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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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Whoopi Goldberg was asked to return to her occasional role as Guinan the bartender, but her schedule didn't mesh with the timing of this episode's production, so Data fills in as the Ten Forward bartender instead. See more »


Seconds before Scotty enters the Holideck he is completely drunk... stumbling, slurred speech... and the second he steps into the Holideck he is sober. That Aldebran Whiskey was real alcohol.. not synthehol. He should be drunk throughout the entire scene. See more »


Scotty: Starfleet captains are like children. They want everything right now and they want it their way. But the secret is to give them only what they need, not what they want.
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Edited from Star Trek: This Side of Paradise (1967) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Great episode, but the writers are clearly Pro-Next Gen
4 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

An excellent episode that should be a fan favourite. But the writing and some of the interactions on the show are nothing but disappointing.

First of all the title, Relics. This is a slap at the TOS basically describing Scotty as a has been, and no where near as good as LaForge or the Next Gen crew. LaForge is written entirely out of character, acting like an engineer on a modern nuclear aircraft carrier, talking with a cold war engineer. Laforge should have reverence for this man, as being the prototype miracle worker. On top of it, they paint Scotty as always over estimating his repair times, so he gets more respect. What??? I for one am shocked that Doohan would have allowed his character to be portrayed this way. The fact he was smart enough to keep himself alive by using a transporter in diagnostic mode shows Scotty indeed knew his stuff. The interaction with Picard saves this episode, comparing first commands or first loves of old starships and sharing a wee dram on the holodeck. The fact that Picard had to "chew out" Laforge once again shows how much Laforge was out of character. This could of been so much better. But the Next Gen writers had to keep their anti-TOS agenda going.

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