This has been a Wesley Crusher sweater appreciation post.
I’m with Starfleet, we don’t lie.
I felt that there was a built-in contradiction in a character that we’d said was like Mozart in his appreciation of higher mathematics and physics, yet was just on the same career path as any Starfleet cadet. I didn’t get it – if Wes is truly special and gifted, what the hell is he doing at the Helm? It seemed like he was only going to the Academy to live up to the memory of his father and the expectations of Picard, not because it was his best destiny.“Journey’s End” also seemed like an opportunity to see someone walk away from Starfleet with their head held high and just say “It’s cool, but not for me.” I was tired of everyone in the 24th century saying, “All I want to do is wear the uniform and serve on a starship.” Hey, it’s cool, but it’s not for everyone. So I pushed to have Wes realize his destiny was elsewhere and have him walk away.
— Ron Moore on Journey’s End
I feel the same way about Starfleet most of the time. I love everything Star Trek chooses to be and the officers on board Deep Space 9, Voyager and every Enterprise are like family to me, but I know that if I were actually in that universe, I would rather be some random cargo freighter captain than adhere to some arbitrary military directives. So, Wesley, when you pass my way on your journey through the existential planes, pick me up. You, me and The Doctor (David Tennant, not Robert Picardo) would have a great time together.