A shy member of the "Enterprise" crew becomes addicted to the holodeck, where relationships are easier 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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Did You Know?


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


When Picard calls La Forge on the holodeck regarding the injector problem, he forgets to activate his com-badge first. However, as has been seen in previous episodes, on the bridge, activating the com-badge is unnecessary. All the bridge requires is voice activation. See more »


Holo-Picard: Sir! You have no sense of fair play!
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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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How'd He Make It Through?
18 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Is Reg Barclay like one of those kids that are promoted so the teacher can be rid of them at the end of the year? He is a mess and yet he has great expertise or he would never have made it through the academy. What he is, is addicted to the Holodeck. He has incredibly complex programs where he lives his life of adventure, Walter Mitty style. Obviously, he is incredibly talented but with absolutely no self-esteem. He is also careless and undependable. The factor that makes what he does a bit disconcerting is that he uses the images of actual crew members a the models for his characters (this is not a violation, but it is frowned upon). He even has a passionate, submissive characterization of Troi. I've always wondered about the Holodeck. Apparently, anyone who wishes can walk in on another person, so I guess you'd better not do anything embarrassing. It is hilarious to watch Picard and Data as Musketeers, battling the master swordsman, Barclay. The true problem is something that has happened to the systems on the Enterprise and the entire ship must be analyzed and evaluated to find the bug which is very serious. For those of you who watch too much of this stuff, you know that this character is hardly finished as an important factor in the opus.

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