Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 3

Interface (2 Oct. 1993)

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Geordi is distracted by the news of the possible loss of his mother while he uses a new remote probe technology to search for a downed spacecraft.

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Geordi's visor experience makes him the ideal 'test pilot' for the Energy Interface, a virtual reality device which links to the wearer's nervous system. The user fully controls the end experience via a probe in his exact (save for eyes) image at a distance. While it's used in the inhospitable atmosphere of a planet where the spaceship Romane crashed, Starfleet reports that Geordi's mother captain Silva La Forge's ship, Hera, is missing. Geordi's probe meets someone there that is exactly like, and claiming to be, his mother, who insists on help for her crew. Despite trouble with the interface physically endangering his life at unsafe levels causing the tests to be suspended, Data helps him return to 'Silva' and find out the deceptive truth. Written by KGF Vissers

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Visual effects supervisor Ronald B. Moore was disappointed the elaborate probe miniature was seen only once. The episode instead uses the convention of Geordi in place of the probe. Director Robert Weimer explained it would have been "emotionally unrewarding" to film the probe with Geordi's mother while cutting to Geordi for reaction shots. See more »

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The fumes given off from the hatch at the start are white, yet fluorine gas is yellow. See more »

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Commander William T. Riker: My mother died when I was a baby. All I have is pictures, and the stories that my father used to tell me about her. I begged him to tell those stories over and over. When I was five and I went to school, I started to tell my new friends those same stories, pretending that she was alive. Then I started believing that she was alive, that she'd just gone away, but that she was coming back. The teacher got wind of this, and she and my father had this talk with me. They told me, it was important to ...
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Geordi's family finally revealed.
1 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:155 - "Interface" (Stardate: 47215.5) - this is the 3rd episode of the 7th and last season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In this episode, we get to finally see Geordi's often mentioned Starfleet parents who are serving on separate ships. When Picard assigns Geordi to use an experimental interface unit to rescue a science vessel that's trapped inside the atmosphere of a gas giant, Geordi learns that the starship Hera commanded by his mother, Silva La Forge (played by Madge Sinclair) has disappeared and is presumed that all is dead.

However, when he goes back into the science ship with his interface, he comes face to face with his mother, who is alive.

Also guest starring Ben Vereen as Geordi's father, Commander Edward M. LaForge, M.D.

Trivia note: the Excelsior is mentioned as one of the rescue ships. Madge Sinclair also played the Saratoga captain in Star Trek IV (the first female starship captain shown in Star Trek). We see Geordi get angry for one of the very few times in the series.


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