Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 9

Final Mission

Aired Unknown Nov 19, 1990 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (5)

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  • Wesley's departure from the show is ruined by the writers.

    While Wesley's obnoxiousness was toned down substantially after the 1st season, I think most viewers would agree that he was never an integral or particularly interesting member of the crew. It's thus a shame that his final appearance as a regular cast member – arguably his best up until that point – is ruined by some stupid decisions by the writers.

    The story involving Picard and Wesley is the best part of the episode. It's a little reminiscent of the 2nd season episode in which they fly together to Picard's heart operation, but with a lot more substance. This time around, Wesley doesn't play the earnest young high school journalist but rather the young ensign, trying to figure out how to save his dying captain.

    Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the writers decided to underdevelop that story and instead fill the airtime with a completely pointless garbage scow story. It really is a drag. I don't know why the writers didn't choose to develop the Wesley-Picard story further – perhaps they simply weren't able to stretch it out over 45 minutes – but the second story is just lame.

    Wil Wheaton would fortunately get a chance to redeem himself with two superior appearances in the 5th season.