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 take part 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?
Nick Locarno's character would lay the framework for the role of Tom Paris in Star Trek: Voyager
(1995). To the extent that the same actor Robert Duncan McNeill
would play the role. Locarno was supposed to be on Voyager instead, but various legal issues, like having to pay royalties to the writers of The First Duty for every single episode of Voyager Locarno would appear in made the idea unworkable, so they turned him into a different character. Tom Paris' background and personality were based in part on Locarno. See more
When Captain Picard is talking with Groundskeeper Boothby, Picard's breathing is clearly visible, and fog can also be seen in the background, but Boothby's breath cannot be seen. Most likely the wide shot of the scene, and Patrick Stewart
's close-ups, were shot early in the morning. Then Ray Walston
's close-up was shot later in the day, when it was warmer, so his breath was no longer visible. See more
I would never have graduated if you...
You made a mistake. There isn't anybody among us who hasn't been young enough to make at least one.
You did what you had to do, what you thought was best. I just made sure that you listened to yourself. You needed to get your bearings; I knew that. The important thing is what you did with your life afterwards; seems you did okay. That's enough thanks for me.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more