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"I never knew what a friend was, until I met Geordi. He spoke to me as though I were Human. He treated me no differently from anyone else. He accepted me for what I am. And that – I have learned – is friendship."
– Data, 2368 ("The Next Phase")

Geordi La Forge was a Human male Starfleet officer, who was originally a lieutenant junior grade while serving as the helmsman of the USS Enterprise-D, during 2364. As his career progressed, he transitioned to engineering, and was promoted to lieutenant, and later lieutenant commander, rising to become the chief engineer of the Enterprise-D, and later USS Enterprise-E, both under Captain Jean-Luc Picard. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Where No One Has Gone Before", "The Child", "Evolution", "Booby Trap"; Star Trek: First Contact) By early 25th century he attained the rank of commodore and held the position of curator at the Fleet Museum. (PIC: "The Next Generation")

Early life[]

Geordi La Forge was born on February 16, 2335 in Mogadishu, Somalia to parents Captain Silva La Forge and noted exozoologist, Commander Edward M. La Forge. Due to a birth defect, he was born blind. As an adult, he stood 170 centimeters (appr. 5'7") tall and was right-handed. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "The Masterpiece Society", "Cause And Effect", "Identity Crisis", "Ship In A Bottle")

"Cause and Effect" features La Forge's medical record, establishing his date and place of birth as the African Confederation. The remastered version of the episode narrowed his place of birth to Mogadishu.

In the first draft script of VOY: "Death Wish", which would have featured Geordi La Forge and not William T. Riker, it was established that Quinn somehow caused Geordi's birth and that, otherwise, Tuvok would have ended up as chief engineer aboard the USS Enterprise-D.

Around 2340, when he was about five years old, Geordi was trapped alone in a burning building; he later remembered this as one of the most frightening moments of his life. (TNG: "Hero Worship")

Sometime, not long after, Geordi received his first VISOR, which allowed him to see (although not the same way the average Human does) for the first time in his life. (TNG: "Hero Worship") At age eight, Geordi was brought his first pet, a Circassian cat, and he remembered his excitement for years to come. (TNG: "Violations")

Young Geordi spent time with both his parents as a child, sometimes separately. For a time, Geordi lived with his father, Edward, while Edward studied invertebrates in the Modean system. On other occasions, Geordi was away from his father, on outposts near the Romulan Neutral Zone with his mother, Silva. (TNG: "Imaginary Friend")

Geordi attended to Zefram Cochrane High School sometime prior to 2353. (Star Trek: First Contact)

Early Starfleet career[]

He attended Starfleet Academy from 2353 to 2357, where he excelled at engineering and idolized Zefram Cochrane. (Star Trek: First Contact) Among his reading during the Academy, La Forge read about the USS Stargazer. (TNG: "The Battle")

A scene in the script of "Coming of Age" but cut from the final episode would have revealed that La Forge was scared to death the whole time during his entrance exam, though he considered that good for a person because it kept the adrenaline going.

La Forge graduated with a Starfleet specialty in antimatter power and dilithium regulators. His first deep-space assignment was as an ensign aboard the USS Victory under Captain Zimbata. (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data") In 2362, La Forge participated in the investigation of the disappearance of the Federation colony on Tarchannen III. (TNG: "Identity Crisis")

La Forge later transferred to the USS Hood, where he served under Captain Robert DeSoto. On the Hood, La Forge knew William T. Riker, but only professionally. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint") Riker knew La Forge the longest of all of their shipmates aboard the Enterprise, and the two developed a close friendship during their later years together at that assignment. (TNG: "The Next Phase")

At one point in his career as a young officer, La Forge was assigned to pilot Jean-Luc Picard on an inspection tour. En route to their destination, Picard made an off-hand remark about the shuttle's engine efficiency not being what it should be. In response to this, La Forge stayed up all night refitting the shuttle's fusion initiators. When Picard discovered what La Forge had done the following morning, he knew immediately that he wanted La Forge with him on his next command. (TNG: "The Next Phase")

La Forge's first meeting with Picard is referenced – although not seen directly – in the prequel novel The Buried Age, detailing Picard's activities between the Battle of Maxia and receiving command of the Enterprise-D. This scene also reveals that Picard was responsible for La Forge being transferred from the Victory to the Hood, noting that La Forge deserved a promotion but there were currently no opportunities for advancement on the Victory where the Hood had more positions available.

Aboard the Starships Enterprise[]

The Enterprise-D[]

Conn Officer[]

In 2364, he was named conn officer on the USS Enterprise-D under Captain Jean-Luc Picard. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

While investigating the deaths of the SS Tsiolkovsky crew, La Forge contracted a variant of polywater intoxication, causing him to lose his inhibitions. Dr. Beverly Crusher used La Forge to test her vaccines and was able to develop a cure. (TNG: "The Naked Now")

The first test of his ability as a starship commander came during an encounter with an advanced planetary defense system in orbit around the planet Minos. With the senior officers' away teams entrenched at the planet's surface, La Forge gave the order to send the Enterprise's saucer section to safety and then returned to Minos with the stardrive section to work out a way of evacuating the away teams. While battling a cloaked drone in orbit, he devised a strategy to lure the opponent into the planet's atmosphere, thus revealing its location. In this tense situation, he proved that he had the ability to successfully lead a skeleton crew to victory. (TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom")

His special vision was impressively demonstrated during an away mission to the drifting freighter Batris. The VISOR data was directly transmitted to the Enterprise-D's main bridge viewscreen via his visual acuity transmitter, allowing the bridge crew to gain an insight into Geordi's view of the world and to follow the progress of the mission until the datalink failed. (TNG: "Heart of Glory")

Chief Engineer[]

Geordi La Forge, 2365

Lieutenant La Forge as chief engineer in 2365

In 2365, La Forge was promoted to full lieutenant. He transferred from the command division to the operations division and was named chief engineer. Over the course of the next several years, it became evident that this transfer had been a wise decision. His technical and analytical abilities, his versatility, and his cooperative leadership style were very well suited to the requirements of a senior engineering officer aboard a major starship. Just one year later, in 2366, he was promoted to lieutenant commander. (TNG: "The Child", "Hollow Pursuits", "Evolution")

An especially demanding situation arose in 2365, after the ship's main computer had been infected by an Iconian computer virus by way of the log files of the USS Yamato. Those files were the only useful item that remained of this Galaxy-class starship after a catastrophic loss of antimatter containment had caused it to explode with the loss of all hands. La Forge was eventually able to disprove suspicions of a general design flaw in Galaxy-class starships which had arisen when the alien program caused more and more shipboard systems to fail. Working with Lieutenant Commander Data, whose positronic brain had been infected as well, he found the solution to the problem in time to save the Enterprise-D from seemingly inevitable destruction. (TNG: "Contagion")

Geordi La Forge, 2368

As a lieutenant commander

Geordi learned about one particular disadvantage of following in the footsteps of Starfleet's legendary engineers when members of a race known as the Pakled took him hostage, hoping to gain technological knowledge. Although injured, he successfully devised an escape method without further bloodshed. (TNG: "Samaritan Snare")

La Forge used a hologram of Dr. Leah Brahms, the engineer who designed the Galaxy-class, after the Enterprise was ensnared in a Menthar booby trap. He and the hologram Brahms worked extremely well together and figured out an escape route for the Enterprise. In the process, Geordi became strongly attracted to Brahms. (TNG: "Booby Trap", "Galaxy's Child")

Later that year, Geordi was trapped on Galorndon Core with a Romulan named Bochra. He and Bochra at first tried to kill each other, but soon resolved their differences and worked together to survive. (TNG: "The Enemy")

In 2367, he met the real Leah Brahms. La Forge was ecstatic at the chance to meet her, even if on a solely professional level, but he was in for a surprise. Whereas the hologram Geordi had assembled was kind, creative, and warm, the real Brahms was rude and, much to Geordi's chagrin, married. They worked together to solve a problem on board, but Dr. Brahms found out about the holoprogram and became infuriated. They were eventually able to laugh about it, but a romantic future for the two seemed unlikely. (TNG: "Galaxy's Child")

Geordi La Forge as Tarchanne

Temporarily transformed into an alien

He met an old friend named Susanna Leijten whom he had served with aboard the Victory. She told La Forge that several of their crewmates, with whom they had formed an Away team to Tarchannen III, had disappeared. Shortly afterward Leijten started to transform into an alien being. La Forge too became infected, but before he was transformed into an alien, he discovered that shadow aliens on the planet had implanted a parasite into the away team members that turned them into the aliens. This was how they reproduced. La Forge was rescued and given an antidote that stopped the transformation. (TNG: "Identity Crisis")

Geordi brainwashing

Undergoing severe brainwashing after having been captured by Romulans

At the end of 2367, La Forge was captured by the Romulans, who brainwashed him into assassinating the Klingon Governor Vagh. Klingon ambassador Kell worked with the Romulans from the inside. By tracing Kell's signal to La Forge's visor, they were able to stop the assassination attempt. (TNG: "The Mind's Eye")

When the Enterprise was hit by a quantum filament that caused massive power failure throughout the ship, La Forge and Dr. Crusher were trapped in a cargo bay with dangerous explosive materials. They daringly decompressed the bay while they were still in it, to jettison the materials into space. (TNG: "Disaster")

He worked with the scientists on Penthara IV after the planet's mantle was damaged by an asteroid hit. His first plan failed, but a new one more risky than the first worked and the planet was saved. (TNG: "A Matter Of Time")

Later that year, the Enterprise discovered an injured Borg drone in the Argolis Cluster. La Forge helped to repair the drone and, in the process, made friends with him, naming him "Hugh". Starfleet initially planned to use Hugh to infect the Borg Collective, but Hugh's emotions, including those he felt towards his friend Geordi, prevented this plan. La Forge asked Hugh to remain onboard, but he declined in order to ensure the safety of the Enterprise. (TNG: "I Borg")

Ro and Geordi connect

La Forge with Ro Laren in 2368

After answering a distress call from a Romulan ship, La Forge and Ro Laren disappeared during a transporter cycle. They could see each other and everything around them, but no one was aware of them, and they were presumed dead. They discovered that the Romulan distress call was related to an accident with their cloaking device, and decloaked themselves by creating enough chroniton fields to force Data to use Anyon particles to decontaminate the fields, which also rematerialized La Forge and Ro. (TNG: "The Next Phase")

Geordi La Forge with Deanna Troi in 1893

La Forge with Deanna Troi in 19th century disguise

In 2369, La Forge, along with the rest of the Enterprise principal crew, traveled back to 19th century Earth to save Data. In the process, Geordi encountered Samuel Clemens. (TNG: "Time's Arrow", "Time's Arrow, Part II")

One of Geordi's dreams came true later that year, when the Enterprise answered a distress call sent out by the USS Jenolan. He discovered that the ship's transporters were configured in a strange manner and was able to rematerialize someone. That someone turned out to be Montgomery Scott, the Chief Engineer from the original USS Enterprise. Scott had preserved himself in the transporter buffer for 75 years. Geordi was initially overjoyed to be working with such a legend, but Scotty's constant nitpicking about 24th century technology led Geordi to snap at him. This plunged Scott into a brief depression. Geordi eventually consoled him, pointing out that age does not dictate usefulness, and the two worked together to save the Enterprise. (TNG: "Relics")

He was abducted by solanogen-based lifeforms, who experimented on him. (TNG: "Schisms")

Later that year, he became romantically involved with fellow Starfleet officer Aquiel Uhnari, who was suspected of murdering her coworker. He eventually proved that the murderer was a coalescent organism. (TNG: "Aquiel")

In 2370, he was captured by Lore, who was leading a group of rogue Borg, who had left the collective due to the individuality Hugh displayed, which Geordi helped to foster, in attacks against the Federation. Lore brainwashed Data into attempting to turn La Forge into a cybernetic organism. This plot was narrowly foiled. (TNG: "Descent, Part II")

Later that year Geordi's mother, Silva, was listed as missing in action during a mission. Upon further investigation, Geordi found that her image was being used by aliens to lure him into helping them. (TNG: "Interface")

He helped to prove that the Hekarans Serova and Rabal were correctly asserting that warp drive was damaging the fabric of space, which was instrumental in creating the warp 5 "speed limit". (TNG: "Force of Nature")

Five minutes to warp core breach

La Forge realizes that a Warp core breach is about to occur.

In 2371, while on an away team investigating the Amargosa observatory with Lieutenant Commander Data, Geordi was knocked unconscious by Tolian Soran. Soran then kidnapped Geordi and escaped aboard a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. The Klingons traded him for Captain Picard. They put a spy device in Geordi's VISOR and used it to obtain the Enterprise's shield frequency. The device was removed after the destruction of the Klingon ship, but unfortunately the damage suffered from the Klingons caused a coolant leak which he was unable to fix. This meant a warp core breach was imminent and also meant the inevitable destruction of the Enterprise. (Star Trek Generations)

The Enterprise-E[]

La Forge and Porter in Engineering

La Forge in engineering aboard the Enterprise-E

After the destruction of the Enterprise-D, he transferred to the new Sovereign-class USS Enterprise-E in 2372. He and the Enterprise then spent a year on a shakedown cruise.

Geordi La Forge, 2373

La Forge in 2373

Some time between 2371 and 2373, he received ocular implants capable of even more impressive functions than his VISOR. This advanced technology no longer required an external apparatus to see.

In 2373, the Borg attacked the Federation colony on Ivor Prime. The Enterprise was told to patrol the neutral zone; Geordi argued that the Enterprise-E was the most advanced ship in the fleet and should therefore be at the front lines. After Geordi made his case, Captain Picard decided to head to the battle. After destroying the Borg cube, the Enterprise followed the Borg sphere that had left the cube into a temporal vortex it had opened in Earth's atmosphere.

Geordi, along with the entire crew of the Enterprise-E, was transported to 2063. He and an engineering team beamed down to help repair the Phoenix, and La Forge got to work with his hero, Zefram Cochrane. He told Cochrane about his attendance at a high school named after him and a large marble statue erected in his honor. This rattled Cochrane, but he pulled together and made first contact as planned. The Enterprise then returned to the 24th century. (Star Trek: First Contact)

Geordi at the helm

At the helm of the Enterprise, 2375

In 2375, while investigating an incident involving Data on the Ba'ku planet, La Forge was able to temporarily see naturally through real eyes as a result of the metaphasic radiation emanating from the planet's rings. Despite this apparent gift, he, along with the rest of the senior staff, still assisted Captain Picard in working against the Federation's plans to exploit the planet, insisting that he would be unable to look at another sunrise when he was fully aware of the price that the Ba'ku would have to pay for his restored vision; in doing so, he was able to convince a reluctant Picard to accept the crew's help in saving the Ba'ku. (Star Trek: Insurrection)

In 2379, Geordi took part in the Enterprise's mission to Romulus. After a fierce battle with the Scimitar, he helped his best friend Data in his task of self-sacrifice to save the Enterprise crew. (Star Trek Nemesis)

Later life[]

Geordi later rose to the rank of commodore and had two daughters, Alandra and Sidney, both of whom joined Starfleet. Alandra became an engineer like her father, while Sidney trained as a pilot, becoming the helmsman of the USS Titan-A. (PIC: "The Next Generation", "The Bounty")

As of 2399, retired Admiral Picard still considered La Forge a loyal colleague who would not hesitate to join him on a mission if asked. (PIC: "Maps and Legends")

In the Star Trek: Picard - Countdown, Issue 1 prequel comic book, La Forge, with the rank of full commander, is featured as overseeing efforts at the Utopia Planitia Ship Yard to construct a fleet to evacuate Romulan space in 2385. Reference to him by name in PIC: "Maps and Legends" suggests that he was not among the fatalities of the Attack on Mars later that year.

According to the Star Trek: Picard Logs, La Forge received the rank of Commodore and was given a series of special assignments by Starfleet Command.

By the early 25th century, La Forge was the head of the Fleet Museum on Athan Prime, during which time Admiral Picard wanted to donate his artwork of the Enterprise-D to La Forge. (PIC: "The Next Generation")

Unbeknownst to his friends, La Forge had spent the last twenty years secretly rebuilding the USS Enterprise-D, intending to reveal her as a surprise one day. By Frontier Day in 2401, the Enterprise was a fully functional starship again minus some lingering issues that La Forge had yet to address. (PIC: "Võx")

Stopping the Changeling and Borg plot[]

In 2401, having gone rogue due to the Changeling infiltration of Starfleet, the USS Titan-A visited the Fleet Museum where Admiral Jean-Luc Picard and La Forge's old friends attempted to enlist his help with rescuing an away team raiding Daystrom Station for information. However, given their status as fugitives and unwilling to risk his family, La Forge refused to help, even when both Sidney and Alandra fought with him about it. As a result, La Forge's daughters and Jack Crusher stole the Klingon cloaking device from the HMS Bounty. Although infuriated at first, La Forge finally agreed to help install the device and to join the mission. While William Riker was captured, the crew managed to rescue Daystrom Station's security system which proved to be Data resurrected as Daystrom Android M-5-10. La Forge made amends with Sidney, admitting that he was disappointed in himself for not doing what La Forge's younger self would've done from the very beginning. (PIC: "The Bounty")

The crew began attempting to reach out to their allies for help, only to learn that many, like Tuvok, had been replaced with Changeling infiltrators. The crew attempted to figure out the plot, but discovered that Data and Lore were fighting for control of the golem body and La Forge was unable to simply delete Lore and worried about the possibility of losing Data forever if he were to lift the partition and attempt to integrate the two. The crew proceeded to lure Vadic and the Shrike into a trap, but Lore took control of the android body and helped the Changelings take control of the Titan. With no other choice, La Forge lowered the partition in the hopes that Data could overpower Lore and take full control. Although Data initially appeared to be destroyed, he was able to trick Lore and integrate with him. With Data in full control, he took control of the Titan's systems and the crew was able to regain of the ship and destroy the Changelings while Riker and Deanna Troi were rescued by Worf and Raffaela Musiker. Afterwards, the Enterprise command crew was reunited for the first time in years. (PIC: "Dominion", "Surrender")

After the discovery that Jack was hearing the Borg in his mind and his subsequent flight, La Forge discovered that when the Borg had transformed Picard into Locutus of Borg, they had included biological changes that no one was able to detect 35 years before, turning Picard into a receiver for the Borg, hence why Picard had retained a residual link with the Borg Collective. This "seed" was what was truly responsible for Picard's organic death rather than Irumodic Syndrome and it had been inherited by Jack as a transmitter able to send out instructions from the Collective. The Changelings had then extracted the Borg DNA from Picard's original body -- stolen from Daystrom Station -- and spread it throughout the fleet using the transporter system.

As Frontier Day celebrations began, the Borg Queen transformed Jack into Võx of Borg and used him to send a signal that assimilated all Starfleet personnel twenty-five years old and younger and took control of the fleet through the new fleet formation mode, including the Titan. Amongst those who were assimilated by the Borg were Alandra and Sidney and Picard, La Forge, Beverly Crusher, Worf, Data, Riker and Deanna were forced to flee the Titan as the Borg took it over, leaving behind Musiker and Seven of Nine. La Forge led his friends back to the Fleet Museum and unveiled the rebuilt Enterprise-D, now the only ship in the fleet immune to Borg control. (PIC: "Võx")

The crew were able to locate Jack and the Borg Queen aboard a Borg cube hiding in Jupiter's Great Red Spot. While Picard, Riker and Worf beamed aboard the cube to rescue Jack and find the location of the beacon emitter, La Forge took command of the Enterprise in Picard and Riker's absence. Upon discovering that the beacon was at the very heart of the cube, La Forge believed that it was impossible to reach as no computer or pilot could fly that path no matter how good they were. Much to La Forge's surprise, Data insisted upon trying himself based on a gut feeling and La Forge reluctantly allowed it. Data succeeded in flying the Enterprise to the heart of the cube, but he and La Forge quickly realized that destroying the beacon would cause a cataclysmic chain reaction that would destroy the cube and everything on it. With no other choice, La Forge reluctantly ordered Beverly to fire on the beacon, but Deanna was able to telepathically sense the away team's location and fly the Enterprise to it, beaming them aboard and escaping just before the cube exploded. The rescue of Jack and the destruction of the Borg cube cut the command signal, freeing Starfleet from Borg control.

A year later, La Forge, Picard and Riker placed the fully restored Enterprise in a spot of honor at the Fleet Musuem between the USS Enterprise-A and the USS Stargazer. La Forge promised his friends that he would look after the ship the same way that she had always looked after them. La Forge later joined the rest of the Enterprise command crew in sharing drinks at 10 Forward Avenue and playing poker together. (PIC: "The Last Generation")


La Forge, who was born blind, often wore a VISOR, a crescent-moon-shaped device attached at the temples that allowed him to see. It enabled him to "see" throughout the electromagnetic spectrum, from heat and infrared through light and radio waves. With the cybernetic technology connected directly to his brain, it required such a complex and broad-based input that the user had to concentrate to focus on one area. Eventually, he received ocular implants with electric blue irises and even more abilities. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "The Masterpiece Society", "Hero Worship", "Heart of Glory"; Star Trek: First Contact)

Engineering interests, talents, and specialties[]

Warp core maintenance

La Forge works to repair the Enterprise's warp core.

La Forge had a great talent for engineering and a keen judgment for needed modifications in the field; his faith in technology and his ability to master it were normally an inspiration to those around him. As a junior officer, his specialties included antimatter power, dilithium regulators, holodeck programs, and climate-control computers. His intense focus enabled him to master the complexities of warp engineering and other starship systems. Geordi's all-night refit of a shuttle engine after an off-hand comment by Jean-Luc Picard garnered the attention of the captain, as it was a testament to his no-nonsense skill and insight. (TNG: "The Last Outpost", "Elementary, Dear Data", "Homeward", "Sub Rosa", "The Next Phase")

During the Zefram Cochrane project, he recalled the Phoenix test vehicle's intermix chamber from memory. (Star Trek: First Contact)

During the 2369 visit to Deep Space 9, Geordi wished to shop on the station's Promenade, where he wanted to take a look a number of Ktarian antiques on display, including a rumored 21st century plasma coil that was in perfect condition. (TNG: "Birthright, Part I")

Legendary forces[]

In 2063, La Forge helped his idol Dr. Zefram Cochrane, Human scientist, eccentric genius, and inventor of the warp drive, to launch his warp test vessel Phoenix in order to make the historic initial meeting with the Vulcans. (Star Trek: First Contact) Similarly, when a transporter loop allowed Geordi to come into contact with the near-mythic engineer Montgomery Scott in 2369, the two joined forces to free the Enterprise from a Dyson sphere's interior. (TNG: "Relics")

Personal life[]

The major childhood trauma of being alone in his burning home caused him great distress, though he was pulled to safety after only two minutes. His isolation from his field-assigned officer parents amplified his feelings of solitude. (TNG: "Hero Worship")

Despite this, his outstanding characteristic was his adaptability to change and satisfaction with life. His sense of humor and affable nature remained strong, despite his growing responsibilities. (TNG: "The Child", "Code of Honor", "The Masterpiece Society", "Relics")

He enjoyed the senior officer's weekly poker game, and though his artificial "eyes" allowed him to detect bluffing and see his opponents' cards in the ultraviolet spectrum, he never "peeked" until a hand was over. (TNG: "Ethics")

La Forge with beard

La Forge with a beard

On occasion, La Forge wore a beard. (TNG: "The Outcast", "A Fistful of Datas", "The Quality of Life") When he began showing stubble in early 2369, he was asked by Data if he was attempting to grow another beard. When La Forge asked his opinion on the attempt, Data responded, "[a]s is the case with many natural growth processes, it is difficult to envision the end product based on an intermediate stage." With that response, La Forge decided that he'd "[g]ive it a few more days." (TNG: "A Fistful of Datas") La Forge continued to grow his beard in, and when asked by Worf if he intended to keep in, during one of their weekly poker games, La Forge was not sure at first; Riker, however, felt that it looked good on him. Their discussion lead to Dr. Crusher's challenge that the reason why men still wore beards, was that they were trying to hide something, and/or, that since the razor was invented, beards were little more than an affectation. While La Forge argued that "some of the most distinguished men in history have worn beards," when Crusher offer to "up the stakes" of their poker game, bet that the three men wouldn't be willing to shave their beards off if her hand won. La Forge took Crusher's bet and told him he had "the hand to beat". When it seemed as if La Forge bit off more than he could chew, their game was interrupted by Captain Picard with a call to return to duty, without knowing the hand's final outcome. (TNG: "The Quality of Life") He wore a beard again, in the form of a goatee, while serving aboard the USS Enterprise-E in the mid-2370s. (Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek Nemesis) He also wore it in an alternate 2390 and in the anti-time future. (VOY: "Timeless"; TNG: "All Good Things...")

Actor LeVar Burton preferred the facial hair, but the producers did not, and the first appearance of La Forge's beard was an experiment that was not approved. Burton was later permitted to regrow his beard during filming of the latter two appearances in Season 6 for the purposes of his wedding. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, 2nd ed., p. 194, 227)

HMS Victory model

A model of the HMS Victory, built by Geordi La Forge

He also delighted in scale model building of old sailing ships, namely the HMS Victory, ing chess, swimming, skindiving, fencing, the history of his profession. (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data", "The Loss", "Relics") He was not well suited for writing or the mandolin, despite a preference for guitar music. He liked iced tea and pasta, such as fungilli. (TNG: "Booby Trap") Due to his nomadic upbringing, he was adept at various languages including Haliian. (TNG: "Aquiel")

Personal relationships[]



La Forge with Data in 2366

La Forge always tried to be on friendly terms with everyone around him, yet he only seemed completely at ease in company of his closest friend, Data. The two of them often role-played in holodeck simulations of Sherlock Holmes stories, in which Data assumed the role of Holmes and La Forge was Dr. Watson. (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data", "Ship In A Bottle")

Geordi was also close friends with Miles O'Brien and Susanna Leijten. Possibly because of his own tendencies to retreat to fictitious settings, Geordi became friends with the extremely shy and nervous genius Reginald Barclay, trying to keep him in reality. (TNG: "Data's Day", "Identity Crisis", "Hollow Pursuits", "The Nth Degree") Geordi also forged an unlikely bond with fellow Enterprise Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott after rescuing him from the crashed USS Jenolan. (TNG: "Relics")


Geordi was slightly insecure concerning dating and women, though he had significant relationships with Christy Henshaw, Lt. Aquiel Uhnari, and Dr. Leah Brahms. He may have also harbored a slight romantic attraction to his crewmate Natasha Yar. (TNG: "Booby Trap", "Transfigurations", "Aquiel", "The Naked Now", "Hide And Q")

Self-conscious and slightly nervous, it took him considerable effort to get in contact with potential female partners. This apparently contributed to his falling in love with two women's holographic audiovisual representations when it appeared that he would never get to meet them in person. (TNG: "Booby Trap", "Hollow Pursuits", "Galaxy's Child")

Michael Piller once likened Geordi to "the guy who fumbles around women but is in love with his '57 Chevy". (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, 2nd ed., p. 106)

Christy Henshaw[]

Efforts to date Enterprise-D crewmate Christy Henshaw were initially unsuccessful, although she became much more interested in him after an encounter with the Zalkonian known as John Doe left him feeling much more confident. (TNG: "Booby Trap", "Transfigurations")

Leah Brahms (hologram)[]

Working with a holographic representation of engineer Leah Brahms, a key member of the Galaxy-class Starship Development Project and, in a way, the mother of the Enterprise's warp propulsion system, La Forge fell in love with her. Despite this attraction, he later noted that he still knew when it was time to turn off the holodeck and say goodbye.

Upon meeting the real, married Dr. Brahms one year later, in 2367, things were anything but rosy; after discovering the holoprogram, she resented his usage of her image and accused him of exploiting her. Both had to work hard to find a way of cooperating, but eventually they became friends. (TNG: "Booby Trap", "Hollow Pursuits", "Galaxy's Child")

Aquiel Uhnari[]

Investigating the supposed death of one and disappearance of another officer at a remote subspace relay station in 2369, Geordi reviewed the personal correspondence of the suspected victim, Lieutenant Aquiel Uhnari. In the process, he came to know and like her so much that upon her unexpected apprehension, they formed a short relationship. (TNG: "Aquiel")

Alternate realities and timelines[]

In an alternate timeline created when the Enterprise-C accidentally traveled to the future, La Forge had been fighting in a war with the Klingons for the duration of his Starfleet career. He was still Chief Engineer, but was a lieutenant for reasons unknown. (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")

In two alternate quantum realities, La Forge was killed in 2370. In one of them, he died during an attack on the Enterprise-D by a Cardassian Galor-class battle cruiser. (TNG: "Parallels") Later that year, in an alternate timeline, La Forge's optic nerves regenerated due to the anti-time particles emanating from a temporal anomaly, restoring his vision. (TNG: "All Good Things...")

Geordi La Forge, 2390

Geordi La Forge in 2390

In another alternate timeline, La Forge had been promoted to the rank of captain by 2390 and was in command of the Galaxy-class USS Challenger. In that year, he pursued Chakotay, Harry Kim, Tessa Omond and The Doctor in a stolen Delta Flyer to the Takara sector in an attempt to stop them from changing history by preventing the destruction of the USS Voyager fifteen years earlier. (VOY: "Timeless")

According to the script notes, "He's slightly older, with ocular implants, rank of Captain. […] His attitude is serious but also even-tempered – if he can win these people over with diplomacy, so much the better." Later when he and Chakotay reached an impasse in their conversation, it was stated in the script that "There's a mutual respect between these two men – neither of them wants this conflict to ignite."

LeVar Burton found that reprising his own role of Geordi La Forge here was enjoyable. "It was fun," he enthused. "It was a nice little opportunity to put a spacesuit on." (Cinefantastique, Vol. 31, No. 11, p. 42)

Geordi La Forge, 2395

Geordi La Forge in the "anti-time future"

In an alternate future, around 2395, Geordi had retired from Starfleet to become a novelist and was married to someone named Leah (possibly Leah Brahms). The couple were living on Rigel III and had three children, Alandra, Bret and Sidney. Leah became the director of the Daystrom Institute as well as quite a gardener. (TNG: "All Good Things...")


La Forge Musketeer 2366

Geordi as one of The Three Musketeers: "We shall thrash them!!"

Geordi La Forge was holographically duplicated on a number of occasions.

  • In 2366, as part of the investigation into the destruction of the Tanuga IV research station, copies of Geordi were created based on the depositions given by the witness in the programs Deposition Program Riker One and Manua Simulation One. (TNG: "A Matter of Perspective")
  • As part of Reginald Barclay's holo-addiction, he created at least two programs that had representations of Geordi. One was a recreation of the USS Enterprise-D; the other, Barclay Program 15, had Geordi as one of The Three Musketeers. (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")
  • Barash recreated the entire command crew of the Enterprise-D in 2367 on Alpha Onias III to keep Commander Riker there, creating an illusion of the Enterprise crew sixteen years in the future. The La Forge hologram appeared without his VISOR – apparently the result of improved medical technology restoring his eyes – but Riker deduced that the simulation wasn't real when La Forge took too long to conduct basic repairs on the Enterprise (really the result of Barash having trouble creating a completely convincing simulation), informing La Forge that he was "incapable of that level of incompetence." (TNG: "Future Imperfect")
  • Later that year, La Forge created a holoprogram based on the reports of the Tarchannen III outpost's investigation in 2362 by an away team of the USS Victory, including himself. (TNG: "Identity Crisis")
  • The James Moriarty hologram recreated the entire Enterprise-D in 2369 as part of a ploy to escape the holodeck. Data finally realized the trap laid by Moriarty and revealed it to Captain Picard when they were both in the holographic engineering. Data tossed a tool to "La Forge" who caught it with his left hand, although he was actually right-handed. Data recognized this as one of the holodeck's initial malfunctions and used the visual lesson to show Picard that they were on the holodeck. (TNG: "Ship In A Bottle")
  • When Deanna Troi took Riker's version of the Bridge Officer's Test in 2370, it contained a recreation of La Forge. In order to pass the test, Deanna needed to know that on some occasions she might be required to order one of her officers to sacrifice himself for the good of the ship. During an antimatter leak simulation, Deanna ordered the La Forge recreation to repair the leak at the cost of his own life. (TNG: "Thine Own Self")




Background information[]

Geordi La Forge was played by LeVar Burton in all of the character's television and film appearances.

The creation of the character began when Gene Roddenberry proposed having a disabled crewmember aboard the Enterprise. David Gerrold subsequently wrote a memo which listed various disabilities, from which Roddenberry selected blindness. Gerrold ultimately disapproved of how little of La Forge's face was usually visible due to wearing a VISOR. (The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years, pp. 98 & 99)

This character and all other La Forges were named for the late quadriplegic Star Trek fan George La Forge . (Star Trek Encyclopedia, 2nd ed., p. 256; Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, 2nd ed., p. 15; The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years, p. 99) After having helped select blindness as the character's disability, it was David Gerrold who suggested naming the character after George La Forge. "Gene thought that was a terrific idea," Gerrold noted. (The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years, p. 99) In the documentary "Trekkies", however, Jonathan Frakes states that the fan's name was "Jordan".

After David Gerrold proposed the character should be named after George La Forge, it was also Gerrold who thought up the idea that Geordi La Forge be a black man. "I suggested that we didn't have any black people on the ship in terms of our regular characters," Gerrold reflected, "and in keeping with the ethnic character of the show, and if neither the captain or the first officer were black, then it was perhaps Geordi who should be black." (The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years, p. 99)

The original Writers/Directors Guide for TNG, dated 23 March 1987, had La Forge with somewhat different interests and talents than in the actual series. He wasn't listed as the helmsman or even a bridge officer, instead being simply an "away mission regular". His "specialty" aboard the Enterprise was the "starship school for children". The guide also stated that there was a plan to visit a planet where Geordi would receive the equivalent of Human eyes, "and their limitations lead to the major disappointment of his young life." (Star Trek: The Next Generation Writers'/Directors' Guide, pp. 7 & 31)

Aside from LeVar Burton, other contenders who the preproduction staff considered casting as La Forge included Reggie Jackson, Tim Russ, Wesley Snipes, Victor Love, Chip McAllister, Clarence Gilyard, Jr., and Kevin Peter Hall. As of 13 April 1987, all those performers were being considered for the part, with Reggie Jackson appearing to be the favorite option. [1] According to Rick Berman in an interview in the 1995 special Star Trek: Voyager - Inside the New Adventure, Tim Russ auditioned for the role and almost got it, but was beaten by Burton. (Russ later won the regular role of Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager.)

It was Robert H. Justman who ensured LeVar Burton's audition, the two having worked together (on television movie Emergency Room) in the past. Burton himself later remarked, "Star Trek certainly represented an opportunity to do good work. I like Geordi for a lot of reasons. First of all, his energetic attitude is much more loose than that of a lot of other characters. He has a sort of cynical sense of humor, and I like that about him. I liked the opportunity to play a character who is handicapped, yet that handicap has been turned into a plus for him, and there are all the emotional issues that go along with that." (The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years, p. 98)

Geordi has held more ranks on screen than any other Star Trek character: he was an ensign in a flashback in TNG: "Identity Crisis", a lieutenant junior grade in TNG Season 1, a full lieutenant in TNG Season 2, a lieutenant commander in TNG Seasons 3 through 7 and the four Next Generation feature films, a commander in the illusory future of TNG: "Future Imperfect", a captain in an alternate timeline in VOY: "Timeless", and a commodore in PIC Season 3. (For further information on who has held the most ranks on screen, see also Nog.)

Geordi is notable for easily establishing friendships with initially hostile aliens, such as Bochra in "The Enemy" and Hugh in "I Borg".

Geordi La Forge appeared in the first draft script of VOY: "Death Wish", though his part in the episode was rewritten to feature William T. Riker instead. Jonathan Frakes once explained that the reason La Forge was written out of the script was that LeVar Burton's head had recently been shaved and Burton, therefore, didn't look much like how audiences were used to seeing La Forge look. (TV Guide, 17-23 Feb.) His cameo in VOY: "Timeless" was after audiences had already seen the changes in Burton's appearance in Star Trek: First Contact.

Geordi La Forge was also originally to have been referenced in VOY: "Flashback". In the first draft of that episode's script, Kathryn Janeway critiqued, "You read the diaries of Geordi La Forge and what he saw on the Enterprise-D... and you realize that only some things have changed [since the 22nd and 23rd centuries, compared to the 24th century]." All mention of La Forge was excised from the episode by the time the final draft of the script was issued.

In 1999, Geordi and his VISOR influenced the creation of an optical viewing device that was developed based on NASA technology to help the visually impaired see and read and was named JORDY (Joint Optical Reflective Display) after the character. [2]

In developing the characters for Star Trek: Lower Decks, Mike McMahan described all four leads in an 10 August 2020 interview as a combination of other Star Trek characters, parts of himself, and people in his life. Sam Rutherford gets some character traits from Geordi, symbolized by his cybernetic implant being "a half-VISOR." McMahan described Rutherford as "really great at what he's doing, but he's not able to solve everything at the end of 40 minutes, because he's not the chief engineer on the Enterprise," that Rutherford is "still learning," and part of science is that sometimes he will test things and get things wrong. [3]


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Geordi La Forge in 2387 in Star Trek: Countdown

The comic book series Star Trek: Countdown, a tie-in to the 2009 Star Trek film, depicts Geordi as having left Starfleet by 2387 to design starships, including the Jellyfish, which is given to Spock prior to his confrontation with Nero. It is also established that Geordi was originally going to pilot the Jellyfish, but Spock convinced him otherwise as the mission the stop the Hobus supernova was a one-way trip and Geordi is still a young man, while Spock was reaching the end of his adventures. Spock also felt obliged to carry the mission out to the end, as it was he who first warned of the star's danger and who failed to predict when it would go nova. Having the modifications to the Jellyfish completed and the vessel ready for its mission into the Hobus star, Geordi informs Spock that the ship's controls are encrypted and will only respond to his voice. He then accompanies Captain Data and Ambassador Picard onboard the Enterprise-E as they go to assist Worf in his battle against Nero.

The novel Losing the Peace by William Leisner establishes Geordi's hometown as Mogadishu, Somalia, part of the African Confederation and a thriving 24th century city. This was later included in La Forge's biographical data seen in the remastered version of "Cause And Effect".

The computer game Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Transinium Challenge establishes that Geordi's blindness was caused by an "incurable optical nerve defect."

The novel Ghost Ship establishes that Geordi was one of the few individuals who was able to successfully function with a VISOR as the VISOR was a very taxing prosthetic to wear because of the amount of energy it used and the painfully large amount of information it sent to the Human brain.

In The Path to 2409 from Star Trek Online, Geordi reentered Starfleet in 2397 and became the captain of the USS Challenger. He is played by TNG actor LeVar Burton first appearing in the mission "Beyond the Nexus", aiding the player in investigating the anomaly of the same name. He later appears helping establish a colony of Lukari and Kentari who are attempting to live together on a new world after being separated for centuries. He then helps the player repel a Tzenkethi attack on the colony, and later another Tzenkethi attack on Bajor, as well as joining the player in debriefing a Tzenkethi defector seeking asylum with the Alpha Quadrant Alliance.

In just about all the TNG novels set after the events of Star Trek Nemesis, La Forge's rank is established as being that of full commander.

In the Genesis Wave series, set in 2377, Geordi La Forge admits his love for Leah Brahms, but assures her that he expects nothing in return. La Forge only asks her to meet him at an engineering conference in a few months' time, and she agrees.

In the novel Indistinguishable from Magic set in 2384, La Forge served in a temporary detached role of operations and second officer aboard the USS Challenger under Captain Montgomery Scott. Their assignment was to investigate a phenomenon described as trans-slipstream drive. He was reunited with Dr. Brahms, who served the Challenger as a civilian specialist. Their reunion was awkward at first, but after Geordi was nearly killed in a battle with the former Ferengi DaiMon Bok, they began a romantic relationship. Scotty was badly injured and his first officer killed in the battle. Unable to meet Starfleet fitness requirements for service any longer, Scotty retired to become a civilian specialist like Dr. Brahms and recommended that Geordi be promoted to captain and take command of the Challenger. His first mission as captain was to continue investigating the trans-slipstream phenomenon. During their search, the Challenger was thrown outside the galaxy (along with a Romulan ship), where they found a spatial anomaly surrounding the remains of the Hera. They investigated the site, rescued the surviving Hera crew and learned that Geordi's mother died in a rockslide some time ago. The Challenger was destroyed in the process of getting the Starfleet crews and the Romulans home, and Tal Shiar chairwoman Sela returned the Starfleet officers to the Enterprise rather than hold them captive. When he returned to the Enterprise-E, Captain Picard named La Forge to the role of Captain of Engineering based on the precedent set by Scott in the same role aboard the USS Excelsior and the USS Enterprise-A. Dr. Brahms decides to stay with Geordi and moves in with him on the Enterprise.

The storyline in the Star Trek: Countdown comic indicates that La Forge and Brahms were married by 2387.

The eBook The Insolence of Office states that La Forge was ordered to have his VISOR replaced with ocular implants by Admiral Hayes or be reassigned to a less sensitive post. This was due to the Romulans manipulating La Forge through his VISOR in "The Mind's Eye" as well as the VISOR being used by the Duras sisters in their attack on the USS Enterprise-D in Star Trek Generations, which resulted in the destruction of the Enterprise.

Geordi in the alternate reality

Geordi pulled into the alternate reality by the quantum storm

In the thirtieth issue of the Star Trek: Ongoing series set in the alternate reality, Geordi appears when an anomaly called a "quantum storm" causes the crew of the USS Enterprise to meet gender-swapped versions of themselves and the quantum storm starts pulling in Enterprise crewmembers from infinite realities, with Geordi being pulled in and appearing next to the female version of Montgomery Scott.

Geordi La Forge, Picard - Countdown

Geordi La Forge in 2385 in Star Trek: Picard - Countdown

In the first issue of the prequel comic Star Trek: Picard - Countdown, Geordi is overseeing the construction of the evacuation fleet at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards in 2385 before he is informed of a call from the USS Verity. After being told that the first wave of ships is ahead of schedule and could be in Romulan space within the month, La Forge takes the call, being greeted by Admiral Picard. Once Picard is informed of Starfleet's progress in constructing the escape ships, both he and Geordi express their dissatisfaction that even with the impending supernova, the Romulans still adhere to secrecy.

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