Episode 272: "Journey's End" 

Admiral Nechayev informs Picard that a settlement between the Cardassians and the Federation has created new borders between the two powers, placing some Federation colonies in what is now Cardassian territory. Picard is given the assignment of evacuating one of those planets, a 20-year-old enclave of North American Indians located on Dorvan V. He reminds her that the American Indians were once unjustly forced off their land centuries before, but Nechayev stands firm, ordering Picard to remove the settlers "by any means necessary."
Picard and Troi meet with the members of Dorvan V's tribal council, who express their unwillingness to leave. Meanwhile, Wesley Crusher, who is taking a break from Starfleet Academy, confuses everyone with his strangely sullen, moody attitude. A villager named Lakanta, recognizes Wesley, and approaches him saying that he has been waiting for him for two years, and can help Wesley find the answers his troubled spirit seeks.

Wesley goes to the Indian village, but is confused when no clear path presents itself. He talks with Lakanta about his puzzlement. Meanwhile, Picard meets again with the council, and is informed that the group has no intention of leaving. Picard sadly says that he has no choice but to remove them, but one of the leaders, Anthwara, says he does not believe Picard will do this, and reveals that one of Picard's ancestors was involved in a brutal massacre of Indians seven hundred years before. Anthwara states that Picard was somehow chosen to right this wrong. Surprised by this revelation, Picard leaves the meeting, then discovers that three Cardassians have landed on Dorvan V.

Picard asks the trio's leader, Gul Evek, to leave, reminding him that the Indians have six weeks left to evacuate. Evek, however, is anxious to begin surveying the planet and refuses. Picard reluctantly orders Worf to prepare an evacuation. Meanwhile, Lakanta takes Wesley to the Habak a traditional ceremonial chamber where he begins his spiritual odyssey. Soon, he finds himself face-to-face with his father, who says Wesley has reached the end of a journey which started after the elder Crusher's death, and must now find his own path. His experience over, Wesley wanders back into the village and finds Worf preparing to remove the Indians by transporter. Deeply affected, Wesley suddenly takes the side of the North American Indians.

Furious, Picard confronts Wesley about his behavior, but Wesley, simply resigns from Starfleet. While packing to leave, he tells Beverly about his vision, realizing his father was telling him not to follow in his Starfleet footsteps. Beverly understands and reminds him about the Traveler, a mysterious alien being that once said her son was destined for something different. Wesley returns to the standoff on Dorvan V, where Lakanta reveals himself to be the Traveler. With the Traveler, Wesley has begun a new journey, which will take him to other planes of existence. Meanwhile, Picard is able to convince Evek to avoid another war with the Federation by allowing the Indians to maintain their colony under Cardassian jurisdiction. The U.S.S. Enterprise then departs, leaving behind Wesley, who will study with the Indians as the next step in his journey.

Production: 272
Season: 7 Episode: 20
Air Date: 03.28.1994
Stardate: 47751.2
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
Brent Spiner as Data
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Worf
Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Tom Jackson as Lakanta
Ned Romero as Anthwara
George Aguilar as Wakasa
Richard Poe as Gul Evek
Natalija Nogulich as Admiral Nechayev
Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher
Doug Wert as Jack Crusher
Eric Menyuk as Traveler
The number 47 pops up an inordinate amount of times on computer screens, serial numbers, dates and so on. This tradition was started by writer/coproducer Joe Menosky and was soon picked up by the rest of the production team. Menosky said that he choose that particular number because when he was a graduate student at Pomona College, Professor of Mathematics Donald Bentley proved as a joke that all numbers are equal to 47.[See also Trivia entries for "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) and "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995)]

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                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                              
                        "Journey's End" 
                          #40277-272 
                              
                          Written by 
                        Ronald D. Moore 
                              
                          Directed by 
                          Corey Allen 
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                         FINAL DRAFT
                       JANUARY 20, 1994
         STAR TREK: "Journey's End" - 01/20/94 - CAST 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                        "Journey's End" 
                             CAST                               
                              
                PICARD                  WESLEY
                RIKER                   NECHEYEV
                DATA                    LAKANTA
                BEVERLY                 ANTHWARA
                TROI                    WAKASA
                WORF                    GUL EVEK
                GEORDI                  JACK CRUSHER
                                        TRAVELLER
                                        CARDASSIAN COM VOICE
                Non-Speaking            Non-Speaking
                  N.D. SUPERNUMERARIES    N.D. INDIANS
                  N.D. SECURITY           N.D. CARDASSIANS
         STAR TREK: "Journey's End" - 01/20/94 - SETS 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                        "Journey's End" 
                             SETS 
            INTERIORS                  EXTERIORS
          
            USS ENTERPRISE             USS ENTERPRISE
              BRIDGE
              OBSERVATION LOUNGE
              ENGINEERING              INDIAN VILLAGE
              TEN FORWARD
              READY ROOM
              TRANSPORTER ROOM
              PICARD'S QUARTERS
              WESLEY'S QUARTERS
          
              HABAK
              MEETING ROOM
  STAR TREK: "Journey's End" - 01/20/94 - PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                        "Journey's End" 
                          
                      PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 
                 ANTHWARA          an-THWAH-rah
                 BULARIAN          boo-LAIR-ree-an
                 CETI              SET-tee
                 DORVAN            DOOR-van
                 EVEK              ee-VEK
                 HABAK             HA-bak
                 LAKANTA           la-KON-tuh
                 MANSARA           mahn-SAR-uh
                 NECHEYEV          neh-CHAY-ev
                 TELAK             tel-AK
                 VASSBINDER        VAS-bine-der
                 VETAR             VEE-tar
                 WAKASA            wuh-KA-suh


 

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