Star Trek: The Next Generation

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94 (Blind with Augmented Vision)

Starfleet Lt. Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton/costar), a black Helmsman/Engineer assigned to the 24th century starship USS Enterprise-D.

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La Forge “saw” via a prosthetic device placed over his eyes called a VISOR (Visual Input Sensory Optical Reflector). The curved, silver band of metal with rows of vertical slits was attached to two blinking red implants embedded into each of his temples. Giordi’s real eyes were covered with a film of white. His artificial sight transcended normal human vision.

The powers of an alien named named “Q” once intervened to give La Forge a moment of “real” sight but Geordi refused the gift.

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In the Star Trek movie Insurrection (1998), Geordi no longer needed his visor. The miracle of technology had provided him with natural sight.

Note: The Geordi character was inspired by a young man named George La Forge who suffered from muscular dystrophy. However, his affliction didn’t keep him from attending as many Star Trek conventions he could afford to go to.

He became a friend of series creator Gene Roddenberry, who made George an honorary Lieutenant in Starfleet before George died in 1975.

While creating new characters for his revival of the series Roddenberry remembered George and as a tribute to the valiant man, named the navigator of the starship, Geordi La Forge.

See also: Star Trek: The Next Generation (Picard)

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