Captain's log, Stardate 41263.1. We have rendezvoused with the USS
Fearless, from which a Starfleet propulsion expert and his assistant
are beaming over to conduct tests on the Enterprise's warp drive
engines. They have completed similar adjustments on two other Starfleet
PICARD: I don't understand your concern, Number
One. They're not authorised to make any alterations in our engines, and
according to Starfleet's report, they will simply test different ways
of entering warp speed and different intermix formulas. What's the harm
RIKER: It's the specs that Kosinski sent us. In my opinion, sir,
RIKER: Mister Data, would you explain?
DATA: Sir, we put Mister Kosinski's specs into the computer and ran a
controlled test on them. There was no improvement in engine
PICARD: Then how do you explain Starfleet's report that the same tests
on the USS Ajax and on the Fearless over there, resulted in a
measurable increase in propulsion.
RIKER: Our engines are new, sir. Top condition. The tests on those
older ships may have simply been to straighten out some engine
CHIEF [OC]: Bridge from Transporter Chief. Two from USS Fearless are
ready to beam over.
PICARD: Stand by for Commander Riker, Chief. He's on his way.
CHIEF [OC]: Aye, sir,
PICARD: Since you're concerned about these tests.
RIKER: Yes, sir. Captain, if I may, I'll ask Counsellor Troi to look
these visitors over.
PICARD: Very good.
RIKER: Welcome aboard, Mister Kosinski. I'm the
First Officer, Commander William Riker, and this is
KOSINSKI: Where is the Captain, please?
RIKER: He is engaged in other duties, sir.
KOSINSKI: A ship's engines should be a concern of the ship's Captain.
RIKER: They are, sir. Which is why they have made the First Officer
directly responsible for an engine's condition
and performance. Guided, of course, by one of our Chief Engineers,
Lieutenant Commander Argyle in this case.
ARGYLE: A pleasure, sir. I appreciated receiving the specs.
KOSINSKI: To which you have no end of questions?
ARGYLE: Aye, I have.
RIKER: And you, sir, are listed as
TRAVELLER: As Mister Kosinski's assistant. My actual name is
unpronounceable by humans.
RIKER: You're from Tau Alpha C. That's very distant.
KOSINSKI: All approved and described in the Starfleet communications.
Now, I would like to set up in the Engine Room immediately.
RIKER: I'll have our Chief Engineer show you to his Engine Room.
KOSINSKI: No need. I know my way around starships.
(He barges between Riker and Argyle and out into the corridor, followed
by his assistant, then Argyle)
RIKER: One thing that Kosinski isn't hiding, his bad disposition.
TROI: Agreed. Also, he's arrogant, overbearing, self-important, and
very sure of himself and his ability.
RIKER: And the other one, his assistant?
TROI: He's the puzzle. With most life forms I can usually feel
something. I may not be able to understand or interpret it, but I feel
something, if only a presence. With him, nothing. Empty space. It's as
though he isn't even here. Something about this concerns me. I don't
know what, I can't point out a reason yet.
RIKER: Stay concerned, please. The safety of the Enterprise may be
entrusted to these two.
(Kosinski sweeps into Engineering as if he owns it,
entourage in tow)
KOSINSKI: Inform the Bridge I shall begin the first test in precisely
fifteen minutes. Why is that child here?
(Wesley is at an ancillary station)
ARGYLE: He's working on a school project. Before you begin, there are
some questions. First, tell us how you arrived
KOSINSKI: In order to save myself time, let me ask those questions for
you. You received the information which Starfleet provided, you fed it
into your computer as precisely as humanly possible, then you did a
controlled test. And then, to your astonishment, nothing happened. So
you said, what's going on? This doesn't work. Kosinski's a fraud. You
see, I have had this conversation on other Starfleet vessels before.
They didn't understand it. why should you?
(Meanwhile, the Traveller is interested in what Wesley is doing,
looking over his shoulder)
ARGYLE: Surely you're not saying it's unexplainable?
KOSINSKI: I'm saying I'm not a teacher, nor do I wish to become one. I
have neither the inclination nor the time.
RIKER: You have all the time you need.
KOSINSKI: I don't think you understand. This has already been approved
by Starfleet Command.
RIKER: But it hasn't been approved by the Chief Engineer or by me.
KOSINSKI: I didn't know that was necessary.
RIKER: Now you do.
KOSINSKI: Perhaps I should speak to Captain Picard.
RIKER: If you like. It won't change anything.
KOSINSKI: How basic shall I be?
RIKER: I'll leave that to you.
(They go over to the big multi-station console in the middle of the
KOSINSKI: Would you get onto the auxiliary panel, please?
(Wesley gives up his console to the Traveller)
KOSINSKI: In order to save time, my assistant is going to lay in my
base formulas more rapidly than any human being possibly could,
including even myself. So, here then, in the simplest possible terms,
what I do. Now, this warp drive system was tuned only in the grossest
possible sense, at least according to my standards. What I do is
specific. Thank you. Well, sufficient to say for now, these symbols
(continues under Wesley and Traveller's whispered conversation)
TRAVELLER: Something troubles you with the way this is configured? How
about it now?
WESLEY: Yes. But shouldn't these be connected? Here and here.
TRAVELLER: Now will it do what Kosinski says it will?
WESLEY: It has a chance. It might work better this way. Yes.
(The Traveller is impressed with Wesley)
KOSINSKI: View with me if you will this screen as we consider the
following. Now, is this merely mechanics or is it nature that we deal
with in all of this? And what else than nature are the elementals of
space and time? You are trained in the system. You go in a straight
line, competent, yes, and perhaps even innovative in a minimalist way,
but what I do here is not the end of the process, it is the beginning.
So, what do I do? Go back to the Fearless, which I left with a more
efficient warp drive than I found? Or do you cast off your ignorance
and allow me to continue?
RIKER: Could anything he's proposing damage our system?
ARGYLE: How could it? It's meaningless.
RIKER: Then we should let him try it?
KOSINSKI: What do you mean, let he him try it? Don't talk about me in
the third person like I'm not standing right here!
ARGYLE: Yes, we might as well let him try it.
KOSINSKI: Oh yes, we might as well let him try it. You are too
generous. Boy! Boy, don't play with that.
WORF: Captain, main Engineering is ready to proceed.
PICARD: Engineering, this is the Bridge. It's your call.
KOSINSKI: Do this one just like the last time.
Nothing changes. Commander, I'll make my preliminary adjustments at
warp one point five, and complete them as we achieve warp four.
RIKER: Engineering to bridge, did you copy that?
PICARD: Affirmative, Number One. Are you ready?
RIKER: We are.
PICARD [OC]: La Forge, set in warp one point five.
LAFORGE: Warp one point five, sir.
KOSINSKI: All right, here we go.
(Wesley watches the Traveller make adjustments on his console, while
Kosinski taps at him. The Traveller turns to smile at Wesley)
KOSINSKI: What are you doing?
(Consternation. The warp core appears to be racing. The Traveller puts
his hands on the console and partially vanishes. The Enterprise takes
off at ridiculous speed)
LAFORGE: Captain, we're passing warp ten!
(The viewscreen looks like the opening credits to Doctor Who. There's a
jolt which throws the Traveller off his stool. Kosinski is clueless)
PICARD: What is our velocity?
DATA: It's off the scale, sir.
PICARD: Reverse engines.
DATA: Captain, no one has ever reversed engines at this velocity.
PICARD: Because no one has gone this fast. Reverse engines.
(They arrive at a beautiful place)
PICARD: All stop.
LAFORGE: Reading all stop, sir.
LAFORGE: Calculating it, sir. Data, what do you read there?
DATA: Malfunction, I trust.
PICARD: Position, Mister La Forge.
LAFORGE: Well, sir, according to these calculations, we've not only
left our own galaxy, but passed through
two others, ending up on the far side of Triangulum. The galaxy known
as M Thirty Three.
PICARD: That's not possible. Data, what distance have we travelled?
DATA: Two million seven hundred thousand light years.
PICARD: I can't accept that.
DATA: You must, sir. Our comparisons show it to be completely accurate.
LAFORGE: And I calculate that at maximum warp, sir it would take over
three hundred years to get home.
Captain's log, stardate 41263.2. This will be a
rather unusual log entry, assuming Starfleet ever receives it. As I
have already informed my crew, a phenomenal surge of power during a
warp speed experiment has sent our starship hurtling out of our own
galaxy, past another, taking us over two million seven hundred thousand
light years in a few minutes.
LAFORGE: Message on this has been transmitted to
DATA: Which, traveling subspace, they should receive in fifty-one
years, ten months nine weeks, sixteen days
PICARD: Mister Data!
(Kosinski, Riker and Argyle enter)
KOSINSKI: Captain Picard, I presume?
RIKER: We're still trying to determine what happened, sir.
KOSINSKI: The truth is, Captain, I made a mistake. A wonderful,
PICARD: Just explain what brought us here.
KOSINSKI: As the power grew, I applied the energy asymptomatically. I
anticipated some tilling, but it didn't occur. Now that was my error,
using the Bessel functions at the beginning.
PICARD: What is he saying, Number One?
RIKER: To tell the truth, sir, it sounds to me like nonsense to me. But
PICARD: Considering where we are, we must assume it isn't.
WESLEY: Can I do something to help? I can call my
mother. She's a doctor.
TRAVELLER: No, there's nothing she can do. I need to rest. I've been
away too long.
WESLEY: What happened to you, is it part of what happened to the ship?
TRAVELLER: Please believe me, I mean no harm to this vessel or those in
WESLEY: Is Mister Kosinski like he sounds? A joke?
TRAVELLER: No, that's too cruel. He has sensed some small part of it
WESLEY: That space and time and thought aren't the separate things they
appear to be? I just thought the formula you were using said something
TRAVELLER: Boy, don't ever say that again. And especially not at your
age in a world that's not ready for such, such dangerous nonsense.
KOSINSKI: I've always suspected this rate of speed
was possible, of course, but at this level? No, never.
We're going to need new definitions. New parameters.
ARGYLE: Perhaps you could call it the Kosinski scale.
KOSINSKI: Why not? Yes, of course. Since I'm the one who has made the
so-called warp barrier meaningless. And, Captain, this must be a
special thrill for you.
KOSINSKI: As an explorer. In three centuries of space flight, we've
charted just eleven percent of our galaxy. And then we accomplish this.
PICARD: Yes, but isn't the real point, can you do it again? Can you get
KOSINSKI: Of course I can. I'll just do what I did before. Coming,
PICARD: Commander Riker will join you in a moment.
PICARD: Comment is invited. Counsellor?
TROI: He's convinced he's right. I have no doubt of that.
WORF: Captain, can you allow a man who has made one mistake back into a
position where he may make another?
LAFORGE: Captain, what are our options really? I mean, if this guy
can't get us back, who will?
DATA: Captain, we're here. Why not avail ourselves of this opportunity
for study? There is a giant protostar here in the process of forming.
No other vessel has been out this far.
PICARD: Spoken like a true Starfleet graduate. It is tempting, eh,
RIKER: Aye, sir, it is. But as they say, sir, you're the Captain.
PICARD: I know that if Kosinski can get us home, Starfleet can use his
technique to bring back a pure science vessel to do even more. Number
One, tell Kosinski prepare to get us out of here.
RIKER: Aye, sir.
KOSINSKI: Do you realise how many great
advancements of mankind have been tied to speed? This is a moment in
history. Right here, right now. And your names will be forever linked
WESLEY: Excuse me, Commander Riker. I don't think he did this. I think
RIKER: Not now, Wes.
PICARD [OC]: Standing by, Number One.
WESLEY: But sir, when this all happened, I was watching his assistant
RIKER: I'm sure it was fascinating, Wesley. I am looking forward to
hearing about it. But not right now.
RIKER: Aye, sir.
KOSINSKI: (to the Traveller) Come on.
WESLEY: He's too tired. Why don't you do it by yourself?
KOSINSKI: Yes, why not?
TRAVELLER: No, I will help.
KOSINSKI: As you wish.
LAFORGE: I've laid in the reciprocal course back,
KOSINSKI: Tell the captain I am ready, First
RIKER: We're ready for you to engage, Captain.
PICARD [OC]: As before
PICARD: Begin at warp one point five.
LAFORGE: Warp one point five, sir.
KOSINSKI: This isn't working.
(Seen only by Wesley, the Traveller vanishes and reappears again. Then
Riker notices as Enterprise head off at totally ridiculous speed down a
StarGate wormhole effect)
PICARD: All stop.
LAFORGE: Answering all stop, Captain.
DATA: According to the instruments, sir, our speed never exceeded warp
one point five.
LAFORGE: All stopped, sir.
PICARD: Yes, but where is this place?
(Lights are dancing in a blue scene)
DATA: Where none have gone before.
Captain's log, stardate 41263.3. Instead of
returning to our own galaxy, the Enterprise has gone forward
to a place in the universe which is uncharted and unknown. Our present
position puts us at over a billion light years from our galaxy.
PICARD: Data, you have the helm. I'll be in
(There is a grunting sound, and Worf turns to see what looks like a
hairy pig with a horn and wicked looking spines)
TASHA: What is it?
WORF: A Klingon Targ! My pet. From home, but when I was a child.
TASHA: You're telling me that's a kitty-cat?
WORF: Yes, I suppose you could call it that.
(The Targ vanishes, and a ginger cat lands on Tasha's console)
(The turbolift doors open, and Picard nearly steps
out - into space rushing by at warp speed. He pulls himself back in,
the doors close then open again into an ordinary corridor. He steps out
(Tasha is fondling the cat)
TASHA: You darling, what are you doing here?
(Then she's back on her home planet, and a rape
gang is after her)
TASHA: Now, run. This isn't a safe place at all.
(Someone puts a hand on her shoulder)
LAFORGE: Tasha, what's wrong? You look scared to death.
TASHA: I was, I was. This is crazy. I was at the colony where I grew
up, being chased by a rape gang
LAFORGE: Are you all right? Well, you're safe now.
(Elsewhere on board - a group in period costume is playing Mozart Eine
Kliene Nachtmusik, except for one Starfleet violinist)
(Picard encounters a man and woman running from
CREWMAN: Captain! Captain, we need help.
PICARD: What's wrong?
CREWMAN: Don't you see what's following us?
(They carry on running)
(Picard passes an open door and sees a ballerina in a golden tutu
PICARD: Ensign, what are you doing?
(Her tutu becomes her uniform again)
(The violinist is sitting at a table, having a meal)
(Picard turns a corner and meets an elderly woman sitting at a tea
MAMAN: (french accent) You look tense, Jean-Luc. Come and have a cup of
MAMAN: I'll make it good and strong, the way you like it. We will have
a nice long talk.
PICARD: This can't be. You've been
MAMAN: Dead? But I'm always with you, you know that.
PICARD: Yes, I've felt that. But why now, suddenly.
MAMAN: You mean out here? At what you say us the end of the universe?
Or do you see this as the beginning of it?
PICARD: We believe it the outer rim. Maman, do you understand these
things? Can you tell me where my ship is? What is this place?
RIKER: Captain? You were reported headed for
PICARD: Just a moment, Number One!
(But the corridor is empty now)
RIKER: Can I help you, sir?
PICARD: No. No, let's help all of us. (goes to comm. panel) General
quarters. Red Alert.
(Crusher is examining the Traveller, who is lying
on a padded bench)
ARGYLE: What is it Captain? Why are we at General quarters?
PICARD: I had to get everyone's attention. It was the quickest way.
This is the Captain. This is not a drill. It seems that in this place,
the world of the physical universe and the world of ideas is somehow
intermixed. What we think
PICARD [OC]: Also becomes a reality. We must,
therefore, I repeat, must begin controlling our thoughts.
PICARD [OC]: We will give you more on this as our
understanding increases. The Enterprise will stay at full alert until
the crisis is over.
PICARD: (to Kosinski) What did you do?
RIKER: It wasn't him. It never was. It was his assistant.
PICARD: What are you talking about?
RIKER: Kosinski wasn't the one controlling the warp experiments.
KOSINSKI: It was me!
RIKER: The equations he punched in were nonsense, just as we thought.
KOSINSKI: I honestly thought it was me. I thought somehow, somehow I
was operating on his level.
ARGYLE: It's also my fault, Captain. I should have realised it wasn't
PICARD: How could you? How could any of us?
RIKER: Wesley did.
PICARD: If you knew something, why didn't you say so?
RIKER: He tried, twice. I didn't listen.
PICARD: He's unconscious. Why?
CRUSHER: I'm not certain yet.
WESLEY: He phased, sir.
PICARD: What does that mean?
WESLEY: Parts of him disappeared and then came back. Nobody else was
paying attention to him the first time.
RIKER: When we saw it this time, he seemed to be struggling, fighting
CRUSHER: He's dying.
PICARD: He mustn't. He's the only one who can get us back.
CRUSHER: Realistically, it does not seem possible.
Captain's log, supplemental. Our position is
unknown, and our only chance of returning to the known universe is a
dying alien who is generally humanoid but with a physiology
sufficiently different from our own to create medical problems in
caring for him.
(Crusher is tending the Traveller)
CRUSHER: I don't know. My equipment doesn't register his kind of life
signs. I would have to guess exhaustion, fatigue.
WESLEY: Is he going to be all right?
PICARD: What is the boy doing here?
WESLEY: Mom, he's my friend.
RIKER: You may want him here before we're done, sir. He seems to have
developed some sort of special attachment to the boy.
WESLEY: My name is Wesley, Commander Riker.
PICARD: He knows. We all know. Will he live?
CRUSHER: I'm not sure.
PICARD: Wake him.
CRUSHER: I recommend we let him come around in his own time.
PICARD: We don't have that luxury. Wake him.
CRUSHER: He could die, and with him any chance we have.
PICARD: Doctor. Wes. We all have other friends aboard this ship, too.
If we stay here much longer we may lose the ability to distinguish
between thought and reality. Now, regardless of the risk, wake him.
(Crusher gives the Traveller an injection)
PICARD: Do you recognise me? I'm the Captain and I need answers.
TRAVELLER: I'll do my best to provide
PICARD: Who are you? Or what?
TRAVELLER: I am a Traveller.
PICARD: Traveller? What is your destination?
PICARD: Yes, what place are you trying to reach?
TRAVELLER: Ah, place. No. There is no specific place I wish to go.
PICARD: Then what is the purpose of your journey?
PICARD: That's not an answer.
TRAVELLER: I have certain abilities. They give me an understanding of
propulsion. I've been trading this for passage on Starfleet vessels.
RIKER: And allowing Kosinski to take credit for what you did.
TRAVELLER: It seemed the sensible way.
PICARD: Until now.
TRAVELLER: Captain, I seek only transportation in order to see and
experience your reality. I am no a threat to you, your ship or your
WESLEY: He isn't, Captain. I know he isn't.
PICARD: Our reality? And in order to satisfy this curiosity, you have
brought my ship and my crew into great risk.
TRAVELLER: I have made some mistakes.
PICARD: Some mistakes? What mistakes could possibly explain these
incredible explosions of velocity?
TRAVELLER: I don't know if I can put this in terms you'll understand.
PICARD: I believe there may be a warp speed that can get us beyond
Galaxy M Thirty Three, but there is no velocity of any magnitude that
can possibly bring us wherever this is. Is it true what our navigation
sensors are telling us? Are we millions of light years away from where
TRAVELLER: Well, yes.
PICARD: Well, what got us here?
TRAVELLER: You do understand, don't you that thought is the basis of
all reality? The energy of thought, to put it in your terms, is very
KOSINSKI: That's not an explanation.
TRAVELLER: I have the ability to act like a lens which focuses thought.
KOSINSKI: That's just so much nonsense. You're asking us to believe in
TRAVELLER: Well yes, this could seem like magic to you.
PICARD: No. No, it actually makes sense to me. Only the power of
thought could explain what has been happening. Especially out here.
TRAVELLER: Thought is the essence of where you are now. You do
understand the danger, don't you?
PICARD: Chaos. What we think is what happens.
TRAVELLER: It pains me I was so careless, Captain. My intent was only
to observe, not to cause this. You should not be here until your far,
far distant future. Certainly not until you have learned control.
RIKER: You are from a different time, aren't you?
TRAVELLER: Well, no, not exactly from another time. Although as you
understand the concept, yes, perhaps that term fits as well as any.
RIKER: And you have this ability to travel.
RIKER: And others of your kind have the same ability?
RIKER: Then why, in all of our history, is there no record of you or
someone like you ever having visited us?
TRAVELLER: What wonderful arrogance. There is no record because we have
not visited you before.
RIKER: Why not?
TRAVELLER: Well, up until now, if you'll forgive this, you've been
uninteresting. It's only now that your life form merits serious
attention. I'm sorry.
PICARD: What's happening?
CRUSHER: He's unconscious again.
PICARD: Revive him.
CRUSHER: Whatever you need from him, you'd better get it soon.
RIKER: If I may suggest, sir, that first leap out of our galaxy was, as
he said, a mistake.
PICARD: Unless he was distracted by something.
RIKER: And it weakened him, in some way leading to the incredible leap
PICARD: Do you have any facts that fit this? Can you get us back?
KOSINSKI: Wait, Captain, not so fast. We have an opportunity here for
PICARD: And we report our observations how? To whom? (to the Traveller)
Can you get us back?
TRAVELLER: I will try.
PICARD: Number One, take him down to main Engineering. I'll be on the
WESLEY: No! He's very weak. TRAVELLER: The Captain's right. We must
hurry. But first, I request a moment with the Captain. Alone.
(Riker, Kosinski, Crusher and Wesley leave)
PICARD: Strange how he seems to care for you.
TRAVELLER: He will forget me in time, which is as it should be. It's
Wesley I wanted to speak to you about.
PICARD: The boy?
TRAVELLER: It's best you do not repeat this to the others, especially
not to the mother. Whatever may happen, it is imperative that it
PICARD: I must get my ship back. Do we have time for this?
TRAVELLER: Oh, yes. He and a few like him are why I travel. You have it
in your power to encourage him without interfering.
PICARD: Encourage him in what?
TRAVELLER: How shall I explain? Are you familiar with the intricacies
of what is called here music?
TRAVELLER: Such musical genius I saw in one of your ship's libraries.
One called Mozart, who as a small child wrote astonishing symphonies. A
genius who made music not only to be heard, but seen and felt beyond
the understanding, the ability of others. Wesley is such a person. Not
with music, but with the equally lovely intricacies of time, energy,
propulsion. and the instruments of this vessel which allow all that to
be played. You're right, I must hurry now. But you're right in
something else. He is just a boy for now. He should be encouraged, but
told none of this.
(Riker is waiting)
PICARD: We're going to get back home. Take him to Engineering.
RIKER: Yes, sir.
PICARD: I'll be on the Bridge.
RIKER: Yes, sir.
(A little way along, a crewman is trapped by flames)
PICARD: Put it out!
PICARD: Think! Put the flame out in your thoughts.
(He eventually does so)
PICARD: Now, Get to your station and concentrate on your assignment.
CREWMAN: Yes, sir.
Captain's log. Any time entry is meaningless. We
have no choice but to repeat the same warp experiment. but wish one
variation. A principal part of this warp formula will be the thoughts
of everyone aboard the Enterprise. We have no idea exactly how this
works. We understand only that the Traveller makes use of this somehow.
It will be most important that those aboard avoid random thoughts that
the reality of what we're attempting to do.
PICARD: Do you have any further advice, Counsellor?
TROI: When you begin the attempt, there will be stress, and it's only
natural the crew's concentration will shift.
TASHA: Plus some genuine fear, Captain. You can't notice what's
happening outside without feeling some of that.
PICARD: All decks, all stations.
[Various parts of the ship]
PICARD [OC]: This is the Captain speaking. All
decks, I must have your full attention. In a few moments, as we attempt
to warp back home, it is vital, absolutely vital, that you centre your
thoughts on your duty or on the welfare of the one called the
PICARD [OC]: Think of giving him some of your
strength. Now, this is an order. You must try to do this.
PICARD: And now, attempt to concentrate completely
on your duty of the moment. Or on the Traveller, on his
PICARD [OC]: Think of him as someone you care
PICARD: All decks, all stations. Battle stations.
TRAVELLER: I will need Kosinski back on the main
KOSINSKI: You need me?
PICARD: Helm, set in warp one point five,
LAFORGE: Warp one point five, retroactive two six one mark three one,
PICARD: Bridge to Engineering. Stand by.
TROI: I feel such an abundance of well being on the ship. It feels
like, quite wonderful.
RIKER [OC]: Engineering to Bridge, we're ready.
PICARD: On my order, Mister Data, Mister La Forge. Engage.
(The Enterprise whooshes off into streaks of light)
PICARD: It's not happening. It's not enough.
(Down in Engineering, Wesley senses something is wrong, and squeezes
the Traveller's hand. Then the Traveller has a go at phasing.
Enterprise disappears in a crack of light, and the Traveller does not
rematerialise. The ship is back in what looks like normal space)
DATA: Warp one point five, sir, which is what my instruments have read
LAFORGE: And our position reads exactly what it was before this sleigh
ride began, sir.
PICARD: Cease Red Alert.
DATA: Sleigh ride?
LAFORGE: Or whatever you want to call it, Data. I don't have a proper
name for it.
RIKER: The Traveller's gone, sir.
RIKER: He's phased completely out of existence. At least, out of our
PICARD: Attention all decks. This is to inform you that with your
support the Traveller has returned us to our galaxy. However, he has
now left us. Wherever he has gone, we wish him well. Have the boy sent
to the Bridge, Number One.
RIKER: Wesley Crusher, report to the Bridge, on the double.
PICARD: Our next assignment is on this heading?
RIKER: Yes, sir.
PICARD: Mister Data, Mister La Forge, increase to warp five. Same
DATA: Warp five, sir.
LAFORGE: On that same heading, sir.
(The turbolift doors open)
PICARD: Ah, Wesley. Come on the Bridge. Move!
PICARD: Commander Riker has told me how supportive you were in
Engineering. Well done. At ease. Sit here in Command.
RIKER: Captain, it's not allowed. Your orders.
PICARD: Oh, that's true. Well, I can't waive them again. Only
WESLEY: It's quite all right, sir, I understand.
PICARD: Please don't interrupt me, Wesley.
WESLEY: I'm sorry, sir.
PICARD: Any commissioned rank? Even ensign?
RIKER: That would give him authorised access to the Bridge.
PICARD: Well, then, I'll have to make him an acting ensign. Captain's
log, stardate 41263.4. For outstanding performance in the best of
Starfleet tradition, Wesley Crusher is made Acting Ensign, with the
duties and privileges of that rank. And whether that rank becomes
permanent, Mister Crusher, depends on you. At the earliest opportunity,
your entrance application for Starfleet Academy will be tendered. Until
then, you will learn this ship. Every operation, every function.
Commander Riker, a duty schedule for Mister Crusher, heavy on study.
RIKER: Aye, sir.
PICARD: Meanwhile, you can sit here and learn something.
(Wesley perches on the end of the arch supporting the command seats)
RIKER: Sir, shall I send for Doctor Crusher?
PICARD: Why? Is someone ill? Or would you rather tell her about this,
WESLEY: If you don't mind, sir, I'd like to sit here awhile. I'll tell
(Sorry folks, but Eugene Wesley Roddenberry has
dumped his Mary-Sue character on us for the duration....)