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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The first Star Trek episode directed by Alexander Singer. See more »

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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 »

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Scotty: Geordi, I have spent my whole life trying to figure out crazy ways of doing things. I'm telling ya, as one engineer to another - I can do this.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: [sighs] All right. Let's do it.
Scotty: [ecstatic] Aye!
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Referenced in Star Trek: Generations (1994) See more »

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Third of three original stars makes a visit
15 April 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

Following on the heels of Deforest Kelly and Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan became the third cast member of the original "Star Trek" to appear on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" in the episode, appropriately entitled "Relics". Doohan returns as "Scotty," who was somehow trapped in mid-transporter transmission during a space battle. Now in the twenty-fourth century, Scotty must adapt to a world that sees him as an antiquity from almost a century before.

However, Scotty's engineering wizardry comes into play when Geordi must contend with a Dyson Sphere, a planet encased in a protective armor that has "swallowed" the Enterprise.

Not only is this installment an homage to the original show, it also is a fitting final TV look at the actor that will forever be associated with the phrase, "Beam me up!" Prior to his death and after the airing of "Relics," Doohan would reprise the role for one more theatrical film but "Relics" remains one of his best turns as the redoubtable Scotsman.


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