Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 24

The Mind's Eye

4
Aired Unknown May 27, 1991 on CBS
8.2
out of 10
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Stardate: 44885.5 While en route to Risa for shore leave, Geordi is abducted by the Romulans and brainwashed into becoming an assassin.

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  • The Geordi Candidate

    7.5
    It's Star Trek meets "The Manchurian Candidate", or Star Trek pays homage to "The Manchurian Candidate", or Star Trek rips off "The Manchurian Candidate", depending on your perspective. This action oriented Geordi episode brings back the Romulans, and with them the "Cold War" tension. It also allows Star Trek to do the old, "man investigates a threat he doesn't know is himself" idea. (And not for the last time!) The episode itself is solid, if not exceptional, building up the tension until the inevitable conclusion.moreless
  • While on Geordi is on his way to Risa, he is kidnapped by romulans. Using some kind of mind controlling device they force Geordi to see what they want him to see. Meanwhile the “Enterprise” is escorting Klingon Ambassador.moreless

    8.9
    While on Geordi is on his way to Risa, he is kidnapped by romulans. Using some kind of mind controlling device they force Geordi to see what they want him to see. Meanwhile the “Enterprise” is escorting Klingon Ambassador. Geordi returns, A federation weapon is found in a area it shouldn’t be. Geordi & Data are testing a federation weapon and find that it is fact made by romulans. Data discovers a e-band transmission coming from the “Enterprise” are actually the same frequency as brain waves. Tune in and see what Data finds out. I rate this one a 8.9moreless
  • The Romulans kidnap La Forge and brainwash him for a plot to assassinate a Klingon official and end the alliance between the Klingons and the Federation.

    8.7
    Things are ramping up for the finale and it's full of maneuvering and intrigue featuring Trek's classic aliens: the Klingons and the Romulans. Here we get a dark story involving the capture of one of our own, Geordi La Forge, and his reprogramming by the nefarious Romulans. It's always interesting to see the heroes so completely compromised by the enemy and it's somewhat disturbing as well. It's also good to see something have consequences on this show. Nothing obvious, though. Despite La Forge's trouble at the end of the episode, which for once gives us something that isn't completely resolved, we never hear of this again. Geordi doesn't even hold a grudge against the Romulans. What does carry over, however, is the identity of the female Romulan in the shadows whose identity is revealed a couple of episodes later. It's the continuation to an episode that does a fine job standing on its own.moreless
  • The Romulans strike again! A great, dark thriller with a heavy debt to "The Manchurian Candidate".

    8.5
    If you like this episode, do yourself a favor and see the cold war classic "The Manchurian Candidate", to which "The Mind's Eye" is heavily indebted. Preferably, see the original with Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury, though the recent remake with Denzel Washington is pretty good too.



    Onto the episode - it seems that the Romulans (and eventually the Cardassians) brought out the best in the show's writers, letting them write somewhat edgier plots than was TNG's norm.



    In this case, one of the show's most likeable characters (Geordi) is turned into an unwitting assassin by the Enterprise's nefarious foes. Even though we know much (but not all) of Geordi's secrets early on, the plot loses none of its tension. Instead, the writers mercilessly raise that tension notch by notch, leading to an edge-of-the-seat climax.



    The epilogue, with Geordi and Counselor Troi, is also a nice touch. Unfortunately, given the nature of this show, it was a nice touch that the writers never followed up on.



    One final observation: just three episodes before this one, a paranoid admiral had investigated the Enterprise for a nonexistent Romulan-sponsored conspiracy and was defeated by Captain Picard's high-minded principles. Maybe it's just me, but I think this episode may be an ironic commentary on its predecessor.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

Lawrence Dobkin

Lawrence Dobkin

Ambassador Kell

Guest Star

John Fleck

John Fleck

Taibak

Guest Star

Edward Wiley

Edward Wiley

Governor Vagh

Guest Star

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby

Commander Sela (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the scene in Engineering where Geordi and Data are tracing power flows, Geordi can been seen incorrectly wearing Commander's pips (three solid colored) instead of Lt. Commander's (two solid and one hollow).

    • When Geordi returns to the bridge after having transported the weapons to the surface, he walks towards the engineering console and proceeds to tap the controls. But the station lights up before he even touches the controls.

    • The Onizuka shuttlepod that Geordi uses to go to Risa is clearly shown to have only one central seat in the cockpit, but after it returns to the Enterprise, it suddenly has twin seats.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Governor Vagh: You swear well, Picard. You must have Klingon blood in your veins.

    • (talking about Picard and a Klingon ambassador)
      Data: ...If they would agree to be searched...
      Ambassador: I am a Klingon! An emissary of the High Council! I will not be searched by you or anyone else on this ship!
      Governor: I'm forced to agree, Captain! We'll take him... and search him ourselves!

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Title:
      Referencing Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1, specifically, "As the mote is to trouble the mind's eye." The line is spoken by Horatio, to Marcellus and Bernardo, after the Ghost departs.

    • Geordi's Brainwashing
      The entire episode's plot is an allusion to the Sinatra film The Manchurian Candidate. The way Geordi was brainwashed and attempted to assassinate the Klingon leader is exactly like the 60's classic.

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