Re-Used Props - Stationary Consoles
by Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider
Many props and pieces of decoration in Star Trek were later modified or even recycled without changes to represent equipment for a different purpose or of another civilization. Here are quite a few examples of stationary computers, control consoles and displays. Please note that every statement made here should be taken with a grain of salt. There is no need to seek for explanations. Certainly we are not supposed to watch closely enough to notice that the equipment looks all the same everywhere in the galaxy.
In TNG: "Booby Trap" a device behind Leah and Geordi displays the warp core status. It has a distinctive rounded edge. In "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" a crew member flees an explosion aboard the Enterprise-A. Note the display in the middle; it seems that the design for the Enterprise-D's core has traveled backwards in time! The display appears again on the particle fountain in TNG: "Parallels" (with added alien graphics) and on the Enterprise bridge in a parallel timeline in TNG: "Parallels" (with graphics of the exterior of the Enterprise-D).
Starfleet & alien viewscreen
The viewscreen of the Enterprise-D's battle bridge (which was no permanent set) was also used for the Atlec ship in TNG: "The Outrageous Okona", as well as for Baran's pirate ship in TNG: "Gambit", each time with a few modifications. The battle bridge itself was rebuilt for TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds". The viewscreen remained essentially the same though.
Risan & Zalkonian screen
The computer screen seen on Risa in TNG: "Captain's Holiday" later appears on the Zalkonian ship in TNG: "Transfigurations", albeit in a little prominent place somewhere in the background.
Ktarian & Romulan viewscreen
The command chair as well as the main screen of the Ktarian ship from TNG: "The Game" show up on the Romulan Warbird in TNG: "Face of the Enemy". What does it tell us about the state of the empire that the Romulans need to steal their furniture from minor races? ;-)
The viewscreen, like so many other familiar items, also shows up on the Mari homeworld in VOY: "Random Thoughts".
TOS control console
Essentially the same console appears in TOS: "Return of the Archons" (as "absorption" control console), "I, Mudd" (as Norman's console), "The Enterprise Incident" (on the Romulan ship, holding the cloaking device), "Whom Gods Destroy" (in the mental institution on Elba II) and "The Lights of Zetar" (at Memory Alpha).
TOS wall computer
An obvious one: Gary Seven's computer in TOS: "Assignment Earth" and the Atavachron terminal operated by Mr. Atoz in TOS: "All Our Yesterdays" are identical.
Hexagonal wall panel
On the Romulan ship in TOS: "The Enterprise Incident" we can see elongated hexagonal wall panels beside the doors with something like a button, a light, and/or a sensor in the center (part of a Romulan style that comprises several more hexagonal shapes, such as notably the Romulan emblem). They reappear on the Eymorg homeworld in TOS: "Spock's Brain".
TOS wall display
A display panel with a "printed circuit board" look in the Enterprise engineering is also visible behind Balok's puppet on the Fesarius in TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver".
The famous "pool table" in the Enterprise-D engineering with its distinct bone-shaped table top previously appeared at Starfleet Command in "Star Trek: The Voyage Home".
This type of computer consoles appeared on Aldea in TNG: "When the Bough Breaks", but also as Starfleet equipment in the 23rd century ("Star Trek V") and in the 24th century (TNG: "Coming of Age", "The Emissary" and several more TNG episodes).
Console with sphere
The console from the Stellar Cartography department of the Enterprise-D in TNG: "Lessons" was later redressed to appear as a Nezu console in VOY: "Rise".
The Custodian console on Aldea from TNG: "When the Bough Breaks" reappeared in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" as a Klingon communications console on Nimbus III. It was also visible on the Romulan Warbird in TNG: "Contagion" and on the Pakled ship Mondor in TNG: "Samaritan Snare".
The central console in the sensor control room that Worf and Geordi are working on in TNG: "Lonely Among Us" appeared several more times on TNG. One early re-use is in "The Outrageous Okona" on the bridge of the Straleb vessel.
Console with octagonal screens
Consoles with octagonal screens appeared in one way or another in the first four Star Trek feature films. They were seen on the aft section of the bridge of the Klingon battlecruiser Amar in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture". Then they showed up in main engineering in "Star Trek III: The Wrath of Khan". In "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock", only the small octagonal displays were used and seen on the bridge of Kruge's Klingon Bird of Prey. In "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" the whole console walls finally appear on the Klingon Bird of Prey. Note that in "Star Trek II" and "Star Trek "IV" the console can be seen together with the same wall piece with holes in it.
The consoles also appear in several TNG episodes, just as in TNG: "Coming of Age" in Wesley's "psycho test".
Console with levers
A console with untypical (for Trek) mechanical levers can be seen on a the Ferengi ship in ENT: "Acquisition", but also on a Suliban ship in ENT: "Shockwave" and on a Xindi-Insectoid vessel in ENT: "Azati Prime".
Kazon & Mari console
The Kazon computer console from VOY: "Investigations" can be seen again in VOY: "Random Thoughts".
A medical laser console from TNG: "Samaritan Snare" too reappears on the Mari homeworld in VOY: "Random Thoughts".
Console with pyramid
This distinctive console can be seen in TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I", as well as in "Descent, Part II".
A console of unknown purpose with a round superstructure and large blinking lights can be seen in the Captain Proton simulation in VOY: "Night", as well as on the Son'a command ship in "Insurrection", on the Talaxian asteroid in VOY: "Homestead" and on the Orpheus station in ENT: "Demons". It can be rented from Modern Props (#195-2497-1 or #195-2495-1).
Ship control console
The same basic console design can be seen on a Ferengi shuttle, as a Romulan console and on a Tamarian warship. The painting and the controls are different each time though.
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Consoles Built for Star Trek - list of console props specially built for the Star Trek production
Consoles by Modern Props in Star Trek - list of console props rented from Modern Props
Re-Used Props - Mobile Computers - desktop computers, handheld computers
Some screen caps from TrekCore. The re-used Enterprise-D engineering display was found by Nathan Koga and Tadeo D'Oria, the Defiant viewscreen, "pool table" and more TOS consoles by Michael Minnick. Simon Allen and unitron6991 spotted the lever consoles and Ron Ferrara the pyramid console.