A shy member of the "Enterprise" crew becomes addicted to the holodeck, where relationships are easier there than in real life, when his knowledge is needed in engineering.



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Lt. Reg Barkley is a self-conscious somewhat neurotic new arrival on the Enterprise. He's always late for meetings and usually mumbles and fumbles his way through them when he's there. Commander Ryker and Lt. Commander La Forge actually ask Captain Picard to transfer him out but the Captain tells Geordi he should try harder and help the young officer along. Reg spends a great deal of time in the holodeck where he has created a Walter Mitty-like fantasy world where he his the major player and those around him - holographic representations of fellow crew members - are his minions. When the Enterprise is apparently infected with a substance that cannot be scanned with normal systems, it's Reg who manages to identify it. Written by garykmcd

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28 April 1990 (USA)  »

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Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) only appears as a holodeck creation. See more »


How would an underachiever like Reg Barclay get posted aboard the Enterprise, one of the most competitive assignments in Starfleet? See more »


Counselor Deanna Troi: I know this is difficult for you. Is there anything I can do to make you more comfortable?
Lt. Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III: No.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Have you ever been to a counselor before?
Lt. Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III: Yes. No.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Which one?
Lt. Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III: Yes, but she, it wasn't. It wasn't really a counselor.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Most people find a counselor intimidating at first. It's okay if you feel that way toward me.
Lt. Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III: Not at all.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Now, lean back, close your eyes.
Lt. Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III: Why?
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Pathfinder (1999) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A worthwhile pursuit
1 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Hollow Pursuits' introduces Reg Barclay, one of the show's more unusual characters. Socially awkward and wracked with nerves, he's easily the ship's misfit. this is a relatable character for anyone having trouble fitting in; his crewmembers can't stand to be around him and would rather just pass him off to another posting. Picard is the moral center of this, pushing Geordi to connect with Barclay and expose his talents. This is really a workplace drama, but a good one.

This one really surprised me. It does mine Barclay's "holodiction" for laughs, but it also ends in a nail-biter of a last-minute save; there's a surprising level of action here for a character piece. Roller-coaster would be a superlative, but it's anything but boring.


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