Re-Used Planets in DS9
by Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider
DS9 shows us a smaller number of different planets than TNG, and fewer planet re-uses too. Still, we can see several shots of planets more than once, representing a different planet each time. The stock footage represents up to six different planets. In most cases the shots remain unchanged in the role as a different planet, or only the color is slightly adjusted.
Conversely, in a few cases the same planets are represented by different models in different episodes.
In the following, the planets are grouped by colors and surface features, and listed in descending order of the number of re-uses. The episodes are listed in production order.
Bajor Shots of Bajor were
re-used for four other planets:
The footage was occasionally left-right reversed. Risa looks different than still in TNG: "Captain's Holiday".
Bajor itself re-appears as slightly different looking new CGI version in "Shadows and Symbols".
Cardassia Prime This planet appears as Cardassia Prime in three
episodes, but also as two other planets:
The color of the footage varies (the Karemma homeworld is bluish, AR-558 is reddish), but the planets are evidently the same. For the final chapter of DS9 new scenes of Cardassia Prime were filmed.
Earth Shots of Earth were
re-used for the planet Golana.
The views of Golana are all stock footage, partially with the Defiant in orbit. At least one shot was left-right reversed.