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TrekToday January 3 2009 12:10 AM

Final Mission
<b>Plot Summary:</b> Just after Picard tells Wesley Crusher that the ensign has been accepted to Starfleet Academy, the Enterprise receives a distress call from a planet being slowly poisoned by a garbage scow. While Riker takes the ship to tow the lethal barge away, Picard asks Wesley to come with him to mediate a dispute on a mining planet, to which the captain is escorted via an aging shuttle by a transport captain named Dirgo. Interference sends the shuttle spinning out of control, forcing it to crash in a desert on a nearby moon thought to be uninhabited. Picard insists that he, Wesley and Dirgo must try to reach the mountains to find shelter and water, though Dirgo is reluctant to follow his orders and tries to conceal alcohol from the Starfleet officers. The three reach a cave in the mountains where they find a fresh water spring, but a force field surrounds the fountain. Dirgo fires a phaser at the force field and triggers a defensive sentry that causes a rock slide, seriously wounding Picard. Under pressure from Dirgo, Wesley agrees to a risky plan to try to distract the sentry, but the plan backfires and Dirgo is killed. Meanwhile the Enterprise learns that the shuttle never reached its destination, but Riker cannot divert from the dangerous attempt to tow the radioactive barge into a nearby star. Wesley tries to keep Picard awake by talking to him about his ambitions and devises a risky plan to get to the water. He passes out after stopping Picard from becoming dehydrated. Once the Enterprise determines where the shuttle crashed, an away team rescues the captain and Wesley.<p><p><HR ALIGN="CENTER" SIZE="1" WIDTH="45\%" COLOR="#007BB5"><p>To read the full reviews, please click <A HREF="">here</A>.<center></center>

AntonyF January 3 2009 03:18 AM

Re: Final Mission
A fair review, and an episdoe that I just feel "meh" about.

I like that Wesley goes in this one, not because I hate Wesley (not that I'm a huge fan either), but more in the fact that it just changes the status quo on board -- something that rarely happens.

startrekwatcher January 3 2009 03:56 AM

Re: Final Mission
This isn't a great episode but I enjoyed it for the Wes/Picard moments and it probably didn't hurt that I always liked Wesley. The episode also had some nice beauty shots of the Enterprise and it was nice to have some on-location filming for a change. I never did get the fountain.

Dane_Whitman January 3 2009 04:20 AM

Re: Final Mission
The production standards for this episode were great. The musical score is powerful, there are a shitload of nice looking SFX shots and location shooting always works wonders for this show.

Jarrott2 January 3 2009 06:17 AM

Re: Final Mission
Sometimes there are just nice episodes that don't have to solve worldly problems. Instead, this is human story on a very basic level.
It shows more of Picard as a human and how he is more of a father figure to Wes. Actually, at the end I cried. I didn't have a great relationship with my dad ,as a kid, and I really related to this episode.

DWF January 4 2009 04:46 AM

Re: Final Mission
I always liked this one it had some nice location shooting, good music and it was great seeing Nate Tate again.

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