Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 6

Where No One Has Gone Before

Aired Unknown Oct 26, 1987 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Stardate: 41263.1 The Enterprise is flung across space into a distant galaxy over 2,700,000 light years away when a propulsion engineer, and his mysterious companion, attempt to re-design the ship's engine systems.

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  • A Federation propulsion "expert" and his assistant accidentally flings the Enterprise 350 million light years from home.

    For the first season of this show, this isn't a bad episode. The script is interesting, the casting is good, the optical effects are especially nifty; the end result is that you can see TNG somewhat coming together here. That said, there is still some embarrassing clunkyness in the script – particularly concerning Wesley. And the actors are still working on getting their characters down. But hey, Rome wasn't built in a day. On a side note, the same sort of plot would happen to the crew of Voyager in their pilot… but it would take them quite a bit longer to get back home!moreless
  • An arrogant propulsion specialist and his mysterious assistant arrive on the Enterprise to modify the warp drives, but an accident sends the ship hurtling over millions of light years and galaxies away. Easily the best TNG episode thus far...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    Finally! A decent 'Next Generation' episode that isn't cringe-worthy to watch.

    Just as new viewers were wondering if it might be time to call it a day on this new incarnation, after a fair Pilot but some pretty dodgy follow up episodes, at last a semi-decent story comes along with "Where No One Has Gone Before".

    No simple Original Series plot rehash, no awkward blaxploitation story, no laughable introduction of a "big new alien menace", THIS episode finally has a story worth watching.

    The previous episodes of the series had a definite rather ropey, uncertain feel to them; "Where No One Has Gone Before" is the first real episode, in my opinion, to have a more settled, slick feel to them, a welcome sign that the series might finally be finding its feet.

    One thing that sticks out in the first season, and this episode in particular, is that, at this stage, there is no regular engineer chief, a position that would not be filled on a regular basis until it was given over to Geordi at the start of the second season. He sure wouldn't have let anyone tamper around with his engines sending the ship hurtling out of the known galaxy!

    The arrogant yet incompetent Kosinski is perfectly played by Stanley Kamel, but star of the show is Eric Menyuk as his mysterious assistant, "The Traveller". Although some don't care for the metaphysical ramblings, I thought Menyuk did really well in the role and, outside of Q in the Pilot, makes the Traveller the first story guest character of any real note in TNG.

    Zipped off to galaxy unknown and the curious properties that come with it, the writers employ the old "crew members' imaginations get the better of them and act out of character" chestnut; it had already been done a few episodes previously in (the terrible) "The Naked Now", which itself was a reworking of the Original Series' "The Naked Time", and there are a number of similar examples in Trek lore. Although I suppose we got the nice scene of Picard meeting his dead mother, I felt these "imagination" scenes were mostly used to pad out the story, and the only real element of the episode that bring my overall rating down a little.

    And then, of course, there is the development of Wesley. I really liked the strange bond that Wes and the Traveller developed through the episode. Some have criticised the revelation that Wesley is "special"; well, I'm not exactly Wesley's biggest fan, but at least it gives some potential to the character, other than being the annoying brat who seems to save the ship every five minutes.

    Although maybe dated now, the special effects of the unknown galaxy actually aren't too bad coming from a modest 1987 TV budget, and in fairness actually hold up quite well today.

    I also liked the in-episode musical score of this one, sounding suitably mysterious, and not like the cheap-sounding synthesised music heard in some other episodes of the season.

    When I first watched this episode, when it was first shown here in the U.K. on BBC Two on October 1990, I had become a little disappointed by this new Trek incarnation, but this episode blew me away! Although definitely superseded by countless later instalments, I'm surprised that so many don't particularly like this episode. In my opinion, at least it has a decent (and original!) plot, and shows what TNG might actually be capable of after all!

    I know many will disagree, but I like this episode enough (and have enough fond memories of how taken with it when I first saw it as a youth 21 years ago), that I give it a very strong 9.5. (It is only the aforementioned "imagination" sequences that maybe stop it getting a top-scoring 10 from me!)moreless
  • Okay but the show doesn't quite come together.

    An okay episode making good use of young Wesley Crusher even if it does not really commit to an explanation for him being ‘special’ relying on vague statements and ideas from the mysterious Traveller. Humanity has a long way to go we are reminded – a theme that is laboured quite a lot in this series. The ideas of the script are largely well executed and the Traveller makes for an intriguing presence but the pace is slow and somehow the show doesn’t quite pull together. Ultimately this is a show where the whole is less than the sum of its parts.moreless
  • Easily the best episode of the series up to this point.

    'Where No One Has Gone Before' is an enjoyable, well-executed episode that's literally light years ahead of the dross that surrounds it. It's the first episode of TNG that I can whole-heartedly recommend and the first that proves that TNG is capable of much more than simply regurgitating TOS storylines, and poorly at that (although, having said that there are elements of 'Shore Leave' thrown into the mix!).

    The Kosinski/Traveller set-up was nicely done and the interplay was fantastic, with the arrogant Kosinski bringing a spark to the episode's first half. Although there's nothing particularly fresh about the concept of the crew's imaginations coming to life, it's a more effective way of letting us see these character's inner selves - their hopes and fears - than having them wander round the ship intoxicated (Naked Now). In that respect, this would have been a far better second episode.

    I personally digged the metaphysical references: I find things like interesting and mind-expanding. I also thought the special effects were quite breath-taking and although a lot of the SFX in early TNG episodes looks understandably ropey 20+ years on, the effects in this episode still hold up remarkably well. If I'm going to nit-pick I could have done without the 'Wesley is special' subplot, but that's probably because I could have done without Wesley altogether...but overall, a fine episode and a definite highlight of season one.moreless
  • The traveller reveals Wesley to be more special than we'd ever thought he was...

    The traveller make his introduction to the show in this episode in what is arguably one of the most creative storylines ever created in the first season. The creativity is at its peak now and I must admit that I did enjoy going back to watch this episode again because on repeated viewings you as the viewer gets to respect this story so much more.

    Wesley has been bashed many times by star trek fans; because he saves the ship one too many time, yes I must agree that this does happen a lot and seems to serve as a get-out clause on the writers side but never-the-less this episode is one of Wesleys best episodes of the series.

    The acting is still a little low-key and nothing special but getting better already, Patrick Stewart is really good and keeps this cast working together very well.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Although it was not a regular sound-effect on this series, the TOS-style comm system "whistle" was used twice in this episode.

    • For the entire episode, Kosinski appears without a comm badge.

    • Wesley Crusher is given a field promotion to Acting Ensign in this episode.

    • They're worried about The Traveler having enough energy to help them get back home, but they make him walk to engineering? Couldn't they carry him there to make sure he was at his best?

    • Picard refers to the ballerina as "ensign" but she has no pips - indicating she is crewman-rank.

    • Data sends a transmission back to the Federation while they are in the distant galaxy and quotes a ridiculous amount of time before it gets there. This is wrong. Many canon publications state that sub-space radio transmissions "decay" after so long, hence the need for sub-space relay stations. Data's transmission would never have arrived at all (well, maybe after hundreds of millions of years in a decayed RF state that would be unintelligible and useless).

    • When the Enterprise is flung into Warp 10+, Captain Picard asks Data at what speed they are travelling. Data replies using a contraction: "It's off the scale." It is mentioned a number of times throughout the series that Data is unable to use contractions.

    • When the Enterprise first accelerates to warp speed, the customary "flash" is missing, although it is seen otherwise throughout this episode and many others.

    • While the starship Enterprise is (at first) flung only two million light years away, it is stated that it would take over three hundred years to return to the Federation. This is, of course, ridiculous, when compared with the time scale associated with the 70,000 light year jump in Voyager.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Picard: Where is this place?
      Data: Where none have gone before, sir.

    • Riker: Can anything he's proposing damage our systems?
      Argyle: How could it? It's meaningless.
      Riker: Then we should let him try it?
      Kosinski: What do you mean "let him try it"? Don't talk about me in the third person as if 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.

  • NOTES (3)