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Geordi is left in command when Captain Picard and Dr. Crusher go to assist Data and Tasha Yar after Commander Riker is “frozen” by a war weapon on a relatively unexplored planet. Geordi had to perform a saucer/hull separation, AND lead the junior officers on the BATTLE BRIDGE! Meanwhile Dr. Crusher is basically mortally wounded and communicators stop working, so the split crew doesn’t know what’s going on. If you think Geordi can’t lead after this episode, you must just be a hater! And this is only the FIRST SEASON! He was a JUNIOR GRADE LIEUTENANT!
Deservedly, he was promoted six months later, and then a year after that promoted again to Lieutenant Commander. His expansive knowledge of physics and mechanical engineering have proven unmatchably useful. He became exactly the chief engineer the Enterprise needed. (Ever notice how there are several different chief engineers before Geordi who don’t last long?) But for those who thought Geordi belonged on the command path, we know from the Voyager episode “Timeless” that he eventually becomes captain of the Challenger, assuming that is the original timeline, which I do for purposes of…reasons.
Okay, this started as an appreciation post for an episode of TNG, but turned into a miniature Geordi LaForge biography lesson.
Thanks for sticking around.