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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[La Forge and Scotty are trying to get the Jenolan up and running]
Scotty: [muttering] Bunch of old, useless garbage!
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Huh?
Scotty: I say it's old, Mr. La Forge. It can't handle the interface of your power converter. This equipment was designed for a different era. Now it's just a piece of junk.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Well, I don't know, it seems like some of it's held together pretty well.
Scotty: Century out of date. It's just... obsolete!
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Well, you know, that's interesting, because I was just thinking that a lot of these systems haven't ...
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Edited from Star Trek: This Side of Paradise (1967) See more »


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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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