Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 19

The Nth Degree (30 Mar. 1991)

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When assigned to investigate an unknown probe, Lt. Barclay is electrocuted through a shuttlecraft's computer, where he receives an unexplainable boost of confidence and a vast increase in his knowledge.



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The Enterprise checks on the Argus array, a giant Federation outskirts astronomical telescope, which stopped signaling data months ago. Geordi and mentally rehabilitated engineer Lieutenant Reg Barclay, try to repair it but an intense energy surge from an alien probe of unknown technology electrocutes Barclay and even causes serious damage on board the ship. Barclay soon recovers while the probe follows closely, building up a dangerous field but unresponsive to full phasers. Now Barclay demonstrates surprising insight and knowledge, saving the situation by repairing power and getting photon torpedoes ready which destroy the probe. Reg's useful but inexplicable erudition proves invaluable for telescope repairs too. Even his theatrical, romantic (towards Troi) and formerly inexistent violin performances improve suddenly , thanks to a confidence boost. When Dr. Crusher finds his brain improved more then any human causing unprecedented intelligence, he is also considered a potential risk.... Written by KGF Vissers

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The ship the "Feynman" was named for physicist Richard Feynman. See more »


Barclay: Computer, begin new program. Create as follows: workstation chair. Now, create a standard alphanumeric console, positioned for the left hand. Now an iconic display console, positioned for the right hand. Tie both consoles into the Enterprise main computer core, utilizing neural-scan interface.
Enterprise Computer: There is no such device on file.
Barclay: No problem. Here's how you build it.
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Smarter than Einstein.
23 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:93 - "The Nth Degree" (Stardate: 44704.2) - this is the 19th episode of the 4th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Dwight Schultz makes a welcome return as the terribly shy Lt. Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III, who because of a powerful charge knocking him unconscious while he's on an Away Team to repair the Argus Array (a remote sub-space telescope), he starts exuding newfound confidence.

But soon this newfound confidence makes him the smartest being who ever lived, and that's not the end of it - soon he will "interact" with the computer itself! How far will the process go and can he be reverted back to normal?

Trivia note: the Argus Array will be seen in a future TNG episode (in the 7th season episode "Parallels"), as well as Jim Norton as the holodeck simulation of Albert Einstein (in the 5th season closer "Descent, Part I"). It's also hilarious to see Barclay bumbling through a play!

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