4x24 The Mind's Eye
First Aired: May. 27, 1991 on Syndicated
Summary: Stardate: 44885.5
The Romulans capture Geordi.
They program him to become an assassin.
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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.
Taibak: Notice that his heart rate has slowed somewhat. He is becoming accustomed to the horrors he is witnessing. So... we change horrors.
Governor Vagh: You swear well, Picard. You must have Klingon blood in your veins.
- Goof (plot holes): The computer tells Geordi that Risa is "climate controlled for optimum tourist comfort." As Risa hosts multiple species this would be impossible. For example, Vulcans would consider the comfort zone for humans to be quite cold, while Andorians would find it too hot.
- Goof (plot holes): When it was revealed that someone had tampered with the isolinear chips, no one suggested either DNA testing or fingerprint testing to verify who had altered the chips. Geordi changed the chips without wearing any form of protection to cover his fingerprints or to prevent leaving DNA.
- Goof (continuity error): SPOILER: While being brainwashed by the Romulans, Geordi uses his phaser to shoot O'Brien in the chest, killing him. However, when the camera pans to show O'Brien lying dead, his uniform shows no signs of being hit with phaser fire. Although this is a simulation by the Romulans, it is unlikely that they would omit this particular detail.
- Goof (plot holes): Why do the shields of the shuttle fail? The Romulan warbird didn't even fire.
- Goof (factual errors): The title of the episode, as displayed within the episode itself, is missing the apostrophe, making it grammatically incorrect.
- This is the second appearance of the tactical laboratory after "The Emissary", though it looks completely different here.
- This is the first episode of The Next Generation in which Majel Barrett received credit for voicing the computer.
- Although remaining unseen here, Kriosians appear in the Season Five episode "The Perfect Mate" and the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Precious Cargo".
- First Star Trek appearance of John Fleck, best known as recurring villain Silik the Suliban in Star Trek: Enterprise.
- The Romulan and Klingon transporter effects of the 24th century are seen for the first time in this episode.