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 decayed, 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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'Relics' was featured in the Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) Viewers Choice Marathon as the fifth favorite episode among fans. See more »

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The Dyson sphere's diameter is given as 200 million kilometers, which is said to be roughly the same as Earth's orbit. The diameter of Earth's orbit is closer to 300 million kilometers. The lower figure converts to roughly 124 million mi, which is less than the diameter of the orbit of Venus. The star inside the sphere is said to be type G, similar to our sun. At the given size of the sphere, trapping the total energy output of a star of that type would render the interior uninhabitable without some way to re-radiate most of that energy to space. Data's estimate of the interior surface space as 10 to the 16th square kilometers underestimates the total area by 31%. The stats (figures are rounded): Sphere diameter: 200,000,000 km (124,274,238 mi). Earth's orbit: 299,000,000 km (186,000,000 mi). Sphere's internal surface area: 16,173,009,397,494,795 sq km. Internal surface as reported by Data: 10,000,000,000,000,000 sq km. Earth surface area: 148,393,355 sq km. Ratio of sphere area to Earth area: 108,987,423 to 1. See more »

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Scotty: [on new acquirements of the 24th century, such as synthehol and Data] Synthetic Scotch, synthetic commanders...
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Scotty and my first car
2 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I appreciate and love the comments that Sotty made about "On the first Enterprise, I could tell How fast we were going by the feel of the deck-plates." My first car was a 64 Ford Fairlane with a broken speedometer, and you guessed it, I could feel the speed I was going by the vibrations of the car. This is something most young guys with their first cars can relate to. I do not know who wrote that line, but this a line that will reverberate in the memory of almost all guys.

When Scotty enters the original Enterprise, I could not help but remember entering my first car. I can remember all of the interior, the cracked seats, the torn carpet, and the only thing that worked right, the radio. I would gladly sit in that car again with a shot of Whiskey and say "Here's to you Lads".


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