Thursday, January 25, 2007

Geordi La Forge's Visor

Geordi La Forge is Chief of Engineering aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-D. In the 24th century technological leaps in medical science allowed humanoids to pursue challenging careers in Starfleet ordinarily off limits to them because of their inability to see. This brilliant technology was introduced to us in the first season of Star Trek's TNG as Geordi's Visor which gave him the magic gift of sight.

The acronym Visor stands for Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement. To see Geordi needs to wear his visor accross his eyes and visits Dr Beverly Crusher in Sickbay for regular maintenance checkups. He sees humans in a spectrum of blurry after images which give off energy which are easily recognised and set apart from solid inert matter like buildings or even Mr Data who has no energy signature. Geordi visits the good doctor when his visor is causing him extreme pain unlike the persistant visor pain which Geordi is used to. The visor permits enhanced sight using a subspace pulse field operating system which allows vision using infrared and radio waves.

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Star Trek Generations

Stranded on Galorndon Core buffeted by severe electromagnetic storms, Geordi used his visor linked with tricorder technology aided with the help of Romulan Centurion Bochra. Together they located Wesley Crusher's neutrino beam so the U.S.S. Enterprise-D could beam up from the planet's surface.


In the movie, Star Trek Generations, Geordi's Visor is taken away and altered by the mad El Aurian physicist Soran. Mr La Forge is returned to the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D after a brief captivity. Using Geordi's Visor as a transmitter, Soran has enabled the visor to transmit visual data via a camera between the Enterprises-D and a cloaked klingon bird of prey nearby which later pulverises the Federation flagship after discovering its shield modulation frequency of 257.4. I simply could'nt believe it. Commander Riker just let the Enterprise get wrecked! I don't think Picard will put in charge again in a hurry. Captain James T. Kirk would have fired him out the airlock for such oafishness!

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