Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 18

Identity Crisis (23 Mar. 1991)

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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge and an old friend fight to defeat a parasite that is trying to transform them into another species.

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Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge realizes that he, his friend Lt. Commander Susanna Leitjen and Lieutenant Hickman who deserted in a shuttle-craft and is now on a suicidal course to a planet were all in a mission made years ago by the USS Victory, the others are missing but more vessels are detected on the same planet. After investigations of the base on the planet it turns out they were affected by a yet unknown, parasitic alien race, which is already in both Gordi and Susanna, how is beyond Dr. Crusher's diagnosis, and starts transforming from a cellular level first her into a blue critter, later him too, while he continues researching Starfleet records and hologram simulation, while closely monitored... Written by KGF Vissers

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47 Reference: The USS Victory's Away Team Sensor log shows that the Stardate is 40164.7 See more »

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Ensign Graham informs Captain Picard that the shuttlecraft (flying between the Enterprise and the planet) is out of transporter range. Yet later, the away team beams to the planet without problems. It is conceivable that at the time the Enterprise was trying to intercept the shuttle, she was still a long way away from it and again much further from the planet, even if the visual of the shuttle on screen suggested otherwise; it probably showed a close-up of the shuttle rather than its true distance. Ensign Graham's statement was therefore correct. See more »

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: The original Tarchannen disappearances were never solved, were they?
Lt. Cmdr. Susanna Leijten: No. We never learned what happened or why. 49 people, gone.
Commander William T. Riker: And five years later, the away team that was investigating their disappearances have started to disappear themselves.
Lt. Cmdr. Susanna Leijten: [nods] Geordi and I are the only two left.
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Worth seeing just for the make-up and prosthetics
19 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

An odd coincidence is occurring. Several people who went down to a planet on an away team five years earlier all seem to be converging back on the same planet! One is killed trying to get there and two more took a shuttle craft and landed there. Now, the two last members of the team, LaForge and Susana Leitgen both go back to investigate. Howevrer, soon, Leitgen begins behaving oddly and begins transforming into SOMETHING! LaForge is worried he'll be next, so he gets to work on finding out why. But guess what happens to Geordi? Yep...he becomes one of these weird creatures as well. Is there any hope?

The concept is okay but what I really LOVED was the make-up and prosthetics they used to create the creature effects. Amazingly cool and worth seeing just to see this!


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