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...
Did You Know?
Scotty's belief that the Enterprise was 'hauled outta mothballs' is referring to the Enterprise-A, which was decommissioned in 2293 in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
(1991), one year before his trip on the Jenolan. This is the closest any official Star Trek production has come to establishing a canon fate for the 1701-A. See more
The background of the star is a star field; however, there is only one star inside the Dyson sphere. The correct background would have been the inner surface on the opposite side of the sphere. See more
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
I need to get down to Engineering and begin that analysis.
Engineering? I thought you'd never ask!
Referenced in Star Trek: Generations
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more