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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The initial idea had Riker in the virtual-reality suit, troubled by the death of his father, and seeing scenes of the Alaska cabin where he grew up. This was changed because Riker had gone through several similar mind trips and existential crises in the 6th season, and also the logic of using Geordi's VISOR implants. See more
Data changed his stance from "Nearly impossible, sir" to "There is a high degree of probability that you are correct" in just two scenes. See more
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Sometimes, "just passing by" means "just passing by".
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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