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The Mind's Eye 

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



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Cmdr. William Riker
Dr. Beverly Crusher
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Ambassador Kell (as Larry Dobkin)
Chief Miles O'Brien
Edward Wiley ...
Enterprise Computer (voice)


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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25 May 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is derived from Hamlet Act I, Scene I: "A mote it is to trouble the mind's eye." See more »


Why do the shields of the shuttle fail? The Romulan warbird didn't even fire. See more »


[first lines]
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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Referenced in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: A Space Oddity (2009) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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What comes around, goes around....
20 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

When the episode begins, Geordi is aboard a shuttle craft--bound for some R&R on Raisa and then a conference. However, en route, his shuttle is taken by the Romulans. For some time, he undergoes brainwashing techniques to turn him into an unwilling and unknowing assassin. All this coincides with some sensitive negotiations with the Klingons. It seems some of their people are blaming the Federation for interfering with one of their colonies--claiming they are providing rebels with weapons. Who LaForge will kill and what's next is something you'll need to see for yourself.

All in all, this is a rather exciting episode--as just about all the Klingon episodes are exciting. Additionally, the ending is sweet and makes the show well worth seeing.

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