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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

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Old March 22 2013, 09:21 PM   #1
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Did they ever explain how Geordi...

suddenly went from Comm Officer to engineer?
It must be really easy to become an engineer in the future...
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Old March 22 2013, 10:08 PM   #2
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Re: Did they ever explain how Geordi...

Maybe cause he had the visor they were like "ah you'll be good at detecting warp core breaches and stuff what with your enhanced vision..." hence the promotion?
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Old March 22 2013, 10:26 PM   #3
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Re: Did they ever explain how Geordi...

The same way Sulu went from Physicist to Helmsman and Chekov went from Navigator to Security Chief.
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Old March 22 2013, 10:27 PM   #4
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The captain can promote whoever he wishes at any time.
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Old March 22 2013, 10:31 PM   #5
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Re: Did they ever explain how Geordi...

Yes, it was explained...

PICARD
Very good. Take a look at the containment module our new chief engineer has designed.

RIKER
"Chief engineer," that has a nice ring to it.
Answer: it had a nice ring to it.
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Old March 22 2013, 10:34 PM   #6
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Re: Did they ever explain how Geordi...

Personally, I was very happy Geordi got the promotion to Engineer. It gave the character much more to do.

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Old March 22 2013, 11:14 PM   #7
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Re: Did they ever explain how Geordi...

Officers most likely hold multiple competences. Whilst Geordi could pilot, maybe his core skills were technical-based, and Picard realised this.
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Old March 22 2013, 11:52 PM   #8
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Re: Did they ever explain how Geordi...

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Officers most likely hold multiple competences. Whilst Geordi could pilot, maybe his core skills were technical-based, and Picard realised this.
I'm sure that's the case. He 1st met Geordi as a pilot, & when he commented on the shuttle's engine efficiency, Geordi spent the night improving it. I'm pretty sure Geordi was being groomed for the job from day one, & Picard convinced him to follow that career track, after Geordi had been aboard a while in the command division

It would have been cool to see that conversation. Worf's promotion was clear cut, after Tasha died, but Geordi's was left open ended
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Old March 23 2013, 01:33 AM   #9
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Re: Did they ever explain how Geordi...

I remember in "The Last Outpost" when communications between the bridge and engineering were out, Picard sent LaForge down to engineering for a report. Riker later joined him there, and LaForge seemed right at home talking about the engines, even giving orders to an engineer, IMO.
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Old March 23 2013, 02:07 AM   #10
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LoneDragon wrote: View Post
suddenly went from Comm Officer to engineer?
It must be really easy to become an engineer in the future...
It's Conn Officer, not Comm. Conn is the Helm controls. I think he was Ops anyway. An Engineer being an Ops officer would be normal, I'd think, as Engineering is part of Ops.
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Old March 23 2013, 02:07 AM   #11
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Re: Did they ever explain how Geordi...

I've always assumed that Geordi graduated the academy as an engineer, but early in his career was convinced to switch to the command tract. Which was where he was when Picard met him. He probably was torn between going back to egineering or taking a the pilots position on the fleets flagship when Picard offered him a slot on the E. Picard no doubt knew of Geordi's engineering background and used him in that capacity when needed. When the CEO position opened up Geordi and Picard probably jumped at the chance to place LaForge there.
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Old March 23 2013, 02:27 AM   #12
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Re: Did they ever explain how Geordi...

Plus in a progressive future like Trek, everyone seems to be awesome at everything. Look at Dax, Spock and Data. They have expertise in a wide range of sciences (chemistry/physics/biology/computer/math).
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Old March 23 2013, 02:38 AM   #13
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LobsterAfternoon wrote: View Post
Plus in a progressive future like Trek, everyone seems to be awesome at everything. Look at Dax, Spock and Data. They have expertise in a wide range of sciences (chemistry/physics/biology/computer/math).
They are some what exceptional though. Data's an android, Spock's a hybrid and Dax has multiple lives to pull from.
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Old March 23 2013, 03:33 AM   #14
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Re: Did they ever explain how Geordi...

In "The Next Phase" it's suggested Geordi's engineering expertise is what interested Picard in him in the first place so Geordi is likely brought onto the ship with the intention of him being Chief Engineer someday. Since Geordi was then only a Lieutenant J.G. he had to wait for a promotion to get the position and he hadn't put enough time in at the lower rank. Meanwhile the Enterprise served as a "training ship" for other engineers to be assigned to future Galaxy-Class ships or ships with the new systems the Enterprise had. (Hence the rotating series of engineers we see in the first season.) Geordi would spend a year as the chief helmsman at Lieutenant J.G. while ALSO learning about the ship's new systems behind the scenes, meanwhile the ship would train aspiring engineers going to future assignments. After a year Geordi would be open for the promotion to full Lieutenant, get it, and then be given the Chief Engineer role on a "fast-track" to Lieutenant Commander. (Which he would get by the third season.)
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Old March 23 2013, 04:09 AM   #15
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Re: Did they ever explain how Geordi...

It was pretty short-sighted of Gene to not have a cast member be chief engineer from the beginning. Did he seriously think it was a good idea to make it a revolving door?
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