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The beginning of the Reg Barkley saga.
MartinHafer17 November 2014
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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Introducing Lt. Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III
russem3119 April 2006
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ST:TNG:69 - "Hollow Pursuits" (Stardate: 43807.4) - this is the 21st episode of the 3rd season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

This episode introduces another of our memorable characters, Dwight Schultz (of "A Team" fame) as the bumbling and stuttering Lt. Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III. Having just transferred to the Enterprise, he is shy around other people, so he retreats to the Holodeck so he can be more comfortable in his "fantasy world". But when the Enterprise needs him, will he be able to pull out of his fantasies to help out?

Trivia note: Barclay will return in more TNG episodes, Star Trek: First Contact, and several episode of Star Trek: Voyager. Whoopi Goldberg also makes another appearance as Guinan.

Also, it's interesting to note Geordi mention "holo-diction" for those addicted to the internet because now that the internet is commonplace, there are those with this type of "holo-diction".
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Hollow Pursuits
Scarecrow-8827 May 2012
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The Next Generation went out of its way to welcome Dwight Schultz (A-Team) to the Trek Universe as stuttering, anti-social, always-late, and severely uncomfortable Engineering officer, Reginald Barclay, trying to work up the nerve just to fit in to the demands of a galaxy class starship. This "comedy episode escapism" is highly needed as the show would get plenty intense with the upcoming Borg two-parter, The Best of Both Worlds, as Barclay creates cartoonish, fictitious versions of Enterprise principles as a means to blow off steam as those in his swashbuckling Musketeers fantasy world each play a major role in his inability to function properly in day-to-day "real life". There's a problem with a broken canister (the cargo, tissue samples, is needed on another planet due to a breakout of fever, donated by a species) that might have set off a series of events (such as a glass, in Ten Forward, of liquor, in the hands of officers, leaking and the transporter destroying cargo during the molecular stage) that has caused a multitude of malfunctions causing the warp engines to speed to critical stages leading to possible structural failure. Barclay might just assist Geordi in finding the solution to the problem. Barclay has his share of problems, which are examined: Riker is not particularly fond of Barclay, Troi is Barclay's object of lust, and various moments of incompetence could prove fatal to Barclay's career on the Enterprise. Barclay's nickname—thanks to Wesley—is Broccoli, and a visit to Troi under therapy (orders from Geordi who takes some wise advice from Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg, who would appear in sporadic guest spots on the show to offer guidance to characters when needed) on how to deal with Barclay), not to mention the forays into the Holodeck fantasies, all yield funny results at the expense of Schultz' quivering, bumbling character. Seeing Jonathan Frakes as weakened goofs in the holodeck worlds as imagined by Barclay, Patrick Steward under red curly locks, hat and costume, unable to handle Barclay's swordplay, and the way Troi is envisioned as a vixen offering herself to Barclay's pleasure are certainly memorable bits of whimsy certain to earn grins and chuckles from series' fans. This is one of those episodes that give us a chance to unwind and laugh without much in the way of dramatic weight. Seeing Riker so ill-at-ease with an officer is quite fascinating (he really does show a frustration in Barclay's "derelict of duty"), as well as, Geordi's needing inspiration from others (like Picard who insists that Barclay be given a chance, although his slip in calling him Broccoli is a howler) just to cope with Barclay's errors, really provide insight in the struggle to deal with officers who may not be considered "Enterprise material". I applaud Picard for sticking up for Barclay, not giving up on an officer, instead looking at him as a "reclamation project worth salvaging".
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This episode should be required viewing for HR professionals.
knowlto30 April 2014
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The plot involves an introverted, awkward crewman named Reginald Barkley, who has trouble fitting in on the Enterprise and connecting with his crew-mates. Geordi can't deal with Barkley and wants to ship him out, but Picard encourages Geordi to try connecting with Barkley and make use of his talents. In the end, Barkley saves the day, figuring out the source of various malfunctions on the Enterprise.

The moral is one that human resource specialists should take to heart. By overlooking candidates because of their shyness or other perceived personality defects, you might actually miss someone who has a lot to offer your company. I think Star Trek: TNG was somewhat ahead of its time in addressing this issue.
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How'd He Make It Through?
Hitchcoc18 August 2014
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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A worthwhile pursuit
Mr-Fusion1 January 2017
'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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'Broccoli' is introduced; insecure, late, but very intelligent
hydrofilic3 December 2016
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This episode introduces Lt. Barkley (nickname "Broccoli"). The crew (in particular, Riker and Jordi) deem him "below Enterprise standard". But Cpt.Picard, Ginen, and Troi believe he should be encouraged.

Eventually "Broccoli" proves his worth, but in the mean time, we see amusing holodeck fantasies... these mainly involve "Broccoli" defeating his superiors (Riker, Picard, etc...) and spending "quality time" with ladies like Troi and Crusher.

Ultimately, the episode is about an insecure but intelligent crewman who can/does perform under pressure... although in a very eccentric way! This episode is NOT very sci-fi, but it is entertaining on the human element... character development and realistic psychological issues.

In summary, this is a "drama" episode (not sci-fi).... it introduces us to human 'rejects' and, more specifically, Lieutenant Broccoli".... anyway, I found this episode quite entertaining!
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Introducing a relatable character
skiop7 February 2016
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This episode introduces Reginald Barklay, surely a relatable character for Star Trek fans. He's mocked by his crew mates and can't seem to do much right, so he retreats to the Holodeck, where he can live his fantasies of being liked, respected, and competent.

It's mentioned how it's unknown how Barklay made it through Starfleet Academy. Indeed. That's one of the most relatable things here. His experience in Starfleet Academy surely mirrors my experience in college, filled with not being able to perform the assigned tasks satisfactorily, being disliked equally by students and professors, and just being pushed along to get me out of their way. I find it unlikely that Barklay is oblivious to this, just as I wasn't. Maybe he tried to keep a stiff upper lip and go through, even as his self-esteem disappears, in hopes of being able for his career dreams are fulfilled after graduation, only never to happen. Though, it's clear that he didn't belong at the Academy and can't be tolerated by his crew mates any more than he could by his classmates. The body language of others alone makes this obvious.

This is of course Star Trek and we can't be led to think that there are some people that are just worthless, so we eventually come to see that Barklay does have some talents. It might have been more realistic to let us realize that yes, some people are just worthless, and those people should be relegated to doing things that even they can't muck up (too much) and there's no way they should be doing anything like working in the engineering section on a starship.
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