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Coming of Age 

Picard finds himself facing a strenuous test of his loyalty to Starfleet, one which the other members of the crew are struggling to cope with, whilst Wesley faces an equally challenging entrance exam at Starfleet Academy.

Director:

Michael Vejar

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Sandy Fries | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lt. Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Ward Costello Ward Costello ... Adm. Gregory Quinn
Robert Schenkkan ... Lt. Cmdr. Dexter Remmick
John Putch ... Mordock
Robert Ito ... Lt. Chang
Stephen Gregory ... Jake Kurland
Tasia Valenza ... T'Shanik
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Storyline

Wesley is off to complete his Starfleet entrance exams and testing and makes friends with Mordock, another of the four candidates seeking admission. Only one of the four will be accepted into the Academy and the competition will be strong. Wesley is particularly worried about the psychological evaluation which will focus on what he fears most. He has no idea what that is, however. Picard's old friend, Admiral Gregory Quinn requests to be beamed aboard and arrives with Commander Remick from the Inspector General's office. Remmick is there to conduct a complete investigation of the ship's operations. His very presence is unnerving to both the Captain and the bridge crew and his questions to the senior officers all seem to indicate that it is Captain Picard who is under investigation with his decisions, judgment and reliability all in question. Written by garykmcd

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1988 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

Towards the end of the episode, we see Captain Picard run into Jake (a boy from earlier who had stolen a shuttle.) The shot keeps going back and forth between them; you can see that the hallway curves to the right behind each of their shoulders', even as they face each other.

This would technically make the hallway an S curve - which isn't possible/likely, given that the ship is designed around a circular layout. See more »

Quotes

Wesley Crusher: I thought there was nothing that could frighten a Klingon warrior.
Lieutenant Worf: Only fools have no fear.
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Connections

Featured in Mr. Plinkett's Star Trek 2009 Review (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Interesting but Not So Original
30 July 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Until I started re watching this series, I didn't realize what a dominant presence Wesley was early on. He has already done two or three things that have saved the bacon of the crew. In this one he is about go to a place where he and three other candidates will vie for a single entry into Star Fleet Academy. Of course, the things they do are beyond our understanding (as well as the script writers). It's hard to imagine him having so much punch on board, but that's entertainment. The other, more serious, plot involves an investigation on board the Enterprise the object of which is completely hidden from us. An over-zealous investigator with no sense of humor and no tact begins to grill the crew. Everything seems to center around Picard's competence. The mysterious nature of this will apparently be explained at a later date, as my fellow reviewers have indicated. The Academy test is interesting with four candidates, one a Vulcan and the other a guy who apparently needs a tray under his chin to breath in some vapors. There is also the other earthling, a very attractive young woman who Wesley has a Crusher on (bad joke). Anyway, the final test, while interesting, has been done to death in other settings on other shows. Pretty easy to see it coming.


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