Transporter from the Inside

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    VulcanTwin

    [1]Sep 18, 2007
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    After watching "Realm of Fear" ,Stardate: 46041.4 , I was curious if this was the first episodefrom the viewpoint of the person in transport rather than the transporter operators' viewpoint as they dematerialize.
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    thedirtyberk

    [2]Sep 18, 2007
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    That's a good question. I can't immediately think of another episode prior to this in TOS or TNG that showed the transport process from the perspective of the transportee.

    Incidentally, there are a number of episodes throughout ST where people are suspended in the transporter for minutes, hours, days, even years. I've often wondered what that would theoretically be like. If you were in the beam for such a prolonged period of time and had some degree of consciousness, it seems like you could easily go insane from the stress or the boredom.
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    belial_77

    [3]Sep 19, 2007
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    thedirtyberk wrote:
    That's a good question. I can't immediately think of another episode prior to this in TOS or TNG that showed the transport process from the perspective of the transportee. Incidentally, there are a number of episodes throughout ST where people are suspended in the transporter for minutes, hours, days, even years. I've often wondered what that would theoretically be like. If you were in the beam for such a prolonged period of time and had some degree of consciousness, it seems like you could easily go insane from the stress or the boredom.
    wasn't there an Enterprise episode where Hoshi got caught in the buffer and most of the episode was her "waking dream" when she was stuck between? can't remember the episode name or season, but she thought she was vanishing... then some random aliens were going to blow-up Enterprise... then they were able to materialize her...
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    thedirtyberk

    [4]Sep 20, 2007
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    * Minor Episodic Spoilers *

    Yes, you are definitely correct. Episode #36 (Season 2, episode 10) of Enterprise involved Hoshi believing that she was caught in a transporter accident that resulted in her dematerialization (type that five times fast) and an imminent plot of sabotage from an unknown alien species.

    However, it is implied that the overwhelming majority of that episode is actually an hallucination within Hoshi's mind... a direct result of her transporter fears. In the early seasons, Ensign Sato was... quite a wuss, shall we say... in dangerous situations. This episode did seem to help alleviate some of her fears and helped to prove that she was fit for deep-space duty after all, however.

    In any case, this episode did show the transporter from different angles, but it was well after the Barclay episode (in real time, 2002) and actually only took place over a few seconds, so it never triggered long-term transporter issues. Hoshi just imagines how much of a predicament she was in... and she also created the Legend of Cyrus Ramsey!

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    Tronman100

    [5]Oct 17, 2007
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    Although it comes after "Realm of Fear", the Voyager episode "Prototype" also shows a transport from the point of view of the person being transported (it's in black and white though).
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