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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47-reference: Scotty is identified to be 147 years of age. 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
[on the holographic bridge of Scotty's Enterprise, Scotty and Picard are exchanging memories of former starships they've served on
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
The first vessel that I served on as captain was called Stargazer. It was an overworked, underpowered vessel, always on the verge of flying apart at the seams. In every measurable sense, my Enterprise is far superior. But there are times when I would give almost anything... to command the Stargazer again.
Ah, it's like the first time you fall in love. You don't ever...
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