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Re-Used Props - Miscellaneous Equipment
by
Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider

Robots - Bulky Equipment

 

Many props of 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 devices of which some defy a classification. 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 same props are used for just every conceivable purpose.

 

Robots

Nomad & Co Nomad, the famous deadly robot from TOS: "The Changeling", was later redressed with a new spherical central section to appear as Flint's M-4 in TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah". We can see parts of Nomad also on the Romulan cloaking device in TOS: "The Enterprise Incident".


Nomad in TOS: "The Changeling"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Romulan cloaking in TOS: "The Enterprise Incident"

(screen capture by Jörg)

M-4 in TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah"

(screen capture by Jörg)

"Robodog" Dr. Graves has something in his office that looks like a primitive robotic dog (probably rather as a nostalgic decoration than as a display of his present work). The same prop can be seen in Ard'rian's house on Tau Cygna in TNG: "The Ensigns of Command". Here it is obviously meant to be something modern by the standard of the planet's technology, like the other robots that almost make even Data smirk. 


Graves' robodog in TNG: "The Schizoid Man"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Ard'rian's robodog in TNG: "The Ensigns..."

(screen capture by Jörg)

Exocomp The Exocomp from TNG: "The Quality of Life", one of the rather prominent props, reappears as a medical apparatus from the repair station in ENT: "Dead Stop", now painted silver. It has another appearance in ENT: "Future Tense" and as Xindi device in ENT: "Anomaly" (albeit it is just a picture this time).


Exocomp in TNG: "The Quality of Life"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Medical device in ENT: "Dead Stop"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Unknown device in ENT: "Future Tense"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Depiction of a Xindi device in ENT: "Anomaly"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Pralor body parts in VOY: "Prototype" B'Elanna assembles the Pralor prototype unit using an arm of Johnny Five from the movie "Short Circuit". The foot looks like it is taken from "Terminator 2".


Pralor arm in VOY: "Prototype"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Pralor foot in VOY: "Prototype"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Artificial intelligence and more The same device appears as the artificial intelligence in VOY: "Think Tank", as an unknown device in VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy", as the photonic field generator in VOY: "Flesh and Blood", as the Malurian mining device in ENT: "Civilization" and as the central computer of the repair station in ENT: "Dead Stop".


Artificial intelligence in VOY: "Think Tank"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Device in VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy"

(screen capture by Paul I)

Photonic generator in VOY: "Flesh and Blood"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Mining tool in ENT: "Civilization"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Central computer in ENT: "Dead Stop"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Bulky Equipment

Transparent dome The transparent dome of Lazarus' shuttle in TOS: "The Alternative Factor" was later re-used to cover the three Provider brains in TOS: "The Gamesters of Triskelion". A console was integrated into the existing hemispherical cut-out in the dome.


Cockpit dome in TOS: "The Alternative Factor"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Brain dome in TOS: "The Gamesters of Triskelion"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

"CD rack" In TOS: "I, Mudd", "The Immunity Syndrome", "Obsession" and (modified) in "Elaan of Troyius" there is a strange strobing device that we call the "CD rack" because it looks like one (yes, we know there weren't CDs in the 1960's). The fourth appearance looks to have been modified with the orb thing from the Romulan cloaking device (later used in conjunction with Nomad to form the robot M-4 in "Requiem for Methuselah").


"CD rack" in TOS: "I, Mudd"

(screen capture by TrekCore)
 

"CD rack" in TOS: "The Immunity Syndrome"

(screen capture by Michael Minnick)

"CD Rack" in TOS: "Obsession"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

"CD rack" in TOS: "Elaan of Troyius"

(screen capture by Michael Minnick)

Cylindrical device The pump from TOS: "The Devil in the Dark", a device composed of bars in a cylindrical arrangement, reappears in Norman's lab in "I, Mudd" and in McCoy's lab in "Obsession" (on the two latter occasions together with the "CD rack").


Cylinder in TOS: "The Devil in the Dark"

(screen capture by TrekCore)


Cylinder in TOS: "I, Mudd"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Cylinder in TOS: "Obsession"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Sphere and pedestal Three spheres (of which one would later act as the Romulan cloaking device) serve as receptacles for Sargon and his people in TOS: "Return to Tomorrow". The tripod pedestal of Sargon's sphere, now turned upside down, reappears on Mr. Atoz' desk in TOS: "All Our Yesterdays".


Sargon's sphere/tripod in TOS: "Return to Tomorrow"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Romulan sphere in TOS: "The Enterprise Incident"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Tripod in TOS: "All Our Yesterdays"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Treatment (torture) chair The same chair can be seen on Tantalus in TOS: "Dagger of the Mind" and on Elba II in TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy".


Chair in TOS: "Dagger of the Mind"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Chair in TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Wheelchair & control chair Admiral Jameson's wheelchair in TNG: "Too Short a Season", designed by Andy Probert, later appears in "Conspiracy" as the control chair Dexter Remmick sits on when he is killed by Picard and Riker.


Wheelchair in TNG: "Too Short a Season"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Control chair in TNG: "Conspiracy"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Engineering rack & examination couch A rack used for the construction of the prototype unit in VOY: "Prototype" later appears as an examination couch on Dr. Gegen's starship in VOY: "Distant Origin".


Construction rack in VOY: "Prototype"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Examination couch in VOY: "Distant Origin"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Alien & Starfleet reactor The reactor stolen by the Gatherers in TNG: "The Vengeance Factor" seems to be essentially the same design as the reactor of the duck blind in "Who Watches the Watchers", only it is mounted sideways here. The device reappears on Valo II in TNG: "Ensign Ro".


Reactor in TNG: "Who Watches the Watchers"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Reactor in TNG: "The Vengeance Factor"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Reactor in TNG: "Ensign Ro"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Rutian inverter & Starfleet device The Rutian space-folding would continue to be re-used in various forms in many later episodes. It can be seen in the warp nacelle in "Eye of the Beholder" and as USS Voyager's main computer processor in "Concerning Flight".


Rutian inverter in TNG: "The High Ground"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Starfleet device in TNG: "Eye of the Beholder"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Computer core in VOY: "Concerning Flight"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Alien & Starfleet field generator Here is the alien field generator that Bashir takes to the Enterprise for closer investigation in TNG: "Birthright, part1". The prop was simply turned by 90 degrees and slightly modified to look more "Starfleetish" and to serve as Voyager's polaron generator (the one that causes the paradox in the first place) in VOY: "Time and Again".


Field generator in TNG: "Birthright, part 1"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Polaron generator in VOY: "Time and Again"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Harvester annihilator & temporal field generator The container devised to destroy the Harvester weapon in DS9: "Armageddon Game" was repainted, and additional antennae were added to serve as the temporal field generator on Golana in DS9: "Time's Orphan". On both devices the central part is extendable, to insert the Harvester cylinders and to activate the time portal, respectively.


Harvester annihilator in DS9: "Armageddon Game"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Temporal field generator in DS9: "Time's Orphan"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Blinking tubes without function This is the ultimate re-used prop, and there is not a single of its numerous appearances where its purpose would be explained or only hinted at. The fist time we see the blinking tubes is in the Regula lab in "Star Trek II". They are also visible in the Enterprise-A's shuttlebay in "Star Trek V".


Tubes on Regula 1 in "Star Trek II"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Tubes on the Enterprise-A in "Star Trek V"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Furthermore the tubes appear in a number of TNG episodes, like in TNG: "Datalore", "Suddenly Human" and "The Quality of Life".


Tubes in Soong's lab in TNG: "Datalore"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Tubes on Talarian ship in TNG: "Suddenly Human"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Dr. Farallon's tubes in TNG: "The Quality of Life"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Entharan Tubes in VOY: "Retrospect"

(screen capture by Jörg)

The tubes also show up in VOY: "Retrospect" and "Inside Man". Finally the prop, now with blue light (because lately blue has become a more fashionable color for light effects), can be seen in Soong's hideout (with red tubes) as well as on the research station (with blue tubes) in ENT: "Cold Station 12".


Tubes in Pathfinder lab in VOY: "Inside Man"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Tubes in Soong's hideout in ENT: "Cold Station 12"

(screen capture by Bernd)

Tubes at Cold Station 12 in ENT: "Cold Station 12"

(screen capture by Bernd)

"Dual Generators" 195-0290

(Modern Props)

The prop was not custom-made in the Star Trek Art Department, but it is available from a company called Modern Props. The prop is described as "dual generators with rotating neon lights inside an acrylic tube; light-controlled panel with knobs and buttons." It can be rented from the company, although we would expect the Art Department to finally build a similar prop of their own. The tubes appear in other science fiction series and movies as well, such as "V" (the 1983 miniseries), "Airplane II" (with William Shatner) or "The Last Starfighter".


Tubes in "The Last Starfighter"

(screen capture by Michael Minnick)

Tubes in "V"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Chronodeflector & power generator The chronodeflector shown in VOY: "Endgame" later serves as a power generator in ENT: "Precious Cargo".


Chronodeflector in VOY: "Endgame"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Power generator in ENT: "Precious Cargo"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Glass tube A large glass (or rather transparent plastic) tube was used as a quarantine unit in ENT: "Cold Station 12" and as an agony booth in the Mirror Universe in ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly" (the latter inspired by the TOS episode "Mirror, Mirror".


Quarantine chamber in ENT: "Cold Station 12"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Agony booth in ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Credits

Thanks go to Simon Allen for spotting the temporal device from "Endgame", to Liquidcross who found the quarantine chamber re-use, to Leroy Brown for finding the re-use of the artificial intelligence from "Think Tank", to Paul I for spotting the device in "The Voyager Conspiracy", to Shawn Havery and Michael Minnick for spotting several more of the props and to Robert Heckadon for the hint about the transparent dome and the Exocomp!

 


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