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In Star Trek Beyond there's a pretty cool scene where Captain Kirk and Chekov head toward the wrecked Enterprise with their prisoner, Kalana. When they see it from a distance Checkov immediately pipes up and says, "She still has power."

How did he know the saucer section still had power? I might add, it's daytime when they see it first.

As a bonus question, how in the world could it still have power?

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    I'm guessing someone who knows the ship intimately would be able to tell; exterior lighting, certain hatches that need power to stay open, etc. – Valorum Aug 4 '16 at 8:21
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    Answer to bonus question: It's science fiction. They have magical objects that provide electrical power even without an engine running. They might even be chemically based. Someone might have come up with some ridiculous technobabble name. Like maybe, I don't know, batteries or something like that. – ThePopMachine Aug 15 '16 at 16:42
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The quote from the scene pictured above is actually

Chekov: She may not even have power to the Bridge, Keptin.

Kirk: She still has a few tricks up her sleeve. [beat] I'd bet on it.

It's not until nighttime (and at the point when they're close enough to the ship to be able to see and hear individual features) that Chekov then exclaims...

Chekov: It looks like it has power

As they enter the ship, we see that the bridge's emergency lighting is still working (albeit sporadically). That, presumably is what Chekov could see from the ground.

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  • Wow, you are a prolific answerer. This was a fascinating find. – Jerry Nixon Aug 9 '17 at 23:08

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