Leave it to Data to look past the player drama to find the through-line of an adventure’s premise.
He and Geordi really are a platonic One True Pairing, as far as I’m concerned. A One True Bro-ing? I dunno, I’m sure there’s ten kinds of fanfic vocab for this that I’ve never heard of. One of these days I should sit down and see if it would be worth distilling every non-technobabble-plot-device-bullshit Data/Geordi conversation on the show down to some kind of supercut about awkward dudes hanging out and just being okay with each other’s weirdness. Throw in some laughtrack and a mid-tempo electric piano theme song and it’d be an 80s sitcom.
Publishing this unusually early this morning because of random logistical reasons. Don’t go getting any ideas.