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
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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
The fumes given off from the hatch at the start are white, yet fluorine gas is yellow. See more
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 ...
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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