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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Star Trek producer Brannon Braga
really enjoyed writing this episode. He remarked: "Certainly it was one of my most personal episodes. People around here say I'm Barclay. I hate flying and that's where the idea came from. If I lived in the 24th Century, I'd be afraid to transport so I enjoyed exploring some of the deeper neuroses that Barclay had." 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
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.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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