Wednesday, November 25, 2015


One of the key themes that unites all of the various Star Trek shows and movies is the notion of the crew being a makeshift family unit. And, just as with real families, there's always an oddball in the bunch. This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton examine the franchise's most unusually enigmatic hero, the Enterprise-D's engineer extraordinaire Geordi La Forge. Considerably less fleshed out than fellow Next Gen crewmates Riker, Data, Worf, Troi and so on, LeVar Burton's Geordi is in many ways a mystery, with few well-defined traits and very little emotional growth or internal life. What are we to make of his preference for close friendships with mechanical beings? Or his undeniably strange love life and aloof workplace disposition? By examining spotlight episodes, such as "Booby Trap," "The Mind's Eye," "Aquiel" and "Relics," this episode seeks to reveal some of the crucial concepts and ideas that inform the man, the myth and the legend that is Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge. 

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