Captain Picard is delighted to be the commencement speaker at Starfleet Academy on earth, but even before the Enterprise arrives for graduation, he must deliver the news to Dr. Crusher that her son cadet Wesley's Nova squadron has had an accident during Saturn maneuvers, in which his teammate Josh Albert was killed. While Picard remembers with grounds keeper Boothby a potentially career-breaking incident during his own training, the official investigation he is part of soon discovers Nicholas Locarno's team is trying to cover up what really happened, for one thing deviating from the original flight plan and blaming the deceased panicking. Picard has Data and Geordi partake in the flight recorder analysis. A random Saturn satellite sensor sweep shows they lied by omission, and Picard realizes their cocky intent. They can get off with a formal reprimand for lack of proof...
Did You Know?
This episode establishes that Captain Picard graduated from Starfleet Academy, "Class of '27" (2327). With Season Five taking place in the year 2368, Picard's Starfleet career spanned for a total of 41 years by the time of this episode. See more
When Wesley and Nicholas are seated at his desk in his quarters, the position of Wesley's left hand changes between shots. See more
Mister Locarno has been expelled.
They should have expelled all of us.
They very nearly did. Mister Locarno made an impassioned plea for the rest of you. He said that he'd used his influence as squadron leader to convince you to attempt the Kolvoord maneuver and then to cover up the truth. He asked to take full responsibility.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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