This always bugged me about the transporter effect...

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... we always see it from the point of view of an external observer (even if there isn't one). We never see it from the point of view of the characters. Presumably it looks quite different if you're the one being beamed somewhere.

Has that ever happened on-screen?


The Next Generation episode Realm of Fear has Lieutenant Barclay see something during transport:

During transport, Barclay has an awful vision of a worm-like creature swimming in the matter stream and biting his arm.

During the episode, his view of being transported is shown:

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  • I think there were actually a few (very few admittedly) episodes where they had a POV camera in the beam, weren't there? – eidylon Oct 4 '11 at 20:43
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    +1 for one of the absolutely best episodes of TNG ever. – BBlake Oct 5 '11 at 2:02
  • @eidylon - I don't doubt there are, but that's the one that came to mind straight away. That said, I can't think of any others but am sure there must be =) – Rob Oct 5 '11 at 8:15
  • I no longer have it but I swear the tech readout for the transporters had the transporter create a statis field around the object being transported essentially stopping time. So I am guessing it would look like flash out fade in. – Chad Oct 7 '11 at 18:24
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    The Memory Alpha page for "Realm of Fear" actually explicitly mentions at the bottom under "Continuity" that the view from inside the transporter is used only one other time in the Voyager episode "Prototype". – Meg Coates Jun 1 '12 at 15:14

There are two times when we see a transport from the POV of the transportee.

From Voy: Prototype (unfortunately in monochrome due to the subject being a robot)

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And TNG: Realms of Fear (from the perspective of Mr Barclay).

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The older PC game Star Trek: Voyager — Elite Force shows something remarkably similar to the slightly occluded view experienced by Barclay in "Realm of Fear".

In Elite Force, the person being transported sees their vision clouded by particles, a fade to black, and then a fade-in and the particles disappear.

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  • I'm struggling to find an example where it doesn't cut to a loading screen. – Valorum Feb 28 '16 at 10:51

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