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
Did You Know?
A Dyson's Sphere is a real theory postulated by Freeman Dyson
in 1959. But the actual sphere that Dyson theorized was not a solid object as seen in Relics. In an interview for the website Meaning of Life TV, Dyson himself was asked if he had known that a Dyson Sphere was featured on the show and mentioned specifically by name, to which he replied he was aware of it because his daughter had sent him a taped copy of this episode. He went on to say that the episode was "fun to watch, and even though it was all nonsense, it was still quite a good piece of cinema." See more
When the Enterprise is trapped inside the sphere Data says that they do not have enough power to escape the star's gravitational pull, yet when Geordi and Scotty open the Dyson Sphere's outer door the Enterprise is somehow able to escape the star's gravity well and fly out of the sphere. See more
Call me Scotty!
Referenced in Star Trek: Generations
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more