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Recap / Star Trek Voyager S 6 E 10 Pathfinder

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"Starfleet Command to USS Voyager. Come in, Voyager. Voyager, do you hear me? This is Lieutenant Reginald Barclay."
"That ship, that crew, they're all I have."

No, not that pathfinder. Ahem, anyway, on Earth, former Enterprise crewman Reg Barclay is obsessed with Voyager while he tries an experimental deep-space communications device to find them and asks his friend and former Counselor Deanna Troi for help.

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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. Holo!Janeway even defers to him on command decisions.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: When Harkins rigs Holo!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.
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  • Character Overlap: Reg Barclay and Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation appear in this episode.
  • Converging-Stream Weapon: The MIDAS Array, as shown above, even though it isn't a weapon.
  • Crying Wolf: Why Harkins refuses to authorize Reg's latest plan to communicate with Voyager, he's already pitched several other technobabble ideas that were a waste of time and resources.
  • 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 alone himself.
  • Friendship Moment: About to explain this story, Barclay apologizes to Troi for turning a friendly get-together into a counseling session. She says it's fine and to tell the story.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The MIDAS Array, AKA the Mutara Interdimensional Deep-Space-Transponder Array System.
  • Genius Ditz:
    • Barclay has a revolutionary idea for communicating 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.
    • In the opening, Barclay admits that he's lived in his apartment for almost two years without unpacking.
  • Good vs. Good: In the last act, Barclay versus Harkins and the Starfleet security officers.
  • 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: Of a sort. 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 corenote ."
  • 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 Marquis crewmembers currently wear Starfleet uniforms, Reg's recreations of them feature futuristic leather type outfits as they were wearing during their Maquis period.
  • 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.
  • No-Sell: Holo!B'Elanna's phaser does nothing to real Starfleet Security goons.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Reg shouting "THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH ME!" after Deanna refuses to vouch for his psychological health.
  • 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.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: What happens in the travels of USS Voyager, now they will have the support of their Starfleet comrades in the Alpha Quadrant.
  • 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.
  • Oh, Crap!: Tom when he hears his father's voice.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Commander Harkins tries to be one, but Reg's antics in the holodeck force him 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.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Reg violates his suspension and breaks into Starfleet Headquarters to try communicating with Voyager.
  • Self-Insert Fic: An in-universe example, since Barclay not only inserts himself into an inaccurate version of Voyager, but he makes himself a Marty Stu (particularly a Black Hole Stu) to boot.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To Star Trek: The Next Generation. In addition to the appearance of Reg and Deanna, 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 superiors.
    • In-Universe, Reg names his cat Neelix.
  • Singing in the Shower: Apparently, this is the only time when Neelix doesn't sound completely hopeless at singing.
  • So Proud of You: Tom Paris is utterly gobsmacked to hear his father tell him this after all these years.
  • Subspace Ansible: Provided by the MIDAS Array.
  • Subspace or Hyperspace: Now combined with hyper-subspace!
  • 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?
  • 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: The essential point to convey of the first message from Starfleet Command to the lost Voyager. 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.

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