In the TNG episode 'The Mind's Eye' Geordi was replaced by an impostor that was sent to Risa in his place. This individual looks very similar to Geordi (human, male, black, similar height, build, etc) so how have the Romulans come into cooperation with such a person?

Did he make any other appearances elsewhere? Are there any other sources (such as the novels) that can shed some light on his identity? Was he a hologram, a human replica, an android or something else entirely?

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    Unfortunately, just like "how many licks it takes to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop" the world will never know this either =\ – 22nd Century Fza Dec 2 '14 at 9:52
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    I'm curious why this is attracting downvotes... – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Dec 2 '14 at 11:11
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    I've not downvoted myself, but I'd suggest it's because it's entirely speculation-based: it's never stated in Canon who this person is. – Jon Story Dec 2 '14 at 13:31
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    I've made a fairly substantial edit to make your question more focused. Feel free to rollback if you think I've gone too far. – Valorum Dec 2 '14 at 14:32
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    @JonStory: "There is no answer because..." is also an answer. – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Dec 2 '14 at 14:48

There's very little information about this individual. He's not seen again in the episode nor does he appear in any future episodes.

The shooting script refers to him as a human operative so we can rule out the more exotic possibilities (hologram, android, Romulan in disguise) but that's about it.

Then Taibak motions to someone else, and a BLACK HUMAN in a Starfleet uniform steps out from behind the lights. The man puts on a fake VISOR just like Geordi's. Taibak walks around the man, studying him, then nods with satisfaction.

TAIBAK : Good. Very good.

As Geordi's double starts to leave...

TAIBAK (casual, serious) : Do not enjoy yourself too much on Risa.

Geordi's double nods, then EXITS.

  • A perfect answer, thank you. Still thinking, what is wrong with my question or all these downvoters? – trejder Dec 2 '14 at 14:23
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    @trejder - You've made it a bit too wide by asking about "any" traitors. – Valorum Dec 2 '14 at 14:26
  • FYI - I can't find it, but I seem to recall a mention elsewhere of Romulan "collaborators" within the Federation. I'm pretty sure it was on an episode of TNG or DS9, but that's still a very large target. – Omegacron Dec 3 '14 at 21:41
  • @Omegacron - POssibly "The Drumhead"? One of Picard's junior officers is accused of secretly being a Romulan. – Valorum Dec 3 '14 at 21:42
  • I thought of that one, but was thinking more of a wide-reaching, off-hand comment. It may have been in that episode of DS9 where Section 31 recruits Dr. Bashir at a medical conference. I vaguely remember the comment being something like "We never know who in the Federation is really a Romulan collaborator." or similar. – Omegacron Dec 3 '14 at 21:48

It was a Romulan surgically altered to look human.

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    Can you back up this bold statement with some evidence? The script states that he's a human. – Valorum Nov 9 '19 at 7:06
  • He can't because there is none. But it does remain a possibility because we know that there black Vulcans. I believe that we've also seen a black Romulan. – Emsley Wyatt Dec 4 '19 at 17:58

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