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The Nth Degree 

When assigned to investigate an unknown probe, Lt. Barclay is electrocuted through a shuttlecraft's computer, where he receives an unexplainable boost of confidence and a vast increase in his knowledge.

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Robert Legato

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Joe Menosky | 4 more credits »
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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
Jim Norton ... Holodeck Albert Einstein
Kay E. Kuter ... Cytherian
Saxon Trainor ... Lt. Linda Larson
Page Leong ... Ensign April Anaya
Dwight Schultz ... Barclay
David Coburn ... Ensign Brower
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The Enterprise checks on the Argus array, a giant Federation outskirts astronomical telescope, which stopped signaling data months ago. Geordi and mentally rehabilitated engineer Lieutenant Reg Barclay try to repair it but an intense energy surge from an alien probe of unknown technology electrocutes Barclay and even causes serious damage on board the ship. Barclay soon recovers while the probe follows closely, building up a dangerous field but unresponsive to full phasers. Now Barclay demonstrates surprising insight and knowledge, saving the situation by repairing power and getting photon torpedoes ready which destroy the probe. Reg's useful but inexplicable erudition proves invaluable for telescope repairs too. Even his theatrical, romantic (towards Troi) and formerly non-existent violin performances improve suddenly , thanks to a confidence boost. When Dr. Crusher finds his brain improved more than any human causing unprecedented intelligence, he is also considered a potential risk... Written by KGF Vissers

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The plot of this is similar to the plot of the Grimlock's New Brain episode of Transformers (1984). Grimlock intakes a vast amount of information making him super-intelligent. He builds the Technobots who combine into Computron. Grimlock then downloads all of his newly gained knowledge into Computron's brain, while Grimlock reverts to his old Dinobot intelligence level. See more »

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Barclay: The Cytherians are exploring the galaxy, just as we are. The only difference is that they never leave their home. They bring others here. Their only wish: an exchange of knowledge. They want to know us!
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References Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Cyrano de Barclay
28 August 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Dwight Schultz returns as Ensign Barclay, the stammering introvert who, despite great engineering expertise, has a terrible time with human relations. He is a project for Geordi who tries to boost his confidence. He is take on a shuttlecraft to assist Geordi. On the trip, they encounter a pulse that sends a ray of light to the craft and Reg (Barclay) is knocked unconscious. When he recovers on board the Enterprise, he is a new man. He has confidence, flirts with the women, including Deanna, and begins a quantum leap in the world of physics. He even corrects a theory of Einstein's on the holodeck. Fortunately (or unfortunately) he begins to exhibit powers beyond anything that the crew has ever seen. Ultimately, he hooks his own brain up to the computer because it is too slow. He is working his way to a star system in another part of the galaxy and won't let anything dissuade him. Is he insubordinate, does he have a purpose, or is he being manipulated. I really enjoy this character and like when he appears on "Voyager" later.


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30 March 1991 (USA) See more »

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