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
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'm seeing my reflection in a panel. Forgot what a handsome guy I am.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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