The Great Star Trek TNG Rewatch: The Dauphin

When the Enterprise is tasked with transporting sixteen-year-old Salia back to the homeworld she is expected to lead and reunite, Wesley Crusher finds himself quite smitten with their latest visitor. And whilst her guardian is keen to keep her protected from any and all outside influences, Salia is keen to have Wesley show her a world beyond the restrictive life she has always known.

It was almost inevitable that we’d have to have a ‘first love’ story for Wesley, and actually, whilst hardly up to the level of the last few instalments, this is a tolerable episode. Alongside all the angst of young love and the expected humour of the older characters chipping in with their two cents, there is of course a Star Trek twist. Yes, the effects look a bit dated now, but the end result is that Wesley’s first romantic encounter is not with a fellow human, but a shapeshifting alien.

Life in the 24th century

  • We already know that Klingon lovemaking is pretty intense, but now Worf reveal that the women shout, throw things and claw at the men, whilst the men recite love poetry and try to avoid getting hit with a flying object. Sounds like a fun weekend.
  • Dr Pulaski claims that the ship’s air filters can prevent the spread of disease. Except when they don’t, of course.
  • In this episode, Picard and the crew act as if the allasomorphs are the only known shapeshifters in the galaxy, even though we already know of other beings that can change their appearance. And I’m not even going to touch conservation of mass.
  • I’d like to see a spinoff story where Worf and Anya go and raise all kinds of hell.
  • Wesley claims that 19% of the galaxy has been explored. Didn’t Picard say in season one that it was more like 11%? Has the Enterprise explored 8% of the galaxy in a single year?

Summary – The Dauphin: Worth it just for the scene where Riker and Guinan fake flirt with each other.

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