During my ongoing "TNG relaunch" I watched "The Game" today (great episode) and then it struck me how sad it was that those in charge messed up Wesley Crusher later on. I mean, the guy came on board as a sort of "Wonder Kid" (which annoyed some fans bu not me) and during most of the series we got the impression that he had a splendid carreer in front of him. And why not? He had the talent, the interest the skill, will and the overwhelming support from the crew on Starfleet's number one ship. Then all of a sudden things started to go wrong. He ended up in a difficult situation in "The First Duty" but things like that happen and he had to pay for it. One could expected that he would learn from the experience. But then the character destruction starts. He returns to Enterprise as a spoiled, obnoxious brat with (as I see it) severe psychological problems and it ends with him messing up everything he had worked for so long. In "The Game" he had a romance with the gorgeous Robin Lefler which he should have continued with ( I would have, be sure of that). Instead he ends up with the slimy Traveler for some weird space exploring. OK, things like that happen in "real life" and I've seen a lot of wasted talents uring the years I was involved with the music business. Maybe that's the reason that Wesley's fate makes me sad. I think that it was wrong to turn him into a loser. I would have liked to see him back on the Enterprise in some movie and then as captain of a ship in some future series. Unfortunately, he's no better in the books made after the series. Still the same Traveler super-being mumbo-jumbo. And no reunification with Robin Lefler either. If my information is correct, Lefler is messed-up in those books too. OK, there are characters who have been more destroyed, like my favorite Kes for example. But still, Wesley would have deserved better!