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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This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series. See more »


Just after Picard tells La Forge to make Barclay his "project" he turns his display screen towards him to study it, but the screen is blank. See more »


Counselor Deanna Troi: [to her holographic look-alike] Muzzle it!
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Nth Degree (1991) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The beginning of the Reg Barkley saga.
17 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Dwight Schultz played a recurring character on not just "Star Trek: The Next Generation" but also on "Star Trek Voyager" as well as an appearance in one of the "Star Trek" movies. Lt. Reg Barkley (nicknamed 'Broccoli' by his fellow crew members) was only intended to be in one episode, but apparently he resonated with viewers and writers and in all he had about a dozen appearances.

When the show begins, LaForge and Riker are both uncharacteristically negative about a member of the crew. Both see Lt. Barkley as a lazy and disinterested guy. However, their rush to judgment is premature, as Barkley's real problem is that he's painfully shy--so shy that he always doubts himself and is just about paralyzed by his fears. When LaForge approaches the Captain about transferring Barkley off the ship, the Captain is angry and tells LaForge to make things work with Barkley. If that means befriending him or working closely with him, so be it. So, Barkley is finally given an important assignment--to figure out why one of their transporters keeps malfunctioning. Can Barkley rise to the occasion or is he simply hopeless?

This episode had a lot of funny moments due to Barkely's bad habit of retreating into the holodeck instead of dealing with people. Inside this piece of machinery, Barkely is a studly hero--and the holo images of the Doctor and Counselor are there to cheer him on and lust after his rugged manliness! It's all clever and fun, but also important because in the 24th century you STILL see that folks have prejudices-- as LaForge and several others are surprisingly cruel towards Barkley. So, despite their advances, people are still people. Well worth seeing.

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