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Re-Used Props - Stationary Consoles
by
Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider

Viewscreens - Wall- or Floor-Mounted Consoles

 

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.

 

Viewscreens

Engineering display 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 crewmember 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!


Display in TNG: "Booby Trap"

(screen capture by Nathan Koga)

Display in
"Star Trek VI"

(screen capture by Nathan Koga)

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.


Battle bridge in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Atlec screen in TNG: "The Outrageous Okona"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Battle bridge in TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Baran's screen in TNG: "Gambit"

(screen capture by Jörg)

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.


Risan interface in TNG: "Captain's Holiday"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Zalkonian interface in TNG: "Transfigurations"

(screen capture by Jörg)

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? ;-)


Ktarian screen in TNG: "The Game"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Romulan screen in TNG: "Face of the Enemy"

(screen capture by Jörg)

The viewscreen, like so many other familiar items, also shows up on the Mari homeworld in VOY: "Random Thoughts".


Mari viewscreen in VOY: "Random Thoughts"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Wall- or Floor-Mounted Consoles

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).


Console in TOS: "Return of the Archons"

(screen capture by TrekCore)


Console in TOS: "I, Mudd"

(screen capture by TrekCore)
 

Romulan console in TOS: "The Enterprise Incident"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Console in TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Console in TOS: "The Lights of Zetar"

(screen capture by Jörg)

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.


Gary Seven's Beta 5 in TOS: "Assignment: Earth"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Atavachron terminal in TOS: "All Our Yesterdays"

(screen capture by Jörg)

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".


Hexagonal panel in TOS: "The Enterprise Incident"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Hexagonal panel in TOS: "Spock's Brain"

(screen capture by Michael Minnick)

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".


Wall display in TOS: "Space Seed"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Wall display in TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Pool table 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".


Console table in "Star Trek IV"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Pool table in TNG: "Hollow Pursuits"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Tall console 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 in TNG: "When the Bough Breaks"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Console in TNG: "Star Trek V"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Console in TNG: "Coming of Age"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Console in TNG: "The Emissary"

(screen capture by Jörg)

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".


Starfleet sphere in TNG: "Lessons"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Nezu sphere in VOY: "Rise"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Custodian console 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".


Console in TNG: "When the Bough Breaks"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Console in "Star Trek V"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Console in TNG: "Contagion"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Console in TNG: "Samaritan Snare"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Floor/overhead console 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 in TNG: "Lonely Among Us"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Console in TNG: "The Outrageous Okona"

(screen capture by Jörg)

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. 


Console in "Star Trek I"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Console in "Star Trek II"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Displays in "Star Trek III"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Console in "Star Trek IV"

(screen capture by Jörg)

The consoles also appear in several TNG episodes, just as in TNG: "Coming of Age" in Wesley's "psycho test".


Console in TNG: "Coming of Age"

(screen capture by Jörg)

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".


Ferengi console in ENT: "Acquisition"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Suliban controls in ENT: "Shockwave"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Xindi-Insectoid controls in ENT: "Azati Prime"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Kazon & Mari console The Kazon computer console from VOY: "Investigations" can be seen again in VOY: "Random Thoughts".


Kazon console in VOY: "Investigations"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Mari console in VOY: "Random Thoughts"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Medical console A medical laser console from TNG: "Samaritan Snare" too reappears on the Mari homeworld in VOY: "Random Thoughts".


Medical console in TNG: "Samaritan Snare"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Mari console in VOY: "Random Thoughts"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Console with pyramid This distinctive console can be seen in TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I", as well as in "Descent, Part II".


Theta wave generator in TNG: "Chain of Command"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Lore's console in TNG: "Descent"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Round console 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".


"Captain Proton" console in VOY: "Night"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Son'a console in "Insurrection"

(screen capture by Michael Minnick)

Talaxian console in VOY: "Homestead"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Drill console in ENT: "Demons"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Ship control console The same basic console design can be seen on a Ferengi shuttle, a Romulan scout ship and a Tamarian warship. The painting and the controls are different each time though.


Ferengi console in TNG: "The Price"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Romulan console in TNG: "The Defector"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Tamarian console in TNG: "Darmok"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

More about Computers

Variations of TOS Computers - investigation of the evolution, variations and re-uses of the TOS computer props

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

 

Credits

The re-used Enterprise-D engineering display was found by Nathan Koga, 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.

 


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