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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Barclay asks Geordi if there was anything strange that ever happened to him in the transporter beam. Geordi replies that nothing strange ever happened to him in the transporter beam, but in the episode the Next Phase, Geordi and Ensign Ro were in a transporter episode where their molecules were shifted out of phase. See more »


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 »


[Lt. Barclay has asked O'Brien to beam him over to the USS Yosemite and back again]
Barclay: Commander La Forge wants some tricorder readings on those fluctuations.
Chief Miles O'Brien: We can do that from right here.
Barclay: No, I... the... the transporter sensors may not be sensitive enough. Now, I'm giving you an order... Mr. O'Brien.
Chief Miles O'Brien: Aye, sir.
[he programs the transporter]
Chief Miles O'Brien: You don't mind my making an observation, sir? You forgot to bring a tricorder.
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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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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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