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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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 »


Scotty: Call me Scotty!
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Referenced in Star Trek: Generations (1994) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Kind of depressing...
26 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Scotty stuck in transporter buffer 75 years! LaForge is a bit nasty--a bit painful to watch

The Enterprise discovers something VERY unusual. In an old and seemingly empty craft, there are still two humanoids stuck in the transporter buffer. When they activate the controls, they are able to beam someone out of the transporter--good old Scotty from the original Enterprise. It seems he and another man were the last survivors and to stay alive, they put themselves into the transporter....75 years ago! Unfortunately, the other guy did not survive this and now Scotty has to get used to life in an all new century. Unfortunately, it soon becomes apparent that he's almost hopelessly out of date. Even worse, however, is that Commander LaForge isn't all that patient with Scotty when he comes to engineering. In fact, he's very short with him. Sure, Scotty is annoying but LaForge is not especially kind--and all this is very painful to watch. Fortunately, the rest of the show does improve and Mr. Scott is able to prove himself in the end. Overall, the show is a bit painful to watch but enjoyable...especially for fans of the old series.

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