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 » Season 4
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

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.
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.
Counselor Deanna Troi: And that's all?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Yeah. Well, there was this...
Counselor Deanna Troi: [anticipating] Yes?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Her name is Jonek.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Ah!
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: But, er... you wouldn't wanna hear about that. Better get ready for duty. Nice talking to you, Counselor.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • 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.
  • 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 (factual errors): The title of the episode, as displayed within the episode itself, is missing the apostrophe, making it grammatically incorrect.
  • 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.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • Lawrence Dobkin (Ambassador Kell) previously directed "Star Trek" (1966) {Charlie X (#1.2)}.
  • First Star Trek appearance of John Fleck, best known as recurring villain Silik the Suliban in Star Trek: Enterprise.
  • The classical music heard at the beginning of the episode is a selection from the first movement of Beethoven's Sixth.
  • 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".
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