Star Trek: The Next Generation

“Realm of Fear”

Episode Number128 (6.02)
Production Number228
Original Airdate28-Sep-1992
TeleplayBrannon Braga
DirectorCliff Bole
Barcley overcomes his fear of transporters

Barclay's fear of being transported intensifies after he encounters mysterious creatures while transporting back to the Enterprise from the U.S.S. Yosemite, a marooned ship.

Guest Cast

Dwight Schultz (Lt. Reginald Barclay)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O'Brien)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa)
Renata Scott (Admiral Hayes)
Thomas Belgrey (Crew Member)

  • O'Brien, who was a full Lieutenant up until this point, loses his two solid pips which are replaced by one hollow pip. According to the producers, O'Brien was always supposed to be a non-commisioned Chief Petty Officer and this episode corrects his (six-year) "wardrobe mistake." The change was made for Colm Meaney and O'Brien's pending move to the new series Deep Space Nine.
  • Barclay was introduced in Season 3's "Hollow Pursuits".
  • The U.S.S. Yosemite NCC-19002 is an Oberth-class science vessel.
  • Troi teaches Barclay a Betazoid relaxation technique called "plexing" (stimulating a pressure point under the ear). Troi is seen doing this in later episodes, like "Timescape".
  • This is the first episode to show a transporter cycle from a first-person point of view.
  • Barclay fears that he has "transporter psychosis", first diagnosed in 2209. There is no cure.