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Re-Used Props - Various Objects
by
Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider

Musical Instruments - Tableware and Vases - Other Objects

 

Many props and pieces of decoration in Star Trek were later modified or even recycled without changes to represent items for a different purpose or of another civilization. Here are quite a few examples of objects such as musical instruments and tableware. 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 items are used in distant corners of the galaxy.

 

Musical Instruments

Small gong The octagonal Betazoid gong, as visible and (too often!) audible in TNG: "Haven" and "Manhunt", is essentially the same as the Taresian gong in VOY: "Favorite Son". The round frame was removed already prior to its second appearance in "Manhunt".


Betazoid gong in TNG: "Haven"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Betazoid gong in TNG: "Manhunt"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Taresian gong in VOY: "Favorite Son"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Big gong The Ligonian gong in TNG: "Code of Honor" is later seen in "The Perfect Mate" in the Kriosian Temple of Akadar.


Ligonian gong in TNG: "Code of Honor"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Kriosian gong in TNG: "The Perfect Mate"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Edo instruments The transparent lyre played by the Edo man on the left later appears on Aldea in "When the Bough Breaks". The harp of the Edo man on the right later also shows up in "When the Bough Breaks", where it is played by Katie in her quarters. It seems to be based on Adam's guitar-like instrument in the TOS episode "The Way to Eden".


Edo lyre and harp in TNG: "Justice"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Aldean lyre in TNG: "When the Bough Breaks"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Aldean harp in TNG: "When the Bough Breaks"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Adam's instrument in TOS: "Way to Eden"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Vulcan lute An even more notable instrument appears on Aldea too: the Vulcan lute.


Vulcan lute in TOS: "The Way to Eden"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Vulcan lute in TNG: "When the Bough Breaks"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Sticks The ivory-like sticks the Ligonians use to show approval or to applaud in TNG: "Code of Honor" are later seen again in "Frame of Mind", where an illusory Tilonian inmate plays with them.


Ligonian sticks in TNG: "Code of Honor"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Tilonian sticks in TNG: "Frame of Mind"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Tableware and Vases

Golden tableware The golden Ligonian tableware from TNG: "Code of Honor" and the Edo pitcher from "Justice" later appear on Aldea in "When the Bough Breaks".


Ligonian tableware in TNG: "Code of Honor"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Edo pitcher in TNG: "Justice"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Aldean tableware in TNG: "When the Bough..."

(screen capture by Jörg)

Metallic tableware The cups and pitcher used for the Klingon tea ceremony in TNG: "Up the Long Ladder" reappear in the DS9 episode "The Ship". In that episode, the Vorta Kilana brings food and drink to Sisko using this tableware.


Tableware in TNG: "Up the Long Ladder"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Tableware in DS9: "The Ship"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Glass bottle A glass bottle with a characteristic "hole" from TNG: "Manhunt" appeared again many years later, in the Enterprise episode "The Communicator".


Glass bottle in TNG: "Manhunt"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Glass bottle in ENT: "The Communicator"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Drinking glass The Edo in TNG: "Justice" use characteristic glasses with a transparent blue ball at the bottom. These glasses reappear in the DS9 episode "Fascination" as decorative glasses. Alsia drinks from a similar glass in DS9: "Rivals".


Edo drinking glass in TNG: "Justice"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Glasses in Quark's in DS9: "Fascination"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Alsia's glass in DS9: "Rivals"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Soup bowl A large soup bowl on Kataan in TNG: "The Inner Light" is later seen again in Pallra's home on Bajor in DS9: "Necessary Evil".


Soup bowl in TNG: "The Inner Light"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Soup bowl in DS9: "Necessary Evil"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Black or white vase Vases like this can be seen on Ligon II in TNG: "Code of Honor" (white), on the Edo homeworld in "Justice" (white) and on Angel One in the eponymous episode (black).


Vase in TNG: "Code of Honor"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Vase in TNG: "Justice"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Vase in TNG: "Angel One"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Golden vase A metallic vase that could be seen beside the golden tableware on Aldea in TNG: "When the Bough Breaks" (see above) reappears in TNG: "Time Squared".


Aldean vase in TNG: "When the Bough..."

(screen capture by Jörg)

Enterprise vase in TNG: "Time Squared"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Kivas Fajo's jar Among Kivas Fajo's treasures in TNG: "The Most Toys" there is also a striped jar with a handle, perhaps a teapot or a vase. Curiously this jar can be seen in Dr. Crusher's, O'Brien's and Worf's quarters in later TNG episodes. It is visible in Data's shelf in TNG: "Genesis" and even on Troi's table in ENT: "These Are The Voyages". Belated revenge? Anyhow, it seems like an intentional running joke that the item is passed around among the Enterprise crew, even 15 years after the original episode. The jar also appeared on Voyager and on the K'mpec's Klingon attack cruiser in "Reunion".


Kivas Fajo's jar in TNG: "The Most Toys"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Kivas Fajo's jar on the Enterprise-D

(screen capture by Jörg)

In Data's quarters in TNG: "Genesis"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

In Troi's quarters in ENT: "These Are The Voyages"

(screen capture by Jörg)

On K'mpec's ship in TNG: "Reunion"

(screen capture by Jörg)

In Carey's quarters in VOY: "Friendship One"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Other Objects

Black pen Beata's pen from TNG: "Angel One" appears again many years later on the Alsaurian homeworld in VOY: "Resistance", where it is used by Caylem.


Pen in TNG: "Angel One"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Pen in VOY: "Resistance"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Holographic game The Aldean holographic game from TNG: "When the Bough Breaks" also appears in a classroom aboard the USS Enterprise-D in "The Child".


Game in TNG: "When the Bough Breaks"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Game in TNG: "The Child"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

More about Set Decoration

Re-Used Props - Furniture - tables, chairs, lamps, other furniture

Re-Used Props - Decoration - decorative windows, wall art, sculptures

Galleries - Various Objects - art, bottles, containers, holograms, etc.

 

Credits

Thanks go to Michael Minnick for spotting some of the props.

 


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