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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One needs Cliffnotes to follow this story.
15 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode that needs to come with operating instructions, Geordi has been hooked up to some machine that is known as Interface. It seems that Geordi, due to his hyper-sensitive viewing operation, can see things in the machine that other are unable to see. Geordi can actually visualize things, in real time, all while hooked up to this machine located on the Enterprise.

After Geordi is told that his mother, a Captain on another star ship, is missing, he hooks up to the interface and now can communicate with his MIA mother. And so we have the plot of the story as Geordi will try to communicate with his mother to find out the location of her missing ship.

The story was even made more confusing as when Geordi is hooked up to the interface machine, you have Dr Cusher advising about every four minutes that Gerodi needs to be removed from the interface due to some medical complication. Add the big words and the confusing dialog between Crusher, Data and even Picard all while trying their best to make this dismal story interesting.

This episode became weak very early in production. Only in the first few minutes of the show did it stir any excitement. But after those minutes went past, it became obvious that this was going to be a long confusing story. The episode was more baffling than entertaining.

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