Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 6 Episode 13

Aquiel

4
Aired Unknown Feb 01, 1993 on CBS
6.4
out of 10
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168 votes
10

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Geordi falls in love with a lieutenant who is the prime suspect in a murder case.

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  • Geordi falls in love with a representation of a woman... again

    7.0
    A decent episode, though it doesn't fully exploit the potential of the story. But my main issue is that Geordi falls in love with a representation of a woman before he actually meets her -- just like he did with Leah Brahms in TNG 306 - Booby Trap. The difference is that he hooks up with her this time. Still, she has to move on to her next assignment, so the relationship ends with the episode.moreless
  • Yawn. Next.

    5.0
    A rare sixth season disappointment, this clunky "whodunit" Geordi episode comes across as contrived and forgettable. Rene Jones guest stars as Geordi's love interest, although truth be told, there's nothing interesting about her. As a result, the romance doesn't have any chemistry and the mystery quickly becomes tedious and boring. By the time the resolution has played out, we're ready to move on and forget about everything that has just happened: something the people making the show are happy to accommodate, never referencing the episode again.moreless
  • StarTrek does CSI - badly and Geordi falls in love - badly!

    6.0
    Its bad, but not as much as some of the other reviewers have stated. The basic idea of the plot is fine, but its the relationship aspect between Geordi and Ariel that bring this episode down.



    Essentially the plot follows your standard murder mystery in space. Set on a remote isolated relay station, the Enterprise discovers that both members of the team are missing. They find a pet dog and a some dna residue that indicates that one of them was possibly killed by disruptor fire.



    The team setups about investigating the scene ala CSI w/ Georgi taking on the logs of the missing female ensign. Its this particular sequence of rather benign log entries that takes slow this middle act to much. To be fair they do at least reveal part some of the backstory. It does get better though when Aquiel is discovered in the missing shuttle floating in Klingon space and is brought to the Enterprise to refute claims that a Klingon officer boarded the station and killed everyone aboard.



    However, even with the potential diplomatic issue that could arise, the intensity of the story hardly registers above a 3/10, in what is essentially a filler episode.



    Relying on Geordi's hit-and-miss in love device was done to much and with the expectent result being a dud again, even if you havent watched the episode you will almost certainly guess that they will never get together. I guess perhaps that the almost forbidden love is aluring in its own way, but it never gets going.



    The twist at the end however - though stale 16yrs later was wonderfully done at the time and I remember my surprise at realising there was more to come - and with deadly consequences. Thankfully Geordi keeps a phaser in a bedside cabinet - like they all do!moreless
  • A great idea, ruined.

    7.0
    Maybe I have a soft spot for murder mysteries, but during the first 15 or so minutes of this episode, I find it hard to understand why so many fans dislike the episode. I don't even mind the sequences with Geordi watching the clips, slow as they may be. It's all part of escalating the tension.



    Then Aquiel is found and everything goes down the tubes. Even this twist had potential - an Enterprise crew member, despite his better judgment, falls in love with a murder suspect and disaster ensues. Unfortunately, instead we get another lame Geordi romance. It's such a downer.



    The high rating is for the parts with no Geordi-Aquiel romance. Collectively they make for a very good 15-20 minutes.moreless
  • Not good, not bad.

    5.0
    I have to admit, as stupidly as it may have been done, it is satisfying to finally see Geordi get some action. Other than that though, the relationship is cheesy and the guest actress is unimpressive. I did love the plot twist at the end... it's just a shame it followed such a lame episode. I really liked the plot for the most part, and it kept me guessing throughout the entire episode. This one just goes to show how one bad actor or bad chemistry between two actors can ruin a show. When Geordi told Aquiel he believed her, I was thinking "why?" She was dishonest and all the evidence pointed her way. You're thinking with the wrong head, Geordi! Aquiel annoyed me, from her voice to her mannerisms, but then again is there any good way to deliver a line like "I'm scared, Geordi!" *sigh*moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Wayne Grace

Wayne Grace

Torak

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Reg E. Cathey

Reg E. Cathey

Morag

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Renée Jones

Renée Jones

Lt. Aquiel

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Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

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