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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 »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. 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 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 ... Written by KGF Vissers

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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: [to Dirgo] And you were worried about how tough the Captain is?
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References Space Battleship Yamato (1974) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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Wesley goes to Star Fleet
1 August 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This TNG episode begins with some great news, Wesley Crusher has been accepted at Star Fleet Academy. In fact to give him some first hand knowledge of Star Fleet's diplomatic missions, Patrick Stewart brings Wil Wheaton a mission he has to settle a dispute of some planetary miners. But the big mistake is going on one rickety old spaceship piloted by miner Nick Tate. On an Enterprise shuttlecraft I doubt they would have crashed on an uninhabited moon.

Meanwhile under Jonathan Frakes command they go to the aid of a planet that leader Kim Hamilton says is being bombarded with radiation. It's an old garbage scow of a spaceship that wandered into their planet's atmosphere and is leaking radioactive waste. The Enterprise fixes the problem and sends the scow on its intended destination.

At that point Will Ryker hears of Picard and Wesley's disappearance. All I will say is that Patrick Stewart and Wil Wheaton have some great heart to heart scenes as the two try to survive. Some of Wheaton's best acting in the history of TNG.

You should watch for that alone.

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