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This is what I’ve been looking forward to seeing in Season 6 of ‘Star Trek: TNG’. This episode features the return of James Doohan as Scotty. I was so thrilled! I wanted to know how Scotty returns in ‘TNG’!
In the episode, the Enterprise responds to a distress call from a Federation transport ship called the Jenolan. Reported missing for 75 years, the ship has crashed onto this object in space – a Dyson sphere.
Riker, Geordi and Worf beam over to the Jenolan to assess the condition of the ship. Geordi discovers the Jenolan’s transporter has sustained two life signs in the pattern buffer. Could two people be alive?
Geordi activates the transporter and out comes from it former Starfleet officer, Montgomery Scott, who was once a starship engineer to the original Enterprise by Captain Kirk. I was thrilled to see Scotty!
Beforehand it was Bones in ‘Encounter At Farpoint’ and Spock in ‘Unification‘. Scotty in ‘TNG’ fulfilled ‘The Original Series’ fan in me. I was so excited to see how he would interact with the ‘TNG’ characters.
Unfortunately the second life sign in the pattern buffer has degraded badly to be recovered. I liked it when Scotty was so sad his fellow friend Franklyn was lost in the transporter buffer. It’s Scotty all over.
Riker introduces himself that he and Geordi are from the Enterprise. Scotty seems pleased as he assumes Captain Kirk sent out to rescue him. Okay, here is a little continuity error I’d like to point out.
This is of course Scotty after ‘Star Trek VI’. Yet however in ‘Star Trek: Generations’, Scotty was on the Enterprise-B during its maiden voyage before Captain Kirk was lost into space and was presumed dead.
Maybe being inside the transporter buffer of the Jenolan for 75 years gave Scotty temporary amnesia. It is the best I can come up with and I know ‘Relics’ was made before the ‘Star Trek: Generations’ film.
I liked it when Scotty meets Worf for the first time and is shocked. Due to Scott’s previous experiences with Klingons, it must be a big shock to the system for him to see a Klingon wearing a Starfleet uniform.
In fact, Scotty seems to be ‘wee bit’ overwhelmed to see how things have progressed in the 24th century with a new Enterprise ship and all. He’s obviously impressed by it all, but is still overwhelmed.
Scotty gets his health checked up by Dr. Crusher in sick bay before he meets Captain Picard for the first time. I love that first meeting with the two, especially when Scotty tells Picard to call him ‘Scotty’.
I love it when Scotty is eager to see the advances of technology on the Enterprise-D. He also recounts his nostalgia from the original Enterprise in ‘TOS’ episodes like ‘Elaan of Troyius’ and ‘The Naked Time’.
However, despite his eagerness to help in engineering, Scotty becomes a nuisance and ‘in the way’ for Geordi. The relationship between Scotty and Geordi as engineers is the highlight for me in this episode.
After a bitter exchange with Geordi in engineering, Scotty goes to Ten Forward where he decides to have a glass of scotch. He eventually discovers ‘real’ alcohol is no longer served aboard Starfleet ships.
Thankfully Data comes to the rescue with a potent beverage from Guinan’s private stock to give to Scotty. Data doesn’t know what it is but describes it being ‘green’. Just like in ‘By Any Other Name’. 😀
We then come to one of my favourite scenes in the episode. Scotty uses one of the Enterprise-D’s holodecks to recreate the original Enterprise bridge. It was pretty glorious in seeing the original bridge!
I love the combination of film footage and set design made to recreate the original Enterprise bridge for Scotty to walk on. I’m sure many ‘TOS’ fans were so overjoyed to see the original Enterprise bridge.
I really liked it when Picard joins Scotty in the holodeck to see the original Enterprise bridge. It’s a nice scene between them as they compare notes and share their nostalgic memories of their first starships.
Picard shares how much he misses his old ship, the Stargazer, in the same way Scotty misses his days as engineer aboard the original Enterprise. Scotty feels he’s a relic of the past and does not feel useful.
Afterwards, Picard suggests to Geordi that he should take Scotty with him to recover existing survey records from the Jenolan to study the Dyson sphere. Geordi soon agrees and he takes Scotty with him.
I really liked it when Scotty and Geordi worked together and become good friends aboard the Jenolan. They share engineering expertise especially when saving the Enterprise-D once it is inside the sphere.
Scotty soon comes up with a way to save the Enterprise-D by using the Jenolan and its shields to keep the doors open inside the Dyson sphere. It’s a risky endeavour. Geordi goes along with it and it works.
I’ve said a lot about ‘Relics’, but it’s definitely one of my favourite episodes from ‘TNG’. It features a superb return for James Doohan as Scotty and is a great tribute to one of ‘Star Trek’s loved characters.
‘Relics’ (TNG) rating – 10/10
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