Geordi La Forge Almost Had a Very Different Backstory

Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge was one of many few characters who appeared in each single episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” La Forge was central to numerous main storylines and a number of other episodes of the show featured him as the primary character.

So, followers of TNG received to know Geordi fairly nicely. They knew that his mom and father have been additionally members of Starfleet. They additionally knew that he was born blind and did not get his VISOR till he was 5. And they knew that he excelled in engineering on the Academy, specialised in antimatter energy and dilithium regulators, and idolized Zefram Cochrane.

However, Geordi’s backstory was virtually very completely different. A pitch rejected by the group behind TNG would have revealed that Geordi wasn’t who he thought he was.


Geordi the Half-Alien?!?

Jeri Taylor, one in every of TNG’s lead writers and producers, advised the authors of “The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years,” that a number of the writers needed to make Geordi half-alien. They pitched a narrative during which Geordi came upon his true parentage in a really surprising method.

“He was going to find that his father was not who he thought he was, and his mom had an virtually ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ form of factor and had been impregnated by an alien. As a end result, Geordi was truly half alien and now, at his current age, his folks have been coming again to get him. I assumed that may have given Geordi’s character a whole lot of elaboration.”

Obviously, the storyline by no means made it into an episode. Details about Geordi’s household have been revealed within the fifth season episode “Imaginary Friend” and the seventh season episode “Interface.” His mom was Captain Silva La Forge, the captain of the USS Hera, and his father was Edward M. La Forge, a revered exozoologist.


Geordi the Q Creation?

Another large reveal about Geordi’s beginning was slated for the “Star Trek: Voyager” episode “Death Wish.” According to Memory Alpha, the unique model of the script had an element for Geordi, not Commander William Riker, who ended up showing within the episode.

In the unique script, Q revealed that the Q Continuum typically intervened within the lives of people with a purpose to power a sure end result. He then disclosed that the Q Continuum had orchestrated Geordi’s beginning in order that he may grow to be the Chief Engineer on the Enterprise-D. So, with out the Continuum, Geordi would not exist.

The authentic script additionally included a line about how Lieutenant Commander Tuvok would have grow to be the Chief Engineer aboard the Enterprise-D as an alternative of Geordi had it not been for the actions of the Continuum. John de Lancie, who performed Q, revealed that this was an inside joke about the truth that Tim Russ, the actor who performed Tuvok, misplaced the function of Geordi to LeVar Burton. However, the joke was reduce from the script lengthy earlier than they revised it to incorporate Riker as an alternative of Geordi. The writers determined that it was too obscure of a reference so as to add any worth to the story.

Though many wild alternate backstories have been thought-about for Geordi, the writers determined it made extra sense to flesh out his character in different methods.

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