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In one episode of Star Trek: TNG "The Traveler" appears and the Enterprise achieves speeds over Warp 10 (as I recall). The Traveler has kind of superpowers to master space and time (all pretty weird in this episode :)) and becomes a friend of Wesley. At the end he tells Picard to further Wesley, as he has special abilities and is an abnormal boy. Is this explained more in detail in other episodes and where do these abilities come from?

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    Wesley has the ability to be the most annoying brat in sci-fi history. Thankfully Wil Wheaton has turned out much cooler. – BBlake Oct 6 '11 at 14:34
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    @BBlake yeah :) he is like the Anti-Forrest Gump/Homer Simpson. But afair he often plays crucial role when Enterprise is "in trouble" – Hauser Oct 6 '11 at 14:58
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    Heh, but when he saved the day that always irritated me because it made Picard and the rest look like idiots, which only irritated me more... It was a vicious cycle. :) – BBlake Oct 6 '11 at 18:19
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    @BBlake I assume that crack about Wheaton being cooler is a joke because somehow on BBT he is even a bigger douche than he was on TNG :p – Chad Oct 7 '11 at 18:09
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    Well, it's not entirely a joke. He's great at playing ass-hole characters and seems to do that a lot (TNG, BBT, The Guild, Eureka), but he's great with his fans, turned into a pretty good author, and at least appears to be a pretty cool person in public life. – BBlake Oct 7 '11 at 18:14
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The Traveler described Wesley Crusher as:

a genius with the intricacies of time, energy and propulsion and that those talents needed to be encouraged.

It was also stated:

he had a unique intelligence and great potential if provided encouragement and opportunity, comparing him to a child prodigy like Mozart.

I imagine it was his superior intellect that enabled him to go beyond the normal human limitations and achieve power over space and time.

  • it sounded like he has superhuman powers (more than just extraordinary intelligence) as the traveler cant "detect" his IQ, they only had short conversations imo. So my reasoning was it is explained in another episode i didnt saw – Hauser Oct 8 '11 at 11:19
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The Traveler returns in two episodes after his original 1st season appearance - once, to help Wesley rescue Dr Crusher from a warp bubble he had created by accident (Remember Me - season 4), and the second time to apparently lead Wesley away and teach him the knowledge of the Traveler's species (Journey's End - season 7).

From these later episodes, it would seem that Wesley had an innate ability to understand the connections between time, space, and thought, and also had an almost intuitive feel for warp field geometry.

Whether he's "the next step" or simply a very talented/gifted individual isn't really made clear.

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In Season 7 Episode "Journey's End" it is revealed that Wesley's abilities include the ability to stop time, or travel outside normal space-time existence.

The question also asks where the abilities come from. While the traveller indicated that Wesley had evolved to a new level of existence, certain episodes suggest certain factors that may have led to the conditions that allowed this evolution to take place.

In Season 4 episode "Remember Me" Wesley is experimenting with a warp bubble and accidentally traps his mother in it. However, his mother does not realize that this has happened, and unknowingly re-creates her entire universe out to a distance of a few hundred meters, taking most of the remainder of the episode to realize what she had done. While Wesley created the warp bubble, I think it is important to note that Doctor Crusher physically created a reproduction of the universe using only her mind, thereby indicating that she too had special abilities that Wesley had inherited from her.

Furthermore, one might ask where these special abilities in Doctor Crusher came from. In the Season 7 episode "Sub-Rosa", we learn that a long line of Doctor Crusher's maternal ancestors (20 generations!), terminating with her grandmother, were "possessed" by an anaphasic life form named Ronin which used the Howard family candle to survive. It is highly probable that the merging of this anaphasic life form with so many successive generations of hosts introduced mutations in the DNA which Wesley inherited from his mother.

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    That's actually not a bad theory. A bit of a stretch, admittedly, but it makes sense from a certain point of view. – Omegacron Feb 22 '14 at 3:14
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Not exactly.

Wesley is essentially hinted to be a next step in human evolution. He is purported to have the ability to develop powers similar to "the Traveler" and does end up leaving with him when Wil Wheaton left the show.

As to what those powers actually are, or why they were given to Weslet, it isn't ever stated.

  • thx. what is the "next step in human evolution" according to this episode. Mastering space & time by brain power/psychokinesis? – Hauser Oct 6 '11 at 15:02
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    @Hauser: Could be. They aren't really clear. – Jeff Oct 6 '11 at 15:34
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This is hinting at the start of Wesley becoming the first Q. The angelic Traveler is sent to wake up his abilities which lead Wesley to eventually realizing his full potential - all-powerful, omnipotence.

After much time Q-Wesley becomes lonely and thinks back to his most cherished memories, as a mortal on the Enterprise. Disguising himself, he finds that he can relive some of those moments - popping in on his old friends from time to time...

  • Anything to back that up? – Xantec May 30 '12 at 19:23
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    Wesley becoming one of the Q seems a stretch. Maybe the next Charlie X. He seemed ready to assume the role of young demigod until the Traveler talked him out of interfering. – Kyle Jones May 30 '12 at 20:08
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    Hardly the 1st Q and no evidence of young Wesley becoming Q. The similarities between the two sets of abilities is an unsupported or resolved plot convergence, followed by 'Oops!" – Ihor Sypko Sep 17 '13 at 17:40

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