Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 4, Episode 19
Original Air Date: April 1, 1991
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It's a Barclay episode!
Our heroes encounter a mysterious probe while trying to repair an Argus Array telescope. An energy surge from the probe grants the perpetually nervous Lieutenant Barclay super-human intelligence and the confidence to match. The abrupt change inspires both amazement and concern in his crewmates. Worry mounts as Barclay merges his brain with the ship's computer.
The story is based on Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, a novel that blew me away when I read it as a teenager. Sadly, it is no longer typically assigned reading in American high schools. "The Nth Degree" is a strong episode - Barclay vehicles typically are. Dwight Schultz brings considerable range to the part. The story's resolution is delightfully Trek.
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Jim Norton plays the role of Albert Einstein. Barclay engages the great scientist in an all-night theoretical physics binge on the holodeck. Norton was born January 4, 1938 in Dublin.
Once again, the actor's greatest accomplishments have come on the stage. He has a long-standing professional relationship with Irish playwright/director Conor McPherson, originating roles in six of his plays. He won both a Tony and an Olivier for his supporting role in The Seafarer in 2008.
Evidently, he has played clergymen a lot. I frequently wonder if there's an Irish actor who hasn't as they are the typical go-to casting choice for Catholic priests in British television and film. His biggest television role was Bishop Brennan, a recurring character on the sitcom Father Ted.