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 alleged 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 he is a victim of incurable transporter psychosis, although none has been reported on modern models for years. Geordi realizes either would fit with the same ionic fluctuation phenomenon suggested by in otherwise acceptable transporter readings. Worried about Barclay's mental condition, Troi ...
Did You Know?
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
When Barclay is just about to return from the Yosemite his rank insignia is the wrong way round. It should be black then gold however it is gold then black. See more
[working with O'Brien on the transporter
You know, maybe ignorance really is bliss.
Chief Miles O'Brien
Well, if I didn't know so much about these things, maybe they wouldn't scare me so much.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more