Talk:Geordi La Forge

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Outsider looking in[edit]

What exactly is Afrofuturism? It is referenced in the article, but not explained. 05:04, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

I agree. Also...the article is extremely confusing. The way it is written, it only makes me have more questions. I would like it explained in very simple simplistic simplistically for both myself and the simply simple simple-minded simple-mindednessness that the world is coming to. Did what I say sound confusing? But so is the article about Afrofuturism.
As far as I know, it is a fancy pants word for racism in the future. In-Correct (talk) 22:39, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Eye color[edit]

I'm not sure I agree with the assertion that Geordi has brown eyes. Certainly he genetically has brown eyes (seen in Insurrection), but his actual eyes are iris-free and milky white. Matthew Platts 21:04, 1 September 2005 (UTC)

Past Tense Description[edit]

In the Personal Interests section, Geordi is referred to in the past tense, as if the character was dead. That's never actually happened, has it?

Also, I've heard that the prop used as the VISOR in early episodes of NextGen was actually a hair accessory once worn by Gene Roddenberry's wife. If the story is in fact true, wouldn't that make it a Majel barrett? --M.Neko 08:43, 30 September 2006 (UTC)

I don't know about Majel Barrett, but it was Mike Okuda who came up with the idea after seeing his girlfriend's barrette, according to Herman Zimmerman, from the documentaries on season 1 of TNG. --Kjoonlee 21:49, 26 December 2007 (UTC)

I've always thought Geordi was kind of creepy. He's constantly falling in love with women after listening to their personal logs, he seems like sort of a stalker type.

I agree with all you people. I did not think about Geordi's VISOR looking similar to a hear piece. This makes him even more dorky than I thought. He is a creepy stalker. "Leah, it's not what you think!!" (but who knows what could have happened off screen in that simulation program!!) lol. In-Correct (talk) 22:43, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Blindness in the 24th Century?[edit]

Not only does La Forge have bad luck with women. He also has to deal with the fact, that in th 24th Century , Medical Technology isn't advanced enough ,to restore his normal eyesight. 20:50 ,5 November 2005 (UTC).

The ability to give a completely blind person artificial eyes isn't imprssive enough for you? Nanded 01:12, 16 April 2006 (UTC)
Perhaps ther are some laws in the Federation that prevent ANY biological engineering to grow new eyes or limbs? Possibly same reason for StarWars where they built new limbs instead of growing them.

-G —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:02, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

In Season 1 Geordie has the opportunity to have his sight restored. He chooses not to, his visor offers him much better vision than natural sight ever could. Vinithehat (talk) 03:40, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

It was very weird that there are health problems like that in the 24th century. They already eliminated The Common Cold. They can usually restore paralysis in that century. (Too Short A Season...and remember that guy OD so please don't say that the side effects could be fatal, etc. Also, that episode where Worf gets paralyzed. )
This is Star Trek, not Star Wars. Long ago in a galaxy far away? This means they weren't even humans, right? Don't know. Don't care. So what if they have artificial limbs in Star Wars. In Star Trek, during the middle of the 24th century, they have the capability of to restore severed limbs...I don't think they are Cloned Implants, but they called it Biosynthetic. It was used to replace Rom's injured leg.
Another possible reason why Geordi refuses to have complete restoration: Same reason why Riker does not want to take command of a starship. Because they are dumb lol.

In-Correct (talk) 22:57, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

The real reason for all of these medical issues is simply that they were necessary to drive the stories the show's producers wanted to tell. There's also the problem of not fully grasping just how quickly technology develops. Much of what we consider to be modern technology is far more advanced than much of the equipment used in the various Star Trek incarnations. The PADDs used in TNG for example all seem to be inferior to an iPad. The real 24th Century will be so totally beyond our comprehension that no story that took place there would be of much interest to a modern audience. Sci-fi stories have to be relatable, after all. People can relate to blindness, severed limbs or paralysis. Wyldstaar (talk) 01:24, 18 November 2011 (UTC)


Does Geordi really like it? I thought he had never even heard of it until the episode Booby Trap, when the hololgraphic Dr. Bhrams told him about it. Then he used that info to try and get close to her in Galaxy's Child. Is his love of fungilli any more of a personality trait moreso than any guy pretends to like chick flicks to get close to a lady? Nanded 01:11, 16 April 2006 (UTC)

Most likely your second assumption...about guys pretending to like chick flicks. THAT, and also him being completely creepy. In-Correct (talk) 22:44, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Magical Negro[edit]

As cute as the term is, I don't see how it applies to Geordi and seems more like an unnecessary jab at the character than anything else. Guinan? Yes. Geordi? Not so much.

All Geordi ever had to do was say the magic words, "channel power through the main deflector array" and any problem was instantly solved.Wyldstaar (talk) 01:28, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

Photo Preference[edit]

I'm not sure what the policy is here, but I believe a photo of Geordi with the VISOR would be more appropriate. It, as much as his genetic blindness, was a defining feature of his character, and he wore the VISOR throughout the television series. Any opinions? (Oops, I forgot to sign this comment) RolandStJude 15:57, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

I agree, it would suit his biography better.--Rescue 03:14, 28 June 2006 (UTC)

Looks like the old photo got yanked. I'll put the one I found up. It's clearly a publicity photo, but I'm not sure how to designate its copyright status exactly. RolandStJude 23:09, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

Geordi's Name[edit]

I remember reading that his name was based on a George, not Jordan, LaForge. I'll find that book and edit if I'm right. Anyone know where "Jordan" came from?--CB

I am sitting here watching the documentary "Trekkies", in which LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn AND Majel Barret Roddenberry state the young man's name was JORDAN, so I am changing it back. 00:08, 12 December 2006 (UTC)


In World of Warcraft there is a goblin engineer named "Jhordy Lapforge", working on a teleporter. Should it be mentioned in this article as an humorous reference? --Pezezin 10:17, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

No, there's too much trivia "creep" on Wikipedia at the moment, the critical reception section of this article is bizarre enough as it is Alastairward 11:55, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
StarCraft, World Of Warcraft, MineCraft, and anything else with Craft in it, are all computer/video games ripping off TV shows. In-Correct (talk) 22:46, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Light Perception[edit]

There has been some disagreement about Geordi's ability to perceive normal light. It seems common sense to me that he cannot see normal light, as tears come to his eyes in Insurrection when he sees his first sunrise. Why would he cry if he was seeing his first sunrise as others perceive it? Also, in the several episodes in which we see the world as Geordi sees through the VISOR, it is obviously the EM spectrum and nothing close to what we perceive.

He can see normal light, howver he sees a broader array of the EM spectrum, of which light is a part. HE says that he cant filter out any specific band of the EM specturm any more than you can block out sounds in a noisy room. Damn Trekkies, get it together! Vinithehat (talk) 03:44, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

Criticism Section[edit]

I'm confused somewhat by the criticism. The afrofuturists are laballing him a failure because he's not a super-nerdy Black guy, just a regular smart black guy. I just don't understand what purpose the criticism is trying to portray. Could somebody help me out here? I want to delete the section but it's properly sourced, just confusingReinoe (talk) 20:02, 18 January 2008 (UTC)

Merge VISOR[edit]

I propose the page VISOR be merged here, as it is primarily just unreferenced in-universe detail about a plot device that only ever affected this character. The only referencing in VISOR is to tangentaily related real world developments that are barely relevant to this fictional device, and is better held in a proper factual article about artificial sight restoration, and should not be treated as a sub-topic of a Star Trek page. MickMacNee (talk) 14:55, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

  • Merge as nominator. MickMacNee (talk) 14:55, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Merge The referenced section appears to be original research since the citation I could read doesn't mention the fictional devise at all. The rest of the article is unreferenced and in-universe and would be best in this more notable topic. ThemFromSpace 19:29, 17 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Merge, agree with Themfromspace, the "referencing" in the VISOR article says nothing of the fictional device. Lacking notability of it's own, I agree with a merge to this article. Alastairward (talk) 21:30, 17 June 2009 (UTC)

origin of visor an air restrictor?[edit]

has anyone got a source for this claim? i was watching some behind the scenes videos from the TNG dvds recently as well as whoopi goldbergs interview of William Shatner and Patrick Stewart (forget name of this interview sorry) and in both they question the visor creation and its stated to be a females hairclip put over the eyes as its creation. this is consistant with its semi circle shapeing as well as the metal lines that run up and down over it. im not denying the physical prop may have been made from a honda as thats a good choice to use its just i have not seen that confirmed yet. (talk) 00:53, 18 June 2012 (UTC)

Star Trek: Countdown[edit]

"..Star Trek: Countdown (which serves as the canonical prequel to the 2009 Star Trek film)..." No, Star Trek: Countdown (as with all non-TV/movie Star Trek media) is not canon. (talk) 19:56, 4 November 2013 (UTC)


So it turns out that the remastered edition of Season 5's "Cause and Effect" clarifies that Geordi is not only from the "African Confederation" but from "Mogadishu, Somalia, African Confederation, Earth".

I'm surprised...I thought he would be Senegalese, like Kunta Kinte. -- (talk) 20:08, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

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