Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 21

Hollow Pursuits

7
Aired Unknown Apr 30, 1990 on CBS
8.1
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Stardate: 43807.4 A nervous and insecure officer, Lt. Reginald Barclay, places the Enterprise in great danger when he neglects his duties in Engineering, and instead spends his time acting out his fantasies on the holodeck.

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  • As holodeck episodes go, this is one of the best.

    8.0
    This is another episode center that centers on a character played by a guest star. Fortunately, the marriage between the character of "Reginald Barclay", played by Dwight Schultz, and the story, which serves as a parody of fan fiction, works like gangbusters, and the result hits the sweet spot. The episode is elevated, as well, by Marina Sirtis, who is finally given some interesting dialogue that deepens Troi's character and turns her from a one dimensional plot device into a professional with a function aboard the ship. As holodeck episodes go, this is one of the best.moreless
  • Fan favorite Lt. Barclay is introduced, to mixed results.

    7.5
    Lt. Reginald Barclay is apparently a huge fan favorite, maybe because unlike all the other alpha-plus officers he actually seems... human. But despite some fine acting by Dwight Schultz, writing for the character always seemed contrived.



    Despite not being a major triumph, this is one of the better Barclay episodes. The danger-of-the-week facing the Enterprise is quite generic, and as always Barclay saves the day after overcoming his oh-so-human-flaws.



    Nevertheless, Barclay's fantasy scenes on the holodeck are hilarious and pretty much carry the episode. Riker and Troi's encounters with their alter-egos in Barclay's dream world are particularly priceless.



    If you're a Barclay fan this is probably pure gold. If not... well, there are enough good parts to make this one worth sitting through.moreless
  • This is the first episode we see Lt(J.G.) Barclay. Barclay is a shy and very nervous officer. He has Geordi LaForge patience wore thin. So Geordi asks Captain Picard if they could transfer Barclay somewhere else. Picard insists Geordi should give Barclaymoreless

    8.1
    This is the first episode we see Lt(J.G.) Barclay. Barclay is a shy and very nervous officer. He has Geordi LaForge patience wore thin. So Geordi asks Captain Picard if they could transfer Barclay somewhere else. Picard insists Geordi should give Barclay a chance. The ship starts doing strange things. It cause system malfunctions throughout the ship. Replicators, Transporter 3, and The Warp Drive are affected. We find the "Enterprise" can do Warp 9.6 and still keep the ship's hull intact. Is Barlcay to blame or does he save the ship? I rate this one a 8.1moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Charley Lang

Charley Lang

Lt. Duffy

Guest Star

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Dwight Schultz

Dwight Schultz

Lt. (J.G.) Reginald "Reg" Barclay III

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • During the scene prior to the credits, Barclay tells the computer to save the holodeck program but does not say "discontinue" or any other command to end the program as is done is in other episodes.

    • When LaForge and Barclay figure out the problem may be coming from one of the cargo decks, they casually walk down the corridor, even though the ship has just a few minutes before it will break apart. Wouldn't they be running?

    • During the swordfight scene in the holodeck, it is very obviously a stuntman in the distance shots instead of Barclay. It's extremely noticable because the stuntman has a lot more hair than Dwight Schultz.

    • When they're running down the list of elements that the computer can't track, they say that computer would be able to scan things if it were "dangerous." Later two elements are mentioned and disregarded because they're both "highly toxic." Geordi even says "yeah we'd all be dead by now." Apparently dying isn't considered "dangerous."

    • When checking out the anti-grav unit Geordi and Reg refer to a "flow capacitator." But when discussing it later on the holodeck, Reg calls it a "flux capacitator" (like the one in Back to the Future).

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Data: Query: why do you refer to Lieutenant Barclay as a vegetable?
      Wesley: It's just a nickname. It's all in good fun, Data.
      Data: Curious. I was led to believe that a nickname is a term of endearment, of friendship. But you only seem to use it to make fun of Lt. Barclay.

    • Holo-Picard: My God, where did you learn to fight like this?
      Barclay: Self-taught , mon capitaine! Would you care for a few lessons?

    • Holo-Beverly: (to Holo-Wesley) Manners, my son. Manners. You embarrass me in front of our guests. Master Barclay will spank you if you misbehave.

    • Picard: I look forward to your report, Mr. Broccoli...Barclay.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode is the first appearance of the recurring character of Lt. Reginald Barclay. He also features in several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, and had a part in the movie Star Trek: First Contact.

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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