Star Trek’s Wil Wheaton Shares Hilarious Story Of How Wesley-Hating Tech Writer Got Back At Him On The Next Generation

By | April 9, 2022

Today, Wil Wheaton is a beloved member of the Star Trek family, but that wasn’t always the case. Wheaton’s time as Wesley Crusher on The Next Generation drew a lot of scrutiny from the fandom during the show’s run. Whether it was William Shatner being mean to him or fans, the actor always seemed to get guff from somebody. Wheaton isn’t shy about sharing these types of stories and recently revealed a hilarious tale about how a Wesley-hating tech writer for the show got back at him for playing the character.

CinemaBlend was present at Star Trek: Mission Chicago, where Wil Wheaton answered a question about a time he struggled to get a piece of dialogue down. Wheaton shared that the phrase came from The Next Generation episode “The Vengence Factor” (stream it now with a Paramount+ subscription), in which Gatherer Brull bugs Wesley about what he’s working on. After setting the scene, Wheaton talked about how the show brought on people from the science community to help write the technological jargon for the show and how one grad student saw that as the ultimate chance to take some revenge on Wesley:

Wesley’s like, ‘Yo, this is a K-fold contravariant Riemannian tensor field, and you can’t possibly understand it.’. . .That was impossible for me to remember. One, it doesn’t exist, it’s a thing that somebody made up. It’s always confused me back then. If it’s a thing that’s made up, and it doesn’t exist, why does it matter if I say Ryemannian instead of Riemannian? It should not matter. . .Well, if you’re me, you’ll find out years later that there was a guy that was a grad student at Cal Tech. He was doing some work for Next Generation he was kind of writing technical dialogue. . .This kid was working with the science advisor. He found out he was going to get to write a technobabble line for Wesley. This guy, as most men in 1990, was like, ‘I don’t like Wesley.’ So he deliberately wrote the most difficult, complicated, nonsensical thing he could come up with to force me to say.

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