Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 3, Episode 6
Original Air Date: October 30, 1989
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Curiosity killed the cat, and very nearly the Enterprise and her crew. While investigating an ancient battle cruiser, our friends become ensnared in the same trap that doomed it centuries before. Creative engineering solutions are required pronto. Geordi enlists the help of a holographic partner, a holodeck approximation of Dr. Leah Brahms, the original designer of the Enterprise's warp drive.
"Booby Trap" is a Geordi episode. Those don't come along very often. La Forge may be the most easily relatable character in the entire cast: a kind and slightly goofy guy who's also damn good at his job. Great with tech, clumsy with women - very human. I greatly admire his ability to keep a cool head in a tense situation, not so different from his Captain in that regard. But he doesn't get to take the lead too often. Far more likely, he's the sidekick in a Data story: indeed, the Watson to Data's Holmes, Pinocchio's Jiminy Cricket, Wooster's Jeeves. This time, we get to appreciate the Chief Engineer for his own desires and vulnerabilities.
And, of course, I am gradually realizing they're all good Picard stories. It's Geordi's episode but Jean-Luc still gets his badass moment to seal the deal.
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Susan Gibney (Brahms) was born September 11, 1961 in Manhattan Beach, California, though she grew up in Webster, New York. She went to Buffalo State College as an undergrad, then got an MFA from Yale School of Drama.
Gibney has a long history with Star Trek, though not all of it exactly successful. This is her first of two appearances as Dr. Brahms in TNG, then she had two appearances on DS9. She was considered, though not hired, for both Captain Janeway and Seven of Nine on Voyager and also the Borg Queen in First Contact.
Naturally, there is life beyond Trek and her television credits are numerous, including recurring roles on Diagnosis: Murder and Crossing Jordan plus main roles on The Fearing Mind and Happy Family.