Has a Starfleet engineer created a breakthrough in space travel, or is there more to what has happened than meets the eye?
“Where No One Has Gone Before” is the 6th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s first season. Written by Diane Duane and Michael Reaves and directed by Rob Bowman, it first aired in syndication on October 26th, 1987.
In the episode, the Enterprise meets up with a Starfleet engineer and his assistant. The two have improved the warp drives of other Federation starships and plan to do the same to the Enterprise. But, the crew is skeptical because the engineer’s equations seem like nonsense. Still, they go forward with the test–which sends them an incredible distance. Another jump sends them even further and it is soon discovered that the mysterious alien assistant of the Engineer is responsible–and dying!
That mysterious engineer would become known as The Traveler, played by Eric Menyuk. That character would appear in a pair of future Next Generation episodes. The score of the episode, composed by Ron Jones, makes heavy use of the Jerry Goldsmith Star Trek fanfare, which is used as The Next Generation’s theme song.