When the Enterprise locates the missing transport ship USS Jenolan, it's found to be stuck on a round object large enough to cause gravimetric disturbances, which fits the theory of a Dyson sphere, large enough to contain an entire star's powers. Riker's away team investigates the wrecked ship and finds a permanent diagnostic loop in the transporter buffer; Geordi guesses right this was the clever method to survive for 75 years used by two men, one of which has degraded, but the Enterprise's chief engineer from Kirk's days, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, is alive and confident he still can be useful. After trying Geordi's patience with his ignorant questions and dangerous presumptions, Scotty feels ready to retire. However, the gravity has both ships locked to the sphere, the star inside is about to release a flare in hours which the shields can't survive, and Scotty, who literally wrote the impulse reactor's manual, can show Geordi the real tolerance margins... Written by
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was asked to return to her occasional role as Guinan the bartender, but her schedule didn't mesh with the timing of this episode's production, so Data fills in as the Ten Forward bartender instead. See more
We can see curvature as the Enterprise approaches the Dyson sphere. Given the theoretical size of a Dyson sphere (roughly the size of Earth's orbit around the sun), any curvature of the sphere while the Enterprise was that close would be imperceptible. See more
[referring to Dr. Crusher
Well, I'll say this about your Enterprise: the doctors are a fair sight prettier.
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