Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 1, Episode 6
Original Air Date: October 26, 1987
I confessed to my wife that these stories about getting lost seemingly beyond retrieval make me especially nervous. Thank goodness it all works out.
"Where No One Has Gone Before" marks the first appearance of The Traveler, the name by which Kosinski's assistant comes to be known. He's essentially the stated mission of the Enterprise in superior being form. The episode is also an important Wesley Crusher story.
Wesley is the first to recognize The Traveler's extraordinary capabilities and the visitor, in turn, is similarly impressed with Wes, sharing his predictions for the boy with Picard. In so doing, he assigns a "Chosen One" narrative to the lad, a bit hard to take for the fans who were already finding Wesley painfully annoying. Worth remembering: executive producer Gene Roddenberry saw the character as a projection of his own younger self. What awkward youth would not want to be granted knowledge of his/her own exceptional future? Hogwarts fantasy, anyone?
I think half of the problem with the Wesley character may be his sweaters. The one for this episode is especially awful. So again, don't blame Wil Wheaton. In this case, it's Bill Theiss's fault, he of the memorable and often questionable costume designs of TOS, brought back on board for the new series (read more here). If you'd care to enjoy more of the honorary ensign's pullover collection, see here.
One crew member's fantasy come to life is playing second violin in a string quartet, his fellow musicians decked out in late-18th century period costume. The crewman is played by Byron Berline, an uncredited professional violinist. The piece is the first movement from Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.
The ballerina in another fantasy is credited: Victoria Dillard. Her piece is called "Waltz of the Chocolate Donut," composed for the episode by Ron Jones.
Michael Dorn (Worf) was born December 9, 1952 in Luling, Texas and grew up in Pasadena, California. After two years at Pasadena City College, he briefly pursued a music career with rock bands. His biggest acting role before Trek was a three-year run on CHiPs as Officer Jebediah Turner. Dorn has more Trek appearances to his name than any other actor: 272 television episodes and five films. He has also directed four episodes.