Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 26, 1987
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
Syndicated TV Network

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Star Trek: The Next Generation - 04x24 The Mind's Eye

4x24 The Mind's Eye

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4/5 (3 votes)
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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Main Characters in this Episode



Guest Stars

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge played by LeVar Burton
Dr. Beverly Crusher played by Gates McFadden
Lt. Commander Data played by Brent Spiner
Ambassador Kell played by Lawrence Dobkin
Taibak played by John Fleck
Chief Miles O'Brien played by Colm Meaney
Governor Vagh played by Edward Wiley
Enterprise Computer voiced by Majel Barrett

Episode Quotes

Taibak: Welcome, Mr. La Forge. We've waited a long time to meet you.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I can tell you've gone to a lot of trouble.
Taibak: Indeed we have.
Ambassador Kell: [on the E-band emissions] Who sent these signals? A cloaked Romulan ship?
Lt. Commander Data: No, sir. That is not possible. The signals had to be transmitted within close proximity to the VISOR.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Are you suggesting that there was a Romulan accomplice in close proximity to Mr. La Forge when he was receiving the signals?
Lt. Commander Data: Yes, sir, I am.
Governor Vagh: This Romulan accomplice - who is he?
Lt. Commander Data: I have narrowed the list of possibilities to two people - the only two people who were with Commander La Forge all three times a transmission was recorded: Captain Picard, and Ambassador Kell. One of them may be concealing an E-band transmitter. If they would agree to be searched...
Ambassador Kell: I am a Klingon! An emissary of the High Council. I will not submit to being searched by you or anyone else on this ship.
Governor Vagh: I am forced to agree, Captain. We will take the Ambassador with us, and search him ourselves.
Ambassador Kell: [slightly panicking] Captain, I believe it to be in all our best interests if I remain aboard. I formally request asylum.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I will certainly grant you asylum - when you have been absolved of this crime.
Lt. Commander Data: I have surmised that Commander La Forge was conditioned by Romulans, a process referred to historically - and somewhat inaccurately - as "brainwashing".
Governor Vagh: But to what end? Why would the Romulans want to kill me?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: The Romulans have always wanted to destroy the alliance between the Federation and the Klingons. If Mr. La Forge had killed you, Governor, I think you would agree, they might have succeeded.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • Goof (continuity error): SPOILER: While being brainwashed by the Romulans, Geordie 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 (factual errors): The title of the episode, as displayed within the episode itself, is missing the apostrophe, making it grammatically incorrect.
  • 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 (plot holes): Why do the shields of the shuttle fail? The Romulan warbird didn't even fire.

Trivia

  • 47-Reference: As Geordi LaForge is rerouting the power flow from the transporter in Cargo Bay IV to the replicator system, the computer informs him that "Power has been rerouted through auxiliary power distribution system code number 44762".
  • First Star Trek appearance of John Fleck, best known as recurring villain Silik the Suliban in Star Trek: Enterprise.
  • Lawrence Dobkin (Ambassador Kell) previously directed "Star Trek" (1966) {Charlie X (#1.2)}.
  • This takes place in 2367.
  • SPOILER: The Romulan woman standing in the shadows is later revealed in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) {Redemption (#4.26)} to be Sela, played by Denise Crosby. However, the shadowed Sela in The Mind's Eye was stand-in Debra Dilley, with Crosby providing the voice in post-production.
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