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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.
  • 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... — KGF Vissers
  • The Enterprise responds to a distress signal from the USS Jenolan, a Federation transport ship that was reported missing 75 years ago. It crashed - or was shot down - on the outside surface of a Dyson sphere, a spherical structure large enough to contain a sun and a myriad of planets. They find basic life support systems aboard the craft are still functioning but more interesting they find that someone is in the transporter system. It turns out to be Captain Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, who was a passenger aboard the vessel. Having been in a form of stasis for 75 years means Scotty is rather a fish out of water when it comes to his new time period, but his knowledge becomes invaluable when the Enterprise is drawn inside the sphere by a tractor beam. — garykmcd
  • The Enterprise locates the missing transport ship USS Jenolan (from a distress signal). The ship was supposed to be missing for 75 years. It is found to be stuck on a round object large enough to cause Gravimetric disturbances, which fits the theory of a Dyson sphere, a body constructed around a star, large enough to contain an entire star's powers. And the inhabitants of the sphere to have limitless source of power and energy. 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 the patterns of which has degraded, but the Enterprise's chief engineer from Kirk's days, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (James Doohan), is alive and confident he still can be useful. Scotty says how the Jenolan approached the sector on a routine survey and found the Dyson Sphere, just as the Enterprise did. But their aft propulsion coils gave away during the survey and it crash landed on the surface, where it has been stuck for the last 75 years. After trying Geordi's patience with his ignorant questions and dangerous presumptions. Scotty didn't know that engines use multi-phase auto-containment now and almost blew up the engines. Also, Scotty didn't know that ships grow their crystals inside the Dilithium chambers, Scotty feels ready to retire. Geordi tells Scotty that he is just in the way, and he is offended. Sensors indicate a G class star inside the sphere and a class M atmosphere. Capable of supporting life but giving no indication of life itself. Scotty admits to Picard that he does not belong on Picard's Enterprise and can't bring himself about to learn all the new technology now-a-days. Picard asks Geordi to take Scotty's help in accessing the memory banks of the Jenolan as they had already conducted a survey of the sphere before their crash. Geordi and Scotty beam onto the Jenolan. Meanwhile the Enterprise checks out an airlock on the Dyson Sphere. Suddenly a tractor beam locks onto them and pulls them into the airlock, which opens. The ship loses all power as the tractor beam drains them of their power source. Once inside the sphere, the ship starts falling towards the star, as it still has forward momentum, and no way to stop it. Picard and Riker use the Thrusters to push the ship into a stable orbit around the star at 150K Kms. Scans reveal that the sphere is abandoned, and the star is extremely unstable. As the flares from the sun increase, the shields of the Enterprise will not be sufficient to protect within 3 hours. Scotty and Geordi find the Enterprise missing from orbit and speculate that it has gone inside the sphere. Scotty and Geordi work together to bring the engines of the Jenolan back online. They also figure out the airlock through which the Enterprise was pulled inside the sphere. Scotty plans to trigger the airlock open by hailing at Enterprise frequencies, but from a distance so that the tractor beam can't latch to them. Also, when the lock tries to close, Scotty plans to jam them open with the Jenolan, giving the Enterprise a chance to escape. Geordi protests saying that the locks are huge and will crush the Jenolan, but Scotty assures him that the tolerances are built in and that the shields of the Jenolan will hold. Jenolan executes the plan and hails the Enterprise when the lock is open. Enterprise escapes and beams Scotty and Geordi back on as it passes through. As a tribute, Picard gifts Scotty a shuttle from the Enterprise to get to Norbin. This is a planet that Scotty was headed to for his retirement, on the Jenolan, 75 years ago.

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Montgomery Scott is on his way to retirement on Norpin V aboard the USS Jenolen when it stops to carry out a scientific study of a Dyson Sphere . An attempt to communicate sees the Jenolen suffer a major systems fault. A small group of crew try to bring it into a safe landing but the passenger area ruptures, suffocating nearly everyone on board with Scotty and Ensign Matt Franklin the only survivors. With limited supplies, Scotty places them in a transporter cycle to await rescue.

Seventy-five years later, the Enterprise -D finds the Jenolen . Scotty is reconstructed but Franklin has degraded too much. Scotty finds himself at a loss on the advanced ship, with his attempt to help out in engineering hampered by his outdated knowledge, resulting in La Forge ordering him out. Empathising with him, Picard suggests Geordi take Scotty to the Jenolen to retrieve the sensor records.

The Enterprise triggers an automatic response similar to what the Jenolen did and a tractor beam takes it inside the sphere, leaving it orbiting the sun. Scotty and Geordi realise what has happened and manage to trigger the opening of a hatch and then use the Jenolen to wedge it open. The Enterprise' s ability to respond is hampered by the fact Riker has taken an away team to investigate a sensor blind spot and reckless phaser usage by Ensign Kane has seen his friend Andy Sousa injured by falling machinery. The away team makes it to the beam-down point just in time and the Enterprise also retrieves Scotty and Geordi as they blast through the Jenolen on the way out.

Scotty is gifted the shuttlecraft Christopher on extended loan and heads out to explore.

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  • A scene between Scotty and Troi in Scotty's quarters was filmed for the television version, but deleted due to time constraints. It features in the novelization.
  • The novelization later became an audiobook adapted by the author (although credited as Jan Michael Friedman) and narrated by James Doohan with an introduction and conclusion by LeVar Burton . The U. K. audiobook edition is ISBN 067185612X .

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Original air date: October 12, 1992

The Enterprise finds the USS Jenolan , a ship that was missing for 75 years, crashed on the surface of a Dyson Sphere . An away team of La Forge, Riker, and Worf beam over to the transport ship, which amazingly still has power. Although life support is working, the ship seems deserted. Just then, La Forge notices that the transporters on-board have been modified somehow and that there's still a pattern stored in them. The teleporter is activated, and who else materializes on the pad but Scotty himself!

Scott explains that he was on his way to retirement when the ship crashed, and he and the only survivor, Franklin, had too few supplies to wait for rescue. Franklin's pattern has degraded too much for revival. When Scott learns that his rescuers are from the Enterprise , he assumes that Kirk has come to save him, but once he sees Worf, he realizes that he's been away much longer than he'd thought.

On the Enterprise , Scott gets introduced to the crew and is instantly fascinated by the advances in technology that have been made. Although advised by Crusher to rest, he quickly gets into Geordi's hair and insists on helping him man engineering, stating that his 52 years of experience should be worth something. Unfortunately, Scott is too unfamiliar with 24th Century technology and starts to get in the way. Geordi's patience wears thin, and he finally snaps at Scott to go away, causing the old man to leave in a huff.

Scott wanders into Ten-Forward, where he samples some synthehol and nearly spits it out. Data serves a real alcoholic drink to Scott, which Scott likes, though he mutters to himself about the future being full of "synthetic alcohol and synthetic people." After getting drunk, he stumbles to the holodeck and recreates the bridge of the original Enterprise . Scott wistfully recalls his glory days while drinking a toast to his absent comrades . But his pity party is interrupted by Picard, who downs shots of Scott's whiskey and commiserates with him. Scott says that the original Enterprise is the only ship that he misses, and Picard admits that he misses his first command, the Stargazer , even though it is completely outclassed by the current Enterprise . He offers to let Scott peruse the modern tech manuals, but Scott refuses, saying that the time comes when every man has to know when to quit. He shuts off the simulation and leaves.

The following day, Picard suggests to La Forge that Scott could help recover the logs from the damaged Jenolan . He also makes a personal request that La Forge personally accompany him to make Scott feel useful again. Geordi agrees. After the pair beam over, the Enterprise moves to investigate a communications array on the Dyson sphere and gets pulled inside by automated tractor beams. The ship's systems get overloaded in the process, causing the ship to start hurtling toward the central sun with minimal power.

In the Jenolan , Scott speaks with disgust at the ship's out-of-date technology, calling it a useless relic (much like himself). Geordi counters that many principles of spacecraft have remained the same for decades and that the ship might even still be in service had it not been damaged. "Just because something's old, doesn't mean you throw it away," he says. Scott is heartily reencouraged by Geordi's arguments. When they try to contact the ship, however, they get no response. Scott realizes that the ship might have entered the sphere, so the two engineers set about repairing the derelict ship to go after it.

The Enterprise crew manages to use their remaining impulse power to enter an orbit around the star, but its violent solar flares will destroy them in three hours if they don't find a way to escape.

La Forge and Scott work on repairing the Jenolan ' s engines. Geordi is cautious about exceeding Starfleet regulations on deuterium, but Scott reveals that he wrote those regulations and knows exactly how far he can push them. They get the ship running, and Scott offers Geordi the command in spite of technically being the senior officer. He explains that even though he's a captain, he only ever thought of himself as an engineer. With Geordi in command, they track the Enterprise trail into the sphere. Scott proposes entering the sphere and holding the doors open with their shields to let the Enterprise out. Geordi is leery of such a cockamamie idea, but Scott assures him that it will work, so Geordi agrees.

The engineers wedge the Jenolan between the doors, the shields hold, and La Forge manages to open a communications channel to the Enterprise . The starship receives the hail and sets a course for the hatch. The Jenolan suffers heavy damage while the craft is wedged in the hatch and La Forge tells Picard that the Enterprise will have to destroy the ship to escape. When the Enterprise is in transporter range of the Jenolan , Picard gives the order to beam La Forge and Scott back on board (with the Jenolan ' s shields still raised) and fire photon torpedoes, destroying the Jenolan . The doors continue to close, but the Enterprise manages to exit the sphere. As La Forge and Scott walk off the transporter pad, Scott is cheerfully relieved to be returned to safety.

This episode contains examples of:

  • All There in the Manual : The novelization of the episode has an extensive prologue showing how the Jenolan crashed and how Scotty and Franklin got put into the transporter pattern.
  • And the Adventure Continues : The Enterprise crew loan Scotty one of their shuttles, allowing him to depart for more adventures in the 24th Century.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece : Aboard the Jenolan , Scott grouses that the ship is just so much "old, useless garbage." Geordi rejoins that most of the basic systems haven't changed, and the ship might still be in service in the 24th century if it hadn't crashed. Sure enough, they manage to get the ship spaceborne again, and it allows them to open the Dyson Sphere's hatch and wedge it open long enough for the Enterprise to escape. Geordi : This ship could run circles around the Enterprise at impulse speeds. Just because something's old, doesn't mean you throw it away.
  • Data's "it is green" line in Ten Forward is almost the same as a line that Scotty uses in the TOS episode "By Any Other Name" .
  • Scotty also mentions events from the episodes "The Naked Time," "Wolf in the Fold," and "Elaan of Troyius" .
  • Geordi returns the favor by relating the events of "Galaxy's Child" . Scotty notes, "You soured the milk!" which was exactly the line that Geordi and Brahms used to describe their ploy.
  • A very minor one from "The Galileo Seven" — Spock and Scott had a similar discussion about using a backup deuterium tank, which Scotty said was too delicate to take the pressure.

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  • Cold Sleep, Cold Future : After a while, Scotty starts to feel that he has no place in the 24th century.
  • Conflict Ball : Even though he's on a tight schedule, it seems odd for a Nice Guy like Geordi to get angry to the point of snapping at him within ten minutes. Particularly at Montgomery Scott, who is to engineers what Kirk is to captains. But it pushes Scotty into Ten Forward and then the recreated bridge on the holodeck.
  • Dyson Sphere : The setting for the episode (though, technically, it's a Dyson Shell ). Whoever built it has long since abandoned it, as the star within is no longer stable enough for humanoids to survive within. The characters are astonished by an object on such a scale, and especially to find one abandoned and undiscovered. For all the Federation's advanced technology the Sufficiently Advanced Aliens they have learned of and encountered, such a massive undertaking is still beyond them.
  • Fire-Forged Friends : Scott initially drives Geordi crazy, but after working together to save the day, they've become two peas in a pod.
  • Gadgeteer Genius : Both La Forge and Scotty for their respective eras.
  • The Ghost : A scene takes place in Ten Forward, and Guinan is referenced several times, but she doesn't make an appearance.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink : After an argument with Geordi, Scotty goes to the bar to get drunk. He ends up drinking the Aldebaran whiskey that Picard provided Guinan.
  • I Ate WHAT?! : Scotty orders a scotch at Ten Forward and nearly gags at what he was given. The waiter is confused until Data brings up synthehol, an alcohol substitute that emulates taste but minimizes intoxication and addiction. Being a connoisseur, Scotty easily tastes the difference and Data retrieves a private stash Guinan kept behind the counter that is more to his liking.
  • Like a Duck Takes to Water : Scotty tries to show that his engineering expertise is still useful in the 24th century. He doesn't do so well on the state-of-the-art Enterprise , but his Damage Control gets the much older Jenolan flying again.
  • MacGyvering : What Scotty does best. Geordi is dumbfounded on how he was able to reconfigure the transporter into a stasis field in order to survive 75 years. Scotty is more humble about it as his compatriot didn't make it "It was half brilliant, Franklin deserved better." When repairing the Jenolan and trying to figure out what happened to the Enterprise, Scotty gives an impassioned speech to Geordi about how much he has dedicated his life to squeezing out impossible things from the starships he has worked on.
  • Mr. Fixit : The episode is basically a love letter to engineers, with Scotty reconfiguring the Jenolan to save the Enterprise and reminding everyone why he was called a miracle worker.
  • Nostalgia Filter : Invoked by Picard and Scotty. Picard in particular muses that his first command, the USS Stargazer was an "overworked, underpowered vessel, always on the verge of flying apart at the seams", and that the Enterprise -D is in every way superior, but that there's times where he'd give anything to be commanding Stargazer again.
  • Passing the Torch : Invoked when Scotty says goodbye to La Forge, with Scotty observing that, while the Enterprise is a credit to her name with a fine crew, in his experience a ship is only as good as the engineer who takes care of her, and he is confident that the Enterprise -D is in good hands with Geordi.
  • Red Shirt : The guy who went into transport suspension with Scotty. Died without appearing onscreen. Scotty is found with his injured arm wrapped in an improvised sling... a sling consisting of a strip of torn red fabric.
  • Retirony : Not even Scotty was immune to it, since his transport to a retirement colony crashed on a Dyson Sphere.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale : When the Enterprise is pulled into the sphere, it's clear that the ship is moving very slowly. Once inside, Data states that the ship is 90,000,000 kilometers from the star's chromosphere. The helmsman then states that the residual inertia from the tractor beam is causing them to drive towards the star. They treat this as being a dire emergency, but at the speed that the ship is shown to be moving, it would take days, if not weeks, to actually reach the star. Sure enough, in what is clearly a matter of no more than an hour, the ship has come within 150,000 kilometers of the star and is at risk of being destroyed.
  • The Trope Namer himself discusses it with Geordi. Scotty: 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. Geordi: Yeah, well, I told the Captain I'd have this analysis done in an hour. Scotty: How long would it really take? Geordi: An hour. Scotty: Oh, you didn't tell him how long it would really take, did you? Geordi: Well, of course I did. Scotty: Oh, laddie, you have a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker!
  • Later, when Geordi suggests that they repair the Jenolan to look for the Enterprise , Scotty says that it'll take a week just to get started. But they don't have a week, so better get to work!
  • Starship Luxurious : Scotty is completely astonished by the size of the Enterprise -D, especially his guest quarters. Scotty: Good Lord, man, where have you put me? Kane: These are standard guest quarters, sir. I can try and find something bigger if you want. Scotty: Bigger? In my day, even an Admiral wouldn't have had such quarters on a starship.
  • Technobabble : Plenty re: the jury-rigged transporter. Geordi: Commander. The transporter is still online. It's being fed power from the auxiliary systems. Riker: The rematerialization subroutine has been disabled. Geordi: That's not all. The phase inducers are connected to the emitter array. The override is completely gone and the pattern buffer's been locked into a continuous diagnostic cycle. Riker: This doesn't make any sense. Locking the unit in a diagnostic mode just sends the matter array through the pattern buffer. Why would anyone want to— Geordi: There's a pattern in the buffer still. Riker: It's completely intact. There's less than .003% signal degradation. How is that possible? Geordi: I don't know. I've never seen a transporter jury-rigged like this.
  • Though also inverted — Geordi mentions that some designs and theories aren't all that different than they were in Scotty's day, and had it not been for the structural damage, the Jenolan is a fine ship and could still be in Starfleet service.
  • Picard soon joins him, and the two offer a toast to their absent ships: the Enterprise and the Stargazer . Scotty: Ah, it's like the first time you fall in love. You never love a woman quite like that again. To the Enterprise and the Stargazer — old girlfriends we'll never meet again.
  • Understatement : Scotty mentions that, the first time he visited Argelius, he got into "a wee bit of trouble". (He was framed for murder.)
  • Unwanted Assistance : Any time that Scotty tries to help Geordi in Engineering. Makes you feel bad for Scotty. The poor guy is really out of touch with the 24th century technology, but he wants to do what he can to help the Enterprise .
  • What Year Is This? : Naturally, Scotty wants to know how long he's been in transporter stasis.
  • He also tells the bartender in Ten Forward that he's been drinking Scotch a hundred years before he was born. This bartender is not Guinan , so in this case it's true.
  • Wrote the Book : Geordi cites some Techno Babble regulations that Scotty quite literally wrote. Scotty : Shunt the deuterium from the main cryo-pump to the auxiliary tank. La Forge : Er, the tank can't withstand that kind of pressure. Scotty : [laughs] Where'd you get that idea? La Forge : What do you mean, where did I get that idea? It's in the impulse engine specifications. Scotty : Regulation 42/15 - Pressure Variances on the IRC Tank Storage? La Forge : Yeah. Scotty : Forget it. I wrote it. A good engineer is always a wee bit conservative, at least on paper. Just bypass the secondary cut-off valve and boost the flow. It'll work.
  • You Are in Command Now : Scotty tells Geordi to take the Jenolan ' s conn. When Geordi points out that Scotty's the senior officer present, he brushes it aside, saying that he may be a captain by rank but he's happier being just an engineer.

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Captain Montgomery Scott – often referred to as " Scotty " by his shipmates – was a male Human Starfleet officer who lived during the 23rd and 24th centuries .

For a period of nearly thirty years, he served as the chief engineer of both the USS Enterprise and the USS Enterprise -A , both under the command of Captain James T. Kirk . ( TOS : " Where No Man Has Gone Before "; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country ; TNG : " Relics ", et al.)

With his reputation as a " miracle worker ", he was a man of superior technical and engineering skill, experience, and ingenuity. ( TOS : " The Doomsday Machine "; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock , Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home ; TNG : " Relics "; SNW : " Hegemony ")

  • 1 Early life
  • 2.1 Starfleet Academy
  • 2.2.1 Service aboard the Stardiver
  • 2.3.1 The five-year mission
  • 2.3.2 Refitting the Enterprise
  • 2.3.3 Battle with Khan
  • 2.3.4 Stealing the Enterprise
  • 2.4 Traveling back to 1986
  • 2.5.1 The Sybok incident
  • 2.5.2 Stopping a conspiracy
  • 2.6.1 Maiden voyage of the Enterprise -B
  • 2.6.2 En route to the Norpin colony
  • 2.6.3 Reemergence in the 24th century
  • 3.1 Klingon attack destroys Enterprise
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  • 8 Memorable quotes
  • 9.1 Appearances
  • 9.2 Background information
  • 9.3 Apocrypha
  • 9.4 External links

Early life [ ]

Montgomery Scott was born in Scotland on Earth in 2222 . ( TNG : " Relics ") He spent part of his life in Aberdeen , once referring to himself as an "old Aberdeen pub-crawler." ( TOS : " Wolf in the Fold ") After having time travelled to 1986 , Scott was introduced in a cover story as being from Edinburgh . ( Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home ) Upon being asked how he adjusted to space travel, Scott once admitted, " I was practically born to it. " ( TOS : " The Lights of Zetar ")

Starfleet career [ ]

Starfleet academy [ ].

Scott joined Starfleet and began his engineering career in 2241 . ( TNG : " Relics ")

During his time at Starfleet Academy , he had Professor Pelia as an instructor, who considered him to be one of her best students. Nevertheless, he received some of the worst grades in her course, something he would remain embarrassed about well into his Starfleet career. ( SNW : " Hegemony ")

Early postings and assignments [ ]

Scott was commissioned as a Starfleet officer with the serial number SE 19754 T. ( TOS : " Wolf in the Fold ")

During his fifty-one-year career, he served on a total of eleven ships , including various freighters , cruisers and starships . ( TNG : " Relics ")

Over his career, Scott had experience working with PXK pergium reactors . The last time he had even seen one was in 2247 , that was, until he attempted to repair the reactor at the Janus VI colony twenty years later . ( TOS : " The Devil in the Dark ") For a time in his career, he had also served as an engineering advisor for the freighting-line base established in the Deneva system that operated between the Deneva colony and the outlying asteroid belts . ( TOS : " Operation -- Annihilate! ")

During the course of his career, Scott wrote several technical manuals , including one titled Operating Protocol - Flow Sensors . A copy of this manual was stored in the Engineering Systems Database aboard the USS Enterprise -D in 2366 . ( TNG-R : " Booby Trap ") He was also responsible for writing Starfleet Regulation 42/15 , entitled "Pressure Variances in IRC Tank Storage", which was part of the basic operational specifications for impulse engines . These specifications were admittedly written "a wee bit" conservatively. ( TNG : " Relics ")

Service aboard the Stardiver [ ]

As a lieutenant junior grade , Scott was stationed aboard the USS Stardiver when the Stardiver was attacked by the Gorn in the Shangdi system . As the sole survivor , he escaped by constructing a transponder using parts from the Stardiver 's Hubble K7C Stellar Assessment Array , which fooled the Gorn vessels into seeing his shuttle as one of their own. However, the shuttle had been damaged and Scott was forced to land on Parnassus Beta , in the adjacent system. Scott created a "Gorn trap" using faked human bio-signs and force fields to ensnare any Gorn in the area. Scott was later beamed aboard the Enterprise , where he was reunited with his former instructor Pelia . ( SNW : " Hegemony ")

Service aboard the Enterprise [ ]

The five-year mission [ ].

Montgomery Scott, 2265

Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott in 2265

By 2265 , Scott was assigned to the USS Enterprise where he served as chief engineer under Captain James Kirk . ( TOS : " Where No Man Has Gone Before ") The Enterprise was the first ship on which he was the chief engineer. ( TNG : " Relics ")

Montgomery Scott, 2266

Scott in 2266

His duties also included maintenance and operation of the Enterprise 's transporter systems. Three of his top engineers included Lieutenants Kyle , Leslie , and Gabler . He was understandably upset when Harper , an assistant engineer who was one of only twenty crewmembers selected to remain aboard the Enterprise during the M-5 multitronic unit test mission, was killed by an energy transfer beam used by the insane supercomputer to draw power directly from the ship's warp engines. ( TOS : " The Ultimate Computer "; TAS : " One of Our Planets Is Missing ", " The Terratin Incident ")

Scott also served as the ship's second officer , and often assumed command when both Kirk and Spock left the ship, or they both were incapacitated. Thus, he often faced critical diplomatic and military situations. ( TOS : " A Taste of Armageddon ", " Journey to Babel ", " Friday's Child ", " Bread and Circuses ", " A Piece of the Action ") In 2268 , Kirk noted him to commendation for his outstanding command performance without disobeying the Prime Directive and saving the landing party on planet 892-IV . ( TOS : " Bread and Circuses ") However in 2267 , Kirk jokingly "fired" Scott when he couldn't repair the ship's engines and break out of orbit around Gamma Trianguli VI . After the destruction of Vaal Kirk immediately "re-hired" him. ( TOS : " The Apple ") Despite being a capable command officer he never pursued his own command post because he "…never wanted to be anythin' else but an engineer." ( TNG : " Relics ")

By the late 2260s , Scott knew more about the warp engines aboard a Constitution -class starship than even the men who designed them. ( TOS : " The Apple ") Furthermore, Scott was diligent in keeping his professional skills up to date considering he was an avid reader of technical journals , which he considered his idea of relaxing. ( TOS : " The Trouble with Tribbles ") This knowledge and ability to save the ship in a jam eventually led to his reputation aboard the Enterprise as a "miracle worker." This was brought about by his reputation for being able to effect starship repairs faster than usually required. Scott later admitted that he often padded his estimates of time needed for repairs by a factor of four in order to appear that much faster. ( Star Trek III: The Search for Spock ; TNG : " Relics ") As he said to Geordi La Forge in the 24th century, " A good engineer needs to be a wee bit conservative, at least on paper. "

Montgomery Scott aboard the Botany Bay

Scott aboard the SS Botany Bay

In 2268, Scott stated that he knew the Enterprise better than Larry Marvick , the man who designed the starship. When Marvick visited the ship, escorting the Medusan Ambassador Kollos , Scott made a bet, that he wouldn't find his way around the engine room. When Scott allowed him access to the warp engine controls, Marvick, under the madness brought on by the sight of the Medusan, attempted to take over the vessel and hurled it into the void surrounding our galaxy . ( TOS : " Is There in Truth No Beauty? ")

Scotty's dead, Jim

Scott is pronounced dead by McCoy on the bridge of the Enterprise

In 2267, Scott was attacked and killed by Nomad , a probe originally launched from Earth in the early 21st century . Kirk was distraught by the death of his valued chief engineer, but Nomad informed Kirk that Scott could be "repaired" and the probe revived Scott in sickbay. Later, Scott assisted Kirk and Spock in beaming Nomad out into open space before it exploded from Kirk talking it to death . ( TOS : " The Changeling ")

Later in 2267, Scott was thrown against a bulkhead of the Enterprise during an explosion caused by a female crewmember . This resulted in a severe concussion and possible amnesia . He was ordered to take time off for therapeutic shore leave on the planet Argelius II . While on Argelius he got into "a wee bit of trouble," as he later described it, when he was accused of murdering an Argelian woman named Kara . Scott's situation worsened when he was accused of two more murders, those of another Argelian, Sybo , and fellow officer Karen Tracy . Scott was later acquitted of the murder charges, following the discovery of a non-humanoid lifeform called Redjac in the form of Mr. Hengist , who was found to be responsible for the murders, and who admitted to being Jack the Ripper and other serial killers in previous incarnations. ( TOS : " Wolf in the Fold "; TNG : " Relics ")

There will be no tribble at all

Kirk amused by Scott's beaming the tribbles aboard the Klingon ship

Scott explains that it's green

" Well, it's green . "

Scott was extremely proud of the Enterprise . In fact, he was so proud that he once started a bar fight aboard Deep Space Station K-7 when a Klingon named Korax suggested that the ship should be hauled away as garbage. As a result, he was confined to his quarters by Kirk. Scott smiled and told Kirk the punishment would give him a chance to catch up on technical journals he had not had time to read. Shortly after the incident at K-7, Scott managed to rid the Enterprise of the tribbles which had infested the ship. Much to the pleasure of Captain Kirk, Scott, in collaboration with Spock and McCoy , beamed the tribbles aboard the IKS Gr'oth where they would be " no tribble at all ". ( TOS : " The Trouble with Tribbles ")

In 2268, Scott helped Kirk, Spock and McCoy regain control of the Enterprise after the ship was invaded by agents of the Kelvan Empire and set on a course to the Andromeda Galaxy . Before leaving the Milky Way Galaxy , Scott and Spock devised a plan to destroy the Enterprise at the galactic barrier , but Kirk decided against it. Later Scott tried to incapacitate the Kelvan agent Tomar by drinking various alcoholic beverages with him. He got Tomar so drunk that the alien passed out, but his plan was foiled when Scott himself passed out before he could leave his quarters. ( TOS : " By Any Other Name ")

MARA access tube

Repairing his bairns

In the same year the Enterprise was hurled hundreds of light years away from a Kalandan outpost, and sabotage accelerated the ship to dangerously high warp speeds. Scott risked his life by entering the access crawlspace to the matter-antimatter reaction chamber to repair the fused matter-antimatter integrator , a procedure so dangerous that it was not to be undertaken while the integrator was in operation. When a faulty magnetic probe nearly ruined the procedure, Scott demanded that Spock eject him from the chamber into space, but Spock risked critical seconds to allow the engineer to successfully complete his task. ( TOS : " That Which Survives ")

Kara aims phaser at James T

Scott helplessly watching Kara aim a phaser at Kirk

In 2268 , Scott's position as second officer and chief engineer required him to participate in executing the auto-destruct sequence to prevent Bele from hijacking the Enterprise to return Lokai to the planet Cheron . ( TOS : " Let That Be Your Last Battlefield ") Scott also threatened the female Romulan Commander that he would use the auto-destruct to destroy the Enterprise and "as many of you as we can take with us" when it was surrounded by Romulan vessels during its espionage mission to appropriate the Romulans ' cloaking device . ( TOS : " The Enterprise Incident ")

Scott and dilithium crystal

Scott examining the Enterprise 's dilithium crystal

Also, in 2268, Scott prevented Garth of Izar from escaping the Elba II asylum to board the Enterprise when he challenged Garth, who, in the guise of Kirk, had attempted to order Scott to transport him to the ship, by requiring Garth to provide the countersign to the prearranged chess problem . ( TOS : " Whom Gods Destroy ")

Scott was romantically involved with Starfleet sciences division specialist Lieutenant Mira Romaine at least when she was aboard the Enterprise during its mission to Memory Alpha . Scott figured prominently in the successful attempt to prevent Romaine's body from being appropriated by the Zetarians . In carrying her occupied person to McCoy's decompression chamber , Scott insisted to Kirk, " Mira will not hurt me. " Nevertheless, he was thrown across the room by their influence. ( TOS : " The Lights of Zetar ")

Scott complained to Kirk that "one of those barefoot whaddyacallems " had entered engineering and "tried to incite my crew to disaffect". ( TOS : " The Way to Eden ")

In 2268, Scott was present in the transporter room along with Kirk, Spock and Lieutenant Dickerson when Presidential honors were rendered to the Excalbian who had taken the form of US President Abraham Lincoln . He scoffed in suggesting sarcastically that "Lincoln" would be followed by " …[King] Louis of France and [fourteenth-century King of Scots] Robert the Bruce ! " ( TOS : " The Savage Curtain ")

Refitting the Enterprise [ ]

Montgomery Scott, 2270s

Scott in 2273

In 2270 , Scott was promoted to the rank of commander and played a leading role in the massive eighteen- month Constitution II -class redesign and refit of the USS Enterprise while serving under Captain Will Decker . ( Star Trek: The Motion Picture )

Battle with Khan [ ]

In March 2285 , Scott was a participant in Saavik 's Kobayashi Maru scenario at Starfleet Training Command . Though not present on the bridge simulator , his voice was heard on speakers . After the scenario, he served aboard the Enterprise under the command of Captain Spock. He was the ship's chief engineer for a three week training cruise. Upon receiving a call for help from Regula I , Starfleet Command ordered an investigation by the Enterprise . With Rear Admiral Kirk assuming command, the cruise was cut short. The Enterprise became involved with Project Genesis and Khan Noonien Singh's attempt to steal the Genesis Device . Eventually, Kirk was able to stop Khan, but not before the latter had wrought extensive damage upon the Enterprise , requiring Captain Spock to sacrifice his life to save the ship. One of the casualties was Scott's nephew Peter Preston . Scott played the bagpipes at Spock's funeral. ( Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan )

Stealing the Enterprise [ ]

With the Enterprise safely at Spacedock One , Scott was promoted to captain and reassigned to the USS Excelsior as Captain of Engineering during the ship's early test runs. Scott detested his assignment aboard the Excelsior, citing the ship as little more than a "bucket of bolts" and didn't particularly care for Captain Lawrence H. Styles either. When Admiral Kirk resolved to steal the Enterprise and take it to the Genesis Planet without authorization to retrieve Spock's body, Scott was instrumental in their successful escape. He sabotaged Excelsior 's transwarp computer system by removing critical components, rigged an automation system that would allow Enterprise to be operated by only a handful of bridge officers, and hacked the space doors of Spacedock into opening.

When arriving at the Genesis planet, a Klingon Bird-of-Prey ambushed the Enterprise and opened fire, disabling Scott's automation system and leaving the ship as "a sitting duck". Scott, along with Kirk and Chekov, initiated the Enterprise 's auto-destruct sequence to prevent it from falling into Klingon hands. The crew beamed down to the planet, where they watched their beloved ship burn up in the atmosphere. This would have a lasting impact on Scott in later life, as Enterprise was "his home and where he had a purpose". ( Star Trek III: The Search for Spock ; TNG : " Relics ")

Traveling back to 1986 [ ]

Montgomery Scott, 2286

Scott in 2286

In 2286 , Scott traveled back in time to 1986 along with the rest of the Enterprise crew to find a pair of humpback whales . In order to construct a water tank for them, he visited the Plexicorp facility as "Professor Scott" from Edinburgh . Making a deal with plant manager Nichols he gave him the formula of transparent aluminum in exchange for a sheet of plexiglass . When Dr. McCoy objected against "changing the future," Scott pointed out " How do we know he didn't invent the thing? ".

Chief engineer of the USS Enterprise -A [ ]

The sybok incident [ ].

After returning home, he was reassigned as chief engineer of the newly commissioned USS Enterprise -A. ( Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home ) For three weeks, after a shakedown cruise, the flaws in the starship's systems were being identified and repaired under the supervision of Scott. During this time, he regained his rank of captain, after temporarily reverting to a commander following the incident of stealing the original starship Enterprise . ( Star Trek V: The Final Frontier )

Stopping a conspiracy [ ]

Montgomery Scott firing phaser, 2293

Scott firing his phaser at Colonel West on Khitomer

In 2293 , after seven years of serving aboard the Enterprise -A, Scott, along with the rest of the Enterprise -A crew, were due to stand down. Scott played a role in exposing the Khitomer conspiracy . Upon beaming down to the surface of Khitomer , he shot Colonel West , who was about to assassinate the Federation president and kill Lieutenant Valeris , out of a window and several stories to his death. ( Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country )

Retirement [ ]

In 2293 , Scott obtained a boat in anticipation of his retirement from the Enterprise -A. ( Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country )

Maiden voyage of the Enterprise -B [ ]

Montgomery Scott, 2293

Scott in 2293

Scott appeared as a " guest of honor " along with his former commanding officer , James T. Kirk, and his old crewmate, Commander Pavel Chekov , for the maiden voyage of the new Excelsior -class USS Enterprise -B , commanded by John Harriman . When the Enterprise -B responded to the distress call from two El-Aurian transports , Scott assisted in beaming a small group of survivors on board – 47 out of a total of 150. When the Enterprise became trapped in the energy ribbon the transports were in, Scott formulated a theory to use an antimatter discharge to disrupt the ribbon long enough for the vessel to break away. After Captain Kirk modified the deflector relays to emit a resonance burst , Scott and Hikaru Sulu 's daughter Demora were able to get the Enterprise clear. However, a hull breach was created on the secondary hull by the ribbon on the ship's way out and Kirk was presumed to be blown out into space . Upon being asked by Commander Chekov if anyone was in the deflector control room on Deck 15 when it was hit, Scott stared out the breach into space and solemnly stated " Aye ". ( Star Trek Generations )

En route to the Norpin colony [ ]

In 2294 , following his retirement from Starfleet, Scott traveled aboard the USS Jenolan to the Norpin colony , where he planned to spend his retirement. The Jenolan , however, encountered a Dyson sphere en route, and while attempting to investigate it, the transport crashed on its surface. Scott and Ensign Matt Franklin were the only survivors. Knowing that they didn't have enough supplies to wait for the ship's distress call to be picked up, Scott rigged the Jenolan 's transporter systems, and existed for seventy-five years in the ship's transporter buffer . ( TNG : " Relics ")

Reemergence in the 24th century [ ]

Scott's farewell

Scott in 2369 saying farewell to the crew of the Enterprise -D

In 2369 , Montgomery Scott was rescued by the USS Enterprise -D , but due to phase inducer failure, Franklin's pattern was too degraded to be recovered.

After Scott helped rescue the Enterprise -D from the Dyson sphere, Captain Picard rewarded him with the Enterprise 's shuttlecraft Goddard . ( TNG : " Relics ")

Sometime before 2387 , Montgomery Scott discovered the necessary formulas enabling transwarp beaming , which Spock later gave to a younger Scott in 2258 of the alternate reality . ( Star Trek )

Anything but canon scenarios [ ]

Klingon attack destroys enterprise.

Bridge crew (Skin a Cat)

Scott with Arex during the Klingon attack

In an anything but canon account, a fleet of D7-class battle cruisers once attacked the USS Enterprise . Scott was present on the bridge of the ship when this was happening. The captain was attempting to give the crew orders that would help save them from the Klingon 's continuous assault , but unfortunately, he continued using figures of speech that angered various crewmembers .

As a result, the Enterprise exploded due to continuous bombardment from disruptor blasts . ( VST : " Skin a Cat ")

Party on the Enterprise

Scott on the drums

Scotty playing the drums

In another anything but canon account, in a nonsensical setting in which the crew of the USS Enterprise and the USS Cerritos were actors in cartoon shows ; a party honoring the fiftieth anniversary of Scotty and the TOS era crew's cartoon was being celebrated . D'Vana Tendi of the Cerritos was present.

Although there was brief argument between the old cartoon and the new cartoon, but as William T. Riker and Hikaru Sulu left the turbolift and walked onto the bridge to join the party, the tension settled down and the party resumed, and the crew used their singing voices and musical instruments to play a song in the style of a music genre that Riker called Post Mainframe Acid-Cardassian Ten Forwardcore . By the end, Scotty told Tendi that he loved her and her crewmates on her ship , and he apologizes for arguing with her, and he admited she was cool because she got to use all the newest tech . Tendi even told him that she thought he was " hot ." While they were still playing in the band , the ship was attacked by a fleet of D7 class battle cruisers , which causes an explosion on the bridge to occur. ( VST : " Walk, Don't Run ")

Family and personal life [ ]

Scott had at least one sister , whose youngest child, Peter Preston , served aboard the Enterprise in 2285 as a midshipman during a Starfleet Academy training cruise. Preston was killed when the Enterprise was attacked and severely damaged by the USS Reliant in a surprise attack by Khan Noonien Singh . Scott was grief-stricken after the tragedy. ( Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan )

Montgomery Scott enjoying a glass of Scotch

Scott enjoying a glass of Scotch

Scott had a love for good Scotch whisky , often making references to drinking or frequenting drinking establishments on more than one planet, even referring to himself once as an "old Aberdeen pub-crawler." ( Star Trek V: The Final Frontier ; TOS : " Wolf in the Fold ") He considered Scotch a drink for real men as opposed to, for instance, vodka which he referred to as "soda pop" and "milk diet". ( TOS : " The Trouble with Tribbles "). He did not like synthehol Scotch. ( TNG : " Relics ")

He took shore leave reluctantly and ran into trouble during shore leave on at least three occasions: a fistfight on Deep Space Station K-7, ( TOS : " The Trouble with Tribbles ") an arrest for murder on Argelius, ( TOS : " Wolf in the Fold ") and a "wee bout" requiring Dr. McCoy's attention. ( Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan )

He wore his Scottish Clan kilt on three occasions. ( TOS : " Is There in Truth No Beauty? ", " The Savage Curtain "; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan ) He also played bagpipes, most notably playing " Amazing Grace " at the funeral for Captain Spock in 2285 . ( Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan ) Scott was fascinated to be handling an old-fashioned Scottish claymore . ( TOS : " Day of the Dove ")

Montgomery Scott in a kilt

Friendships [ ]

Despite his superior talents as an engineer, he was often the source of comic relief among the Enterprise crew , due to his use of the Scots language . ( TOS : " The Trouble with Tribbles ", " The Savage Curtain "; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock ; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier )

Romantic relationships [ ]

Although a gentleman at heart, life as an engineer for Scott was often lonely, as he often attempted to pursue hopeless relationships with much younger female officers that were often perceived as being out of his league.

Scott was first attracted to Carolyn Palamas and reacted bitterly to the Greek god Apollo 's infatuation with her. ( TOS : " Who Mourns for Adonais? ")

Scott was interested in Kara , prior to her murder . ( TOS : " Wolf in the Fold ")

While under the influence of Harry Mudd 's love potion crystals , Scott briefly became interested in M'Ress . After the effects wore off, he snapped at her during his hangover . ( TAS : " Mudd's Passion ")

Mira Romaine and Montgomery Scott

Scott and Romaine

Scott later became infatuated with the newly transferred Mira Romaine in 2269 . ( TOS : " The Lights of Zetar ")

Years later, Commander Uhura began to show some romantic interest in Scott while she was under Sybok 's influence. Scott politely declined her advances, mindful of her condition. ( Star Trek V: The Final Frontier )

Holograms [ ]

Montgomery Scott (Kobayashi Maru hologram)

Holographic Scott

During Dal 's many attempts at the Kobayashi Maru scenario , he requested that the computer select a new chief engineer for the recently departed Jankom Pog . He was given a holographic Scott as a replacement. Scott was the rank of captain and appeared as he did during the early 2290s . ( PRO : " Kobayashi ")

Alternate timeline [ ]

In an alternate timeline in which Captain Christopher Pike remained in the command of the Enterprise and avoided the accident that exposed him to delta radiation , Scott was serving aboard the Enterprise during the Neutral Zone Incursion . When he and Spock were working on restoring to phaser control to working order, he stated to Spock that he was "an engineer, not a miracle worker.". ( SNW : " A Quality of Mercy ")

Key dates [ ]

Montgomery Scott and crew in Enterprise-A engineering

Scott and his engineering staff on the Enterprise -A

  • 2222 : Montgomery Scott was born in Scotland, Earth
  • 2242 : Began his Starfleet career
  • 2259 : Rescued from Parnassus Beta by Christopher Pike and taken aboard the USS Enterprise ; rank: lieutenant junior grade
  • 2265 : Assigned as chief engineer of the USS Enterprise ; rank: lieutenant commander
  • 2270 : Assigned to refit crew of the USS Enterprise ; rank: commander
  • 2285 : Promoted to captain while assigned to the USS Excelsior ; remained the rank of captain following theft of the Enterprise and hijacking of HMS Bounty
  • 2286 : Assigned as chief engineer of the USS Enterprise -A
  • 2293 : Guest of honor aboard the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise -B
  • 2294 : Retired from Starfleet with the rank of captain ; lost aboard USS Jenolan on Dyson sphere
  • 2369 : Discovered by the crew of the USS Enterprise -D

Memorable quotes [ ]

" I cannae change the laws of physics! I've got to have thirty minutes! " ( TOS : " The Naked Time ")

" Of course I could treat them to a few dozen photon torpedoes. " ( TOS : " A Taste of Armageddon ")

" Diplomacy! [derisive snort] The best diplomat I know is a fully activated phaser bank! " ( TOS : " A Taste of Armageddon ")

" Aye, the haggis is in the fire for sure. " ( TOS : " A Taste of Armageddon ")

" It's armed now. Press this one – thirty seconds later, poof. Once it's activated, there's no way to stop it. "

" Before they went into warp I transported the whole kit 'n' kaboodle into their engine room… where they'll be no tribble at all. " ( TOS : " The Trouble with Tribbles ")

" You mind your place, mister, or you'll be wearing concrete galoshes. " ( TOS : " A Piece of the Action ")

" It's… uh… [sniffs contents of bottle] Well, it's green . " ( TOS : " By Any Other Name ")

" All right, you lovelies. Hold together. " ( TOS : " The Paradise Syndrome ")

" That Vulcan won't be satisfied until these panels are a puddle of lead! " ( TOS : " The Paradise Syndrome ")

" Oh, my bairns! My poor, poor bairns… " ( TOS : " The Paradise Syndrome ")

" The Enterprise takes no orders, except those of Captain Kirk. And if you make any attempt to board or commandeer the Enterprise , it will be blown to bits along with as many of you as we can take with us! " ( TOS : " The Enterprise Incident ")

" I'll not take that, Mr. Spock! That transporter was functioning perfectly! Transport me down right now and I'll explain to those… gentlemen… " ( TOS : " The Mark of Gideon ")

" President Lincoln indeed! No doubt to be followed by Louis of France and Robert the Bruce. " ( TOS : " The Savage Curtain ")

" Mad! Loony as an Arcturian dogbird! " ( TOS : " The Savage Curtain ")

" Admiral, we have just finished eighteen months redesigning and refitting the Enterprise . How in the name of hell do they expect me to have her ready in twelve hours?! " ( Star Trek: The Motion Picture )

" It's borderline on the simulator, captain. I cannae guarantee that she'll hold up! " ( Star Trek: The Motion Picture )

" Give the word, admiral! " " Mr. Scott, the word is given. " " Aye, sir! "

" The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain. " ( Star Trek III: The Search for Spock )

" Up your shaft… "

" Hello, computer! " ( Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home )

" A keyboard. [in disgust] How quaint. " ( Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home )

" Why? How do we know he didn't invent the thing ? "

" Give me one more day, sir. Damage control's easy – reading Klingon, that's hard! "

" Admiral! There be whales here! "

" Don't you worry, captain. We'll beat those Klingon devils, even if I have to get out and push! " ( Star Trek V: The Final Frontier )

" I know this ship like the back o' me hand! " (at which point Scott knocks himself out cold on a low hanging pipe) ( Star Trek V: The Final Frontier )

" Whattaya standing around for?! Ye not know a jailbreak when ye see one?! "

" Borgus Frat! 'Let's see what she's got,' said the captain! And then we found out, didn't we? "

" USS Enterprise shakedown cruise report. I think this 'new' ship was put together by monkeys. Oh, she's got a fine engine, but half the doors won't open, and guess whose job it is to make it right? "

" That suits me, I just bought a boat. " ( Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country )

" Mr. Scott? " " Aye, sir? " " Did you find the engine room? " " Right where I left it, sir. "

" I'll bet that Klingon bitch killed her father! " ( Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country )

" Synthetic scotch, synthetic commanders… "

" N-C-C 1-7-0-1. No bloody A, B, C, or D. " ( TNG : " Relics ")

" I have spent my whole life trying to figure out crazy ways of doing things. " ( TNG : " Relics ")

" Starship captains are like children. They want everything right now and they want it their way. The secret is to give them what they need, not what they want. "

" The tank can't handle that much pressure. " " Where'd you get that idea? " " It's in the impulse specifications. " " Regulation 42/15: 'Pressure Variances in IRC Tank Storage'? " " Right. " " Oh, that. Forget it. I wrote it! "

" A good engineer is always a wee bit conservative, at least on paper. "

" I may be captain by rank… but I never wanted to be anything else but an engineer. " ( TNG : " Relics ")

Appendices [ ]

Appearances [ ].

  • " Where No Man Has Gone Before "
  • " The Corbomite Maneuver "
  • " Mudd's Women "
  • " The Enemy Within "
  • " The Man Trap " (voice only; uncredited)
  • " The Naked Time "
  • " Balance of Terror "
  • " The Galileo Seven "
  • " The Menagerie, Part I "
  • " The Squire of Gothos "
  • " Tomorrow is Yesterday "
  • " The Return of the Archons "
  • " A Taste of Armageddon "
  • " Space Seed "
  • " The Devil in the Dark "
  • " The City on the Edge of Forever "
  • " Operation -- Annihilate! "
  • " Catspaw "
  • " Metamorphosis "
  • " Friday's Child "
  • " Who Mourns for Adonais? "
  • " The Doomsday Machine "
  • " Wolf in the Fold "
  • " The Changeling "
  • " The Apple "
  • " Mirror, Mirror "
  • " The Deadly Years "
  • " I, Mudd "
  • " The Trouble with Tribbles "
  • " Bread and Circuses "
  • " A Private Little War "
  • " The Gamesters of Triskelion "
  • " Obsession "
  • " The Immunity Syndrome "
  • " A Piece of the Action "
  • " By Any Other Name "
  • " Return to Tomorrow "
  • " Patterns of Force "
  • " The Ultimate Computer "
  • " Assignment: Earth "
  • " Spectre of the Gun "
  • " Elaan of Troyius "
  • " The Paradise Syndrome "
  • " The Enterprise Incident "
  • " And the Children Shall Lead "
  • " Spock's Brain "
  • " Is There in Truth No Beauty? "
  • " The Empath "
  • " The Tholian Web "
  • " For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky "
  • " Day of the Dove "
  • " Plato's Stepchildren "
  • " Wink of an Eye "
  • " That Which Survives "
  • " Let That Be Your Last Battlefield "
  • " Whom Gods Destroy "
  • " The Mark of Gideon "
  • " The Lights of Zetar "
  • " The Cloud Minders "
  • " The Way to Eden "
  • " Requiem for Methuselah "
  • " The Savage Curtain "
  • " All Our Yesterdays " (voice only)
  • " Turnabout Intruder "
  • " Beyond the Farthest Star "
  • " Yesteryear "
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Background information [ ]

Montgomery Scott was played by actor James Doohan in all of the character's television and cinematic appearances set in the "prime" universe. An alternate timeline version of Scott was voiced by Matthew Wolf in SNW : " A Quality of Mercy " and portrayed by Martin Quinn in SNW : " Hegemony ".

The character of Montgomery Scott mostly originated from James Doohan himself. Doohan was asked by Director James Goldstone , to whom he had auditioned for another role only ten days prior, to come in and read a few lines from the script of TOS : " Where No Man Has Gone Before " for him, Gene Roddenberry , Robert H. Justman , Joseph D'Agosta , and Morris Chapnick . The role he was proposed for was an unnamed Chief Engineer. When Goldstone asked him to do some accents, Doohan did several ones, including Irish, Scottish, English, Russian, etc. Roddenberry asked him which one he would choose, and he said Scottish, due to Scotsmen being renowned for having great engineering skills. Thus, the character became Scottish, and it was apparently Doohan who named him "Scotty". ( The World of Star Trek ), [3]

Gene Roddenberry nearly dropped Scott from the series after the second pilot. He informed Doohan's agent, Paul Wilkins, that "we don't think we need an engineer in the series." Wilkins became irate and met with Roddenberry that day, and insisted on returning Doohan to the Enterprise , which turned out to be a favorable decision. ( Inside Star Trek: The Real Story , pp. 152-153)

NBC 's early- 1966 press brochure about Star Trek described Scott thus:

In the final draft script of TOS : " Mudd's Women " (dated 26 May 1966 ), Scott was described as "40… very military type." This suggests he was born in 2226 .

Although Scott does not appear in "The Menagerie, Part II", he did feature in the script for that episode. At the end of the teaser , he accompanied McCoy into the Enterprise 's hearing room, without having any lines of dialogue, eager to help Captain Kirk but unable to. Then, when the hearing-room screen abruptly came on in the first act of the script, Scott was ordered, by a Talosian projection of Commodore Mendez , to turn the screen off. Despite trying to do so with a remote control , he found that the screen wouldn't go off. Scott also appeared in a deleted scene from "The Menagerie, Part II". In it, after again accompanying McCoy into the hearing room, he announced that, thanks to McCoy, they had managed to determine which computers Spock had jammed in order to lock the ship on a course to Talos IV. As Scott explained, this discovery would allow the Enterprise officers to " safely cross-circuit that series out, return the vessel to manual control. " [4]

The series writer's guide (third revision, dated 17 April 1967 ) described Scott thus:

Although Doohan had lost the middle finger on his right hand during the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day, Scott had a right middle finger within the Star Trek storyline; any time a closeup was seen of Scott's right hand (working the transporter controls, etc.), someone else's hands were used, and when Scott appeared in wide shots, he usually hid his right hand from the camera. His loss was most evident in TNG : " Relics ", where the missing finger can be clearly seen in wide shots while talking to Captain Picard on the holodeck recreation of the original Enterprise bridge and in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier , when Scott is holding a bag of food. There is also a scene in TOS : " The Trouble with Tribbles " in which his missing digit is briefly seen as he holds a giant armful of tribbles. Star Trek: The Animated Series 's animation also depicted Scott as having all his fingers.

There was much debate, especially in Scotland, as to which Scottish city Montgomery Scott was born in. The character once described himself as an "Aberdeen pub crawler" in TOS : " Wolf in the Fold ". Confusing the matter was a 1970s interview with James Doohan in which he stated his belief that Scott came from Elgin, a town forty miles west of Aberdeen. Linlithgow, twenty miles west of Edinburgh has also been vocal in its claim, citing D.C. Fontana 's novel Vulcan's Glory . If either of these claims were correct, it would imply Scott had a relatively genteel upbringing, as the regional accent of Aberdeenshire was far more coarse and Gaelicised than Scott's. On the death of James Doohan, the local West Lothian Council announced plans to open a memorial exhibition for James Doohan in Linlithgow to commemorate his contribution to the Star Trek universe and make the town's claim to be the future birthplace of Montgomery Scott concrete. The exhibition, held at Annet House, Scott's "official" future childhood home opened in the summer of 2007. It was worth noting that in the non-canon story published in the UK comic magazine TV21 & Joe 90 #21 in 1970, Scott described his ancestors as " highlanders ". According to Who's Who in Star Trek #2 (DC Comics, April 1987), Scott was born in Glasgow. His actual accent implied he was raised in or near Edinburgh.

Simon Pegg , who portrayed Scott's alternate self in 2009 's Star Trek and its sequels (and was a Star Trek fan long before being cast in the role), concocted his own backstory for the character to settle the debate over the character's accent. [5]

One inconsistency that involved Scott was that, when the USS Enterprise -D rescued him from the transporter buffer of the USS Jenolan in "Relics", Commander William T. Riker said that he was from the "USS Enterprise ". Hearing this, Scott assumed "Jim Kirk himself" had arrived to find him; however, the film Star Trek Generations established that, before Scott embarked on his trip on the Jenolan , he witnessed Kirk get blown off the Enterprise -B, and though not known to him, into the Nexus , so he should have known Kirk wasn't alive to be able to find him. This was caused by the fact that the movie Star Trek Generations was filmed after "Relics", causing a retcon . (In what may have been an attempt to address the discrepancy, in the novel Star Trek Generations , Guinan tells Chekov that Kirk is , in fact, alive within the Nexus, though this information may not have reached Scott.) According to Ronald D. Moore , who wrote both "Relics" and Generations , Scott was included in the latter, despite the inconsistency, out of affection for the character. ( Star Trek Chronology )

Another minor inconsistency could be spotted in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home , where Scott wears uniforms with commander's insignia instead of captain's.

In an ultimately omitted line of dialogue from the final draft script of "Relics", Scott remarked, " Even starships are retired… some are just lucky enough to die in action. "

Evidently, Scott was obliquely referred to in the final draft script of ENT : " Fallen Hero ". A statement made by Charles Tucker III , regarding the warp reactor aboard Enterprise , was attributed to him in the scripted stage directions. The dialogue was, " I've given you all she's got, Captain! There's no more power! " A scene description about this section remarked, " His words foreshadow another fabled Starfleet engineer. "

In the unfilmed Star Trek: The First Adventure script, Scott was depicted as working with George Kirk on an experimental dilithium-fuelled warp jump before his disappearance.

Apocrypha [ ]

The nineteenth issue of the IDW comics series Star Trek: Ongoing reveals the alternate reality Scott's full name to be Montgomery Christopher Jorgensen Scott. Since Scott was born before the timeline split, he would therefore have the same full name in the prime universe.

With the introduction of Scott's origin story in the alternate reality , several novels set in the prime reality detail Scott's origins there:

According to Star Trek II: Biographies , Scott was born in 31 August 2121 in Aberdeen, Scotland to parents Robert Burns Scott and Mary Darnley. He has a brother named James McNeil Scott and a sister named Mary Darnley Scott.

According to Who's Who in Star Trek 2 , Scott was born in Glasgow, Scotland and has a sister named Fran. He spent a year working aboard the SS Deirdre before applying to Starfleet Academy. He became the Enterprise 's chief engineer after the previous chief engineer Hoyt retired.

The short story Bum Radish: Five Spins on a Turquoise Reindeer names his mother Arlyne Jorgensen Scott and his sister Kristen Scott.

The video game Star Trek: Starship Creator gives his parents' names as Mary and Vaughn Scott. His sister is named Linda Preston.

In the novel The Kobayashi Maru , Cadet Scott less-than-voluntarily entered the Command School at Starfleet Academy , but was reassigned to engineering after a Kobayashi Maru attempt in which he defeated a Klingon squadron using a tactic which he knew the the computer would believe to be viable even though field testing that he had participated in had disproved the theory on which the tactic was based. His position as captain in the scenario was arranged by an instructor who knew that Scott wanted to be in Engineering rather than Command to justify transferring Scott to engineering school.

In the D.C. Fontana novel Vulcan's Glory , in 2253 , Lieutenant Scott signed aboard the Enterprise as a junior engineer under Lieutenant Commander Caitlin Barry. In his early days aboard the ship, he set up a still in main engineering for producing Engine Room Hooch . Despite the popularity of the beverage, it was produced by an illegal still, and Scott along with the other engineers were warned never to produce the beverage again.

In the novel Enterprise: The First Adventure , by 2264 , Scott assumed the responsibilities of being chief engineer and was promoted to lieutenant commander under the command of Captain James T. Kirk . Scott was fiercely loyal to Captain Christopher Pike and initially he did not warm up to Kirk as he felt that the young captain could place the ship in jeopardy. Over time, the two officers put their initial differences behind them and became close friends.

In the comic issue Retrospect , Scott had an on-again, off-again relationship with a woman he'd known all his life named Glynnis Campbell ( β ). The comic tells the story of how they met and fell in love, went their separate ways, and eventually got married years later. They married shortly before the events of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan , and she died in a shuttle accident during the Enterprise crew's period of exile on Vulcan . The Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations novel Forgotten History gives her credit for inspiring him to grow a mustache.

By the novel Ship of the Line , Scott has become a teacher at Starfleet Academy , but stands in as a temporary chief engineer aboard the USS Enterprise -E for its inaugural voyage under Morgan Bateson .

The novel Star Trek has Spock revealing that the Prime Scott was also stationed at Delta Vega , which Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman stated on the film's audio commentary were meant to be for the same reasons.

In the Starfleet Corps of Engineers novels , Scott was given command of the unit sometime after his retrieval from the Jenolan .

In Star Trek Online , players encountered Scott on Drozana Station in the year 2265 , helping him protect the station from an infestation of Devidians . He plays a major role in the "Agents of Yesterday" expansion pack, in which he is voiced by James Doohan's son Christopher Doohan , who had previously played the role in the fan series Star Trek Continues . 23rd century Starfleet characters first encounter him on the Enterprise during the time of the Babel Conference , where he discovers a temporal transponder left behind by an older Pavel Chekov . In the mission "Ragnarok", Scott finds himself in the 26th century , arriving aboard the USS Enterprise -J during the Battle of Procyon V ; he explains that he still carried Chekov's transponder at the time he was rescued from the Jenolan . Working together with Chekov, Scott installs the Tox Uthat aboard the Enterprise -J, which allows the Federation and its allies to defeat the Sphere-Builders . After the battle, Chekov returns Scott to the 24th century, but not before going back to the 23rd to see "their" Enterprise one last time.

In Star Trek Cats , Scott is depicted as a Scottish Fold cat .

In the novel Indistinguishable from Magic , Captain Scott commanded an SCE testbed ship, the USS Challenger . His crew included Lieutenant Commander Reginald Barclay , Lieutenant Commander Nog (chief of security), Dr. Alyssa Ogawa (CMO) and Dr. Leah Brahms as a civilian adviser. When called on to investigate the disappearance and reappearance of the starship Intrepid two hundred years prior, he requested a temporary transfer to his crew: Commander Geordi La Forge. The crew fought off an attempt by former DaiMon Bok of the Ferengi to hijack the Intrepid and use it to time travel and prevent his son from being killed by Captain Picard and solved the Intrepid mystery by discovering a powerful lifeform capable of traveling easily between galaxies and drawing starships with it. Scott was severely injured during the mission and developed a fatal condition. With his first officer dead, Scott named La Forge as his successor as captain. He stayed behind in the other galaxy that they were drawn to in order to ensure that the rest of the Challenger crew (and some Romulans who were also pulled there) got home. As the Challenger exploded, he set the transporter to potentially send himself to safety. His current fate is unknown.

External links [ ]

  • Montgomery Scott at StarTrek.com
  • Montgomery Scott at Memory Beta , the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
  • Montgomery Scott at Wikipedia
  • Montgomery Scott at the Star Trek Online Wiki

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