Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 4, Episode 16
Original Air Date: March 11, 1991
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Dr. Leah Brahms is actually coming aboard the Enterprise! In "Booby Trap," La Forge created a holographic simulation of the warp drive engineer and promptly fell in love with her. Now, he meets her in the flesh and she doesn't exactly live up to his expectations. Meanwhile, the Enterprise has encountered a new space travelling species. In fact, a newborn imprints itself on the ship after our heroes accidentally killed its mother.
The new life encounter story is good. The Geordi/Leah story is profoundly awkward. Geordi handles his disappointment very poorly and then digs even deeper into the hole when Leah discovers the holodeck program with herself in the starring role. We are meant to feel sorry for Geordi and forgive him for his missteps rather than holding him accountable for his inappropriate and unprofessional presumptions. The truth is, Leah is right to be offended and our old buddy Geordi should have to suffer the consequences. She's entitled to kick his ass and should have been given more rein to do so.
How might the same story have been told more effectively? The basic idea of reality failing to live up to fantasy is a good one - true to life. But the story could have been about Geordi growing to appreciate Leah for who she truly is rather than endlessly whining about who she isn't. Intellectually, she's every bit as impressive as he thought. Why not have the story be about that? He can't "have" her but maybe he could respect her anyway.
It was an opportunity bumbled and it's too bad. Geordi stories don't come around so often.
Lanei Chapman played the role of Ensign Sariel Rager. This was her first of four appearances. Chapman was born January 23, 1973 in Los Angeles. She made her screen debut in a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial at age 13. She graduated from Dartmouth as a Spanish major. She taught kindergarten before she decided to pursue acting full-time.
Her biggest role was the lead in the short-lived series Space: Above and Beyond. Apart from Trek, she had guest appearances on Seinfeld, The Wonder Years and China Beach. Her highest-profile film credit was for White Men Can't Jump.