I believe I know of another of those mysterious missing scenes that wind
up on the cutting room floor or appear only in the original draft of the
screenplay (or solely in the minds of us fans!). I swear I remember
seeing an additional part to the scene in "ST:Generations" (either on
screen or in a magazine or SOMEWHERE) where Soren has Geordi strapped in
the torture chair. In the video version I have, the scene ends with
Soren saying "Tell me everything you know about trilithium" but I
distinctly remember seeing Soren threaten Geordi with a device similar
to the one the Cardassian used on Picard in "Chain of Command" which is
attached to the heart. This would explain Dr. Crusher's curious
statement about removing "the probe" and would correspond to Soren's
snide remark to the Duras sisters after questioning Geordi. They ask him
if he found out anything and he says "NO, his HEART just wasn't in it."
From: "Robert J. Woolley"
Send reply to: "Robert J. Woolley"
Subject: ask the chief
Date sent: Thu, 26 Mar 98 14:15:13 -0600
I missed "Mortal Coil" the first time around, so just saw it yesterday. It
occurred to me that it might be fun to see if we can compile a list of all the
ways Trek creators have come up with to bring somebody back from the dead. I'll
start off with just a few:
Borg nanoprobes restore the function of necrotic cells. (STV: Mortal Coil)
A protomatter device reorganizes one's cellular matter. (ST III)
Q lets you live your life over again. (STTNG: Tapestry)
You jump to an alternative timeline. (STV: Year of Hell; STTNG: Yesterday's
Closely related: The person was only dead in a parallel timeline. (STTNG:
The person wasn't really dead--just faking death. (TOS: "Amok Time")
You immediately give them an antidote to the poison. (STTNG: "A Matter of
The person has redundant vital organs and so only appeared dead. (STTNG:
They're not really dead, just out of phase with the rest of the universe.
(STTNG: "The Next Phase")
You break out of the temporal causality loop that killed you. (STTNG: "Cause and
You run time backward to a point before the death occurred. (STTNG: "Timescape")
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