Wesley is on leave from Starfleet Academy, but gloomy, moody and even rude. The Federation has concluded a peace treaty with the Cardassians, which reassigns several planets, including one where a tribe of Native Americans relocated twenty years ago. Picard grudgingly accepts the assignment to relocate the colonists, who refuse to be uprooted a second time in two centuries. Their chief even claims that Picard is there to acquit his ancestor's part in a slaughter of his tribe 23 generations ago. The Cardassians arrive six weeks early for a 'legal' survey of the colony, stirring resistance. This is fueled by Wesley, who accepted an invitation from a Native American, who claims to have seen him during his vision quest, to undertake his own. It leads to Wesley's late dad, telling him that it's time to take a different path from his. Picard tries to get through to Cardassian commander Gul Evek. Wesley makes a major discovery and choice.
Did You Know?
This episode lays the groundwork for the DMZ, contested territories between the Federation and the Cardassian Empire. People being forced from their homes would lead to the formation of the Maquis, a recurring plot thread in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
(1993) and Star Trek: Voyager
(1995). See more
When the traveler first appears in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Where No One Has Gone Before
, he says to Capt. Picard in private that Wesley is special, like Mozart is to music and asks him to keep it to himself, especially don't tell his mother. Picard agreed and was never shown telling Beverly that secret. Here, Beverly relays to Wesley the same statement, about him being special like Mozart. How did Beverly find out what the traveler told Picard? See more
What are those figures?
They're mansara - dolls that represent the different spirits that've come to this place.
That one looks like a Klingon.
Yes. Our culture is rooted in the past, but it's not limited to the past. Spirits of the Klingon, the Vulcan and Ferengi... come to us just as the bear and the coyote, the parrot... There's no difference.
Referenced in Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more