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Final Mission 

Before leaving for Starfleet Academy, Wesley Crusher accompanies Captain Picard on a dangerous mission.


Corey Allen


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Kacey Arnold-Ince (teleplay by) | 6 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton ... Ensign Wesley Crusher
Nick Tate ... Dirgo
Kim Hamilton ... Songi
Mary Kohnert Mary Kohnert ... Ensign Tess Allenby


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... Written by KGF Vissers

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17 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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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.
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References Star Trek: The Deadly Years (1967) See more »


Au . . dum, da-da blonde
French folk song
Performed by Patrick Stewart
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Yes, It Is That Bad!
22 August 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I finished watching this and was astonished at how silly it was. Then I started second guessing things because the recent episodes have been so good. Now, after reading other commentaries, my suspicions have been confirmed. This is a sophomoric plot with enough idiocy to fill its own book. I won't go over all the problems. The two most basic to me are Wesley and Picard being picked up by some ne'er-do-well captain of a rickety shuttle. I suppose the Enterprise shuttles were leased, and they didn't want to put any more miles on them. Then we have the ridiculous scow, floating around in orbit. Unless, I lost all my knowledge of physics, when you reach a point where the gravitational pull is unable to sustain itself, the object floats away. This should have happened a few minutes after the tractor beam got hold of the big piece of junk. I won't even go into the tawdry junk that goes on after the crash. It is embarrassingly syrupy and precious and so unlike something that would represent Picard in this series. Perhaps the script was the prize winner in a junior high creative writing contest.

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