In reading the TrekToday article about Wil Wheaton saying acting is triggering for him, i don't think it mentioned the hate people had for his character. I am about the same age as him, so seeing how in episodes like Justice, where they wrote him as a 10 year old (i.e playing soccer instead of noticing the scantily clad people), where most guys our age would have had a much different reaction, we hated how he was written. I never saw "Stand By Me" so i don't know how he acted then. I would love to hear your thoughts on him then. My frame of reference for "boy genius" is Billy Mumy as Will RObinson... and i thought i he was the perfect model for what they were aiming for in TNG. He is clearly smart, but is also a child. So the stuff they had Wesley go through on TNG... i know Billy Mumy would have worked perfect for that, and his maturing into a man would have been handled better.