Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 13

Aquiel (30 Jan. 1993)

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Murderous intrigue abounds for the Enterprise when one of the crew aboard a subspace station is believed dead, and suspected to have taken part in it until the Klingons show up with the young lieutenant, to Geordi's taste.



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Lt. Aquiel Uhnari
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Bringing supplies to a Federation subspace communications relay station near the Klingon border, the Enterprise finds it deserted by shuttle, only a dog remains. There is a residue Dr. Crusher guesses to be the remains of Lt. Aquiel Uhnari, the dog's owner, whose personal logs reveal to Geordi her childhood paranoia and theory the local Klingon commander made frequent visits to abuse her, while she also feared her only male colleague. When Picard hints at his influence with the Klingon leader since he arbitrated his succession, the planet governor Torak accepts to help himself - and produces Aquiel, alive - or not, and what about the DNA traces Worf found of one single Klingon? Dr. Crusher continues the DNA identification with spooky results... Written by KGF Vissers

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Maura the dog was played by Friday, a terrier mix. The dog previously played Commissioner Robert Scorpio's dog on General Hospital (1963). See more »


Reflection visible on the video screen as Geordi reviews Aquiel's personal logs. See more »


[La Forge has questioned Aquiel about her insubordinate conduct toward Lt. Rocha, who is presumed killed]
Lt. Aquiel Uhnari: Keith Rocha was obnoxious from the minute he reported to duty. He treated me as though I was beneath contempt. I felt like I had to battle him, to hold my own. But I didn't want to see him dead.
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Once again, Geordi's libido makes him seem pathetic and a bit creepy.
29 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

According to IMDb, the person who wrote this particular episode apparently later regretted it. I appreciate their candor--and agree that it's a pretty awful episode--mostly because of how Geordi is portrayed in this very creepy show.

Geordi is part of a team investigating what happened at a remote relay station. The two people who SHOULD be there aren't. One appears to be a pile of goo and they have no idea what's become of the other. To get a better idea, Geordi looks through Lt. Uhnari's personal logs, though conveniently (and with no real explanation) parts of the files are missing. The logs are often very personal and LaForge takes WAY too much delight into listening to this missing woman's thoughts. It's very much reminiscent of how he pathetically fell for his holo version of Dr. Leah Brahms and once again Geordi LaForge is just plain pathetic and creepy. It gets worse, however, once they locate the Lieutenant, as LaForge does NOT behave professionally but more like a lovesick teen.

Because of the unprofessional and creepy way LaForge behaves throughout the show, it's clearly a bad episode. Now the solution to the killing and disappearance does seem kind of interesting, though the 'creature' looks more like a gigantic turd...and that made me laugh. Overall, a pretty terrible outing.

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