A character with a visor was a mistake

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by You_Will_Fail, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Balrog

    Balrog Commodore Commodore

    Jan 12, 2008
    The actor who played Twiki.

  2. JB2005

    JB2005 Commodore Commodore

    Jan 17, 2009
    England, UK
    I feel no empathy for the victims in DW's "The Idiot's Lantern"

    (Thought that might be because they look ridiculous!)
  3. sojourner

    sojourner Admiral Admiral

    Sep 4, 2008
    Just around the bend.
    The Blues Brothers wore glasses through the entire movie.
  4. teacake

    teacake Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 20, 2007
    inside teacake
    I thought so, just wasn't completely sure. Oh wait, Belushi takes his glasses off and wiggles his eyebrows at Carrie Fisher during the "there was an earthquake" scene.
  5. DonIago

    DonIago Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 22, 2001
    Burlington, VT, USA
    The X-Men's Cyclops comes to mind.
  6. T'Girl

    T'Girl Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 20, 2009
    He doesn't completely take them off, Belushi just lowers them slightly down he nose.

  7. Start Wreck

    Start Wreck Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    May 4, 2005
    So it's not intangible or unexplainable?

    Still, this requires experimental study. Can emotions be portrayed through blood vessels in the eyeball? Can an actor even control the blood vessels in their eyeballs?

    I propose we select several photographs of faces in various emotional states, and then photoshop out the eyeballs. Just the eyeballs, and then see if we can intentify the emotion from them. We could even go further and block out the entire "hair band" shape of a VISOR, but let's try just the eyeballs for now. Anyone up for it?
  8. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 18, 2007
  9. Tosk

    Tosk Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 7, 2001
    On the run.
    He does remove them completely. And they stay off until he finishes kissing Mystery Woman. Not that it's a big deal, of course. :)
  10. Dr. Crusher

    Dr. Crusher Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Oct 6, 2011
    I think that Levar Burton really did a great job with this feature. I never felt that Geordi was lacking in emotional expression because I couldn't see his eyes to confirm what he portrayed in other ways.

    I appreciate the fact that someone actually thought about disabilities in the 24th century. I also thought that it was a nice touch to include the technology to correct the disability in a limited way. Sometimes, we see the future as an idyllic world where everything will be easily understood and fixed, but Geordi's visor, with all of its advantages and disadvantages, made the "future" more real.

    I liked episodes that brought the strengths and weaknesses of Geordi's case to the forefront, like "The Masterpiece Society," "The Enemy," or "Interface." I also liked the scene in Insurrection where Geordi is watching the sunrise for the first time in his life.
  11. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 18, 2007
    It's also noteworthy that the visor actually had sort of an unspoken story arc, in that it was used to brainwash Geordi, in "The Mind's Eye", & then it was later hacked by Lursa & B'tor in the "Generations" movie, which resulted in the destruction of the ENT-D

    From that point on, he never wears it again, & opts to upgrade to ocular implants. I guess losing the ship, & nearly becoming a brainwashed assassin, coupled with the inconvenience of being blinded every time it got knocked off, were reasons enough to finally move on

    After all, a visor might be good enough for an average human, but Geordi being a Starfleet officer meant he faced more extraordinary hazards
  12. Mr_Homn

    Mr_Homn Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 30, 2010

    interesting you bring that up as an example, because i remember reading that the props people actually made vader's mask's eyes bigger and more sad looking in ROTJ to reflect his inner conflict and sadness... which backs up the OP's point a little bit...

    however, i don't agree with the OP. i think the visor helped the show and i think it made geordi more likable and unique.
  13. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk Cartoon Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    Vasquez Rocks, Bajor
    In the same movie, Ray from Ray's Music Exchange also wears sunglasses for his entire scene. ;)
  14. Destructor

    Destructor Commodore Commodore

    Feb 19, 2003
    Melbourne, VIC
    Actually I found myself utterly unable to relate to/care about the Blues Brothers characters because I couldn't see their eyes. Until he took his glasses off, of course, then I was like: "Wow, I love these guys! I mean, the one other them whose eyes I can see!"
  15. ReedEnterprise

    ReedEnterprise Captain Captain

    Feb 29, 2012
    Alpha Quadrant
    I don't think it was, it just showed the advancements that even a blind person can see with the help of technology. I thought it was a great idea, even if we couldn't see Geordi's eyes. I never thought about that aspect before, so I guess it never bothered me.