Reginald Barclay: Personnel File

Reginald Barclay: Personnel File

Hello and welcome to the Personnel File, the
series where we look into the career and personality of some of Star Trek’s Iconic characters
and this time we’re examining the hapless and intermittently genius, Reginald Endicott
Barclay the third. As is usual for this series, we will included
primarily the canon materials, that is the episodes he was in and flesh out some of the
gaps with Memory beta content, which comes mostly from Novels, games and the like where
it doesn’t conflict with the primary. So Reginal Barclay was born in 2340, Cleveland,
Ohio, Earth. His parents were Reginald Barclay the second and Alicia Barclay. Wait, 2340?
That would make the character 26 by the time of Next Generation? Seems a little low to
me but alright, that date is given from a game and I don’t have an alternative.
So in 2358 at the age of 18 Barclay applied not to Starfleet Academy, but to the Daystom
Institute where he spent the next four years obtaining his master’s degree in Computer
Systems. He graduated in 2362 and was offered a commission
by Starfleet to work on one of their vessels, the USS Zhukov NCC-26136.
He was granted the rank of lieutenant junior grade and accepts the position of diagnostic
engineer. He worked on the Zhukov for four years and
received a commendation from Captain Neil Gleason.
He transferred to the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D in 2366 where he continued in his role as
diagnostics engineer. His reclusive behaviour was soon noted by
his chief and issues were soon raised when they began to affect his duty. He was written
up several times for tardiness. Soon he began to receive counselling for his addiction to
holodecks which had been adversely affecting his performance.
In 2367, the Cytherian’s probe increased Barclay’s IQ and he led the Enterprise into
first contact with the species. In 2368 during his spare time, he was assisting
his crew in their own holodeck programming endeavours.
In 2369, he was involved in the safe rescue of the crew of the USS Yosemite through a
transporter incident in which he overcame his transporter phobia.
In 2370 Lt. Barclay leads his first away mission to Tarvo.
That same year, the Intron Virus, also known as Barclay’s Protomorphosis Syndrome was
inadvertently created and exposed the crew of the USS Enterprise to its mutative effects.
In late 2370, Barclay transferred to Jupiter Station to work alongside Doctor Lewis Zimmerman
in the creation of the EMH Mark I. He was Promoted to lieutenant in 2372 and
transferred to the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E to take a role in the engineering staff once
again. In 2373 the USS Enterprise E responded to
the Borg incursion culminating in the Battle of Sector 001. At the conclusion of the conflict,
the Time Travel Incident took the ship back to 2063 to Earth’s First Contact.
During his time in 2063, he worked on restoring the NX Phoenix to working order to maintain
the timeline. In 2374, he discovers that the bio-neural
gel packs can absorb the energies of the galactic barrier.
Later that year, he applies to “Project Pathfinder” and transfers to Starfleet Communications
Research Centre on Earth. This project’s goal was to establish long range communications
with the USS Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. During his time here, his addiction to holoprograms
risked relapse. In 2376, Barclay hijacked the Mutara Interdimensional
Deep Space Array System to create a micro wormhole through which real-time two way communication
is established for the first time between the Alpha and Delta quadrants.
In 2377, Barclay returns to Jupiter Station to visit Doctor Lewis Zimmerman and transfers
Voyager’s EMH to meet his creator. Not long after, the Pathfinder project sends
through its own Holographic assistant in the form of Reginal Barclay to help the stranded
vessel. However this software had been compromised and was terminated.
From this point on, it’s all content from beyond the shows.
In 2380, Barclay had returned temporarily to the Enterprise E to act as chief engineer
until in 2381 when was reassigned to the prototype USS Galen NX-86350
2381 saw the USS Galen test its Slipstream Drive to explore the fringes of the Delta
Quadrant. Throughput 2382 Barclay continued to work
on the Pathfinder Programs with a new goal of using it as a transporter relay and tested
it on himself. He now holds the record for the longest distance transport in history.
In 2382 Barclay was requested by Captain Scott of the USS Challenger NCC-71099, the Starfleet
corps of engineers vessel. He was promoted to Lieutenant commander and assigned as the
Second Officer. When command of the vessel transferred to
Commander Geordie LaForge, Barclay was made chief of Operations.
By 2385, Barclay had returned to the USS Galen NX-86350, possibly around the year 2383 with
the transfer of Geordie LaForge to Utopia Planetia.
So that’s all I could piece together for the timeline of Reginald Barclay the Third.
But I would add that an alternate timeline version of Barclay in 2404 was a commander
in Starfleet and had taken a teaching position in Starfleet Academy, something I could very
much see as being his eventual outcome considering his predilection for roles in laboratories
and research. The recurring trait that makes him such a
fan favourite is also his most relatable and that is his lack of confidence. This affects
him on an interpersonal level, which has the knock on effect of damaging his professional
performance. Many of his ailments and neuroses are symptoms
of this self-doubt and therefor perpetuated by and fuel this destructive mind-set. It
was established early on that the man is a very capable officer, so much so that on graduation
from Daystrom, someone in Starfleet took a gamble on him and offered him a commission.
Starfleet does after all accept officers with a comparable level of education to Starfleet
academy, but to see him immediately promoted to Lt junior grade on his first assignment?
Honeslty, I wonder if this would have contributed to his feelings of inadequacy because after
this, he does not advance in rank for 10 years. As a graduate outside of Starfleet Academy
he would never have gone through all the training that the other officers did for life aboard
a Starship, but as a systems engineer, a programmer in effect responsible for diagnostics and
software, the likelihood of him need such skills was rather small. That is until he
managed to secure a position on the USS Enterprise D, out there on the frontlines of exploration.
I suspect that comfortable with his position on the USS Zhukov, he began to flourish and
his natural talent and proficiency shone through leading to his selection as Enterprise-level
material and his transfer, only to once again withdraw from his new environment and question
his own capability. This had the knock on effect of damaging his work and earning him
note in a bad way from his colleagues. With time and continual counselling however,
he was eased into his role although he would continue to display hypochondriac like behaviour
and numerous phobias centred around the unknown. His experiences with the mind altering probe,
transporter incidents and a morphing into a spider-Reg served as a baptism by fire and
after these events, he became noticeably more inclined to take risks. Without the assistance
of his friends to prepare him and help him through these events, its likely that he would
have broken and run back to a research post somewhere on the first outing, but they helped
him uncover the strength he needed to continue on. Although a lab is where he ended up, I
don’t see it as him running away from the dangers of space exploration and I’ll get
to why in a minute. His passion for holo novels eventually presented
him with opportunities several times in his career, but of course also came with the pitfalls
of creating a simulated environment that he had control over, a safe space that was intoxicating
to the easily-flustered man. However, as with his general work and research, his genius
in finding unorthodox solutions catches the attention of Zimmerman and the Pathfinder
lab even had an entire complex holodeck system for testing purposes that Reg made frequent
use of. He did eventually return from the enterprise
to take up more sedate positions such as the Pathfinder Project, but from “First Contact”
and other sources, we can see that he is no longer scared by the final frontier and routinely
returns to ship-side posts, even charting into the delta quadrant and testing long range
transporters on himself. By the end of his career, he is willing to
take risks because the struggle of his life has not been about overcoming battles or solving
puzzles, the latter being something of one of his strengths to be honest, but by overcoming
his own mental blocks. The first step and achieving anything is choosing to act and
if you fail at that first hurdle, which many of us do, then nothing is achieved. This has
been Barclay’s biggest flaw and it’s a relatable one. No amount of natural talent
or hidden genius in one field will help you if it’s not applied. Watching Barclay overcome
these trials is compelling and we see him develop, not instantly, not premade at the
academy, but over time and with help from his friends and peers.
So as usual, I like to drop three episodes of Star Trek that are my favourite portrayals
of a character, or that I think offer a good grounding of his personality and I think the
first one his, his first one. The first appearance of Barclay in “Hollow Pursuits” where
we see his core neuroses in full effect and the beginnings of his character growth. Secondly,
I think “Realm of Fear” is a good indicator of how far he’s developing and arguably
he takes one of the biggest risks so far in directly confronting a phobia of his. Finally,
I think “Pathfinder” shows that by the time of his reassignment, even though he’s
taken up a safer position in a lab, it’s not because he’s afraid to take huge risks
as he gambles his entire career to prove his work, although he clearly still struggles
with the allure of the fictional. So thank you for watching this dive into the
career of Reginald Barclay. There’s a lot more we could dive into about his actual personality
and he is something of a psychiatrist’s field day, but the personnel file tries to
look more into the timeline centric happenings of a character so I’d point you to some
excellent videos by Steve Shives and SF Debris . So, thanks again for watching and until
the next video, I’m Ric and I’ll see you again, goodbye!


  1. Chase says:

    Pause then go to 10:11 "Capitan, Your authority is Not recognized in 'Fort Kick-Ass!"

  2. Lee Shwan says:

    When might we expect a Personnel File on Garak from DS9? He is a fascinating character!

  3. Safiya Mukhamadova says:

    Good job covering Broccoli….I mean Barclay.

  4. John Vance says:

    TNG era’s Tilley

  5. Eric Madsen says:

    From the A-Team to ST:TNG.
    H.M "Howling Mad" Murdoch on the Enterprise.

  6. Salil Bhatnagar says:

    Lt. Broccoli!

  7. TheBobBrom says:

    Woo shout out to SF Debris that man does not get enough credit

  8. Captain Rush says:

    as a neural diverse person I find him to be probably one of the better representations of neural diversity in TV at the time. He is shown to have gained confidence but they don't fall into the trap of making him "normal" or "Cured", he is still an oddball and to me it makes him more enduring.

  9. Mars Vee says:

    Barclay: Well, it… it just occurred to me that I could set up a frequency harmonic between the deflector and the shield grid, using the warp field generator as a power flow anti-attenuator, and that, of course, naturally created an amplification of the inherent energy output
    Me: (WTF?) Yeah I would have suggested the same thing

  10. Harvey Spider Webb says:

    There is a very high chance he has asd this is just my opinion but he is very similar to those on the spectrum including myself

  11. iamdmc says:


  12. EclipsePhoenix EP says:

    howling mad Murdock

  13. 480JD says:

    Who wouldn't be addicted to the Holodeck?

  14. iamdmc says:

    I've BEEN Rick

  15. Street Guru says:

    Threw up in my mouth a bit at…"shives"

  16. Manek Iridius says:

    Ugh. I hate SFDebris.

  17. niceguy60 says:

    Always loved Mad Dog

  18. IIIJFRIII says:

    Barclay is one of the best characters in Star Trek.

  19. Christopher Baker says:

    Star Fleet Legend

  20. porpus99 says:

    It would be really cool if Dwight Schultz reprised his role as Mr. Broccoli…. Barclay…. in the Picard show

  21. Tacitus says:

    Dude is a wimp. Should have served with the Klingons until he became a respectable alpha male Trump supporter.

  22. Tim Jerrom says:

    Who the heck dislikes your videos?

  23. Katrina LeFaye says:

    Technically he was always a genius if with a bit of aspergers… In fact, I always thought he was the TNGs mentally disabled character who was still brilliant and mostly functional.

  24. Robert Dougherty says:

    Technically speaking, isn't the Star Trek Universe actually the Barclayverse ?
    I mean, really.

  25. LordSpleach says:


  26. Film Monk Productions says:

    KNOW IT IS NOT THE REAL HIM, but I love him in Projections.

  27. Michael Bowie says:

    Its called "Impostor Syndrome."

  28. rinoz47 says:

    I think the reason he looks older than he is because he got his worry lines early

  29. Chon Connor says:

    Fantastic character and the actor played him so honestly that he will always hold a special place in Trek lore.

  30. Matthew Mccoll says:

    love your stuff man, great video on one of my favorite characters. i think you found a good balance for alpha and beta cannon too. also maybe a some more files on ENT?

  31. Andrew Schembri says:

    Made my day when you shouted out Chuck and Steve! One can hope for a cross over between them, Rick and Truth or Myth!

  32. Dustin Shadle says:

    nobody does crazy like DWIGHT. His B5 episode showed superb acting. also remember seein reruns from yhe A team in the 80's

  33. whoispriest says:

    Great job on this video. Hot dam.

  34. WX SRG says:

    So he holds the record for furthest transportation and not the romulan captain that transported to the the delta quadrant that traversed nor only space…. but time….and considering the galaxy also is moving….. I think the rommy still takes the cake on furthest distance transported

  35. WX SRG says:

    Broccoli had some of the best episodes in trek…. Jeffery Combs has the best supporting characters. @Certifiably Ingame you should make a video series on ok the actors whip played major multiple roles in trek as well as the greater scifi genre.

  36. Bad Directions says:

    Nicely done! Thanks for making this. Cheers. 🙂

  37. Ferdinand von Aegir says:

    He is my top 5 favorite character in TNG era if not entire star trek series.
    Barclay is who I'll most likely be like.
    Ill lowkey have tons of holo poon and nerd out and fail a ton, but do some cool stuff!❤

  38. King Cheerio85 says:

    I always loved Barclay episodes, though when I was younger it was less about Barclay and more about how each each episode he was in kept getting weirder and weirder

  39. Rowena Brown says:

    Absolutely love Mr Barclay's character. Really felt for him with his social awkwardness but underneath, such a brilliant mind 'thinking outside the box'. Picards face when he inadvertently calls him Mr Broccoli! I'm so glad Reg achieved recognition for his work on Pathfinder. And it looked like a new (real) romance was in the offing! Great video, thank you.

  40. doomer says:

    We all wanna be barclay dont we?

  41. TheGhostOfSabotage says:

    I don't mind Broccoli…. I mean Barclay. 🙂

  42. Nathan says:

    Small mistake: You said that he helped to restore the "NX-Phoenix", Cochranes Phoenix was built years before the NX-Program started. But otherwise the vid is good as ever. Thank you 🙂

  43. Scott Mantooth says:

    there is also from the B canon terra incognita where: the mirror BARCLAY INVADES THE ENTERPRISE

  44. Scott Mantooth says:

    had been hoping for this episode for a very long time and as expected it was brilliant

  45. SirTragain says:

    He was promoted as a means to push him off on too the Enterprise.

  46. geniusfool the irrefutable says:

    Reginald Endicott Barclay III: Hero.

  47. Callum Bush says:

    🖕🏽 to the DS9 fanboys TNG was the superior series!

  48. Matthew Trzcinski says:

    I was bald at 18, that hairline was acceptable for 26.

  49. Cardboard Sliver says:

    But can Reg fix STD?

  50. Scrimjaw says:

    When I was little, I always saw myself in Barclay.

  51. James burns Fisher says:

    His character was there to show fans never to treat people bad because they have problems relating or fitting in .Like the Enterprise crew YA initiate conversation,and make them feel welcome.They will become valuable friends and workers and will even save the day if given the chance.

  52. Stevie Jo says:

    Barclay is a starfleet hero

  53. Vukodlak says:

    Barclay the man who should have been Seven's love interest.

  54. Skyblade12 says:

    Barclay is quite possibly one of the best problem solvers in Starfleet. He has a tendency of not only finding unorthodox solutions, but creating entire unorthodox SYSTEMS to help generate those solutions. The man is brilliant, and flawed. And one of my favorite characters in Star Trek.

  55. Battlesheep says:

    His hypochondria makes sense when you consider how garbage starfleet quarantine procedures are.

  56. ozzie mederos says:

    He is aka Howling Murdock from the A-team

  57. Jimmy Jenkins says:

    He was my favorite character.

  58. Martimus Prime says:

    I can’t stand this cringey character. At all. I usually avoided his episodes.

  59. jaspr1999 says:

    One of my all-time favorite Trek characters.

  60. 123RADIOactive says:

    Shouldn’t this be Reginald Broccoli ?? Lol

  61. b phillip says:

    Ah yes, Mr Barclay, the Star Trek answer to the question "what if Red Dwarf's AJ Rimmer was competent [and vaguely liked]"

  62. Leaglestalon says:

    i remember reading a "non cannon" star trek book where Barley helped in the design of a holographic posotronic brain. which would eventually find was a new type of android developed unknown to those around her..i know it not cannon material but always felt it showed him turning what was a obsession into something brilliant.

  63. Chrris Smith says:

    Howling mad broccoli.

  64. Jere Lull says:

    Minor point: In the past, (the "current" past), volunteers to the US armed services who had some college experience, at least the Navy, could be inducted with a Lt jg rank. Upon receiving successful professional reviews, they could advance normally in rank; to full Lt, Commander, Captain, etc.

  65. Richard Thomas says:

    this guy is so full of stress and anxiety that it makes sense that he looks ten years older than the 26 years of age he's supposed to be by the time of TNG lol 🤣

  66. Where Is The Thumbnail says:

    loved this guy as Murdoch on the A-Team

  67. Dwarficus C. Maximus says:

    I know Barclay is abit of a joke, but to me, a man with bipolar disorder, Barclay is amazing. This was the first character I remember seeing in sci-fi with mental health issues, that his issues were not ignored and you see him getting help. To me, this showed me that in the future mental health issues are taken seriously and made me love TNG.

  68. Vuoto Pneumatico Non Non says:

    Wonder what made you decide to put Shivers on the left and SF Debris on the right lol.

  69. lenny Bloom says:

    Dwight is one of the best including this and the ATEAM

  70. J Bottero says:

    2398 – voyager endgame – we do see him teaching at starfleet academy.

  71. J Bottero says:

    We never did get a episode where his holo fantasy is a episode of a-team.

  72. valhallaforever1 says:

    He also escaped a mental institution using a hair dryer and a ton of trash bags.

  73. Paddy kriton says:

    Barclay was the most boring character in ST. The VOY episodes with him taking the lead role are so tedious.

  74. Dave's Nature Productions says:

    Barclay was my favourite character and I have always liked Dwight Schultz as an actor. I always assumed Barclay had Autism. I have autism and I noticed some things he did which are similar to autistic traits. He was nervous and anxious in social situations (social anxiety). He found it hard to talk to people and would stutter (He eventually stopped as mentioned to him by the EMH in Voyager Endgame Part 1, "I haven't heard you do that in years" as he stuttered when asked by the EMH about Janeway). He was really focused on his interests (Holodeck, contacting Voyager with Pathfinder, his hologram) and autistic people tend to have limited interests they focus on and can be obsessive about them. This would lead him into trouble when it focused on those more than his actual duties. He was also very intelligent.

  75. Oddish43 says:

    Reginald Barclay is the patron saint (or whatever) of autism spectrum Trekkies. Clumsy, bumbling, and trying to navigate a social landscape that he doesn't totally understand… and given to escapism.

  76. 1978 32 says:

    So he NEVET went to STARFLEET ACADEMY. 🤔 he was good enough Star Fleet wanted him to join.

  77. Silent Hill Warrior 5 says:

    Don't forget that Barclay inadvertently got everyone sick.

    Dr. Crusher had an inadvertent hand in it, although it wasn't their fault.

    They didn't know what was going to happen.

  78. WULLAH BLACK says:

    Oh, you mean the greatest member of Starfleet ever?

  79. Slomo Wee-wee says:

    I love the character arc of good ole Reg. 🙂

  80. Marc Barrett says:

    What is the difference between "lieutenant" and "lieutenant junior grade"?

  81. Patrick McCurry says:

    The one realistic character in pretty much all Star Trek. Everyone else is exceptional, heroic, and all but stated as superhuman.

  82. TheHarbingerOfDeath says:

    I have friend whose hairline receded like that by 20, it's possible. But wouldn't star fleet medical have their equivalent to GLH9000 or the hair club?

  83. Jaddok Productions says:

    in a roll playing group i made a hologram based on reg

  84. Jean-Luc Martel says:

    Anybody else who found this character to be absurd and irritating? He is not a reliable stable personality and has no place as a frontline engineering crew.

  85. Klade Wilson says:

    I’d love to see him in Picard

  86. Flendomo says:

    Ace Online music early on? or am I halucinating?

  87. NoJusticeNoPeace says:

    One of the things I love about Star Trek is Roddenberry posited a progressive future in which being a hero didn't require big muscles and a violent disposition. Sure, Kirk and Worf and Sisko were heralded for their skill in shooty things or poky things, but many characters were held up as role models for their skill at medicine or computer programming or pure science too. Many people who have worked at NASA over the last 50 years cite Star Trek as their primary influence in doing so — and that's pretty awesome.

  88. Danilo Papais says:

    So how is it pronounced "Galen" or "Glen"? You used both versions.

  89. GM Arcbolt says:

    One of my favorite characters from Star Trek, up there with Spock, Data, Bashir and Ezri Dax

  90. Jim Humphries says:

    It would have made more sense if he had been made a warrant officer like O'Brien.

  91. casbott says:

    Data: "Excuse me Lieutenant Barkley, sorry for interrupting your violin masterclass.… I was wondering if with your enhanced intellect you could fix my dead daughter Lal. And if you could show me what went wrong and the secret to creating more androids like me, it would be most appreciated."

    Lt. Barkley: "Certainly Mr Data, I have always appreciated your kindness, let's see, a cascade failure…you did save her engrams? …good.
    Got it! class dismissed. [grabs a portable data display tablet] let's go to your lab Mr Data, I'll enter the data [wry smile] in this pad as we go, then after we test it I can download all the construction techniques straight into your mind for future offspring …
    Have you considered letting me upgrade you Mr Data? I have some ideas, although perhaps it's better to do so with your next child after Lal, I'll show you the specifications…

  92. Big T Grunner-Gunner says:

    Howling Mad Murdock flew into space!

  93. Chase says:

    "Well done, Mr. Broccoli."

  94. Chancellor Gowron says:

  95. tigerbread78 says:

    26?…..perhaps the stress prematurely aged him

  96. Dragon Alpha says:

    Mr. Broccoli. A true genius in tech.
    A Valued Officer.

  97. David F says:

    11:31 "And he is something of a psychiatrist's field day", a superb understatement that made me laugh

  98. Chris Pielacha says:

    Pathfinder is awesome. All these episodes are

  99. Scott McIntosh says:

    Judging by his behaviour, I'd say Reginald Apricot Broccoli is an INFJ personality based on the Myers-Briggs personality types. I recognized him in an instant. It takes an INFJ to find an INFJ.

    –I, myself, am an INFJt-Empath.
    I know intimately how he feels.

    There is one thing not mentioned in his service record because it was sealed by Starfleet Command. His participation in the disastrous Ferengi String Cheese Incident. So sad. It all could have been avoided so easily 😟😩😢😥😳

  100. Adric Small says:

    Please do Wesley

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