Saturday, May 25, 2019


TNG Season 6 Episode 4
Air Date: October 12th, 1992

The Enterprise receive a distress call where they find an old Federation ship crashed on a Dyson sphere. A Dyson sphere is a thought experiment about how a futuristic society could survive in the future and one idea was that they would create a mega structure around a star. The radius of this structure would be similar to the distance of the Earth to our Sun. Lt. Cmdr. Data defines the interior land mass to be greater then 250 million class M planets.

When they transport down to the ship, they find a person had used the transporter as a lifeboat, feeding his pattern into a feedback loop until someone can rescue him. It turns out to be Captain Montgomery "Scotty" Scott.

The episode mainly is about Scotty trying to be useful and realizing that he is a relic due to the time that passed. Though at the end of the day he does save the Enterprise from being trapped inside the Dyson sphere. There was a scene where Scotty goes back to the original Enterprise bridge using the holodeck. They did a pretty good job in the recreation. I read that some angles they skipped over as they weren't needed.

In the novel Ship in the Line (which is not considered canon), Captain Scott is on of the engineers that designs the engines.


"Look, Mr. Scott, I'd love to explain everything to you, but the Captain wants this spectrographic analysis done by 1300 hours." - Lt. Cmdr. La Forge
"Do you mind a little advice? 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." - Captain Scott
"Yeah, well, I told the Captain I'd have this analysis done in an hour." - Lt. Cmdr. La Forge
"How long will it really take?" - Captain Scott
"An hour!" - Lt. Cmdr. La Forge
"Oh, you didn't tell him how long it would really take, did ya?" - Captain Scott
"Well, of course I did." - Lt. Cmdr. La Forge
"Oh, laddie. You've got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker." - Captain Scott

"Laddie, I was drinking Scotch a hundred years before you were born. And I can tell you that whatever this is, it is definitely not Scotch." - Captain Scott
"I believe I may be of some assistance. Captain Scott is unaware of the existence of synthehol." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Synthehol?" - Captain Scott
"Yes, sir. It is an alcohol substitute now being served aboard starships. It simulates the appearance, taste and smell of alcohol, but the intoxicating affects can be easily dismissed." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"You're not quite human, are you?" - Captain Scott
"No, sir. I am an android. Lieutenant Commander Data." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Synthetic Scotch, synthetic commanders." - Captain Scott

"Please enter program." - Computer
"The android at the bar said you could show me my old ship. Let me see it." - Captain Scott
"Insufficient data. Please specify parameters." - Computer
"The Enterprise. Show me the bridge of the Enterprise, you chatterin' piece of" - Captain Scott
"There have been five Federation ships with that name. Please specify by registry number." - Computer
"NCC1701. No bloody A, B, C or D!" - Captain Scott

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