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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Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
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Lt. Cmdr. Susanna Leijten
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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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23 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Other species that propagate by infusing other species with their DNA and transforming them include the Taresians, Kobali and Loque'eque. 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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[Leijten attempts to approach La Forge, who has turned into an instinct-driven alien]
Lt. Cmdr. Susanna Leijten: You know I'm not a threat. The others, Mendez, Brevelle, they don't exist as Humans anymore. But a part of you still does. You're not one of them yet, Geordi. I can help you if you'll just trust me. I know what's going on inside of you - the war you're fighting with yourself. Your Humanity slipping away. The instinct to run. It's overpowering. But they know how to beat it now, Geordi. Look at me! I've come back...
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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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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