After all this discussion on The Protracted Man, I went and looked up the brief treatment available and ... well, I'm pretty underwhelmed. It seems like a throw-away episode. I would much rather see an original "Origin" story than something that feels like I've seen it multiple times before on both TOS and TNG: a guy suffers a transporter accident, is out of phase with the rest of us, and eventually they use the transporter to put him back together. That's hardly fresh when it comes to Star Trek. It seems like canning the original Origin story was a HUGE mistake.