In another episode of Potential Sudden Backstory™, in the season 7 (!) episode "Interface", Geordi's mother, Capt. Silva La Forge is

MIA, and his father Cmdr. Edward M. La Forge is planning her funeral.

Is this truly the first canon reference to Geordi's parents being Starfleet officers?

  • Edward LaForge is a full commander
    – geewhiz
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 1:42
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    I very much dislike Season 7, partly for its obsession with family members (almost every character has some kind of "family" story in this season).
    – Praxis
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 4:10
  • @Praxis, precisely why this line of questioning. Backstory should have been explored before seasons 6 and 7. Although I'm not sure the point is accurate. We had Lwaxanna, young Ian Troi, Kern, Alexander, the Rozhenkos, Jack Crusher, Robert Picard, Kyle Riker, Lore, Soong, and Lal. In season 7, the La Forges, Juliana Tainer, and Ian Troi Did I miss anyone? Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 4:25
  • @ThePopMachine : I just asked a "Since when..." question!
    – Praxis
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 4:27
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    @ThePopMachine : Aren't you forgetting Crusher's grandmother in the terrible "Sub Rosa", as well as Picard's purported son "Jason Vigo", as well as Worf's human brother...?
    – Praxis
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 4:30

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No, this was established in season 5

From the episode Imaginary Friend:

SUTTER: Commander, I understand that you had a parent who was in Starfleet.
LAFORGE: Two of them, as a matter of fact. My father was an exozoologist, my mother a Command officer.

Several users have commented on the fact that Geordi describes his parents' occupations in past-tense despite them still performing the roles he describes when we see them in season 7. I believe this can be explained by the context of Sutter's question, and the dialog that follows the excerpt above:

SUTTER: They must have been posted to a lot of different assignments.
LAFORGE: That's putting it mildly. They were always on the move. Some of the time together, sometimes separately. I never knew whether or not I was going to be stationed with my father while he studied invertebrates in the Modean system or on some outpost near the Neutral Zone with my mom.
SUTTER: Was that hard on you?
LAFORGE: I don't remember it that way.
SUTTER: It must have been disruptive if you didn't stay in one place long enough to make friends.
LAFORGE: Well, I suppose there were aspects of my childhood that were less than ideal, but to me it was just one long adventure. Children are a lot stronger than you think. As long as they know you love them, they can handle just about anything life throws at them, you know.
SUTTER: Thanks, Commander.

Sutter is raising his daughter on board the Enterprise and is concerned that moving from starship to starship is negatively affecting her. We see near the end of the second excerpt that Geordi understands the source of Sutter's concern. I infer from this that he replied in past tense because he was thinking about his own childhood experience and how it relates to the source of Sutter's worries.

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    Was appears to have been retconned away for "Interface". Unless we're to believe he simply meant they were while he was growing up, and they still are. Thank you Lt. Cmdr Mitch Hedberg. Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 23:17
  • @ThePopMachine Perhaps he had left Starfleet and rejoined before we see him again in season 7. Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 23:21
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    Was could also refer to their roles when Geordi was a child.
    – Xantec
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 0:59
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    @ThePopMachine People don't often speak perfect grammar all the time. Note that Sutter already said, "was." It's not uncommon to echo someone else's phrasing, even if it isn't exactly what you meant to say or imply. I think you're reading way too much into it.
    – jpmc26
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 3:18
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    @jpmc26, I'm not questioning we can reasonably argue that phrasing given the retcon. I just still think it was in fact retconned-- that the intent of the writer who wrote the original line wasn't in fact that they were still in service at the time. That's all. Ultimately, of course it doesn't matter. Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 3:50

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