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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.


Alexander Singer


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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Lanei Chapman ... Ensign Sariel Rager
Erick Weiss ... Ensign Kane
James Doohan ... Scotty
Stacie Foster Stacie Foster ... Bartel
Ernie Mirich Ernie Mirich ... Waiter
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


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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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.
Scotty: Engineering? I thought you'd never ask!
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Referenced in Star Trek: Generations (1994) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Kind of depressing...
26 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Scotty stuck in transporter buffer 75 years! LaForge is a bit nasty--a bit painful to watch

The Enterprise discovers something VERY unusual. In an old and seemingly empty craft, there are still two humanoids stuck in the transporter buffer. When they activate the controls, they are able to beam someone out of the transporter--good old Scotty from the original Enterprise. It seems he and another man were the last survivors and to stay alive, they put themselves into the transporter....75 years ago! Unfortunately, the other guy did not survive this and now Scotty has to get used to life in an all new century. Unfortunately, it soon becomes apparent that he's almost hopelessly out of date. Even worse, however, is that Commander LaForge isn't all that patient with Scotty when he comes to engineering. In fact, he's very short with him. Sure, Scotty is annoying but LaForge is not especially kind--and all this is very painful to watch. Fortunately, the rest of the show does improve and Mr. Scott is able to prove himself in the end. Overall, the show is a bit painful to watch but enjoyable...especially for fans of the old series.

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