After bringing the good news that Ensign Wesley Crusher has been accepted to Starfeet Academy, captain Picard decides to go ahead by shuttle with Wesley on a mission to appease troublesome salonite miners on Pentaurus 5, while Riker brings the Enterprise to the defenseless planet Gamelon-1, which believes to be under silent attack from a spaceship which causes immense radiation. The miner host pilot captain Dirgo's shuttle gets into trouble, having to land in a desert without working replicator or supplies, so Picard decides to walk to the nearest mountains for shelter, persisting even when sensor readings suggest possible life. Riker decides not to return for a search before dealing with the radiation source, which is found to be an abandoned barge and soon starts disintegrating while on tractor-beam to an asteroid... When Dirgo foolishly fires a phaser on a protective column, which mysteriously forms around a fountain at approach, the cave crushes on Picard, so Wesley's ingenuity is...
Did You Know?
When Wesley finds the moon for the shuttle to make an emergency landing on, he states that the average mean temperature is 55 degrees Celsius. This equates to an average mean temperature of 131 degrees Fahrenheit. See more
The drama revolves around the question of what to do first: get rid of the garbage ship or search for Captain Picard and the other lost men. Riker decides to solve the garbage problem first. However, Riker didn't even think about splitting the Enterprise in two, something which would seem to be a huge advantage but is done surprisingly sparingly throughout the series. See more
Ensign Wesley Crusher
Sir... you don't know this. No one knows this. Because I've never told anyone. All of the things that I've worked for - school, my science projects, getting into the Academy... I've done it all because I want you to be proud of me.
References Uchû senkan Yamato
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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