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Identity Crisis 

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge and an old friend fight to defeat a parasite that is trying to transform them into another species.

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... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
... Cmdr. William Riker
... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
... Lieutenant Worf
... Dr. Beverly Crusher
... Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
... Lt. Commander Data
... Lt. Cmdr. Susanna Leijten
... Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
... Hickman
Dennis Madalone ... Transporter Technician
... Ensign Graham
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Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge realizes that he, his friend Lt. Commander Susanna Leitjen and Lieutenant Hickman who deserted in a shuttle-craft and is now on a suicidal course to a planet were all in a mission made years ago by the USS Victory, the others are missing but more vessels are detected on the same planet. After investigations of the base on the planet it turns out they were affected by a yet unknown, parasitic alien race, which is already in both Gordi and Susanna, how is beyond Dr. Crusher's diagnosis, and starts transforming from a cellular level first her into a blue critter, later him too, while he continues researching Starfleet records and hologram simulation, while closely monitored... Written by KGF Vissers

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Trivia

It took four make-up artists six hours to apply the full Tarchannen III species make-up to LeVar Burton. According to Michael Westmore, it was the longest make-up ever done on The Next Generation. See more »

Goofs

Data informs Riker that his modifications on the emergency beacon will take approximately another two minutes. Yet he completes them after only 40 seconds - for Data a rather huge miscalculation. See more »

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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: You know... down there, I... I didn't know who you were. And yet... somehow... I believed you. I trusted you.
Lt. Cmdr. Susanna Leijten: That must have been because of all the good advice I used to give you.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Thanks.
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Referenced in The Toys That Made Us: Star Trek (2018) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Chickens Come Home to Roost
28 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is really quite well done. Five years previous to the events here, Geordi and an away team are on a seemingly benevolent planet doing research. As the story begins, a shuttle containing a friend of Geordi's burns up in the planet's atmosphere. This happens despite Picard's intense warnings. Something has happened that isn't explainable. Geordi's friend Susanna was with him on the planet and is now aboard the Enterprise. She is suddenly taken ill and convulsing. Soon her body begins to change. She is becoming another species. Geordi recognizes changes in his own body and realizes that the same thing will happen to him. The plot involves efforts to counteract this. Susanna feels helpless because in her condition she can't leave the ship, yet she is best equipped to assist in solving the mystery. This episode allows us to see an alien race that has a whole different being and it is quite fascinating.


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