Re-Used Planets in TNG
Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider
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Star Trek: The Next Generation shows us an
overall wider variety of planets than TOS. Still,
we can see many shots of planets more than once, representing a different planet
each time. Some of the stock footage is re-used in up to ten episodes (counting
double episodes as one). In most cases it remains unchanged in its 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.
planet 1 This planet can be seen in five
- Daled IV ("The Dauphin")
- Klavdia III ("The Dauphin")
- Tau Cygna V ("The Ensigns of Command")
- Moab IV ("The Masterpiece Society")
- Devidia II ("Time's Arrow, Part I")
All later planets are stock footage from its first
appearance in "The Dauphin". The color of the planet varies
between red and ochre from shot to shot in every single episode.
planet 2 This planet can be seen in three
- Velara III ("Home Soil")
- Dytallix B ("Conspiracy")
- Starbase 73 planet ("Up the Long Ladder")
The color of the planet Dytallix B is an intensive
red, Velara III is somewhat paler and the Starbase 73 planet is still less
red and more like ochre.
planet 3 This planet can be seen in three
- Mordan IV ("Too Short a Season")
- Relva VII ("Coming of Age")
- Starbase 179 planet ("A Matter of Honor")
For Relva VII new shots were filmed, in which the planet
appears in a less intensive red, but also shows an apparent transition
between red and light brown on the surface.
planet 4 This planet can be seen in two
- Aldea ("When the Bough Breaks")
- Vagra II ("Skin of Evil")
In both episodes the side that is exposed to the
light of the central star is more like yellow. Also, in both episodes we can see shots that are mirror
images of one another (as a simple means to add variety to the views of
planet 5 This planet can be seen in three
- Brekka ("Symbiosis")
- Zeta Gelis cluster planet ("Transfigurations")
- Koinonian homeworld ("The Bonding")
The Zeta Gelis planet re-uses just one shot of
planet 6 This planet can be seen in two
incarnations in four episodes:
- Deneb IV ("Encounter at Farpoint")
- Vulcan ("Sarek", "Unification,
Part I", "Gambit, Part I+II")
For Vulcan the color of the planet was modified to
be less red and more dirty brown. One shot that is visible in
"Sarek" and "Gambit" is a mirror image of Deneb. We
can recognize especially the cloud and surface formations in the southern
Planet Mutations - Vulcan
planet 7 This planet can be seen in two
- Omicron Theta ("Datalore")
- Ornara ("Symbiosis")
The two planets are identical, including the moon.
star This planet can be seen in two
- Igo sector plasma streamer ("Realm of Fear")
- Topin system protostar ("Preemptive Strike")
On both occasions we see the same red giant/white
Brown planet 1 This
planet can be seen no less than ten times:
- Delta Rana IV ("The Survivors")
- Starbase 416 planet ("Brothers")
- Turkana IV ("Legacy")
- Tagus III ("Qpid")
- Melona IV ("Silicon Avatar")
- J'naii ("The Outcast")
- Moon of the fifth planet in the Argolis Cluster ("I,
- Research Station 75 planet ("Face of the Enemy")
- Ohniaka III ("Descent, Part I")
- Renegade Borg planet ("Descent, Part I+II")
- Maranga IV ("Firstborn")
There are no changes to the footage; all ten planets look the same.
Brown planet 2 This planet can be seen in
- Tarchannen III ("Identity Crisis")
- Valo II ("Ensign Ro")
- Mericor system planet ("Ethics")
- Rekag-Seronia ("Man of the People")
- Deinonychus VII ("A Fistful of Datas")
- Vilmor II ("The Chase")
- Marijne VII ("Interface")
- Starbase 310 planet ("Journey's End")
The planet is the same in all eight episodes.
planet 3 This planet can be seen in five episodes:
- Penthara IV ("A Matter of Time")
- Celtris III ("Chain of Command I")
- Boreth ("Rightful Heir")
- Dessica II ("Gambit, Part I")
- Camor V ("Bloodlines")
The planet looks the same in all five episodes. Only
in "A Matter of Time" we can see special scenes of Penthara IV
during the removal of the pollution, when the atmosphere appears red and
blue. If we compare the shot of the still brownish Penthara IV with the
one of Celtris III, we can see that the surface structures are the same,
only left-right reversed and turned 90 degrees to the left.
planet 4 This planet can be seen in three episodes:
- Solais V ("Loud as a Whisper")
- Koinonian homeworld ("The Bonding")
- Kalla II ("Firstborn")
The planet is the same in all three episodes.
planet 5 This planet can be seen in three episodes:
- Gravesworld ("The Schizoid Man")
- Unknown planet ("The Dauphin")
- Mariposa ("Up the Long Ladder")
Mariposa is essentially just a mirror image of
Gravesworld, only the color appears more
reddish. The footage of Mariposa itself was occasionally left-right
reversed too. The body of the unknown planet from "The Dauphin"
is a new one. But the rings are still the same. A small moon was added
between the two major rings.
planet 6 This planet can be seen in
- Bringloid V ("Up the Long Ladder")
- Mikulak homeworld ("Hollow Pursuits")
The planet looks the same on both occasions.
planet 7 This planet can be seen in two episodes:
- Calder II ("Gambit, Part I+II")
- Ronara ("Preemptive Strike")
The planet looks the same in all episodes.
planet 8 This planet can be seen in two
- Iconia ("Contagion")
- Cor Caroli V ("Allegiance")
The planet with its characteristic craters and cloud
formations looks the same in both episodes.
planet 9 This planet can be seen in two
- Tagra IV ("True Q")
- Indri VIII ("The Chase")
Both planets undergo a metamorphosis, only in
opposite directions. While Tagra IV goes from brown to green when Amanda
Rogers restores its natural state, Indri VIII goes from blue to brown when
the Klingons destroy the biosphere of the planet. The brown states of the
planets are the same.
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