Yeah, Geordi's demotion was kind of a "Remember Indistinguishable From Magic? Well, we're never mentioning it ever again."
How I wish they let him keep his own ship.
Maybe its the sailor in me , but having served aboard a carrier I can tell you most department heads aboard large ships have captains hell My cheif engineer was a captain , so was , half the dept heads, that does not mean they could overide the XO or even the second officer since , thier power did not come from their rank but the navy itself, meaning while yes you can out rank a person you can not overide their authority without the consent of a flag officer.. least not as for as that ship is concern
I agree I felt like they said pretty much ehh screw the little growth he had in almost 20 years !! This is coming from some who was never really a huge geroid fan, but I felt IFM gave him a nice spot light, and was a good story,now the whole book seems pointless, nothing really came from it