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Hollow Pursuits 

A shy member of the "Enterprise" crew becomes addicted to the holodeck, where relationships are easier than in real life, when his knowledge is needed in engineering.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Sally Caves | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Dwight Schultz ... Barclay
Charley Lang ... Lt. Duffy
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan


Lt. Reg Barkley is a self-conscious somewhat neurotic new arrival on the Enterprise. He's always late for meetings and usually mumbles and fumbles his way through them when he's there. Commander Ryker and Lt. Commander La Forge actually ask Captain Picard to transfer him out but the Captain tells Geordi he should try harder and help the young officer along. Reg spends a great deal of time in the holodeck where he has created a Walter Mitty-like fantasy world where he is the major player and those around him - holographic representations of fellow crew members - are his minions. When the Enterprise is apparently infected with a substance that cannot be scanned with normal systems, it's Reg who manages to identify it. Written by garykmcd

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This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series. See more »


Just after Picard tells La Forge to make Barclay his "project" he turns his display screen towards him to study it, but the screen is blank. See more »


[last lines]
Lt. Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III: Computer - end program. Erase all programs filed under Reginald Barclay.
[he prepares to leave the holodeck but stops once more]
Lt. Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III: ...except program IX.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Pathfinder (1999) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Quite an imagination
16 September 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Dwight Schultz makes the first of several appearances as Lt.Reginald Barkley on the Enterprise. Schultz got to reprise his character usually once a year for the remainder of TNG's run.

Barkley or Broccoli as Wil Wheaton takes to calling him is the typical square peg in a round hole. He's one of those folks who just can't quite fit in. In all of the Barkley subsequent episodes like here things just seem to happen all around him.

In any event there are a number of systems failures that leave the Enterprise in great danger. It's LeVar Burton and Schultz who figure out what is happening.

Barkley has quite an imagination and is addicted to the hollowdeck programs he's created to blow off steam. Both Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis have differing reactions to them. As Geordi LaForge says Barkley could write a book on hollowdeck addiction.

Good story that introduces us to an enduring character in the Star Trek saga.

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28 April 1990 (USA) See more »

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