After bringing the good news that Ensign Wesley Crusher has been accepted to Starfeet Academy, captain Picard decides to go ahead by shuttle with Wesley on a mission to appease troublesome salonite miners on Pentaurus 5, while Riker brings the Enterprise to the defenseless planet Gamelon-1, which believes to be under silent attack from a spaceship which causes immense radiation. The miner host pilot captain Dirgo's shuttle gets into trouble, having to land in a desert without working replicator or supplies, so Picard decides to walk to the nearest mountains for shelter, persisting even when sensor readings suggest possible life. Riker decides not to return for a search before dealing with the radiation source, which is found to be an abandoned barge and soon starts disintegrating while on tractor-beam to an asteroid... When Dirgo foolishly fires a phaser on a protective column, which mysteriously forms around a fountain at approach, the cave crushes on Picard, so Wesley's ingenuity is...
Did You Know?
The planet that the Enterprise is detoured to, Gamelan V, is a nod to the Gammilons, an enemy and later friend of the Starforce in the Japanese TV/Movie series anime, Starblazers (Space Battleship Yamato). Also, a gamelan is a type of small metal melodic drum from southeast Asia, especially Indonesia. See more
When Wesley stops in desert to start tricorder scan on Energy readings, automobile tracks are clearly visible in sand where Wesley and Dirgo stands as camera swap behind Picard. See more
Ensign Wesley Crusher
Sir... you don't know this. No one knows this. Because I've never told anyone. All of the things that I've worked for - school, my science projects, getting into the Academy... I've done it all because I want you to be proud of me.
Au . . dum, da-da blonde
French folk song
Performed by Patrick Stewart See more