know that was necessary.
Commander William T. Riker: Now you do.
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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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