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Sat, Sep 6, 2014, 7:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Relics

Setting aside the fan nods of the episode, I was always distracted by obvious factual errors that were overlooked by the writers in order to move the plot along. Here are the main problems:

1. A sphere this size would have no visible curvature as we see the Enterprise orbiting it. They make it look like the Dyson Sphere is about the size of the Death Star with an equivalent gravitational field (which was massive when they were millions of miles away but had no effect on them when up close.)

2. The tractor beam slowly pulls the Enterprise in and after shutting down, the forward momentum of the ship continues. Within a few minutes, the Enterprise is about ready to crash into the star at the center of the Sphere. But the problem here is, that the distance from the inner surface of the DS to the sun is said to be roughly 93,000,000 miles. I don't know how fast the Enterprise was coasting but let's say it was an unusually strong tractor beam and it sent the Enterprise on its way at 1000 mph. At that speed it would take 10 years for the Enterprise to reach the star, give or take.

3. So the Enterprise narrowly averts crashing into the star and soon is traveling back to the hatch that LaForge and Scotty are holding open for them. But my question has always been, if they can open the hatch from the outside at will, why not open it once to signal the Enterprise to let them know that they will open it again in an hour so the Enterprise can slip through?

In fact, once everyone realizes that the Enterprise is no longer permanently trapped, then exploration of the Sphere would be possible.

Glaring issues like this tend to diminish what could otherwise be fun stories on TNG.
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