From: ‘Genesis’ (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season Seven)
What is it? Sing with us: “Spider-Barclay, Spider-Barclay, does whatever a Spider-Barclay does…” Actually, he doesn’t do very much at all, really.
As TNG raced to its conclusion, the budget got bigger but the technobabble got ever more stupid, as in this case, where a treatment for the hapless Lieutenant Barclay leads to the crew devolving into other creatures.
It’s as silly as it sounds.
Cheesy or cool? He certainly looks cool and Cronenbergian, shoving the body horror front and centre.
We just wish the episode had less of the utterly crazed science and more of the creepiness.
Fact me ‘till I fart: Barclay is played by The A-Team’s Dwight Schultz, a long time Trek fan who would go on to appear in Star Trek: First Contact and Voyager.
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