Say what you want about Wil Wheaton’s
performance in TNG, but I thing he did a very good job
with the material given to him. The Wes character could
have come across as a complete geek, or worse, could
have become some sort of comical character, a 24th
century URKEL. These character problems could stem from
the fact that the Wes character was, admittedly, Gene’s
own alter ego being acted out. Wesley is. After all,
Gene Roddenberry’s own middle name.
Wesley Saves The Day....
"The Naked Now"
- Wesley modifies a tractor beam into a repulser beam to
push the Enterprise away in order to give Data the extra
time needed to reinsert the chips.
"Where No One Has Gone
- Wesley is the only one to notice that the traveler is
- Wesley discovers the Ferengi transmissions which are
"The Big Goodbye"
- Wesley fixes the holodeck because his mother is in
- Wesley realizes that Lore is impersonating Data
- Wesley's experiment is beamed onto Riker's ship,
giving the ship the necessary power to "save the day".
"The High Ground"
- Wesley comes up with a way to track the dimensional
shift of the terrorists.
"Ménage à Troi"
- Wesley identifies a signal as resembling a Betazoid
gong, helping to save Lwaxana Troi, Deanna Troi, and
Riker from the Ferengi ship.
- Wesley is able to get past the guardian of the well
and get water for Captain Picard.
- Wesley realizes the true purpose of the game and
repairs Data in time to awaken everyone from hypnosis.
....and Screws Up
- Wesley trips over a barrier, and nearly loses his
- Wesley, while pulling an all-nighter, leaves a
container open, causing some nanites to escape and wreck
havoc on the ship.
- Wesley's experiment causes his mother to be trapped in
a warp bubble.
"The First Duty"
- Wesley's flight team performs an extremely dangerous
maneuver which results in a serious accident and causes
the death of a fellow team member. The resulting
cover-up causes Wesley to repeat a year at the academy.