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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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 »

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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 »

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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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References The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Not among the very best of the Barkley episodes.
26 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the episode begins, there is a stranded ship and transporting over to it is going to be rough according to O'Brien. Well, this scares the crap out of Barkley, as he's always hated the transporter--but this makes his fears so bad that he's about to have a panic attack. When he finally does manage to go there, he sees some REALLY weird slug-like beings while being transported. Naturally, he thinks he's losing his mind and spends A LOT of the episode fretting...a lot! Later, however, he comes to realize that what he saw might be real and it might have something to do with the disappearance of some crew members.

This is an okay episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation". I have seen other Barkley episodes that were more interesting and memorable. I guess I just found the episode a bit confining (since they didn't go much of anywhere) and found Barkley's worries getting a bit old here.


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