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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26 September 1992 (USA)  »

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This takes place in 2369. See more »


Though a force field had been erected around the transporter chamber, a re-materializing crew member's leg falls outside the pad before the field is dropped. See more »


[last lines]
[O'Brien has introduced Christina, his pet spider, to Barclay]
Barclay: She's... very large.
Chief Miles O'Brien: I found her on Titus IV. Almost stepped on her by accident.
[Barclay starts to feel uneasy]
Chief Miles O'Brien: Oh, I'll... get us a couple of drinks, okay? Keep an eye on her, will you?
Barclay: Sure.
[O'Brien leaves. Christina meanwhile climbs on Barclay's arm]
Barclay: Er - Chief...?
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References The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Barclay at Wit's End
6 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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