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
Did You Know?
The scene of the original Enterprise was made by looping footage of the empty bridge seen in Star Trek: This Side of Paradise
(1967), and bluescreening it behind James Doohan
. Because of this, only small parts of the set had to be built. Ironically, Doohan didn't appear in the episode the shot was taken from. The shot of the original viewscreen was recycled from Star Trek: The Mark of Gideon
(1969). 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
[the Enterprise is trapped inside the Dyson Sphere and exposed to frequent solar flares
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Mr. Data, we have to find some way out of here. Begin scanning for another hatch or portal that might still be open.
Lt. Commander Data
The interior surface area is over ten to the sixteenth square kilometers. It will take seven hours to completely scan the surface, sir.
[the Enterprise is hit by another flare
Lt. Commander Data
I will endeavor to speed up the process, sir.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more