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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2 October 1993 (USA)  »

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47-reference: Data states that one of the Doosodarian poems has a lacuna of 47 minutes. See more »


(at around 13 mins) Geordi walks into a room of dead people. As the camera is walked backwards you can see a dead person pulling a barrel over to support herself. It must have slipped and the film crew thought it was off camera. See more »


Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: The Hera is missing. That's all. Until I hear something different, my mother just might as well have taken the crew on an unscheduled holiday.
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Kind of an Empty Episode
7 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think of all the characters aboard the Enterprise, the least interesting, to me, is Geordi LaForge. There doesn't seem to be a depth to his character. He is a repository of technological knowledge. He frequently pulls stuff out of the blue that is so advanced it bears a bit of skepticism. That doesn't mean I dislike him but he isn't very interesting. They play on his inability to form relationships, but he never gets out of his head. He is dull. This episode, which involves the death of his mother, has him going off half cocked and not recognizing clues that his experiences should have taught him. When his mother shows up, he should have had some suspicions about who she was. He ignore the advice of the crew. Granted he has lost his mother, but her appearance is in the oddest circumstance. I just couldn't get into this one.

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