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Realm Of Fear 

Overcoming his fear of transporter, Lt. Barclay joins an away team, only to find something in the beam with him.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Brannon Braga | 2 more credits »




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
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Patti Yasutake ... Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Dwight Schultz ... Barclay
Renata Scott Renata Scott ... Admiral
Thomas K. Belgrey ... Crewmember (as Thomas Belgrey)
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


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 ... Written by KGF Vissers

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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 »


Barclay: [working with O'Brien on the transporter] You know, maybe ignorance really is bliss.
Chief Miles O'Brien: Sir?
Barclay: Well, if I didn't know so much about these things, maybe they wouldn't scare me so much.
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References The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Those transport blues
6 August 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Back on Star Trek prime DeForest Kelley voiced a negative opinion of the Enterprise Transport system. Just the thought of one's molecules being disassembled and reassembled gave him the willies.

Apparently Lt. Reg Barkley feels the same way. Dwight Schultz in one of his guest appearances as the enigmatic Barkley says he has the Enterprise record for shuttle flights. This all comes up when the Enterprise is called on to a rescue mission, but finds the small science ship seemingly abandoned.

When Schultz transports over there he develops some strange feelings and symptoms. More I cannot tell you, but his feelings turn out to be not psychosomatic but quite real.

I did love the resolution of one of my favorite TNG episodes.

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