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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" The Mind's Eye (1991)

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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful:

What does the Visor see?

Author: russem31 from United States
24 April 2006

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ST:TNG:98 - "The Mind's Eye" (Stardate: 44885.5) - this is the 24th episode of the 4th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

While en route to Risa for a conference and a few days of vacation before it, Geordi LaForge is kidnapped by the Romulans and conditioned to be an assassin. When he returns to the Enterprise, he now has false memories of a pleasant Risa experience, and unknowingly sets about to to destroy the Federation-Klingon alliance! And who is that mysterious Romulan woman in the shadows (a hint: this episode foreshadows the "Redemption" season closer and fifth season opener).

An episode in the true spirit of Phillip K. Dick.

Trivia note: Picard recalls having been known to offering help to the Klingons in the past ("Sins Of The Father" and "Reunion"), as does the Klingon Ambassador Kell onboard the Enterprise.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Mind Manipulation

Author: Hitchcoc from United States
29 August 2014

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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Geordi is brainwashed by the Romulans

Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
12 June 2015

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As this episode opens Geordi is alone in a shuttle heading for a conference on Risa where he is also looking forward to a few days R&R; unfortunately for him he doesn't get there. His shuttle is intercepted by the Romulans and they set about brainwashing him to carry out an assassination. They find him the ideal candidate as they can send instructions directly to his brain via his visor's connections. They also send an impostor to Risa and implant false memories so when Geordi returns to the Enterprise he has no idea that he did anything other than what he had planned while away.

The Enterprise is undertaking a mission to help negotiate a peace between the Klingons and a breakaway colony; this isn't helped by an allegation that the Federation has been supplying weapons to the colony. When Geordi teleports a crate of weapons to the rebels that only strengthens the Klingons' worries. He however has no memories of what he did and leads the investigation… this isn't the Romulans' final plan for Geordi though.

In the opening moments of this episode I feared we were going to be getting a light hearted story set on Risa but thankfully the Romulans turned up and made things far more interesting. While we don't see the unpleasant images that are being projected into Geordi's mine his reaction is such that we don't need to see them; LeVar Burton does a fine job portraying Geordi in these scenes. The later scenes where he is being manipulated are tense even though we know it is bound to work out in the end. The Romulans' plot to drive a wedge between the Federation and the Klingons is interesting and the sort of sneaky thing we'd expect from them.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

What comes around, goes around....

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
20 November 2014

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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2 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Blatantly unoriginal plot balanced by interesting developments to the Klingon story arc

Author: Carl-17 from Tokyo, Japan
23 April 2012

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


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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