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Where No One Has Gone Before 

Everyone accurately pegs a visiting propulsion scientist as a charlatan, but only Wesley Crusher recognizes his alien assistant as the real deal.

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Rob Bowman

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Diane Duane | 3 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Stanley Kamel ... Kosinski
Eric Menyuk ... The Traveler
Herta Ware Herta Ware ... Yvette Picard
Biff Yeager ... Argyle
Charles Dayton Charles Dayton ... Crewmember
Victoria Dillard ... Ballerina
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Although Riker considers maverick Federation scientist Kosinski's project to vastly boost the Enterprise's propulsion absurd, Picard obeys the Admiralty's orders. Fascinated, Wesley sits with his alien assistant and wins his confidence. The results surpass even Kosinski's wildest dreams, jumping the ship into a galaxy millions of light year away. Deciding against immediate study, Picard orders Kosinski to get them back. Only Wesley notices that his assistant, who 'fades' supernaturally, is the real key. The next jump brings them to where everyone's deepest hopes and fears come true. The alien assistant is ailing and reveals his 'Traveller' identity. Wesley's astuteness is noted and fittingly rewarded with an academy cadet future. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1987 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Alexander Courage's themes from Star Trek (1966) are included in a seven-note ostinato in the pieces "Log", "Visitors" and "Fly-By". See more »

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According to Data, the subspace message sent to Starfleet from the M-33 Galaxy would take 51 years, 10 months, 9 weeks and 16 days to reach Earth. Unless the lengths of months, weeks or days has changed considerably by the 24th century, or the relation of each unit to one other is different in subspace, this very impressive-sounding time frame can just as easily be expressed with 52 years, 2 weeks and 3 or 4 days. See more »

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The Traveler: You do understand, don't you, that thought is the basis of all reality. The energy of thought, to put in your terms, is very powerful.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A good episode but it also means MORE Wesley Crusher in subsequent episodes!
9 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In this series, I always thought there were a few weak characters--ones who generally were less than satisfying to watch. While Wesley Crusher was not the worst of these, he wasn't one of my favorite crew members, that's for sure. So, while this IS a very good episode, it also spells a broadened role for the know-it-all and annoying teen! So, it's a case of good news/bad news!

An extremely arrogant man named Kosinski has been sent to re-tune the Enterprise's engines to make them more efficient and powerful. Riker immediately takes a dislike for the guy--and it's easy to see why. However, this arrogance turns out to be hubris, as the guy turns out to be a complete idiot and his 'assistant' turns out to be the brains of the outfit. However, the brains has an agenda of his own and it takes them millions of light-years distant--so far away that it would take hundreds of years to return home!! What's next? Random characters from the crew's past magically appear and disappear throughout the ship!

The idea behind this episode is very novel and very interesting. It's well written and unusual. But, like I mentioned above, it also signals a much larger role for the child prodigy, the now Ensign Crusher.


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