After bringing the good news that Ensign Wesley Crusher has been accepted to Starfleet Academy, Captain Picard decides to go ahead by shuttle with Wesley on a mission to appease troublesome salenite miners on Pentarus V, while Riker takes the Enterprise to the defenseless planet Gamelan V, which believes itself 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 belt. When Dirgo foolishly fires a phaser on a protective column, which mysteriously forms around a fountain at approach, the cave collapses on Picard, and Wesley's ...
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 Space Battleship Yamato
(1974). Also, a gamelan is a type of small metal melodic drum from southeast Asia, especially Indonesia. See more
When Capt Picard, Wesley, and Dirgo abandon the crashed shuttle, the long shot of them walking off shows them going in a different direction than their arrow points: the arrow points straight, they go at an angle to the right. However, the arrow was probably put in place only to show the general direction in which they were heading, i.e. toward the mountain range. For the search team it would then have been easy to trace their footprints or at least to scan for their life signs. See more
Ensign Wesley Crusher
And you were worried about how tough the Captain is?
References Space Battleship Yamato
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more