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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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Lieutenant Worf
Captain Silva La Forge
Admiral Marcus Holt
Dr. Edward La Forge


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


Geordi uses an interface suit to manipulate a remote probe. In scenes from the probe's point-of-view, Geordi is depicted as if he were actually in the remote location, but his reflection is that of the probe. However, he casts a human shadow, not a probe-shaped shadow. See more »


Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I was just passing by. I was wondering what you were up to.
Lt. Commander Data: [sitting in front of a screen] I am using the time to catch up on my study of poetry.
[La Forge walks round to take a look]
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Data, there's nothing on the screen.
Lt. Commander Data: That is not entirely correct. While it is true the display is currently blank, this... emptiness has a poetic meaning. Therefore, it cannot be considered 'nothing' as such.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Says who?
Lt. Commander Data: The ancient Doosodarians. Much of their poetry contains such lacunae or empty spaces. Often, ...
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Meet the LaForges
24 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

This was one of the strangest TNG episodes ever done and it is one where we meet LeVar Burton's kinda sorta. We learn both are ranking members of StarFleet, Ben Vereen an admiral and Madge Sinclair captain of a science vessel that has gone missing.

This is at the same time that the Enterprise is conducting a rescue mission of a StarFleet vessel is trapped in the gaseous atmosphere of a giant planet. They are trying an experimental technique with LeVar Burton using the implants he has for his visor to project a kind of holograph of him to go into places that humans can't tolerate. The thing has its limits especially on the user's nervous system.

While Geordi is down there he sees visions of his mother, but is it all real or is someone messing with his mind. The answer is for you the viewer to watch.

I think the writers here kind of got lost with all science fiction gobbledygook that they had to write to make the story believable. Besides I would think that Data would have been far more suitable for a mission like this.

Just one man's opinion.

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