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Wesley Crusher

Wesley Crusher
Species Human
Gender Male
Home planet Earth
Affiliation Starfleet
Posting USS Enterprise-D civilian, helmsman
Starfleet Academy cadet (resigns)
Rank Acting ensign
Ensign (resigns to attend Academy)
Cadet (resigns)
Lieutenant junior grade (Star Trek Nemesis)
Portrayed by Wil Wheaton
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Wesley Crusher is a character in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Played by actor Wil Wheaton, the character was a regular for the first four seasons. Afterwards, the character appeared sporadically. The character also appeared briefly in Star Trek Nemesis. Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... For other uses, see Species (disambiguation). ... This article is about modern humans. ... Gender in common usage refers to the sexual distinction between male and female. ... This article is about the Male sex. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) (or Enterprise-D, to distinguish it from prior starships with the same name) is a 24th century starship in the Star Trek fictional universe and the principal setting of the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series. ... The official logo of Starfleet Academy, circa 2370. ... Ensign is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ... Cadet is a rank held by Starfleet student officers in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ... Lieutenant Junior Grade is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ... Star Trek Nemesis (2002) is the tenth Star Trek feature film, and the fourth and last film to star the cast from The Next Generation. ... Richard William Wil Wheaton III (born July 29, 1972) is an American writer and actor. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Richard William Wil Wheaton III (born July 29, 1972) is an American writer and actor. ... Star Trek Nemesis (2002) is the tenth Star Trek feature film, and the fourth and last film to star the cast from The Next Generation. ...

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Overview

Wil Wheaton first read for the role in 1986.[citation needed]


Subsequently, in the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation, the character of Wesley Crusher first arrived on the Enterprise-D with his mother, soon after Captain Jean-Luc Picard assumed command. Captain Picard was annoyed by Wesley at first - as Picard is uncomfortable around all children - but he comes to realize that Wesley understands many things beyond his age. An alien Traveler expressed to Captain Picard that Wesley had a unique intelligence and great potential if provided encouragement and opportunity. Captain Picard soon appointed Wesley Crusher to an acting ensign. The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) (or Enterprise-D, to distinguish it from prior starships with the same name) is a 24th century starship in the Star Trek fictional universe and the principal setting of the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series. ... Jean-Luc Picard is a fictional Star Trek character portrayed by Patrick Stewart. ... In the fictional Star Trek universe, The Traveler is a highly advanced humanoid from Tau Alpha C. The Traveler is exceptionally skilled mentally and is able to make a bridge between space, time, and thought which he, and presumably those of his kind, uses to travel throughout the galaxy. ... Ensign is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ...


Wesley eventually took the entrance exam for Starfleet Academy. His test score ranked lower than expected, so Wesley decided to stay on the Enterprise-D to gain more experience. Later he missed his second chance to take the academy entrance exam in order to assist the Enterprise-D crew in rescuing Will Riker, Deanna Troi and Lwaxana Troi from hostile Ferengi. Picard soon granted him a field promotion to full ensign ("Ménage à Troi"). He was invited to reapply the following year, took the exam, and was accepted into the Academy. He stayed in the academy for a number of years until the Traveler re-contacted him. He resigned his commission and went with the traveler to explore other planes of reality. The official logo of Starfleet Academy, circa 2370. ... For the political scientist, see William H. Riker. ... Deanna Troi, played by actress Marina Sirtis, is a main character in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the related films which followed. ... Lwaxana Troi, played by Majel Barrett, is a recurring character in Star Trek: The Next Generation and appears in three episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... The Ferengi are a fictional extraterrestrial race from the Star Trek universe. ... Ménage à Troi is the title of an episode from the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...


The back story states that Wesley Crusher is the son of Beverly Crusher and Jack Crusher. Doctor Beverly Crusher, played by actress Gates McFadden, was a character on the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV show and subsequent films. ... Lieutenant Commander Jack Crusher, a character in the Star Trek fictional universe, is the husband to Beverly Crusher and the father of Wesley Crusher. ...


In the very early episodes of the show, Picard did not allow Wesley on the bridge of the ship. However, in the first season's episode Where No One Has Gone Before he was made an acting ensign. Later that season he failed Starfleet Academy's entrance exam ("Coming of Age"). He tried again the next year and was accepted. Where no man has gone before is a saying used in the introductory sequence of episodes of the science fiction television series Star Trek. ... Coming of Age is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, first broadcast March 14, 1988. ...


Scholarly and fan reception

Some perceive Wesley Crusher's character as a nerd. To show that there are no black nerds in Star Trek, one race studies scholar argues that "Out of a total of seven [black characters], only two (LeVar Burton's Geordi LaForge and Tim Russ's Tuvok) really qualify as nerds, and neither of them compares with the extraordinary geekiness of the teenaged Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation"[1]. Other observations hold Wesley "skipping" puberty[2].


In contrast to scholars, fans have reacted negatively to the Wesley Crusher character. He is considered by some to be a Mary Sue cypher for (Eu)gene Wesley Roddenberry[3]. This seems to lead credence to fans disliking the idea of a young boy constantly saving the whole ship or universe. Nitpickers have counted at least seven times in which Wesley, "who has trouble getting into the Starfleet Academy" and is on a ship "filled with Starfleet's best and brightest crew members", has come up "with the needed solution"[4]. Mary Sue (or simply Sue) is a pejorative expression for a fictional character who is an idealized stand-in for the author, or for a story with such a character. ... Eugene Wesley Gene Roddenberry, (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American screenwriter and producer. ...


In Popular Culture

  • It is stated in several commentaries for the TV show Futurama that the character Cubert Farnsworth is loosely based on Wesley Crusher. Series co-creator David X. Cohen says the character was intended to parody "annoying" characters such as Wesley who many fans would like to "punch in the face" except in Cubert's case, he actually would be punched.

This article is about the television series. ... Cubert Farnsworth is Professor Hubert Farnsworths clone from the fictional animated television series Futurama. ... David X. Cohen (born 1966), born David Samuel Cohen, is an American television writer. ...

References

  1. ^ Ron Eglash, "Race, Sex, and Nerds: From Black Geeks To Asian American Hipsters" Social Text 20.2 (2002): 55
  2. ^ citation needed
  3. ^ Pat Pflieger (2001). "TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE: 150 YEARS OF MARY SUE". 3. Presented at the American Culture Association conference. Retrieved on 2007-01-15.
  4. ^ Phil Farrand, "Updated Conundrum Tote Board" The Nitpicker's Guide for Next Generation Trekkers, Vol. 2 New York: Dell (1995): 319

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STARTREK.COM : Biography (1422 words)
Crusher is a gifted human male whose early genius of childhood and promising Starfleet career were shockingly cut short in an Academy scandal, leading the disillusioned young man to a unique life accompanying the transdimensional Tau Alphan dubbed the Traveler, last seen in 2370.
Wesley was severely affected by the Tsiolkovsky infection and briefly hijacked the Enterprise from within engineering by removing and scrambling a major isolinear chip array.
Wesley's storybook life turned sour rapidly later that year, just before Academy graduation, when as a member of the Academy's crack Nova Squadron precision flight team, he initially took part in a cover-up before an inquiry board regarding their stunt crash that proved fatal to a team member, Cadet Joshua Albert.
Wesley Crusher - definition of Wesley Crusher in Encyclopedia (243 words)
Wesley Crusher is a fictional character on the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The son of Jack and Beverly Crusher, he's a bright young man, who's almost too intelligent for his own good.
Many viewers found the character intensely irritating, claiming he was a Mary Sue ('Wesley' being Gene Roddenberry's middle name).
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