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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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

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.
Ambassador Kell: There are some members of the High Council who would thank you, Worf.
Lieutenant Worf: Thank me?
Ambassador Kell: For killing Duras. No doubt that, had he lived, one day he would ascend to head the Council. Many were not looking forward to that.
Lieutenant Worf: My motives were personal, not political.
Ambassador Kell: Motives? Who cares for motives? Humans, perhaps. What matters is, you acted on that day as a true Klingon.
Taibak: Notice that his heart rate has slowed somewhat. He is becoming accustomed to the horrors he is witnessing. So... we change horrors.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • 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): Why do the shields of the shuttle fail? The Romulan warbird didn't even fire.
  • 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 (errors in geography): When Geordi and Data left the shuttlebay, they walked by a door showing they were on Deck 12, whereas the shuttlebay is on Deck 13.
  • 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.

Trivia

  • The map of the region surrounding Krios that Worf and Kell look at in the tactical lab was later slightly modified and re-used as a map of the Typhon Expanse.
  • This is the first episode of The Next Generation in which Majel Barrett received credit for voicing the computer.
  • The matte painting used for the surface of Krios is a re-use of the painting originally created for "Angel One". The painting was extensively modified for this appearance.
  • The footage of the three Klingon warships was re-used footage from the Season 4 episode "Reunion".
  • The title is derived from Hamlet Act I, Scene I: "A mote it is to trouble the mind's eye."
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