S01E06 Where No One Has Gone Before

Grant and Rob discuss Where No One Has Gone Before with special guest Dr. Brooke Simmons, who is on board to tell us all about the science in this episode. This is the episode that anoints Wesley as a ‘chosen one’ and where, despite breaking Warp 10, nobody becomes a lizard.

Picard wonders what the replicator put in his Earl Grey earlier

Picard wonders what the replicator put in his Earl Grey earlier

Episode synopsis: When an experimental engine modification throws the Enterprise to the edge of the known universe, the crew must rely on a mysterious alien to guide the ship home. [Source: Memory Alpha]

Originally Aired: 24 October , 1987

Quote:  “My name is Wesley”

Score: 6

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4 thoughts on “S01E06 Where No One Has Gone Before

  1. You mentioned in the podcast about “Where No Man Has Gone Before” mentioned that the “propulsion expert”, Kosinski, speaks gibberish, but a different kind of (to me, much more idiotic) gibberish. There was one scene in particular that really typified his brand of gibberish. After the first amazing hop, Kosinski comes to the bridge to explain to Picard the wonderful, incredible mistake he made, and said this: “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.” This is hilarious nonsense, but probably not what was written in the script. Bessel functions are a differential equations of a particular form that are especially important for many problems of wave propagation, according to Wikipedia, so that part of the script was probably read as written. But the word “asymptomatically” was almost certainly written as “asymptotically” in the script. Interestingly, Netflix subtitles show that word as asymptotically. In solving differential equations numerically, it makes sense to find asymptotes as a way of estimating the values quickly. Tilling is a particularly idiotic bit of gibberish, but tiling makes a lot of sense in this context. Tiling is the process of decomposing a computation into smaller blocks and doing all of the computing in each block one at a time, again, quite useful for solving differential equations numerically. This one, both Kosinski and Netflix got wrong. I really think Kosinski’s gibberish would have been a lot funnier if he had stuck to the script, or gotten a coach to help him pronounce the words correctly.

    1. Aside from the minutiae of what is technically correct regarding Bessel functions, the beauty of the episode, the ideas expressed, the hints of possibilities, and of human/species interactions, is what makes the whole genre of Star Trek and similar genre so interesting.
      We westerners love to nit-pick to extremes small details that are, in the large, unimportant in and of themselves.
      Oh well—carry on.

  2. Kudos to Dr. Brooke for noticing Patrick Stewart’s work during the scene where Riker interrupts Picard’s tete a tete with his mother. The look of loss and anguish on his face as her turned back to her , only to find her gone, was exquisite. it was such a brief moment, but so powerful. As a *gulp* middle-aged adult who lost a mother just a few years ago, this scene was so relatable, I found myself getting teary-eyed.

  3. Just started to listen to the podcast & you guys have quickly become my favorite! Here in the States, BBC America is the only channel still airing TNG episodes. Whenever it’s season 1 or 2 episode, I just cringe!
    My favorite in this episode is how the Traveler is very “fond of the boy” which isn’t creepy at all, hahaha…

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