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



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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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25 May 1991 (USA)  »

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The classical music heard at the beginning of the episode is a selection from the first movement of Beethoven's Sixth. See more »


The title of the episode, as displayed within the episode itself, is missing the apostrophe, making it grammatically incorrect. 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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Mind Manipulation
29 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is a favorite of mine. Geordi, while distracted on a shuttlecraft heading for Riza, the pleasure planet, is beamed aboard a Romulan ship. The Romulan's purpose is to destroy that relationship between the Klingons and the Federation. Geordi is, for all practical purposes, brainwashed. He is led through simulations where he is to kill his own crew mates, including Chief O'Brien. The joy of the episode has to do with some strange goings on on the ship and the suspicion that the young engineer may be damaged in some way. We never quite understand what the Romulans are capable of. We are led to believe that their goal is intergalactic conquest and they are really good at it. I do have one question. Why do they all wear those outfits that look like quilts with the hangers left in them? Just wondering.

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