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 his 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.
Did You Know?
The episode drew some early controversy as Barclay was perceived by viewers as reflecting a stereotypical Trekkie/Trekker (introverted personality, obsessive traits). Producers have maintained that Barclay was no such reflection, nor was the episode being intended as any sort of statement about the Star Trek fan base. See more
How would an underachiever like Reg Barclay get posted aboard the Enterprise, one of the most competitive assignments in Starfleet? See more
Counselor Deanna Troi
[to her holographic look-alike
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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