Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 4

Relics (10 Oct. 1992)

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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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Whoopi Goldberg 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 »


Scotty: [referring to Dr. Crusher] Well, I'll say this about your Enterprise: the doctors are a fair sight prettier.
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Edited from Star Trek: The Mark of Gideon (1969) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The Much-Anticipated Appearance of "Scotty"
21 March 2015 | by (South Dakota, United States) – See all my reviews

"Relics" featured the much-anticipated appearance of James Doohan as Montgomery Scott. The story was well written; and, the episode was filled with fun moments. Overall, the episode was very enjoyable.

James Doohan was the third regular cast member from the original "Star Trek" series to reprise his character on "Star Trek: the Next Generation." Compared to the earlier appearances by his cast mates, DeForrest Kelley ("Encounter at Farpoint") and Leonard Nimoy ("Unification," parts 1 and 2); Doohan's appearance in "Relics" was probably the most satisfying of the three for fans of the Star Trek franchise. Doohan spent more time on screen than did Kelley or Nimoy in the earlier episodes; and, the story of this episode was more focused on Doohan's character. The story explored (rather than merely acknowledged) the character.

"Relics" was a great episode for "Star Trek: the Next Generation." It provided fans with a nostalgic nod towards the classic "Star Trek" series and thoroughly lived up to expectations.

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