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Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 130: Relics

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The return of Scotty! When theEnterprisespots a Federation transport ship that had disappeared 75 years earlier, they encounter a massive gravitation field where no star is apparent. The ship had crashed on a Dyson Sphere, a massive structure the size … see full wiki

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Scotty returns and once again works miracles

  • Oct 23, 2005
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+5
The Enterprise responds to a distress signal from the Jenolan, a ship that had been lost 75 years ago. When they arrive at the location, they discover a Dyson sphere and that the Jenolan has crashed on the surface. An away team beams down and Geordi discovers that the transporter has been jury-rigged and still contains an intact pattern buffer. When the transporter is activated, Scotty from the original series materializes.
Unfortunately, despite his enormous talents, Scotty is still 75 years behind the times and cannot adjust to his lack of knowledge. After a few attempts to help, Scotty realizes (is forced to understand) that he is a relic and a hindrance. It is sad to see how he is treated, after all he is one of the legends of Star Fleet. Furthermore, Counselor Troi makes no attempt to talk to him, which is sad. Finally, Captain Picard asks Scotty to assist in recovering data from the Jenolan and Geordi accompanies him back to the ship.
While Scotty and Geordi are on the Jenolan the Enterprise is drawn into the Dyson sphere by tractor beams. Their power systems are affected and they are trapped inside the sphere. Geordi and Scotty jury-rig the Jenolan and use it to allow the Enterprise to escape.
This is one of my favorite episodes in the series, I put it in third place after the two-part episode "The Best of Both Worlds." Scotty reminisces about episodes in the original series and it is a joy to hear him tell the tales. While sad at times to see such a man being treated so shabbily, it ends on a very high point with Scotty once again saving the day.
Doohan is given the opportunity to revive all of the traits of his character in the original series and it works very well. There are two very touching moments. The first comes when Scotty and Geordi prepare to fly the Jenolan off the surface of the sphere. Scotty asks Geordi to take the command chair and Geordi says, "You are the senior officer present." Scotty's response is, "All I ever wanted to do was be an engineer." The second is when Geordi and Scotty are talking shortly before Scotty departs from the Enterprise. He tells Geordi to enjoy being the chief engineer aboard a star ship, "because once it is gone, it is gone." All of us must face that day in our lives, so this is as much a lesson in the transitions in our lives as anything else.

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