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The Dauphin 

Wesley falls for the young future leader of Daled IV, unaware just how dangerous the girl's protective and overly restrictive guardian can be.


Rob Bowman


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Scott Rubenstein | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Diana Muldaur ... Doctor Pulaski
Paddi Edwards ... Anya
Jaime Hubbard Jaime Hubbard ... Salia (as Jamie Hubbard)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Peter Neptune Peter Neptune ... Aron
Mädchen Amick ... Teenage Girl
Cindy Sorenson Cindy Sorenson ... Furry Animal (as Cindy Sorensen)


Ens. Wesley Crusher suffers the pangs of first love when the Enterprise is tasked to transport a young woman, Salia, back to her home world where she is to become the leader of her people. Traveling with her is her guardian and teacher, Anya, who is more than just a bit overprotective. Wesley very much wants to be with Salia - likewise she with him - but there are few opportunities under Anya's watchful eye. Guinan and others provide Wesley with advice, but when Salia reveals her true self to him, he re-evaluates his feelings. Written by garykmcd

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18 February 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wesley Crusher's superconductor magnet prop, slightly modified, appears again in Star Trek Voyager Prime Factors as the spatial trajector matrix. See more »


Both Worf and Dr. Pulaski are surprised by the existence of shapeshifters, with the latter treating the concept as something from a zoological textbook; however, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701) encountered shapeshifters in Star Trek: The Original Series: The Man Trap, Star Trek: The Original Series: Whom Gods Destroy and Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Survivor. Captain James Kirk and Dr. Leonard McCoy also encountered one in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. See more »


Anya: Salia, do an old woman a favor and obey me for the rest of this trip.
Salia: You are no more an old woman than I am a leader.
[Worf appears at their quarters to escort Anya on a tour of the ship]
Anya: You *are* a leader. And I... am older than you could ever imagine.
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Featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Well Worth Watching
3 January 2017 | by M_ExchangeSee all my reviews

I think that this episode is receiving a fairly low rating just because it revolves around most people's least favorite "The Next Generation" character, Wesley. Well, it's not one of the best TNG episodes, but it's definitely one of its better ones. It has a few unexpected, genuinely funny comedic twists and a light and entertaining romance story. I was actually impressed by the youngest actors' performances in this one, and the script is fairly solid.

I think that its rating might also be suffering because it follows one of the best Next Generation episodes of all time ("The Measure of a Man"). But it's well worth seeing. In comparing it to another episode that also featured Wesley fairly heavily, it's not the ridiculous, crushing bore that "The Naked Now" was.

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