Star Trek: Every Lt. Barclay Episode Ranked Worst To Best

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This episode was analogous to getting over the fear of flying. as Barclay struggles to go through the transporter which, in the 24th century, is deemed to be the safest form of travel. However, in typical Barclay luck - he turns out to be right!

The episode is another strong showcase of Dwight Schultz's acting talent, not least for keeping his composure with O'Brien's Lycosian Tarantula crawling up his arm at the end - Barclay and spiders, what is with that?!

It is also a great episode for spending a little more time paying attention to a form of technology that has been taken for granted since the show's inception. The transporter was invented for budgetary reasons, allowing the crew to travel down to a planet each week without having to go through the expense of building shuttle sets. Yet, despite that, there haven't been that many episodes exploring the nature of the technology.

This episode is one of the first of the Next Generation's sixth season, which would also feature Relics and another life-saving use of the transporter. A strong episode overall and another look into Barclay's many, many neuroses.

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  • The Ace : In his Voyager holoprogram, Barclay is the most popular and talented man on the ship, and everyone wants to be his friend. Holographic Janeway even defers to him on command decisions.
  • Artistic License – Medicine : During the celebration at the end of the episode the Doctor shares with the crew private information about Barclay's medical history from his records, a huge violation of medical ethics.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed : When Harkins rigs the holographic Voyager to explode, Reg chooses to deactivate the program and surrender rather than see the ship and crew destroyed.
  • Call-Back : The holodeck reproduces the last known images of the Voyager crew, so as a result, Chakotay and Torres are in Maquis gear and Janeway, of course, rocks the Bun Of Steel once more.
  • Reg Barclay and Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation appear in this episode. Additionally, there are passing mentions of Picard, Riker, Geordi, and Data.
  • Deep Space Nine gets a brief mention as Barclay attempts to explain his plan to his boss.
  • In-Universe , Reg names his cat Neelix.
  • Continuity Nod : In addition to frequent references to Barclay's holo-addiction, his transporter-phobia also gets a mention. And Troi briefly cringes when he says that his problems started on the Holodeck, no doubt remembering his depiction of her in " Hollow Pursuits ".
  • Continuity Overlap : Downplayed. This is the first glimpse of the Alpha Quadrant on VOY since the end of Deep Space Nine and the conclusion of the Dominion War. While the War's aftermath is not explicitly acknowledged, it's also not hard to imagine the Pathfinder Project's getting the resources and attention from Command that wouldn't have been possible at the height of the War.
  • Crying Wolf : Harkins refuses to authorize Reg's latest plan to communicate with Voyager , because Barclay's already pitched several other technobabble ideas that were a waste of time and resources.
  • Cutting the Knot : When Cmdr. Harkins fails to shut down Reg's holoprogram remotely, and when the security guards lose track of him inside the Voyager program, he enters the holodeck himself and sets the ship's warp core to overload, knowing that will cause the program to terminate automatically. Harkins: Computer, disengage primary coolant system. Holo-Torres: Are you crazy!? That'll cause a warp core breach! Harkins: Exactly. [shoots her]
  • Determinator : Reg is dead-set on contacting Voyager , no matter the cost to his sanity or career.
  • Dramatic Irony : The Voyager crew feels alone out in the Delta Quadrant, while Barclay is exactly where they want to be, and he feels very lonely himself.
  • Friendship Moment : About to explain this story, Barclay apologizes to Troi for turning a friendly get-together into a counselling session. She says it's fine and to tell the story.
  • Fun with Acronyms : The MIDAS Array, AKA the M utara I nterdimensional D eep-Space-Transponder A rray S ystem.
  • Genius Ditz : Barclay has come up with a revolutionary method for two-way communication across the galaxy, but when he tries to explain it to his superiors he can barely get three words out before stuttering and nervously freezing up .
  • "Get Out of Jail Free" Card : Reg avoids any legal repercussions for his actions thanks to successfully making contact with Voyager and Janeway.
  • Good Versus Good : In the last act, Barclay, who only wants to establish contact with Voyager , is at odds with Harkins and the Starfleet security officers, who are honestly concerned about Barclay's disturbed mental state and his illegal entry into Starfleet HQ.
  • Guile Hero : Klutzy engineer Barclay can't hope to go toe to toe with trained security guards. So he runs into his Voyager holoprogram and uses his knowledge of the ship's layout, help from the holographic crew, and a few tricks with the computer to evade security long enough to send his transmission to the real Voyager .
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment : Just as his Starfleet career is about to hit the skids courtesy of Harkins and Admiral Paris, Reginald Barclay is vindicated forever: Janeway (through static): Starfleet Command! Come in! This is Captain Kathryn Janeway! Do you read me?
  • Here We Go Again! : When she hears that Reg has recreated Voyager and her crew in the institute's holosuite and at times sleeps in a holo- Voyager quarters bed, Deanna fears Reg's holo-addiction has relapsed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice : Reg is willing to sacrifice his own sanity to help Voyager , and then puts his career on the line to make his idea work. Fortunately, it does, and he's a hero.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs : "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the warp core note  kitchen ."
  • Honorary True Companion : The crew dub Reg "the newest member of the Voyager family."
  • How We Got Here : In the opening, Barclay tells Troi that he's been taken off the Pathfinder project. The first three acts show us how that happened.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends : Barclay admits to Troi that his dependence on the holographic Voyager crew stems from loneliness and his lack of real friends on Earth.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes : Not knowing that the former Maquis crewmembers currently wear Starfleet uniforms, Reg's recreations of them feature futuristic leather type outfits as they were wearing during their Maquis period.
  • It Has Only Just Begun : In the end, when they have finally made contact with Voyager , Barclay is sad because he thinks the task is over. But Adm. Paris assures him it is far from over. Adm. Paris: Why the long face, Mr. Barclay? Barclay: Because... because it's over, sir. Adm. Paris: No, Lieutenant. I'd say that Project Voyager is just beginning. Thanks to you.
  • It's Personal : During the briefing Barclay snaps at the other officers, yelling that no one seems to care about rescuing the Voyager crew from the Delta Quadrant. Admiral Paris quickly corrects him on that; Barclay: I think we're forgetting that there are a hundred and fifty people stranded in the Delta Quadrant! Admiral Paris: I have a son on that ship, Lieutenant. I haven't forgotten that fact for a single moment.
  • Misapplied Phlebotinum : The idea of teleporting people through the wormhole is never brought up. They were able to do that with the micro-wormhole they found in " Eye Of The Needle ". Admittedly, Barclay can only keep it open for about ten minutes and he has to find them first, so a mass transport on that scale is out of the question.
  • Moral Luck : By the end of the episode, all of Barclay's inappropriate behavior, from relapsing on his holo-addiction to violating his suspension and breaking into a Starfleet facility, appears to have been forgotten because his latest crazy scheme happens to have worked for a change.
  • No-Sell : Holographic B'Elanna's phaser does nothing to real Starfleet Security goons. Guess Starfleet Command's holodecks have better safety protocols than their starships.
  • Not Helping Your Case : Reg shouts "THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH ME!" after Deanna refuses to vouch for his psychological health.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore : From this episode on, the travels of USS Voyager will have the support of their Starfleet comrades in the Alpha Quadrant.
  • Not What It Looks Like : Every time Deanna and Harkins call out Barclay on his obvious holo-addiction, he insists that it's all work related .
  • Off the Wagon : Barclay is accused of relapsing on his holo-addiction. While he denies this, he does exhibit some of the same behavior (holodeck versions of real people thinking him to be The Ace , his much more assertive and confident attitude inside the program). He's also clearly struggling with his old shyness problems—saying he lost a surrogate family after leaving the Enterprise .
  • Commander Harkins tries to be a kind and encouraging boss to Reg, but his antics in the holodeck force Harkins to relieve him of duty, then sic Starfleet security on him when he breaks into the Pathfinder lab.
  • Admiral Paris is willing to listen to Reg's stammered explanation of how to contact Voyager and even offers Barclay's plan a fair review after he forces his way into the admiral's office. He then decides that Reg's plan is worth trying, and is disappointed to learn that Reg did so without authorization. Of course, when it proves successful, he quickly congratulates Reg.
  • Sadistic Choice : Cmdr. Harkins forces Barclay out of the holodeck in the climax by rigging the holographic Voyager's warp core to explode, forcing Reg to either shut down the program and surrender, or watch the ship and all his holographic friends be vaporized. Harkins: One way or another, Reg, this program's gonna end.
  • Saved by the Awesome : And at the last minute, too. Janeway's voice coming through the comm is very likely why Barclay ended up with praise rather than a court martial.
  • Scars Are Forever : Averted, if downplayed. From the establishing shots of San Francisco, the damage the Breen inflicted towards the end of the Dominion War have been repaired in the months since the end of DS9 .
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! : Reg violates his suspension and breaks into Starfleet Headquarters after hours to try communicating with Voyager .
  • Self-Insert Fic : An in-universe example, since Barclay not only inserts himself into an inaccurate recreation of Voyager , but he makes himself a Marty Stu (particularly a Black Hole Stu ) to boot.
  • Singing in the Shower : Apparently, the only time Neelix doesn't sound completely hopeless at singing is when he's in the sonic shower.
  • So Proud of You : Tom Paris is utterly gobsmacked to hear his father tell him he's proud of him after all these years.
  • Subspace Ansible : The MIDAS Array can send a signal across the galaxy via hyper-subspace, though without knowing where to aim it doesn't help them in contacting Voyager directly until Reg figures out a way to make contact.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending : Reg avoids punishment for misuse of resources because his plan to contact Voyager actually worked; Admiral Paris assigns him to a new "Project Voyager", implied to be focused on discovering a more permanent means of communication and eventually bringing them home, and this boost to his confidence helped Reg have an apparently successful date with his CO's sister-in-law.
  • Technobabble : Barclay: Has it ever occurred to you that a tachyon beam directed at a class B itinerant pulsar could produce enough gravimetric energy to create an artificial singularity? Troi: I can't say it has.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack" : Barclay has a cat called Neelix.
  • Wham Episode : Barclay manages to establish a permanent method of communication between the Federation and Voyager .
  • What the Hell, Hero? : Harkins chews out Barclay for using the lab's holodeck for his fantasy Voyager program while passing it off as work.
  • You Are Not Alone : Starfleet Command emphasizing in their message to the lost Voyager is that they are working to bring them home. It also applies to Reg, who felt he lost a family after leaving the Enterprise but can open up to his new co-workers.
  • Your Favorite : Reg gets Deanna chocolate ice cream. Neelix (the cat) tries to see if it's his favorite as well.
  • Star Trek Voyager S 6 E 9 The Voyager Conspiracy
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  • Star Trek Voyager S 6 E 11 Fair Haven

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Star Trek: Voyager - Episode Guide - Season 6

It’s unfortunate for Star Trek: Voyager that by season 6 its viewing audience had dissolved to essentially only the more passionate devotees, because only here do the scriptwriters feel consistently comfortable with the material and resources available. As the production certainly realized that season 7 would be the final run for Voyager, a sense of getting closer to home of the Federation more directly influencing the Voyager crew’s lives was imparted.

Second-banana Reginald Barclay, along with Next Generation refugee Deanna Troi, gets some quality screen time in Voyager season 6 and some good ol’ Federation-based conspiracies poke up now and again. This season also brings us a re-sendoff for Kes and the seriously underrated classic “Blink of an Eye.” With a fantastic run of a half-dozen episodes at the end of this bunch, season 6 of Voyager could well be its strongest altogether.

1. Equinox, Part II – After unleashing the nucleogenic aliens on Voyager, captain Ransom and the Equinox crew escape with Seven aboard as well as Voyager’s version of the EMH program. As Janeway obsessively and single-mindedly pursues the Equinox, Ransom inversely becomes more humanized and thus regretful about his stunningly immoral stand. ***

2. Survival Instinct – This one’s sort of a cross between the TNG episode “I, Borg” and Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit. Three Borg units who were formerly part of Seven’s unimatrix have become separated from the great collective but remain enslaved to one another’s thoughts. ***

3. Barge of the Dead – When knocked into a coma, B’Elanna finds herself on the titular vehicle and ultimately in Gre’thor, a.k.a. Klingon Hell. It’s not nearly as badass as it sounds. ***

4. Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy – A seriously funny Doctor-centric episode features the EMH’s new penchant for daydreaming. Things go from humorous to hilarious when would-be invaders on a cloaked ship tap into the holographic matrix and believe the Doctor’s over-the-top heroism is real. ****

5. Alice – Alice? Who the f*** is Alice? In short, a shuttlecraft which has some strange telepathic qualities over the easily-obsessable man with a thousand hobbies, Tom Paris. **

6. Riddles – Tuvok is attacked by aliens whose plot is easily solved by Janeway et al, but Tuvok must recover psychically in ways sadly predictable for anyone who’s ever seen such an episode about a Vulcan character. **

7. Dragon’s Teeth – In fleeing an attack, Janeway lands Voyager on an alien planet where hundreds of humanoids are in stasis and hidden from the surface. ***

8. One Small Step – Not dissimilar to a Voyager version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Chakotay, Paris and Seven check out a classic mysterious cloud which contains within bits of the Ares IV, a 22nd-century Mars mission. ***

9. The Voyager Conspiracy – Seven downloads too much information from the Voyager databases and becomes a conspiracist. This one is reminiscent of Twin Peaks, in keeping the viewer’s attention until he/she realizes that there is actually far less below the surface-level story here than he/she thought. **

10. Pathfinder – How do you feel about Reg Barclay and Deanna Troi of TNG? It will directly affect your enjoyment of this episode. In an effort to locate Voyager, Barclay creates holodeck versions of the ship and its crew to help advance his theories. Unfortunately, his superiors believe that Barclay is suffering again from holodeck addiction; of course, if Barclay were merely holo-addicted, this wouldn’t be an episode of Voyager now, would it…? ***

11. Fair Haven – Janeway falls in love with a holodeck program character and … oh, just skip it. *

12. Blink of an Eye – As though to make up for “Fair Haven”, the Voyager production team slated this, one of the single best Voyager episodes, directly thereafter. In a sort of reverse “The Inner Light”, Voyager is trapped in orbit around a planet on which, due to relativistic effects, times progresses tens of thousands of times more slowly. The planet’s entire history is affected by the continuous sight of Voyager for thousands of years until space travel is finally developed. *****

13. Virtuoso – The Doctor becomes an interplanetary celebrity when aliens without music hear him singing. Some good stuff here, but couldn’t the Doctor’s range have been displayed a bit beyond opera? Did not the Qomar appreciate the Beatles as well…? ***

14. Memorial – The title gives away the twist a bit, but if you’ve missed it, what follows is a strange story about an away team of non-favorites (Chakotay, Tom Paris, Harry Kim, Neelix) have flashbacks of a military exercise in which none of them ever participated – and the rest of the crew soon follows. ***

15. Tsunkatse – Can you smell what the Rock is replicating? B’Elanna, Chakotay, Paris and Neelix are huge fans of the ultra-violent combat sport Tsunkatse. It’s all fun and games watching combatants beat each other senseless – until Seven is kidnapped and forced to face off against 24th-century Dwayne Johnson, that is... ***

16. Collective – Chakotay, Kim, Paris and Neelix, a quartet who really should not have pushed their luck after hogging much screen time in the past two episodes, are captured and brought aboard a Borg cube manned by just five drones – all children. Not nearly as unwatchable as it sounds. ****

17. Spirit Folk – As though “Fair Haven” weren’t lame enough and holodeck-centered stories already rife in six years of Voyager, here’s “Spirit Folk.” The people of the quaint Irish town Fair Haven suddenly gain consciousness and … ah, come on. *

18. Ashes to Ashes – A Red Shirt so insignificant her death was not even shown during an episode returns in the body of a Kobali, an alien race that reproduces by genetically altering dead bodies. (How the hell did this species ever evolve in the first place?) And apparently she digs on Harry, which gives Paris another chance to nauseatingly run through the stupid list of Kim’s crushes through the years. **

19. Child's Play – The parents of one of the four Borg children taken aboard Voyager after the events of “Collective”, are found. The usual stuff about arguing where the lad “belongs” precedes a revelation about the boy’s origin. **

20. Good Shepherd – In an effort to prevent them from someday becoming Red Shirts, three, likesay, below-average Starfleet crew members are taken on an away mission with Janeway; naturally, things go south in a hurry. Also, the dude from Rage Against the Machine is in this one! ***

21. Live Fast and Prosper – Three con artists pose as Janeway, Tuvok and Chakotay and start pulling jobs based on Voyager’s ever-burgeoning reputation in the Quadrant. Often quite funny with a couple of nice twists. ****

22. Muse – B’Elanna Torres crash lands (no, really?) and soon “The Away Mission of B’Elanna Torres” is a highly successful play by the Bronze Age culture’s leading poet. Said poet pumps Torres for information to write more scripts while Harry Kim somehow takes two weeks to walk 200 kilometers (124.2 miles). Dude, seriously? Just 14¼ km/8.2 miles a day? Dude, I’m older than you and not as fit as a Starfleet officer and I can do nine miles in three hours. ****

23. Fury – Nobody’s favorite character returns to Voyager in greatly aged form. Obviously carrying some grudge or another, she proceeds to kick a lot of ass and travel four years back in time, so that we get double Kesses (?) as Old Kes attempts to change the past. Tuvok and Janeway solve the complex time-travel paradox in such fashion that we wonder why this kind of answer is deployed more often in the ST universe. Though the ending is well too pat, “Fury” is at least a more proper sendoff episode for Kes – no matter how one feels about her. ***

24. Life Line – More fun with Troi and Barclay! The Federation establishes a method of communicating massive compressed messages to Voyager once a month. So when ol’ Reg informs the Doctor that his creator, Lewis Zimmerman, is dying from a Phage-like disease, he insists that his program be compressed and sent in to help. In a Doctor-style take on TNG’s “Brothers,” Robert Picardo shines. ****

25. The Haunting of Deck Twelve – Finally, Neelix made not insufferable! When the Enterprise must power down for a few hours, Neelix regales the Borg children with a “ghost story” about a mysterious space-dwelling alien which – yep – still haunts Deck Twelve. Good stuff here is sadly missing an- “The End – or is it?” payoff. ****

26. Unimatrix Zero, Part I – Voyager’s producers heap old-fashioned bloody horror onto the pre-existent existential horror that is Borg. Seven discovers Unimatrix Zero, a shared virtual reality entered via dream state. Only a tiny number of “mutant” Borg drones can experience individuality in this manner, but Janeway sets the task of freeing/rescuing these few. Soon, an away team of Janeway, Tuvok and Torres board a Borg cube and are apparently assimilated…****

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Reginald Barclay

Reginald Endicott Barclay III was a human Starfleet officer who served in the 24th century . After serving aboard the USS Enterprise -D and USS Enterprise -E , he worked on Pathfinder Project and was instrumental in getting the USS Voyager home from the Delta Quadrant .

  • 1.1 Early Life and Career
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  • 1.3 Jupiter Station
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  • 1.6 Project: Voyager
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Biography [ ]

Early life and career [ ].

Reginald Endicott Barclay III, son of Reginald Endicott Barclay II and Alicia Barclay , was born in Cleveland , Ohio , USA , on Earth in 2340 .

At the age of 18, Barclay decided not to attend Starfleet Academy and instead took the Master's Degree in Computer Systems at the Daystrom Institute on Earth . Barclay completed his degree in 2362 and was assigned to the USS Zhukov as a systems diagnostic engineer with the rank of lieutenant, junior grade . During his time aboard the Zhukov he was commended for his work by Captain Neil Gleason , but his reclusive behavior was also noted. ( TNG video game : Starship Creator )

Prior to being assigned a post, Barclay considered applying for a position at Federation observation posting on Iomides , considering the planet's stage in history was interesting, though instead decided to be assigned to the Enterprise -D. ( TNG novel : The Death of Princes )

Aboard the Enterprise -D [ ]

After serving for four years aboard the Zhukov , Barclay was transferred to the Enterprise -D in 2366 to serve on Geordi La Forge 's staff as a diagnostics engineer . However, Barclay's reclusive behavior soon caught the attention of the Enterprise crew and some crewmen gave him the nickname " Broccoli "; although he prefers-and answers to-"Reg". Attempts to bring Barclay out of his shell by La Forge and Counselor Deanna Troi revealed that Barclay had a case of holodiction , which meant that he was living inside his fantasies on the holodeck . His holodiction was soon cured, following repeated counseling sessions with Troi. But, Reg still had a knack for assisting crewmembers (and their families) with programming holodeck scenarios. ( TNG episode : " Hollow Pursuits ", SCE eBook : Enigma Ship , TNG episode : " A Fistful of Datas ")

By 2367 , Barclay's confidence began to grow so much that he enrolled in Beverly Crusher 's acting workshop aboard the Enterprise and had several starring roles including Cyrano de Bergerac . A few months later, Barclay's IQ was increased by the Cytherians , as part of their plan to make first contact with the Federation . ( TNG episode : " The Nth Degree ")

By 2368 , Barclay had relapsed slightly and was visiting the holodeck once a week. He was running the Deanna Troi "I am the goddess of the mind" program when Admiral William T. Riker appeared from the future in order to save Troi's life. Riker told Barclay that he was a holodeck failsafe, built to monitor the types of programs that Barclay was using. Barclay then canceled all of his programs and never used the holodeck (recreationally) on the Enterprise again. He did run holodeck maintenance for the rest of his service, aboard the ship. ( TNG novel : Imzadi , TNG episode : " Ship in a Bottle ")

Despite his growing confidence, Barclay still had some neuroses. In 2369 , Barclay believed he had developed transporter psychosis and was afraid to travel by transporter , but his fear subsided when he used the transporter to rescue the crew of the USS Yosemite . Barclay was also a frequent visitor to sickbay with various illnesses he learned about from the Starfleet Medical Journal . In 2370 , Barclay's name was added to the Journal in the form of Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome that had devolved the Enterprise {'}s crew. ( TNG episodes : " Realm of Fear ", " Genesis ")

Later that year, Captain Picard ordered Barclay to lead his first away team aboard the shuttlecraft Hawking to install a new generator core in a space station in the Tarvo system . However, Barclay and his team soon end up fighting for their lives in a Vorel trap. ( TNG short story : " The Naked Truth ")

Jupiter Station [ ]

In late 2370 , Barclay transferred to Jupiter Station to work under Doctor Lewis Zimmerman on the Emergency Medical Hologram project. While at the station, Barclay also taught classes on warp dynamics to Starfleet Academy cadets who were assigned to the station. ( VOY episode : " Projections ", TOS - Strange New Worlds II short story : " Doctors Three ", TNG novel : The Best and the Brightest )

Return to the Enterprise -D [ ]

In 2370 , Barclay had transferred back to the Enterprise -D, where he was assigned when it visited Deep Space 9 for a talk with the Klingon Empire . Barclay worked with LaForge on a problem about a warp coil modification; Barclay's suggestion, that would improve the coil by 6%, excited LaForge. After the talks he was sitting at Quark's with Ensigns Sutter and Dem , and Barclay was lost in his thought when Worf called him to the table where Captain Picard was sitting with High Chancellor Gowron . Gowron was narrating the story of Pok to display the values of Klingon culture and needed some human unfamiliar with it; Gowron was convinced when Barclay, who was terrified with the Klingon's presence, failed to recognise the purpose of his D'k tahg . ( TNG novel : Klingon )

In 2371 Barclay was present on the Enterprise when Admiral Leonard McCoy came aboard and wrested command from, and subsequently relinquished command to Captain Picard. Captain Picard soon after took the ship into Romulan space on a rescue mission to retrieve his senior officers, who had been captured in a failed attempt to retrieve Captain Montgomery Scott , who had, in turn, been captured in a failed attempt to retrieve Ambassador Spock . ( TNG novel : Crossover )

Aboard the Enterprise -E [ ]

Barclay was assigned to the newly launched USS Enterprise -E in 2372 . In that year, he worked closely with Lieutenant Padraig Daniels and his team from the Division of Planetary Operations to set up a system on the Enterprise to scan Federation ships and installations for signs of a Dominion explosive device, following the bombing of the Antwerp Conference . ( TNG - Slings and Arrows eBook : The Oppressor's Wrong )

In 2373, he helped rebuild the Phoenix in 2063 following a Borg attack. ( TNG movie : Star Trek: First Contact )

Shortly after returning to their own time, Barclay was ill-at-ease with everything that happened. Riker believed he would ask for a transfer off the ship and take on a less exciting assignment for a while. ( TNG novel : Rogue )

In 2375, Barclay helped deal with the Gemworld Crisis on the Enterprise -E shortly after the Dominion War ended. ( TNG novel : Gemworld )

Project: Voyager [ ]

In 2375 , Barclay began work on the Pathfinder Project . He helped bring its first success with the MIDAS Array in 2376 , and he continued to be involved with the program until 2377 when Voyager returned from the Delta Quadrant. ( VOY episodes : " Pathfinder ", " Life Line ", " Inside Man ", " Endgame ")

Return to the Enterprise -E [ ]

In 2380 , he temporarily replaced Geordi La Forge as chief engineer during the Exomorph crisis. ( TNG video game : Elite Force II )

First Splinter timeline [ ]

Uss galen [ ].

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The Galen was fitted with a quantum slipstream drive and assigned to Project Full Circle , a Starfleet expeditionary force sent to explore the Delta Quadrant . In 2381 Barclay was assigned to the USS Galen . ( VOY novel : Full Circle )

USS Challenger [ ]

As of 2382 , Barclay was involved in a transporter project designed to transport a living person over long distances via the Pathfinder Project . He held the record for longest distance transport when Montgomery Scott ordered that Barclay be reassigned to the Starfleet Corps of Engineers USS Challenger as a mission specialist during the investigation of the derelict Intrepid . After the vessel was hijacked by Berlinghoff Rasmussen and Bok , Barclay was instrumental in returning the crew to the Challenger . When his friend Geordi La Forge was named Captain of the Challenger following Captain Scott's retirement, Barclay agreed to remain aboard as chief of operations . During his first mission as such, the Challenger investigated the new form of technology known as trans-slipstream and was transported to NGC-4414 along with the rescued crew of the IRW Stormcrow . Teamed with Romulan engineer Voktra (of whom he developed a romantic interest), the two worked to find a way to escape from the region and participated in an away mission to the derelict USS Hera . Following the destruction of the Challenger in order for the crew to return home, Barclay returned to Jupiter Station where he expected to be returned to the Voyager fleet in the Delta Quadrant. He also had proposed to Starfleet an increased Romulan presence in exploration missions, which Voktra also proposed to her government. ( TNG novel : Indistinguishable from Magic )

Return to the USS Galen [ ]

Galen was still active in the Delta Quadrant as part of Voyager's fleet by 2385 . In November , Data , Shakti and Commander La Forge contacted Galen to discuss duplicating the Doctor's mobile emitter . Barclay, back on Galen , was happy to see his formerly dead friend Data resurrected. The Doctor confirmed the mobile emitter was non-replicable. ( TNG novel : The Light Fantastic )

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  • TNG novel : Planet X

External link [ ]

  • Reginald Barclay article at Memory Alpha , the wiki for canon Star Trek .
  • Reginald Barclay article at the Star Trek Timelines Wiki .
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  • 3 Wesley Crusher

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Rachel Garrett: Star Trek’s Most Tragic Enterprise Captain Explained

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  • Tricia O'Neill played multiple Star Trek characters, including the memorable Captain Rachel Garrett in TNG.
  • She auditioned for other TNG roles before landing the captain role, showcasing her dedication to appearing in Star Trek.
  • O'Neill also portrayed a Klingon scientist in TNG and a Cardassian spy in DS9, highlighting her versatility.

Best known for playing Captain Rachel Garrett in Star Trek: The Next Generation , Tricia O'Neill has actually played three characters in the Star Trek franchise. An actress with a prolific career as a stage performer and TV guest star, Tricia O'Neill has appeared in hit 1980s TV shows like Dynasty , Murder, She Wrote , and The A-Team . When O'Neill later appeared in two episodes of TNG , she didn't have any scenes with her former A-Team co-star Dwight Schultz as Lt. Reginald Barclay . However, Tricia O'Neill did share scenes with her The Fall Guy co-star, Marc Alaimo, in her one-and-only appearance in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine .

Interestingly, Tricia O'Neill was considered to play the recurring Star Trek: DS9 character , Kai Opaka in season 1, but the role went to Camille Saviola instead . Perhaps because O'Neill was so recognizable as the captain of the USS Enterprise-C, it was decided that a Bajoran nose ridge wouldn't be enough to hide Kai Opaka's physical resemblance to Captain Rachel Garrett. This could also be the reason why Tricia O'Neill's subsequent roles after Star Trek: The Next Generation season 3, episode 15, "Yesterday's Enterprise", required heavy alien prosthesis .

Rachel Garrett was the first female captain of the starship Enterprise, whose tragic fate secured a peaceful future for Star Trek's Federation.

Captain Rachel Garrett in "Yesterday's Enterprise"

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Tricia O'Neill played the first female captain of the starship Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation season 3, episode 15, "Yesterday's Enterprise". Captain Rachel Garrett was the captain of the USS Enterprise-C, which was lost in battle defending a Klingon colony from Romulan attack. When the starship fell through a temporal anomaly and caused a dark alternate timeline, Garrett and her crew bravely make the decision to sacrifice themselves by returning to the past to meet their fate. Garrett was briefly honored with the Red Lady statue in Star Trek: Picard season 3, until it was destroyed by terrorists.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation is the third installment in the sci-fi franchise and follows the adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew members of the USS Enterprise. Set around one hundred years after the original series, Picard and his crew travel through the galaxy in largely self-contained episodes exploring the crew dynamics and their own political discourse. The series also had several overarching plots that would develop over the course of the isolated episodes, with four films released in tandem with the series to further some of these story elements.

According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion , Tricia O'Neill had been a big Star Trek fan prior to being cast as Captain Garrett. This is presumably why, in an interview with , O'Neill states that she'd auditioned for a handful of TNG roles prior to "Yesterday's Enterprise" . It was those auditions that ultimately led to the TNG team calling Tricia O'Neill and outright offering her the role of Captain Rachel Garrett. In the same interview, O'Neill reflected on the experience of being captain of the Enterprise, saying:

"Everything becomes very real and, if you let go of not believing, you can sail right into a whole world. Sitting in that chair as captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, that’s who I was for a week or so. It was an extraordinary experience."

Kacey Rohl has been cast as a younger Rachel Garrett in the upcoming streaming-exclusive movie, Star Trek: Section 31 .

Kurak in "Suspicions"

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Tricia O'Neill returned to Star Trek: The Next Generation , although audiences would be forgiven for not recognizing her. In Star Trek: TNG season 6, episode 22, "Suspicions", O'Neill played a Klingon warp field specialist, Kurak, who had been invited aboard the USS Enterprise-D to observe a metaphasic shield test. Kurak is a fascinating character, who provides insight into how Klingon scientists are regarded in the wider Star Trek universe. Watching her scenes in "Suspicions", it's clear that Tricia O'Neill relishes the chance to play such a complex character; a great scientist that also has the fiery temper of a Klingon warrior .

Discussing the role with back in 2013, Tricia O'Neill reflected on these conflicting aspects of Kurak's character. It was clear that the role of a Klingon scientist was something that greatly appealed to O'Neill, despite the hours spent in make-up to become Kurak. Read Tricia O'Neill's quote below:

" The makeup was difficult, but once I saw it, it was such a support to believe the world, to get into character [....] I knew the difficulty this particular Klingon was involved in because she was advancing. She had the great weight on her shoulders of being intelligent, of being a scientist, and she was crossing barriers. But she was still a Klingon, so she was very… not savage, but physical..."

Star Trek: The Next Generation produced some of the best and most beloved science fiction television of all time. Here is TNG's best of the best.

Korinas in "Defiant"

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Having appeared together in an episode of The Fall Guy , Tricia O'Neill reunited with Marc Alaimo in Star Trek: DS9 for the season 3 episode, "Defiant". O'Neill played Korinas, a member of the Obsidian Order, who was assigned to observe Commander Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) and Gul Dukat (Alaimo) as they led the search for the stolen USS Defiant. It was revealed that Tricia O'Neill's DS9 character had a lot to lose if the rogue Thomas Riker (Jonathan Frakes) unearthed the Obsidian Order's plans to build a new fleet of Cardassian warships.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, also known as DS9, is the fourth series in the long-running Sci-Fi franchise, Star Trek. DS9 was created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller, and stars Avery Brooks, René Auberjonois, Terry Farrell, and Cirroc Lofton. This particular series follows a group of individuals in a space station near a planet called Bajor.

Having previously played a Klingon in Star Trek , Tricia O'Neill was still surprised by the oppressive feeling of the Cardassian make-up required to play Korinas. In her interview, O'Neill revealed that it was " hard breathing " in the " rigid " Cardassian costume. However, despite this, Tricia O'Neill turns in an engaging performance as the enigmatic Cardassian spy, further proving the versatility she's shown as an actor throughout her career before and since Star Trek: The Next Generation .


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The 10 Best Ferengi Episodes Of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Ranked

Armin Shimerman in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" is unlike any other "Star Trek" series, diverging from franchise creator Gene Roddenberry's vision after his death  and digging into stories and characters that were more morally gray than the original series or "Star Trek: The Next Generation." "Deep Space Nine" took place on board the space station Deep Space Nine, located in a key position near the freshly liberated planet of Bajor and a newly discovered wormhole to another quadrant of the universe. Several seasons are occupied with the Dominion War , forcing "Star Trek" to contend with concepts like terrorism, torture, and more, making it one of the darkest of all of the "Trek" shows. Thankfully, however, the show also has a secret comedy card: the Ferengi.

The big-eared, bulbous headed aliens obsessed with capitalism were something of a bad stereotype in the franchise until "Deep Space Nine," where they finally got a chance to shine and correct earlier missteps by making the Ferengi more complex. It paid off incredibly well, with several Ferengi characters becoming fan favorites by the series' end, especially begrudgingly empathetic bar owner Quark (Armin Shimerman). As a result, there are quite a few great episodes centered around the Ferengi and their various misadventures, and I have collected and ranked the 10 best for your enjoyment. Honorable mentions include "Looking for Par'Mach in All the Wrong Places," "Who Mourns for Morn," and "In the Cards," which are all fantastic episodes but weren't  quite as Ferengi-focused as the ones that made the cut. Without further ado, please insert your latinum to the left and let's check out the best Ferengi episodes on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine!"

10. Prophet Motive

Throughout "Deep Space Nine," Quark has a complicated relationship with Grand Nagus Zek (Wallace Shawn), the supreme leader of the Ferengi people, but things get their absolute weirdest in the season 3 episode "Prophet Motive." In the episode, Zek reveals to Quark and his brother Rom (Max Grodénchik) that he is changing the Rules of Acquisition and completely turning Ferengi culture on its head, embracing kindness and sharing — not exactly well-known Ferengi traits. He even tells a customer of Quark's how to get the item he's trying to sell her at wholesale, which is pretty much a Ferengi hate-crime. It turns out that he found one of the Bajoran prayer orbs and the prophets changed him, so Quark decides to take Zek into the wormhole to confront the prophets directly.

The prophets are basically gods who exist outside of linear time, so having the Ferengi, who are basically just greedy "Star Trek" hobbits, go to confront them is absolutely hilarious. The prophets aren't particularly impressed with the Ferengi and it takes some serious sweet-talking on Quark's part to not be changed the same way Zek was. Instead the prophets "fix" Zek and kick Quark and his ship back out into the Alpha quadrant and tell them not to ever come back, like some unruly house guests no longer welcome at a party. It's  really funny and gives the prophets the chance to be something other than just frustratingly mysterious.

9. The House of Quark

Quark has to be good at talking his way out of trouble ... because his mouth so frequently get him into trouble. When he's not working on various get-rich-quick schemes or ways to smuggle illegal goods through a Federation station, he's lusting after women that are totally out of his league and pretty dangerous for him to be around. Quark loves a feisty woman, and perhaps his most intense romance was with Grilka (Mary Kay Adams). After Quark accidentally kills her husband in a bar fight and then claims to have done it on purpose, he is tasked with marrying Grilka and taking over her Klingon house. That goes about as well as one might expect, since Quark is not exactly up to Klingon social standards.

In the end, Quark ends up saving Grilka and her house in a very Ferengi way, using his wits and knowledge of finances to figure out that Grilka's rival house has been stealing from her, which is a real Klingon no-no. Quark ends up divorced from Grilka but they stay friendly, and he eventually tries to woo her for real a few seasons later in "Looking for Par'Mach in All the Wrong Places." Who doesn't love a Ferengi-Klingon episode? That's a match made in "Star Trek" heaven.

8. Family Business

In the season 3 episode "Family Business," three great recurring characters were introduced for the first time, and two of them are Ferengi. (The third is freighter captain Kasidy Yates, played by Penny Johnson Jerald, who eventually goes on to marry Captain Sisko.) In the episode, Rom and Quark are tasked with returning to the Ferengi home planet of Ferenginar because their mother, Ishka, has been charged with the crime of earning a profit while female. It's the first appearance of Ishka, played by Andrea Martin, though in future episodes she would be played by Cecily Adams, and she's a hilarious blessing of a character. Ishka is a brilliant financial mind who wears clothes (Ferengi women are supposed to stay nude) and resists the gendered rules of her society, and that drives Quark absolutely up a wall.

The episode also introduces Jeffrey Combs' character Brunt, who works as a liquidator for the Ferengi Commerce Authority and has it out for Quark and his family. Combs has played a ton of "Star Trek" characters over the years, but as Brunt he gets the chance to be a part of the greater ridiculous Ferengi family, and he's terrific. "Family Business" is great for finally showing us Ferenginar and introducing Ishka and Brunt, but there's another episode that gives them even more to do and it's wonderful.

7. Ferengi Love Songs

Quark can be pretty selfish, and in "Ferengi Love Songs," he puts his own happiness and success before his mother's when it's revealed that she's having a romantic affair with Zek and Quark does everything in his power to drive a wedge between them. The episode introduces Adams as Ishka, better known as "Moogie," taking over the role from Martin. Ishka is a sassy, self-assured woman who ends up being the brains behind the throne, so to speak, helping Zek to right Ferengi finances and become more competitive throughout the universe. When Quark gets in the way, it ends up being disastrous not only for Moogie and Zek but for all of Ferenginar, and he soon realizes that he needs to give his mother a lot more credit than he has before.

The episode is one of the best comedic episodes in all of "Star Trek," with several great moments involving people either hiding in Quark's closet or using it as a place to teleport, leading to some sci-fi sitcom-esque hijinks. Adams and Shawn are fantastic together, calling one another pet names and nuzzling their prosthetic-covered noses, and it's hard not to root for their romance. It's rare to see love between elderly couples on TV, let alone elderly aliens with bulbous heads, making "Ferengi Love Songs" as refreshing as it is funny.

6. Body Parts

"Deep Space Nine" is unique among "Star Trek" shows in that it forces characters who otherwise wouldn't interact to live in the same space station. Quark is, arguably, the greatest character in the franchise because he provides a totally different lens through which to view humanity and the Federation. His episodes run the gamut from zany and irreverent to much more serious fare, and in the episode "Body Parts," we get to see who he really is when things go horribly, horribly wrong. When Ferengi die, they have their ashes pressed into collectible coins to be sold to the highest bidder, and when Quark discovers that he is terminally ill, he begins the bidding. Unfortunately, the medical tests were wrong and Quark isn't going to die, but he's already sold his remains to an anonymous bidder who turns out to be his nemesis, Brunt. He either has to kill himself and fulfill the contract or break it, which will lead to him being cut off from all of Ferengi society and forfeiting all of his assets.

He ends up deciding to live even though it goes against everything he's ever believed, and in the end all of his friends aboard Deep Space Nine help him by replenishing his supplies and helping him to restore his business. Even though Quark thinks he's lost all of his assets, Rom informs him that he's richer than he ever knew because of his friendships. It's a moment that shows how much Quark has grown and changed on account of being surrounded by filthy hu-mans, and it shows how much the people around him have changed too, growing to love the fiscally finicky Ferengi.

5. It's Only a Paper Moon

Not all Ferengi episodes are funny or full of warm and fuzzy feelings. The season 7 episode "It's Only a Paper Moon" follows Nog (Aron Eisenberg), Rom's son and Quark's nephew, after he loses his leg in battle during the Siege of AR-558 and is subsequently stricken with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After years of hard work to become a Starfleet officer, he becomes unable to cope with what happened on AR-558 and seeks solace in the holodeck. He spends all of his time in a well-loved program that hosts Vegas lounge singer Vic Fontaine (James Darren), trying to escape reality through Vic's music and the glittering false world. It's tough to believe that one of the best episodes in all of "Deep Space Nine" features a Ferengi who we were introduced to as a child character and a hologram, but "It's Only a Paper Moon" is truly an all-timer.

Originally, the plan was for Nog to lose both legs , but that was just a bit too much. Even then, "It's Only a Paper Moon" is heart-wrenching stuff that deals with the horrors of war in a very personal way. Eisenberg's performance is nuanced and exquisite even beneath all of those layers of prosthetic makeup, and the episode is even more poignant following the actor's death in 2019. If you can watch "It's Only a Paper Moon" without crying, you might be a Vulcan or a Borg.

4. Little Green Men

Time travel episodes in "Star Trek" can be hit-or-miss, but the season 4 "Deep Space Nine" episode "Little Green Men" is a total blast. After being gifted a shuttle by his cousin Gaila, Quark takes Rom and Nog to Earth so that Nog can enroll in Starfleet Academy. Of course, he also does a bit of illegal smuggling in the process to make things profitable, and that illicit cargo helps send the Ferengi back in time to Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. The shapeshifting Constable Odo (René Auberjonois) also comes along, as he hid aboard the shuttle to spy on Quark. The Ferengi crash land and end up waking up in a government facility and Quark sets about trying to swindle humanity as quickly as possible once Rom gets their universal translators fixed. Odo ends up convincing them not to change the timeline or alter Earth's history any more than they already have, though Quark has to really fight against his worst instincts. 

"Little Green Men" is great because it's not just fun "Star Trek" but fun science-fiction, positing that the little green men with big heads and beady eyes associated with the purported Roswell crash were actually Ferengi from 24th century. Not only that, but it's also an episode that forces Odo and Quark to work together, which is always pure gold. "Little Green Men" isn't groundbreaking, but it is a seriously good time. 

3. Rules of Acquisition

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Ferengi society throughout "Deep Space Nine" is the way it evolves, especially when it comes to the treatment of women (or "females," as Quark and co. are prone to calling them). Ferengi culture is deeply sexist, forcing its women to stay home, naked. The only men they are allowed to talk to are members of their own immediate family, and they're not allowed to hold jobs or earn profit. While Ishka eventually made major changes to the status quo when she started dating Zek, another Ferengi woman first shook things up in the season 2 episode "Rules of Acquisition."

Pel (Helene Udy) is a Ferengi woman pretending to be a man, wearing prosthetic ears over her own. She works for Quark and falls in love with him, eventually confessing her secret to Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell). When Quark discovers her true identity, he is shocked but actually tries to help her, offering her money so she can leave and start a new life. (Sure, it would protect him from the punishment of doing business with a Ferengi woman as well, but he could have thrown her under the bus just as easily.) Quark has feelings for Pel but can't accept them, and though Zek learns the truth, Quark still defends her. Pel ends up starting a new life in the Gamma Quadrant and we never see her again, but she made a lasting impact on Quark, who would develop newfound empathy and become a much better man in time.

2. Bar Association

While Quark learns to be more flexible in his dealings with women, he has a much harder time when it comes to his hardcore capitalist leanings. He treats his employees terribly, even his brother Rom, which leads to poor Rom collapsing at work with an ear infection. In the infirmary, Dr. Bashir (Alexander Siddig) suggests that Rom form a union, something that's extremely illegal among the Ferengi. Rom does it, taking advice from Miles O'Brien (Colm Meaney), who tells him about his ancestor who wasn't "just a great man, he was a union man." Rom and the rest of Quark's employees unionize and go on strike, leading to just about everyone boycotting his establishment. The episode gives Rom a chance to really shine, which is great because he's a truly unusual Ferengi man. He's sensitive and caring and in touch with his feminine side, and is more interested in doing the right thing than he is in making profit. (He even gives up all of his wealth when he marries a Bajoran woman, something that's absolutely unheard of.)

The episode doesn't have the same kind of dramatic tension that became the standard on "Deep Space Nine," but the interpersonal character relationships are stellar and it shows that Ferengi are still individuals who can shirk tradition. Despite Brunt showing up and giving Quark a hard time, the bar owner eventually relents and gives his employees raises and time off, as long as they pretend like he "won" to save face with the Commerce Authority. The best part is that Rom ends up taking a job in engineering, realizing his own worth and giving himself a fresh start.

1. The Magnificent Ferengi

What do you get when you task a group of ragtag Ferengi with a hostage rescue mission against the Dominion? You get "The Magnificent Ferengi," an absolute joy of an episode that sees Quark assemble a team of crooks and relatives to rescue Ishka after she's taken hostage. They end up doing a hostage trade, turning over a Vorta named Keevan (Christopher Shea) in exchange for Ishka on an abandoned Cardassian station that looks just like Deep Space Nine. The only problem is that they accidentally kill Keevan before they can do the exchange, and they're surrounded by an army of Jem'hadar under the command of a Vorta named Yelgrun (played by punk icon Iggy Pop). As such, they end up pulling a "Weekend at Bernie's" by rigging electrodes to Keevan that Nog can control via remote, forcing his body to walk. It's  really funny, and while the episode is about as deep as a kiddie pool, it's a much-needed respite from the bleak Dominion War episodes that dominate the later seasons of "Deep Space Nine."

"The Magnificent Ferengi" has it all: Quark being savvy, Nog saving the day, a whole bunch of great in-fighting among the Ferengi, a reanimated Vorta corpse, and some brilliant moments. Keevan's last words might be "I hate Ferengi," but this episode should help anyone who watches fall in love with them.

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Realm Of Fear (episode)

  • 1.2 Act One
  • 1.3 Act Two
  • 1.4 Act Three
  • 1.5 Act Four
  • 1.6 Act Five
  • 2 Memorable quotes
  • 3.1 Production history
  • 3.2 Story and script
  • 3.3 Production
  • 3.4 Continuity
  • 3.6 Reception
  • 3.7 Video and DVD releases
  • 4.1 Starring
  • 4.2 Also starring
  • 4.3 Guest stars
  • 4.4 Co-stars
  • 4.5 Uncredited co-stars
  • 4.6 Stand-ins
  • 4.7 References
  • 4.8 External links

Summary [ ]

The USS Enterprise -D responds to the stricken vessel USS Yosemite . The crew of the Yosemite all have disappeared and due to its proximity to a plasma streamer, the only way to get there safely is by bridging the transporter systems of the two ships. As the away team prepares to beam over one by one, Transporter Chief O'Brien informs each of them that due to disturbances in the plasma field , they may be experiencing problems during transportation. When Lieutenant Barclay hears this, he becomes very nervous and refuses to transport over, rushing out of the transporter room soon after Worf , Riker , and Doctor Crusher all have beamed over to the Yosemite .

Act One [ ]

Barclay, who is experiencing some form of transporter phobia , speaks to Counselor Troi in her office about his troubles and she introduces him to a Betazoid relaxation technique known as plexing . However, completely unconvinced and still tapping himself on the neck as he walks out the door he returns to the transporter room, preparing himself for the ride. He's comforted a little by O'Brien, who tells him about his fear of spiders , which he conquered by crawling through a Jefferies tube past twenty Talarian hook spiders , to repair a damaged emitter array on Zayra IV .

On the Yosemite , there's no sign of survivors, yet the escape pods are all in place and the transporter is functional. Dr. Crusher finds a body, ship's engineer Joshua Kelly . When Barclay finally materializes on the Yosemite , Lieutenant Commander La Forge asks him to download the ship's science logs. They collect fragments from a broken container and the body for further analysis on the Enterprise .

Meanwhile, Picard communicates with Admiral Hayes , who mentions Ferengi allegations of Cardassian destruction of two freighters and is concerned that, if the Yosemite was attacked as well, it would signal large-scale movements in the sector.

The landing party then beams back to the Enterprise . During transport, Barclay has an awful vision of a worm-like creature swimming around in the matter stream and touching his arm. He steps off of the transporter pad nervous and shaking after O'Brien tells him it wasn't so bad.

Act Two [ ]

Barclay is in engineering with La Forge while they try putting the logs together. Seeing them too badly damaged, La Forge turns to the broken sample container for clues. Plagued by what he saw, however, he asks La Forge if he had ever seen anything unusual while he was being transported. La Forge says he hasn't. Barclay then tells La Forge of his recent experience and La Forge has the transporter undergo a full diagnostic.

In the transporter room, despite the exhaustive diagnostic of all subsystems and La Forge's and O'Brien's insistence that " transporting really is the safest way to travel ", Barclay marvels at the job the transporters do consistently without accidents, but also how easy they are to occur . He thinks back to his Transporter Theory classes at Starfleet Academy taught by Doctor Olafson . The empirical evidence of only a couple accidents in the past ten years is hard to argue with, however. Barclay brings up transporter psychosis , too, but there hasn't been a case of that in the past fifty years since the perfection of multiplex pattern buffers.

Barclay's arm glows in Ten Forward

Barclay starting to glow

In sickbay , Dr. Crusher and Nurse Ogawa examine Kelly's body and determine that it isn't alive, but residual ionization causes muscular activity. The heart starts beating, so Crusher quickly tries a cardio-stimulator , but the activity disappears. Then, neuro-electric activity in the cerebral cortex is detected, then gone. He breathes, then it's gone.

Barclay goes to Ten Forward to try to relax, but then finds his left arm glowing blue like during the transporter. Something must be wrong and he leaves.

Act Three [ ]

Barclay goes to his quarters, drinking lots of water and even going so far as to diagnose himself with transporter psychosis after asking the computer in his quarters for causes and symptoms from the Starfleet Medical Database . Barclay ascribes his symptoms, especially hallucinations , to his transporter psychosis but keeps quiet about it.

In the observation lounge , Crusher reports her findings, and they suspect that the ship's crew decided to beam aboard a container of plasma from the matter in the streamer which exploded. La Forge and Data go to engineering to examine the container, and find the residual ionization that Dr. Crusher found on the body. Data suggests to re-create the beam-in.

At the end of the conversation, Data and La Forge notice Barclay's preoccupation and La Forge asks him to get some rest. He also asks Counselor Troi to check on him, who then relieves him of duty temporarily when she finds him pacing the corridors and being agitated. However, while trying to sleep in his quarters, he finds his arm glowing again.

Act Four [ ]

Reginald Barclay in the observation lounge with senior staff

" Let me get this straight, you think this thing was alive? "

Barclay decides to take action and goes to the transporter room, ordering O'Brien there very early in the morning . He tells a tired O'Brien that La Forge wanted him to conduct a scan inside the matter stream with a tricorder to obtain readings on the fluctuations. O'Brien informs Barclay that they could do that simply from the transporter console . Barclay says that the sensors may not be sensitive enough and pulls rank on O'Brien, ordering him to do it. O'Brien dutifully follows his orders but tells Barclay that he forgot to bring a tricorder with him. He grimaces and asks the chief that he needs to know if there is something in the stream or if he is going crazy. O'Brien understands and initiates transport. Barclay, inside the matter stream, sees the creature again, and upon materializing, tells O'Brien to wake the senior staff immediately.

In the observation lounge, Barclay reports to the senior staff what has been going on with him and what he saw. Picard orders another diagnostic on the transporter system and asks Worf to initiate a level 3 security alert. Dr. Crusher also wants to run a micro-cellular scan on him, which does confirm the residual ionization like on Lieutenant Kelly's body and the sample container. Barclay is convinced re-creating the beam-in of the material will shed light, and Riker agrees.

Data and La Forge beam in experiment from the Yosemite

Data and La Forge in engineering

They attempt to recreate conditions on the Yosemite . They first take the precaution of setting up a force field around the container. A sample of the plasma streamer is beamed aboard the Enterprise successfully, however, while running a resonance frequency scan, it explodes, though the explosion is contained within the force field. La Forge also detects highly complex patterns of biomagnetic energy. Barclay suddenly collapses, and La Forge and Data rush to him. When they turn him over, they see that multiple parts of his body are now glowing.

Act Five [ ]

Barclay saves a Yosemite crewmember

Barclay saving a crewmember from the Yosemite

In sickbay, La Forge and Data tells Barclay the plasma is full of quasi-energy microbes, who disliked the scan and thus made the sample container explode. Dr. Crusher discovers some of the microbes from the Yosemite have gotten into Barclay's bloodstream during transport back to the Enterprise and this is what has been causing his symptoms. La Forge and O'Brien decide the transporter could be used, once proper adjustments were made, to filter the microbes from Barclay's body while holding him in a stasis.

In the transporter room, they run the process. Once Barclay is inside the beam, he sees the creatures again. Suddenly Barclay seizes one of the creatures in his arms and doesn't let go. When he rematerializes, he has another person in his grasp, one of the Yosemite crew members. Barclay tells Worf and his security team that there are three more crew members caught in the beam and instructs them how to save the rest of them. Barclay explains to La Forge and Crusher that he realized the crew of the Yosemite was also trying to cleanse themselves of the quasi-energy microbes, which the Yosemite crewman confirms. Lieutenant Kelly had tried to program the biofilter but pushed molecular dispersion past the integrity point, trapping them; Barclay speculates that residual energy from the plasma streamer had amplified the charge in the buffer sufficiently to prevent their patterns from degrading. Worf and the security team then return with three other members of the Yosemite crew.

O'Brien meets Barclay at Ten Forward, and shows him his pet Lycosa tarantula , whom he adopted and named Christina after getting over his arachnophobia. The chief remarks that he almost stepped on her when he discovered her on Titus IV .

He gets up to grab some drinks, while the tarantula crawls up Barclay's arm, who is nervously waiting for O'Brien to return…

Memorable quotes [ ]

" I'm sorry, I just can't do this! "

" I know, it sounds crazy, but… " " It's not crazy at all. You are being taken apart molecule by molecule. "

" I'm going to beam over there. I can do it! "

" See, sir? That wasn't so bad, was it? "

" Reg, transporting really is the safest way to travel. "

" Commander La Forge said you seemed a little nervous this morning." " I'm always nervous. Everybody knows that."

(Gentle ocean and bird noises playing) " Mmm… computer, more birds." (Loud squawking) (More frustrated) " End stress reduction program. Water." " Specify temperature." " I don't care! Just give me water!"

" Chief." " Lieutenant. Glad you could make it. You know, I think this is the first time we've ever spoken outside of the transporter room." " Well, to be honest, I've always avoided you." " Why?" " Because you run the transporters, and I hate the transporters. At least, I used to."

" Uh, Chief? "

Background information [ ]

Production history [ ].

  • Final draft script: 15 July 1992 [1]
  • Premiere airdate: 28 September 1992
  • First UK airdate: 19 July 1995

Story and script [ ]

  • Brannon Braga enjoyed writing this episode. " Certainly, it was one of my most personal episodes. People around here say I am 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. " ( Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages , p. 257)
  • Braga, a fan of The Twilight Zone , wrote the script as a homage to " Nightmare at 20,000 Feet ". That episode featured William Shatner as an airplane passenger who sees a creature outside the aircraft, but nobody believes him. Accordingly, Braga substituted "a thing in the transporter" for "a thing on the wing". He commented, " I thought it would be fun to explore the notion that just as not everybody likes to fly, not everybody likes to transport […] Barclay seemed like the right guy to have that kind of neurosis. " ( Star Trek: The Next Generation 365 , p. 269)
  • Braga was proud of the title, which he thought sounded like an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series . ( Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages , p. 269)
  • Michael Piller remarked, " I always like the Barclay shows. I think it's a perfectly valid fear to explore, whether you have a phobia about spiders or about being molecularly taken apart and put back together. As Star Trek viewers we have come to take it for granted, but why shouldn't somebody be afraid to get into a transporter? " Piller sought to play down the allusions to the Twilight Zone . " I felt very strongly we needed to get the episode away from that, and I think we succeeded. " ( Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages , p. 257)
  • Zayra IV was named for production staff associate Zayra Cabot . ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion , 2nd ed., p. 216)

Production [ ]

Dan Curry with Realm of Fear puppet

Dan Curry with the creature puppet

Dan Curry filming Realm of Fear

Dan Curry in a green suit puppeteering the creature

  • The creatures were designed by Dan Curry and built by modelmaker Carey Howe . ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion , 2nd ed., p. 216; Profiles in History auction ) Curry, covered in a green suit, later puppeteered the creatures. ("Departmental Briefing Year Six – Profile: Dan Curry", TNG Season 6 DVD special feature)
  • The red giant and white dwarf in the Igo sector seen in this episode were originally from " Evolution " and later re-used as a similar stellar phenomenon in the Topin system in " Preemptive Strike ".
  • The multi-level Jefferies tube set, directly attached to main engineering , appears for the first time in this episode.

Continuity [ ]

  • This episode marks the first appearance of the Admiral's uniform which was used for the rest of the series and much of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , although Admiral Hayes is seen here without the standard combadge .
  • O'Brien's collar insignia changes from lieutenant (two pips) to chief (one black pip) in this episode. According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion , 2nd ed., p. 216, this was done to reinforce the plot point that Lieutenant jg Barclay outranks O'Brien. See also : Miles O'Brien - Rank Inconsistencies .
  • A brief insert shot of Barclay getting a glass of water from his replicator is a stock shot from TNG : " The Vengeance Factor ", as Riker 's Starfleet uniform can be seen reflected from inside the replicator.
  • Barclay mentions in this episode that spiders never bothered him. Later, in " Genesis " (also written by Brannon Braga), Barclay de-evolved into a spider-like creature.
  • This is the first and only time O'Brien's pet tarantula, Christina , is seen or mentioned.
  • This episode is the first to show a first-person perspective of the transport process; the only other time this was done is in " Prototype ".
  • While expressing his fear of transporting, Barclay asks La Forge, " Commander, has anything strange ever happened to you during transport… anything out of the ordinary? " La Forge answered dismissively, " No, not really. " However, in an episode during the previous season, La Forge himself was involved in a transporter malfunction that transported him and Ensign Ro out of phase with the rest of reality. They were reported missing, and presumed dead. They ultimately rematerialized in the midst of their own memorial service. ( TNG : " The Next Phase ")
  • As Barclay prepares to transport back to the Enterprise, his rank pips are reversed, placing the black pip closer to the edge of his collar.

Reception [ ]

  • Jeri Taylor observed, " This was an episode that a lot of people just didn't respond to and I don't know why. I thought it was a wonderful idea. I thought Brannon wrote a terrific script. It just seemed so perfect, Barclay with a transporter phobia just seemed like a marvelous marriage of something people can relate to today and in the future: technology. I just thought everything worked with the exception of the visual effects. The explanation by the end really got painfully detailed. And it's that fine line you try to draw, if we don't say this, is the audience going to be fairly confused and cheated because they don't understand it? But if we do say it, are they going to be overwhelmed by the words? We went one way in " Time's Arrow II ," and maybe we tried too hard to explain things in "Realm of Fear," but it's hard to strike that back. " ( Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages , p. 257)
  • Brannon Braga commented, " The first three acts are fun and then the tech gets in the way […] I envisioned a scarier episode where the creatures in the transporter were a little more frightening, but then again what a tall order to the effects guys, 'Make it amorphous, but terrifying.' What does that mean? It's easy to write that, but difficult to visualize. I just wanted you to feel scared with this guy and you never really did. " ( Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages , p. 257)

Video and DVD releases [ ]

  • UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, CIC Video ): Volume 64, 26 April 1993
  • As part of the TNG Season 6 DVD collection

Links and references [ ]

Starring [ ].

  • Patrick Stewart as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes as Cmdr. William Riker

Also starring [ ]

  • LeVar Burton as Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
  • Michael Dorn as Lieutenant Worf
  • Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher
  • Marina Sirtis as Counselor Deanna Troi
  • Brent Spiner as Lt. Commander Data

Guest stars [ ]

  • Colm Meaney as Miles O'Brien
  • Patti Yasutake as Alyssa Ogawa
  • Dwight Schultz as Barclay

Co-stars [ ]

  • Renata Scott as Admiral
  • Thomas Belgrey as Crewmember
  • Majel Barrett as Computer Voice

Uncredited co-stars [ ]

  • K.C. Amos as operations officer
  • David Keith Anderson as Armstrong
  • Lena Banks as operations ensign
  • Steven Boz as operations ensign
  • Michael Braveheart as Martinez
  • Cameron as Kellogg
  • Cullen Chambers as civilian
  • Tracee Lee Cocco as Jae
  • John Copage as sciences officer
  • Debra Dilley as operations ensign
  • Hal Donahue as command lieutenant
  • Elliot Durant III as civilian
  • Gunnel Eriksson as sciences officer
  • Holiday Freeman as a command officer
  • Gina Gallante as sciences ensign
  • Goldie Ann Gareza as civilian
  • Christie Haydon as command ensign
  • Kerry Hoyt as operations ensign
  • Gary Hunter as sciences officer
  • Arvo Katajisto as Torigan
  • Mark Lentry as civilian
  • Debbie Marsh as command ensign
  • Brandy Pickett as sciences officer
  • Keith Rayve as command ensign
  • Richard Sarstedt as command ensign
  • Victor Sein as command officer
  • Talbot as Ten Forward waitress
  • Curt Truman as command officer
  • Christina Wegler Miles as command ensign
  • Bradley Weinholtz as Joshua Kelly
  • Anne Woodberry as operations officer
  • Female civilian
  • Female sciences officer
  • Sciences officer
  • Ten Forward waiter
  • Three Yosemite crewmembers

Stand-ins [ ]

  • David Keith Anderson – stand-in for LeVar Burton
  • Debbie David – stand-in for Brent Spiner
  • Michael Echols – stand-in for Michael Dorn
  • Nora Leonhardt – stand-in for Marina Sirtis
  • Lorine Mendell – stand-in for Gates McFadden
  • Richard Sarstedt – stand-in for Jonathan Frakes
  • Dennis Tracy – stand-in for Patrick Stewart
  • Guy Vardaman – stand-in for Dwight Schultz

References [ ]

2209 ; 2319 ; 2347 ; atom ; autonomic system ; autopsy ; away team ; base pair correlation ; biofilter ; blast analysis ; burn ; Cardassian ; Cardassian warship ; cardio-stimulator ; career ; carotid artery ; Celsius ; cerebral cortex ; Christina ; counselor's office ; day ; Delinia II ; dehydration ; distortion field ; DNA ; endorphin ; epidermis ; explosion ; explosive device ; eyesight ; Ferengi ; Ferengi freighters ; hallucination ; heart ; heart rate ; Heisenberg compensator ; hysteria ; ignorance ; Igo sector ; Igo sector binary stars ; imaging scanner ; ionic field ; ionic interference ; Jefferies tube ; kiloquad ; level 3 security alert ; level 5 containment field ; Lycosa tarantula ; matter-energy conversion ; matter stream ; medical tricorder ; meter ; micro-cellular scan ; monitoring device ; multi-infarct dementia ; muscular contraction ; myopia ; neurochemistry ; Oberth -class ; Olafson ; pattern buffer ; phased matter ; phase transition coil ; plasma streamer ; plexing ; psychogenic ; quasi-energy microbe ; resonance frequency scan ; safety precaution ; sample container ; science vessel (aka science ship ); sleeplessness ; Starfleet Medical Database ; stellar cartography ; stress reduction program ; symptom ; systemic contraction ; systems engineer ; Talarian hook spider ; temperature ; tissue sample ; Titus IV ; transport chamber ; transport cycle ; transporter ; transporter accident ; transporter beam ; transporter chief ; transporter platform ; transporter psychosis ; Transporter Room 3 ; transporter sensor ; transporter system ; Transporter Theory ; victim ; VISOR ; water ; Yosemite , USS ; Zayra IV

External links [ ]

  • " Realm of Fear " at Memory Beta , the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
  • " Realm of Fear " at Wikipedia
  • " Realm of Fear " at , a Roddenberry Star Trek podcast
  • "Realm of Fear" script  at Star Trek Minutiae
  • " Realm Of Fear " at the Internet Movie Database
  • 1 Daniels (Crewman)

What ultimately happened to the USS Discovery in the 'Star Trek: Discovery' series finale?

Strangely, the Star Trek: Discovery ship's far-future fate was revealed in 2018 'Short Trek' episode 'Calypso'.

The USS Discovery from Star Trek: Discovery

What happens to Discovery at the end of season 5?

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  • What happens next?
  • What is Zora's final mission?

Over five seasons of "Star Trek: Discoverywe got to know Michael Burnham and the crew of the USS Discovery, but the show's final scene is reserved for its eponymous starship. In the series finale " Life, Itself ", self-aware computer Zora fires up the spore drive for the final time to embark on one last mission. 

We still have no idea why she's given a top-secret Red Directive to wait indefinitely at these particular coordinates, but a 2018 " Short Trek " episode "Calypso" has already revealed the next stage of her journey. Here's what's in store for Zora and Discovery a millennium down the line — watch out for spoilers. (And if you need a refresher on all things Trek, check out our Star Trek streaming guide for how to watch nearly every series on Paramount Plus .)

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Admiral Michael Burnham in Star Trek Discovery Season 5, Episode 10

Several decades after the Discovery crew tracked down the Progenitor technology — long enough for Admiral Michael Burnham and Cleveland Booker to see their son, Leto, rise to the rank of Starfleet captain — the ship is assigned one final mission.

Burnham arrives on the bridge to give the ship's sentient computer, Zora (voiced by Annabelle Wallis), her briefing. "I'm going to bring you to a set of coordinates in deep space," explains the admiral. "Then me and your crew will leave. After that, you wait."

"For what?" Zora asks, but she doesn't get a definitive answer. 

"This is a Red Directive; we both know how transparent those are," replies Burnham, referring to the beyond-classified instructions that have become the mysterious Dr. Kovich's stock-in-trade. "I did hear a word in passing," the admiral adds. "'Craft'. I'm not sure if that's a person or a vessel or…"

That word will prove to be important, but as Burnham correctly predicts, she'll be long gone when Zora finds out what it means.

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After this emotional farewell, Discovery is waved off by an armada of Starfleet vessels and a few bars of Alexander Courage's iconic " Star Trek " theme. Then, Zora fires up the spore drive and jumps away to her mystery destination. 

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An Illustration of the USS Discovery, the titular starship in Star Trek: Discovery.

Starships often come to feel like characters in their own right, but never has this been as true as it is for Discovery.

Zora is much more than some glorified Siri or Alexa substitute, thanks to Discovery's 23rd century computer merging with hundreds of thousands of years of data collected by an ancient alien Sphere. Discovery was protecting this precious information when it jumped forward to 3189. 

The newly created super-computer gradually develops sentience, emotions and a personality, and decides to name herself Zora (which means "dawn" in several Alpha Quadrant languages). She's eventually recognized as a lifeform in her own right, and awarded the rank of Specialist by Starfleet.

What happens next? And what does it have to do with 'craft'?

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Not a lot. For around 1,000 years, Zora sits and waits at the designated coordinates, getting some "alone time" inside some kind of interstellar storm cloud. Then she runs into an escape pod with a sole occupant — a man who calls himself Craft. 

This "reluctant" soldier (played by Aldis Hodge) hails from Alcor IV, and has spent the last decade at war with the V'draysh, which — based on comments from criminal boss Zareh in " Discovery" season 3 — appears to be a Pidgin word for the Federation. (This may explain why the enemy vessel Craft has commandeered contains an extensive collection of Earth cartoons from "the long ago".)

During their time together, Zora introduces Craft to tacos, the concept of Tuesday, and her favorite movie, 1957 Audrey Hepburn/Fred Astaire rom-com "Funny Face." She falls in love with the visitor, but he ultimately departs in the hope of finding his wife and son. She refuses to give him a lift home in Discovery, however, reasoning that she has to maintain position to complete her mission.

All this was revealed in 2018 "Short Trek" episode "Calypso", though back then — before season 2 had aired — we had no idea that Discovery would depart for the 32nd century, that the Sphere data would help Discovery's computer evolve into Zora, or that Burnham (then a science officer) would be promoted to captain. These days "Calypso" makes a lot more sense. 

So what exactly is Zora's final mission?

Dr. Kovich, played by David Cronenberg, in Star Trek Discovery.

Beyond waiting for a long, long time, that remains unclear. But, seeing as her mission has top secret Red Directive status, it's pretty much certain that Dr Kovich — now revealed to be Temporal Agent Daniels of " Star Trek: Enterprise " fame — has a plan for Zora, and that her bumping into Craft is no accident. 

But whoever she encounters next, it's sure to have major ramifications for the galaxy — and perhaps beyond. Burnham promised a "new beginning" for Zora when she eventually comes back. Who knows what that might mean…

All five seasons of 'Star Trek: Discovery' and the 'Calypso' 'Short Trek' are now available to stream on Paramount Plus. To find out where to stream every other Star Trek movie and show, check out our Star Trek streaming guide .

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The fifth and final season of Star Trek: Discovery has come to an end, concluding the sci-fi series. But this doesn't mean it's not worth rewatching or bingeing all the way through if you missed it the first time. We've got everything you need to know about the show, including where to watch Star Trek: Discovery free.

Star Trek: Discovery premiered in 2017 and follows in the decades-long tradition of Star Trek stories. The series is set about five years before the original Star Trek, which chronicled Captain Kirk's five-year journey. In Star Trek: Discovery, the U.S.S. Discovery travels through space on a mission of exploration. Season 5 saw Captain Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the U.S.S. Discovery crew on the hunt for an ancient power in a tight race against others to find it.

The series wrapped with its 65th episode on May 30, 2024, but you can catch up on every season now. Keep reading to learn how.

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Where to watch Star Trek: Discovery in the US

All five seasons of Star Trek: Discovery are streaming on Paramount+ in the US. Subscriptions start at $5.99 a month and come with a one-week free trial. In addition to other contemporary Star Trek series (more on that later), Paramount+ is also the streaming home to several other older Star Trek series, including the original Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, and more. 

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Paramount Plus is perfect for viewers who want to stream CBS TV shows, local NFL games, and tons of content from Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, and MTV. And if you get the premium tier you can also unlock ad-free streaming and access to Showtime.

Where to watch Star Trek: Discovery in Canada

Paramount+ is also the home to Star Trek: Discovery in Canada. Plans start at CAD$6.99 and come with a one-week free trial. All episodes are available to stream here.

Where to watch Star Trek: Discovery in New Zealand

Star Trek: Discovery is available to stream for free on TVNZ+ . You'll need to create a free account to start streaming. In addition to new season 5 episodes, Seasons 1-4 are also streaming on the site, so you can find every episode here.

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Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2 Reveals Return In Stellar Video

The trailer for Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2 just dropped two weeks ahead of its Monday, July 1 debut on Netflix, with all 20 episodes available for streaming from the get-go. The new trailer brings about plenty of new stuff, with the crew of Starfleet cadets embarking on a classified mission. But more importantly, the new trailer also reveals the return of familiar characters, like the legendary captain Kathryn Janeway aboard the USS Voyager-A, and several other characters as well.

Apart from Janeway, we'll also see Doctor Noum, Commander Tysess, Asencia, Starfleet Admiral Edward Jellico, and Chakotay-Janeway's former first officer, whom we also see in the trailer for Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2 .

While there are several important things worthy of discussion, let's start from the top: the return of Kathryn Janeway. While Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2 is going to feature the entire Prodigy gang, the new season will also see the return of The Doctor, the Emergency Medical Hologram, and part of Janeway's crew on the original Voyager series, as well as several other characters. Most importantly, the gang is going to meet Janeway in the flesh after being led by her hologram form throughout the first season.

As stated above, the cadets are now embarking on a classified mission with the real Janeway aboard her vessel to return to the Delta Quadrant after spending years trying to escape that very quadrant and get back home. Apart from Janeway, we'll also see Doctor Noum, Commander Tysess, Asencia, Starfleet Admiral Edward Jellico, and Chakotay-Janeway's former first officer, whom we also see in the trailer for Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2 . The show is also set to introduce new characters, including Maj'el, whose name presumably references the late legend Majel Roddenberry.

Paramount canceled Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2 after having commissioned it and went one step further by pulling the series from the streaming service.

There's plenty of stuff happening behind the scenes as well. Star Trek : Prodigy Season 2 is scheduled to arrive on Netflix after being canceled at Paramount, whose dire financial situation and lack of acquisition deals threaten other entries in the Star Trek franchise. Sure, Strange New Worlds is expected to survive, but other entries are getting canceled left and right, starting with Discovery, which admittedly wasn't a fan favorite in the first place.

Netflix decided to acquire the streaming and production rights from Paramount, giving Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2 a new platform to call home.

Paramount canceled Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2 after having commissioned it and went one step further by pulling the series from the streaming service. However, following the fandom's outcry against the company's actions, Netflix decided to acquire the streaming and production rights from Paramount, giving Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2 a new platform to call home. Hence the different release schedule; the entire season will drop on Netflix on July 1 in the US and select countries.

Now that we've mentioned it, given the current situation at Paramount , we could advocate for Netflix to completely take over the entire Star Trek franchise and continue producing it under its own umbrella-please keep The Witcher writers away from the IP. This is a good idea because Netflix now dictates the streaming format of 10-ish episodes per season, which is great for expanding the IP, even one that's still filled with untapped potential, such as Star Trek.


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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: (L-R) Justin Marks and J. T. Rogers speak onstage for "The Drama Panel" talk during A Night In The Writers' Room at NeueHouse Los Angeles on June 13, 2024 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Variety via Getty Images)

When Donald Glover first approached showrunner Francesca Sloane about adapting “Mr. & Mrs. Smtih” for Amazon Prime, she “started laughing,” and thought it was a “weird Donald Glover joke that he randomly spit out.” She was confused as to why he would pick the 2005 action-comedy of all movies, but as the conversation evolved, the project began taking shape in her mind.

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As part of Variety’s A Night in The Writers’ Room, Sloane was joined by showrunner and creator of “Average Joe” Robb Cullen, writer and creator of “ The New Look ” Todd A. Kessler, writer and creator of “Shōgun” Justin Marks, writer and creator of “Tokyo Vice” J.T Rogers and writer of “ Star Trek: Strange New Worlds ” Bill Wolkoff to discuss how they developed some of 2024’s best dramas. Variety  senior awards editor Clayton Davis moderated the conversation .

“Shōgun” writer Marks shared a similar challenge with Sloane of “taking something that already existed” and honoring “all that works about it.” But instead of working from a mid-2000s action comedy, he started with a 1980 historical drama. Although he wanted to remain true to the original, he saw plenty of opportunity to “ask more modern questions” through the source material.

“It has stood the test of time in a lot of ways. And then, there’s a lot of ways where it hadn’t really stood the test of time,” Marks said. “[We wanted] to bring in a writer’s room who stood outside the genres you expect for a story like this, like an epic feudal Japanese sword-swinging kind of show, and instead apply a level of thought and precision that made it a show that, in 40 years, someone can tear apart again and try to do it better.”

“I got to experience [James] stepping into his fame, which was unprecedented at the time. He unfortunately passed away at 52 of a heart attack, and I wanted to write about that,” Kessler said. “And then, two years after he passed away, I came across the story of Christian Dior again and realized that he also stepped into his fame around the same age that [James] did. [He] had a 10-year run of success and died of a heart attack at age 52 while on vacation in Italy, which is where [James] was. So, I realized maybe through Dior’s story, I could tell a story and honor my friend.”

As Wolkoff started rebooting the Star Trek franchise with “Strange New Worlds,” he knew an army of super fans was watching his every move. With a “writers’ room full of Trekkies” he felt confident they would do justice to Gene Roddenberry’s original work. But even with the wide breadth of “Star Trek” expertise at his disposal, Wolkoff wanted “to do something a little bit different.”

“We want to be able to take risks, and if you take risks, you might break something and that’s what makes the show good,” Wolkoff said. “Because we’re episodic, because we’re not ending on a cliffhanger each week, it allows us to really dip into different genres, like the original series did, like ‘Twilight Zone’ did in its own way. It’s been a joy to be doing that for the last… two seasons that have aired.”

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The Official Trailer and Key Art for Season 2 of Animated Series Star Trek: Prodigy Is Here

Season 2 will premiere with all 20 episodes on July 1 exclusively on Netflix in the U.S. and select countries around the world.

Season 2 Star Trek: Prodigy key art with Jankom Pog, Admiral Janeway, Murf, Rok-Tahk, Gwyn, and Zero crowded together on the surface of a planet

CBS Studios debuted the official trailer and key art for the second season of the original animated kids' series, Star Trek: Prodigy . The hit series will premiere all 20 episodes on Monday, July 1 on Netflix in select countries around the world. Season 1 episodes of the series are currently available on Netflix.

In Season 2, these six young outcasts who make up the Prodigy crew are assigned a new mission aboard the U.S.S. Voyager -A to rescue Captain Chakotay and bring peace to Gwyn's home world. However, when their plan goes astray, it creates a time paradox that jeopardizes both their future and past.

The Star Trek: Prodigy voice cast includes Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway), Brett Gray (Dal), Ella Purnell (Gwyn), Rylee Alazraqui (Rok-Tahk), Angus Imrie (Zero), Jason Mantzoukas (Jankom Pog), Dee Bradley Baker (Murf), John Noble (The Diviner), and Jimmi Simpson (Drednok).

Season 2 recurring voice cast members include Robert Beltran (Captain Chakotay), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Jason Alexander (Dr. Noum), Daveed Diggs (Commander Tysess), Jameela Jamil (Ensign Asencia), Ronny Cox (Admiral Jellico), and Michaela Dietz (Maj’el).

Developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman ( Trollhunters and Ninjago ), along with Alex Kurtzman and his team at Secret Hideout, the CG-animated series Star Trek: Prodigy is the first Star Trek series aimed at younger audiences and follows a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search of a better future.

"We deeply appreciate our fans who have stood by us and our passionate crew who made this all possible. The work speaks for itself, but it's the heart that will endure," said co-showrunners Kevin and Dan Hageman about the Season 2 release.

Season 2 Star Trek: Prodigy key art with Jankom Pog, Admiral Janeway, Murf, Rok-Tahk, Gwyn, and Zero crowded together on the surface of a planet

Star Trek: Prodigy received a 2023 TCA Award nomination for "Outstanding Achievement in Family Programming" along with a 2022 Children's and Family Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Animated Series, and production designer, Alessandro Taini, won the award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation.

Star Trek: Prodigy is from CBS' Eye Animation Productions, CBS Studios' animation arm; Nickelodeon Animation; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Aaron Baiers, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers, alongside co-showrunners Kevin and Dan Hageman. Ben Hibon directs, executive produces and serves as the creative lead of the animated series. Aaron Waltke and Patrick Krebs also currently serve as co-executive producers. Star Trek: Prodigy is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

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Hollow Pursuits

  • Episode aired Apr 28, 1990

LeVar Burton and Dwight Schultz in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)

A shy member of the "Enterprise" crew becomes addicted to the holodeck, where relationships are easier than in real life, when his knowledge is needed in engineering. A shy member of the "Enterprise" crew becomes addicted to the holodeck, where relationships are easier than in real life, when his knowledge is needed in engineering. A shy member of the "Enterprise" crew becomes addicted to the holodeck, where relationships are easier than in real life, when his knowledge is needed in engineering.

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Marina Sirtis

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Brent Spiner

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Dwight Schultz

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Whoopi Goldberg

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  • Trivia First appearance of Dwight Schultz as Reginald Barclay, who'd originally been intended to be a one-time character to get sent to a mental hospital over his holodeck addiction.
  • Goofs In the meeting with LaForge's senior officers, Wesley suggests to Lt. Barclay that he should check the flow capacitor on his malfunctioning anti-gravity device. In the next scene, Barclay tells Troi that he already knew about the "flux capacitor". This is hardly an error because 'flux' means 'flow'. (The flux capacitor is the famous fictional device from Back to the Future (1985) that makes time travel possible.)

Lt. Commander Data : Pardon me - but why is Lieutenant Barclay being referred to clandestinely as a vegetable?

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