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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The script makes a number of references to Star Trek (1966): The Original Series episodes, such as Star Trek: The Naked Time (1966), Star Trek: Wolf in the Fold (1967) and Star Trek: Elaan of Troyius (1968). Scriptwriter Ronald D. Moore, a huge fan of TOS, insisted on it. When La Forge tells Scotty of the events of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Galaxy's Child (1991), it is almost like Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) returning the favor. See more »


We can see curvature as the Enterprise approaches the Dyson sphere. Given the theoretical size of a Dyson sphere (roughly the size of Earth's orbit around the sun), any curvature of the sphere while the Enterprise was that close would be imperceptible. See more »


Scotty: [on new acquirements of the 24th century, such as synthehol and Data] Synthetic Scotch, synthetic commanders...
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Referenced in Star Trek: Of Gods and Men (2007) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Good Old James Doohan
24 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You know that other than Spock or Sarek, who have extensive life spans, some member of the old cast had to show up at some point. Due to time manipulation (which is seldom really explained) our boy, Scotty, James Doohan, finds himself aboard the newest incarnation of the Enterprise. He is utterly fascinated by the advanced technology and begins running around, literally pushing buttons, to the chagrin of Jordi LaForge (the chief engineer). Of course, Picard knows that there is nothing worse than an old man who feels he has no purpose in life. Of course, we know that his machismo and expertise are going to come into play at some point. While it's fun to see him running around the ship, telling war stories, trying to find true Scotch whiskey, there are times when old characters should be left to their series. It's worth watching for sentimental reasons, and Doohan does a fine job recreating his role as a stranger in a strange land.

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