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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The first Trek episode to show a transporter process from the transported's point of view. See more »


Microphone visible for a few seconds above Data and Geordi when they are setting up the plasma experiment in Engineering. See more »


Barclay: The idea of being... deconstructed molecule by molecule, it's more than I can stand. Even when I was... a child, I always had a dreadful fear that, if ever I was dematerialized, that I would... never come back again whole. I know, sounds crazy, but...
Counselor Deanna Troi: It's not crazy at all. You *are* being taken apart molecule by molecule.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Genesis (1994) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Overcoming one's fears.
28 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:128 - "Realm Of Fear" (Stardate: 46041.1) - this is the 2nd episode of the 6th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In another episode involving Dwight Schultz as Lt. Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III, this one deals with his fear of the transporter. At first he is reluctant to go on an Away Team mission, but when he transports, a mysterious creature appears in the matter stream and touches his arm. Then, back on the Enterprise, his arm starts to radiate with light where the creature touched him! What is causing this? Is Barclay going delusional? Find out in the first of many exciting 6th season episodes (this season in my opinion is second best only to the 3rd season).

Trivia note: we finally get to see a person's POV as they are transported. Patti Yasutake makes another appearance as Nurse Alyssa Ogawa. We also hear O'Brien regale Barclay with his arachnophobia and how he overcame his fear of spiders - thus, introducing him to his pet tarantula!

And, O'Brien mentions the "Heisenberg Compensators" used in the transporter, mentions there hasn't been a case of transporter psychosis in 50 years, and O'Brien has held the transporter chief position for 22 years).

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