Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 2

Realm of Fear (26 Sep. 1992)

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Overcoming his fear of transporter, Lt. Barclay joins an away team, only to find something in the beam with him.

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The Enterprise locates the scientific research ship USS Yosemite, which went missing while exploring plasma streams. Geordi assigns reluctant engineer Lieutenant Reg Barclay, whose idea it was, to help him bridge both ships' transport systems and join Riker's away team, but after a deconstruction phobia-caused hesitation and anxiety counseling with Troi, Barclay goes later, alone. Riker's team finds victims of an explosion, which may fit the Ferengi report Picard receives of an allegedly Cardassian attack. While Barclay beams back, he notices an eel-shaped entity which floats to him and touches his left arm in the phased matter stream, but a full transporter diagnostic finds no problem, so he fears to be a victim of incurable transporter psychosis, although none was reported on modern models for years. Geordi realizes either would fit with the same ionic fluctuation phenomenon suggested by in se acceptable abnormal transporter readings. Worried about Barclay's mental condition, Troi ... Written by KGF Vissers

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This is silently understood a Star Trek version of the short story "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" by Richard Matheson, using the transporter beam as a metaphor of the original's airliner. The television adaptation The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963) starred William Shatner, who shortly afterwards landed the legendary role of Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek (1966). "Nightmare" author Matheson, an accomplished novelist, was one of three primary writers of The The Twilight Zone (1959), and wrote two more Shatner vehicles: The Twilight Zone: Nick of Time (1960) and Star Trek: The Enemy Within (1966). The latter was Matheson's only Star Trek writing and an important milestone in defining Kirk's character. See more »

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Barclay gives O'Brien an order in the transporter room. But O'Brien didn't have to follow it, because at that stage in the story, Barclay's been relieved of duty. However, it is possible that O'Brien isn't aware of it yet, seeing as it was a decision by the counselor. See more »

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Barclay: [to the replicator] Water.
Enterprise Computer: Specify temperature.
Barclay: I don't care! Just give me water!
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Barclay at Wit's End
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Ensign Barclay is dreadfully afraid of the transporter. This has been so since his days at Starfleet Academy. When the Yosemite has been found floating with only one person aboard, he is expected to beam over and help Geordi with his analysis. Just as he is about to go, he runs from the transporter room. After Troi teaches him some relaxation techniques, he gives it another try and manages to beam over. One his return, a large wormlike creature with lamprey-like teeth comes at him while he is in the middle of the transport. He is panic stricken but because of his history, he doesn't tell anyone. What is happening to him is a part of the mystery on board the Yosemite. Finally, he needs to know and has O'Brien beam him over and back. The results are pretty amazing. This episode is thoughtful, but watching Barclay is like drinking too many cups of coffee. He literally bounces off the walls.


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