The Enterprise stumbles upon a Dyson sphere, with a ship crashed on the outer surface. An away team finds some systems still powered up and the chief engineer from the old Enterprise, Montgomery Scott, locked in the transporter cycle.



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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 KGF Vissers

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10 October 1992 (USA)  »

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The scene of the original Enterprise was made by looping footage of the empty bridge seen in Star Trek: This Side of Paradise (1967), and bluescreening it behind James Doohan. Because of this, only small parts of the set had to be built. Ironically, Doohan didn't appear in the episode the shot was taken from. The shot of the original viewscreen was recycled from Star Trek: The Mark of Gideon (1969). See more »


In the opening sequence, Picard and Riker are standing behind Data, who is seated at Science Station 1. After encountering the Dyson Sphere's "turbulence", both men turn and begin walking towards the center of the bridge; Data is seen rising from his seat. In the next shot, Picard and Riker come down the ramp and approach the Ops station from the rear, but Data is shown already seated there and operating the console. See more »


[the Enterprise is trapped inside the Dyson Sphere and exposed to frequent solar flares]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Data, we have to find some way out of here. Begin scanning for another hatch or portal that might still be open.
Lt. Commander Data: The interior surface area is over ten to the sixteenth square kilometers. It will take seven hours to completely scan the surface, sir.
[the Enterprise is hit by another flare]
Lt. Commander Data: I will endeavor to speed up the process, sir.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Good Old James Doohan
24 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You know that other than Spock or Sarek, who have extensive life spans, some member of the old cast had to show up at some point. Due to time manipulation (which is seldom really explained) our boy, Scotty, James Doohan, finds himself aboard the newest incarnation of the Enterprise. He is utterly fascinated by the advanced technology and begins running around, literally pushing buttons, to the chagrin of Jordi LaForge (the chief engineer). Of course, Picard knows that there is nothing worse than an old man who feels he has no purpose in life. Of course, we know that his machismo and expertise are going to come into play at some point. While it's fun to see him running around the ship, telling war stories, trying to find true Scotch whiskey, there are times when old characters should be left to their series. It's worth watching for sentimental reasons, and Doohan does a fine job recreating his role as a stranger in a strange land.

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