Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 24

The Mind's Eye (25 May 1991)

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Geordi is brainwashed by the Romulans to assassinate a Klingon ambassador.

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Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge eagerly follows orders to enjoy traveling ahead of the ship by shuttle craft to a technology conference on the planet Risa, till an unexpected Romulan war vessel beams him aboard to be brainwashed with fake holiday memories before returning to the Enterprise with a mission including sabotage and the murder of Chief Miles O'Brien with a spy and mental control e-band device fitted into his visor. Meanwhile the Enterprise is hosting Klingon special ambassador Kell, who doesn't enjoy his mission from the High Council to Kreos, a planet on the border with Federation space territory, which seeks independence at a time the Klingon Empire needs its resources elsewhere and therefore prefers to settle, and investigate if they get any illegal Federation help. The Klingon Governor Vagh claims the rebels got Federation issue weapons, but Data and Geordi find it's a replica, probably Romulan solely to estrange the Klingons from their enemy, the Federation. The ... Written by KGF Vissers

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47-Reference: As Geordi LaForge is rerouting the power flow from the transporter in Cargo Bay IV to the replicator system, the computer informs him that "Power has been rerouted through auxiliary power distribution system code number 44762". See more »

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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Personal log, Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge, stardate 44885.5 - I'm en route to the planet Risa to attend an artificial intelligence seminar. Captain Picard has ordered me to arrive a few days early to have some fun and relax. I intend to follow his orders to the very best of my ability.
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Blatantly unoriginal plot balanced by interesting developments to the Klingon story arc
23 April 2012 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER!!!

It is impossible to talk about this episode without spoiling it. You have been warned.

SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER!!!

You have been warned twice . . . !

It's impossible to talk about this episode without spoiling it. That's because if you've seen ANY iteration of "The Manchurian Candidate" or read the original novel, then you already know the entire story. Coming so soon after "The Drumhead," which itself blatantly refers back to the era that produced "The Manchurian Candidate" in the first place (Sen. McCarthy => Sen. Iselin in the original "TMC" => Admiral Whatshername in "Drumhead"), you have to wonder if the well had run dry in the ST:TNG writer's room after the glories of the first half of season 4. Whatever the case, I'm amazed that Richard Condon was not listed as a co-author of this episode, or at least got a "based on a story by" credit. The only saving grace is the tweaks to "Candidate" that they made to fit it into the Star Trek universe, as those adjustments set the stage for much Klingon drama to come. The fact that the actors are settled into their characters by this point also helps as the performances are pretty good throughout. Disappointing on its own, but it has an important place in one of the TNG story arcs.

ADDITIONAL COMMENT: I've read elsewhere now that the writers intended this episode to be a homage to "The Manchurian Candidate" and even tried to get at least one of the actors from the original movie to do a cameo. I suppose I could forgive the lack of originality since this makes it clear the writers deliberately sought to use "Candidate" here. However, watching this episode cold as I did 20 years ago, and rewatching it again the other day before I discovered this little tidbit, all that strikes me is that while the adaptations to the Star Trek universe may have been clever, to me they still don't speak well about whatever creative juices were flowing or not at the time. However, your mileage may vary. :-)


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