Monday, August 18, 2014

Where No One Has Gone Before

Airdate: 26th october,1987.
Stardate: 41263.1
Writers: Diane Duane and Michael Reaves
Season 1 episode 6

In Star Trek TNG Where No One Has Gone Before the crew of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D are thrown far beyond Federation space to Galaxy M33, where the power of human imagination becomes real in the physical universe.



Somehow the ship accelerated to an impressive 2.7 million light years away from earth in minutes. Thats three galaxies away at the far side of triangulium. At maximum warp, it'll take them 300 years just to get back home, so what went wrong? Data calculates it'll take fifty-one years to send a message home using normal subspace frequencies. Good one Data!


                                    PICARD: Where is this place?
                                    DATA: Where none have gone before.

To shed light on the Enterprises sleigh ride, clueless propulsion expert Kozinski (Stanley Karmel) admits he made a mistake. It soon becomes clear the Traveller played by Eric Menyuk is their only hope.



I love the Picard doorway just hanging in space, with cosmic starlines whizzing by the terrified captain as he clings to the Enterprise for dear life. Picard also chats to his dead mother. Patrick Steward's acting presence clearly demonstrates how spooky and exciting outerspace can be.

So now the Enterprise-D is a billion light years away from Earth pushing Captain Picard to the edge. (Well he almost stepped off the ship!) Picard heads to Main Engineering to get answers fast before its too late.



                                          WESLEY: He phased sir. 

This episode Where No One Has Gone Before is loosely based on Diane Duane's Star Trek novel, The Wounded Sky. Diane also wrote Spock's World which on average has a four to five star rating on Amazon. QUESTIONS: You might well ask, why didn't everyone just think their way home? Do you think Kosinski is a joke? What did you think of captain picards lift scene?

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers.


11 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Didn't know it was based on a novel. Data rather stated the obvious, didn't he?

Spacer Guy said...

The exciting SFX in this slightly befuddling episode creates a truly wonderous edge for viewers to relish in. So prepare yourself.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I loved the twist that the Traveler was the second banana and not the hot-shot scientist. How different would this episode have been if it had turned out to be Boothby?

The Armchair Squid said...

Interesting foreshadowing for the Voyager series, isn't it?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I don't remember that one, although I've seen all of them, and most more than once. It would be a little unnerving to hang out over the stars like that.

Spacer Guy said...

Boothby wouldn't have stayed quiet, thats for sure Maurice.

The Enterprise-D holds the 1 billion light year record, Squid. If only Voyager merited a visit by the Traveller, Janeway could have been home in time for dinner.

Spacer Guy said...

Diane, The Picard space elevator shot is a joke reference to the worldgates in Diane Duane first novel, "The Door Into Fire."

Jeremy Hawkins said...

i really need to re-watch all of the episodes great stories, great acting and a message. i had been watching a few on bbc, but i really hate those darn commercials... thank you for sharing up the knowledge.

Spacer Guy said...

I enjoy tossing ideas around in my little corner of trekiverse like, how the Enterprise-D exceeded normal warp velocity beyond warp 10 without the ship losing structural integrity?

Tony Laplume said...

The whole Traveler/Wesley arc is an underrated and significant legacy of the series.

Rusty Carl said...

Haven't seen that ep in some time. Not sure if I ever loved the concept that things got so weird far from home. Happy they got back okay.

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