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Final Mission 

Before leaving for Starfleet Academy, Wesley Crusher accompanies Captain Picard on a dangerous mission.


Corey Allen


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Kacey Arnold-Ince (teleplay by) | 6 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton ... Ensign Wesley Crusher
Nick Tate ... Dirgo
Kim Hamilton ... Songi
Mary Kohnert Mary Kohnert ... Ensign Tess Allenby


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... Written by KGF Vissers

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17 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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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.
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References Uchû senkan Yamato (1974) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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How do they breathe.
16 July 2019 | by dreyenerdSee all my reviews

Star Trek is, of course, science fiction. As such it is fiction, but the science should be correct. The captain and Wesley land on a planet that apparently has an atmosphere that contains sufficient oxygen to support human life. Free oxygen cannot exist in an atmosphere unless it is continuously replenished some how. The only known way to put elemental oxygen into an atmosphere is by photosynthesis. The planet they land on looks like Mars, a dry desert with no apparent life. Oxygen is a highly reactive substance. It will react with almost anything it comes in contact with. If photosynthesis ceased all the oxygen in the earth's atmosphere would be gone in a very short period of time. In fact, before photosynthetic organisms evolved, there was no free oxygen in the atmosphere. In order to make this episode believable they should have put some living things there that could produce oxygen by some mechanism. I agree with the other reviewers. This was not a well done or well constructed episode.

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