Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 6.02 Realm of Fear (9/28/92)
Redshirt Status: 0/1/35
Notable Guest Stars:
Dwight Schultz returns as Barclay
I have to admit I may have identified with Barclay a little too much in this episode. I have generalized Anxiety disorder, and some of his actions in this episode were a little too close to some of the things I’ve done when my anxiety has gotten out of control.
This episode is a weird way to start a season, but it is an interesting look at transporting and what can go wrong. I don’t consider it that important overall, but it is a good episode. Its not one of the greats, and I probably would generally forget about it when it wasn’t on my screen. That being said it is also not a horrible episode that makes me want to skip it.
While looking into background notes for this episode, it was mentioned that McCoy had a transporter phobia. Thinking on it, though, McCoy often used the transporter over the course of the show. I don’t recall him saying anything about the transporter till the movies came about. But I could be wrong.
- Written by Brannon Braga
- Directed by Cliff Bole
- Braga was inspired by his own phobia of flying.
- Puppets were used for the creatures in the matter stream
- Representation of someone with Anxiety disorders.
- Why spiders?
- Why do the people look like water elephants.
Screencap via CygnusX1.net