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
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The first Trek episode to show a transporter process from the transported's point of view. 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
[working with O'Brien on the transporter
You know, maybe ignorance really is bliss.
Chief Miles O'Brien
Well, if I didn't know so much about these things, maybe they wouldn't scare me so much.