Star Trek: Voyager: Season 6, Episode 10

Pathfinder (1 Dec. 1999)

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Back on Earth, Barclay (Schultz) uses holograms to formulate a plan to open communications with Voyager.

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Everyone's favorite holo-addict Lieutenant Barclay (guest star Dwight Schultz, Star Trek: The Next Generation) has found a new obsession: Starship Voyager and her crew. When Enterprise visits Earth, Barclay reunites with his former counselor Deanna Troi, recollecting for her the events leading up to his dismissal from Pathfinder and ban from the research, involving his own holodeck version of Voyager where he is the most popular crewman. Written by Meribor

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A picture of Tom Paris in a cadet uniform is shown on Admiral Owen Paris' desk. It is actually a picture of Nick Locarno from the episode "The First Duty" of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), who was also played by Robert Duncan McNeill. See more »

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Near the end of the episode The Doctor starts flagrantly divulging the medical history of Reginald Barclay. This is clearly a complete breach of medical confidentiality. The doctor has already made it perfectly clear in other episodes that he cannot breach a patient's confidentiality in this way; now he does it without the slightest hesitation. See more »

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Admiral Owen Paris: Why the long face, Mr. Barclay?
Lt. Reginald Barclay: Because... because it's over, sir.
Admiral Owen Paris: No, Lieutenant. I'd say that Project Voyager is just beginning - thanks to you.
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Howlin Mad "Broccoli"
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Reginald Barclay (Dwight Schulz) was a groundbreaking character in Star Trek: The Next Generation- Simply by being Neurotic. It showed us that People in the 24th Century can be as interesting as people in the 20th and 21st Centuries. It is Broccoli's multiplex infirmities that brought Next Generation to level Human Ground, in that he was probably the most realistic Human Character of that whole show- and his insecurities mix with his imagination to reveal a complex person. And in true "Broccoli" Style, Schulz slams a home run in this Voyager Episode. But there can be no Barclay episode without Counsellor Troi, and her ability to set Barclay back on his feet.

This is Broccoli at his best, his eccentricities are what made him the best Diagnostician on the Enterprise D, and that same eccentricity serves him here, in his new Job.

The last we saw him, he had Helped Dr. Zimmerman develop the Emergency Medical Hologram. I am assuming he did that "job" after the Enterprise D was blown to Smithereens and before he was assigned to the Enterprise E for "First Contact" (Confusing, Innit?). But he is now one of a Team working on a project called "Pathfinder"- Which is as team of Starfleet engineers trying to Track Voyager's Movements through the Delta Quadrant.

But Reginald is not your typical Engineer, and he has developed a new unhealthy attachment to Holographic Representation of Voyager's Crew. What I like about Barclay's Holo-Voyager are the differences to the Real Voyager- For example, Maquis Crewmen are still wearing Civvies, not Starfleet Uniforms. This is to show that although Voyager has been able to send a few messages through, Starfleet really does not know that much about Voyager's Delta Quadrant History, or it's current Command Structure. It is Barclay's Neurosis that cause him to think of a way they can successfully set up a 2-way dialog with Voyager.

Reginald's Boss - Although not really being a Bean Counter or Pencil Pusher, is not as receptive as Geordi LaForge was to Barclay's ideas. He is just, well, "Normal", but more importantly, he is not used to Barclay's non-sequitor approach to solving problems. So he suppresses Barclay, which sends Barclay into more of a depressive and anxious state. How someone can be Depressed, Anxious AND hypertensive is a new mix for the Medical Journals. So Reginald's Boss, not knowing Reg, exacerbates the situation by no fault of his own - He just hasn't learned how Reg operates, and in his attempts at forcing Reg into his Jell-O Mold of Normalcy, pushes Reg fully into new "Hollow Pursuits".

But one thing we know about Reg is that he won't give up. In a way, Voyager's crew helps him solve his current conundrum, it's just that they are Holograms. But one thing Reg is good at is designing Holo Programs- He has created a fully interactive Voyager Crew which acts in fairly close approximation to how they would act - Despite the fact that Barclay is everyone's "buddy". But this is just how the Holos are designed to act.

After creating a nice sinkhole for himself, Reginald has a Tete-a-Tete with Deanna Troi, who takes leave from the Enterprise E to stay and help him.

True to Form, this does Reg little good - He breaks Starfleet Protocol and performs his experiment without permission, resulting in a new Hollow "Pursuit" as Starfleet Security Pursues him through the Holographic Decks of Voyager. But he uses these stolen moments to aim his "Micro Wormhole" to the right spot where Voyager will detect his Transmission- Because Starfleet was not looking for Voyager in the right area, Barclay finds the right spot at the last minute.

We finally get to meet "Admiral Owen Paris" (Richard Herd) - Tom's father.

This episode had me cringing, face palming, and sweating as Barclay's situation just kept getting worse and worse, and the resolution of this episode in contrast to this, gave me a large measure of Hope. I don't know why it would affect me like that, after all, isn't Voyager in itself a form of Holodeck fantasy? It is for that reason I was uplifted. This episode deals with exactly that - How a fantasy can bridge the gap to reality and grant real hope to a person- This happens to the characters we care about in this episode, and it happens to us as it was Broadcast from the TV to our Eyes and Ears.

And all it took was a Neurotic Character acting Neurotically. Dwight really outdid "Howlin Mad" Barclay here, this was one of his best performances as that character.


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