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Coming of Age
Stardate 41461.2
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 19 (1.19)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby   IMDB   Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Worf
Gates McFadden   IMDB   Commander Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton   IMDB   Wesley Crusher
Guest Cast:
Ward Costello   IMDB   Admiral Gregory Quinn
Robert Schenkkan   IMDB   Lt. Commander Dexter Remmick
John Putch   IMDB   Mordock
Robert Ito   IMDB   Lieutenant Chang
Stephen Gregory   IMDB   Jake Kurland
Tasia Valenza   IMDB   T'Shanik
Estee Chandler   IMDB   Oliana Mirren
Brendan McKane   IMDB   Technician
Wyatt Knight   IMDB   Technician
Daniel Riordan   IMDB   Rondon
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Michael Vejar   IMDB
Author:
Sandy Fries   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 10
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 1.5
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 1.7
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #019: Coming of Age

While Wesley endures the grueling Starfleet Academy entrance exam, Captain Picard faces an investigation into his competency as a commander.
Synopsis
While the U.S.S. Enterprise orbits Relva VII, Wesley beams down to take the grueling Starfleet Academy entrance exam.

Back on board the ship, Picard and his crew are quizzed by Lt. Commander Dexter Remmick, a Federation officer who is investigating Picard's competence on the orders of the captain's old friend, Admiral Gregory Quinn. Although neither Picard nor his crew understands the reason for the inquiry, they give Remmick their full cooperation.

In the midst of the investigation a young man named Jake Kurland, distraught over not qualifying for the Academy entrance exam, steals a shuttlecraft and heads into space. When he discovers that the craft has a major malfunction, Jake panics and begins to plummet toward certain death. Fortunately, Picard keeps his cool and manages to help the teen make a safe return to the ship. Remmick, meanwhile, watches with interest.

After an exhaustive study of Picard's performance record, Remmick tells Quinn that he has failed to find any flaws in the captain's command. Quinn then informs Picard that he has proven himself worthy of the prestigious post as Commandant of the Starfleet Academy and may be promoted to the rank of admiral.

Despite Wesley's obvious intelligence and promise, he is not selected for the Academy. Although clearly disappointed, the youngster's spirits are lifted after a pep talk by Picard, who has decided to remain with the U.S.S. Enterprise rather than accept Quinn's offer.
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