Friday, February 14, 2014

TNG Realm of Fear

Realm of Fear is an epic Star Trek TNG episode #128 starring Dwight Schultz as the (USS Enterprise-D) engineer Reginald Barclay. Brannon Braga wrote TNG's script 'Realm of fear' in homage to 'Nightmare at 20000 Feet.'

When captain Picard's Federation Galaxy class flagship USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D locates the stricken USS Yosmite, the Enterprises' Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge calls on Reg for help. He is after all a systems engineer. At first, all is not what it seems because the Yosmite crew are missing. To make matters interesting, Lieutenant Barclay lives in mortal terror of transporter 'beaming' but then who doesn't? Dr Leonard H McCoy and Catherine Pulaski cringe at having their atoms scattered across the galaxy too.

Barclay is a starship systems diagnostic engineer yet oddly hes extremely nervous about transporters. When he finally plucks up the courage to step into the thing and de materialize, Reg makes a startling discovery. An encounter with a creature from within the matter stream spooks the living bejeepers out of him. Is it a lifeform? Could it be alive?

The thing floats and then zaps his arm. Barclay steps out from the transporter pad a completely shaken and changed man, convinced life will never be the same again. He suddenly develops a thirst for water and believes time is running out.

Yeah! its got to be transporter psychosis, right? or was it the creature in the transporter stream?

Enjoy your star trekking, trekkies and trekkers!


  1. I always love the Barclay episodes, and that one did give me the creeps. It's awful for a person that is paranoid about something to find out their right about things being messed up. It just feeds their psychosis. I would have spent the rest of my life saying, 'See! I told you!'

  2. Yeah, just because Barclay was totally 'paranoid' didn't mean he was wrong.

  3. Anonymous8:07 PM

    You know, I never thought about it before, but Barclay was a pretty brave guy to enlist in Starfleet at all, given all his phobias.

  4. At least he didn't disappear like Hoshi! Or never rematerialize like Admiral Archer's dog! Or get himself purposefully stuck in a transporter sequence for decades like Scotty!

  5. Poor Reg thought he was going mad but eventually realised the USS Yosmites crew were trapped within the transporter beam and needed to be rescued!

  6. This was as mind-mending episode. That was TNGs specialty.

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