It is quite common in TV series of any genre that the sets
receive an overhaul, are extended or slightly redesigned between two seasons.
The most obvious redesign of the TNG sets and hence of the interior of the
Enterprise-D occurred between the seasons 1 and 2. The Ten Forward set was newly
created, and several other sets were at least slightly redesigned.
Several parts of the bridge were modified between season 1
and season 2.
The Captain's chair and both Riker's and Troi's chairs
were changed between seasons 1 and 2.
The two additional seats next to Riker's and Troi's
seats were modified. They are made from a much thinner, semi-transparent material
now and do not feature padded seats.
Some lines were added to the tactical console directly
The border in front of the light strip is much more rounded
now in both corners of the recessed bridge aft
The wall to the left of the
five aft bridge stations now is
part of the consoles and was outfitted with isolinear chip slots (green and blue
Similarly, the wall on the right now is part of the newly
created engineering station.
The other aft consoles were rearranged and renamed as
well. In season 1, they were Science I, Science II, Propulsion, Emergency Manual
Override and Environment (left to right). In season 2 they were turned into Science I, Science II, Mission Ops,
Environment and Engineering.
The three-part dark brown wall panels on both sides of the
bridge were replaced by beige ones between seasons.
Like the three central bridge chairs, the ops and conn
chairs and consoles were changed between the seasons. They are much
less slanted now and the frame holding the seats is different as well. Banks of
isolinear chips similar to the ones created for the bridge aft stations were inserted into the bases of the
consoles were also slightly rearranged and are now parallel to the main
An inner, ribbed frame
was added to the main viewscreen.
Some small changes were made to the ready room between
The couch from season 1 was removed
and a more comfortable couch was placed there instead.
be seen that there are now seams between the sections of the light fixtures.
"Contagion", a replicator was added to the set. The replicator was not yet
present in season 1.
The corals in Livingston's tank were rearranged
between seasons, but the corals were regularly changed, also during the course
of a season.
Finally, the shape of one end of Picard's ready room table
was modified slightly. The side of the
table facing the fish tank originally was much more pointed and featured an
enlarged wooden section. In season 2, this end of the table is much more rounded
and the wooden rim of the table is the same width at each side of it.
1, the observation lounge was a redress of sickbay. Whenever the set was
turned into the lounge, the gray fabric covering the windows was removed
and the wooden wall with the Enterprise models was erected roughly in the
middle of sickbay. The circular roof structure above the central biobed
was intersected roughly in half by the wooden wall with the ship models.
In addition, the biobeds were removed and replaced by the large conference
table and the eight chairs. Also, paintings were hung on the short port
and starboard walls.
For season 2, a new observation lounge set was
constructed, only the slanted wall with the windows and the starship
models remained the same.
room grew in size, as the new wooden wall with the starships is now
further away from the windows.
As can be seen, the door in the short port wall
was always in a recess, while the starboard wall did not have such a
recess. Beginning in season 2, both sides of the room featured such a
recess, the borders of which are rounded and no longer angular now. As can be
seen in the screenshots, the doors have rounded door frames now as well. They
were also moved a little closer to the wooden wall now, leaving space for a
plant between the door and the border in the wall.
One important addition to the set were the two
larger monitors on the short walls, close to the windows. In season 1,
paintings usually hung at those spots. Paintings can now be found between
the doors and the wooden wall.
The roof was changed
completely as well. The circular ceiling structure found in sickbay is no longer
The carpet is new as well, in season 1 it was blue, now it is
The new wooden wall now has a row of lights on
top, illuminating the starship models. The models were spread further apart
as well, they are no longer as close to each other as in season 1.
When a new set for the observation lounge was built
between seasons 1 and 2, sickbay no longer needed to be redressed as the lounge.
As the observation lounge windows, which were covered with a gray fabric when
the set had to double as sickbay, were used for the new observation lounge set,
sickbay needed a new wall behind the biobeds. While the positions of the four
biobeds in season 1 were not fixed in the first season, each bed got a fixed
position in one of four newly created alcoves in the new set. Those alcoves were
further lit through slits in the top half of the back wall, making the set
overall much brighter.
Additional lights were also added to the top
of the columns next to the doors.
Like the observation lounge doors, the sickbay doors got
rounded door frames for season 2.
The three light sources above the small sickbay table next
to the door were replaced by a much larger rectangular light source (or backlit
The wall with the large sickbay monitor was moved forward
The recess that holds the slightly slanted LCARS display seems
unchanged. The medical LCARS display was changed between the seasons,
The round sickbay ceiling structure was not changed
between seasons, only the transparent brown curved walls that were sometimes
erected around the central biobed in early season 1 episodes were never used
The sickbay office remained mostly the same, only two
medical caducei were put on the two office windows between the seasons.
changes to the transporter room between season 1 and season 2 were relatively minor.
Most noticeable are the new black lines on the transporter platform
separating the six outer areas from the circular inner one.
addition to that, the door frame to the transporter room no longer has
angular corners but rounded corners now.
Modifications were made to several portions of the main
engineering set between season 1 and season 2.
Some modifications were made to the engineer's office. The large console attached to the rounded transparent wall was replaced by a
much smaller one. The desktop area in front of the wall is no longer
white but black and features several LCARS displays.
The small monitor in the
corner was replaced by a larger, wider one. This made it necessary to move the
rectangular LCARS display to the right, it is now attached to the back wall of
the small corridor leading to the office. The whole corner with the monitor was
painted black as well, like the rest of the wall with several LCARS displays.
The displays on that back wall seem to be mostly the same, though.
A look at
the office from the MSD reveals that not much has changed, apart from the
previously mentioned large console directly in front of the transparent wall.
Some lines on the central pool table console were changed as well.
Only the arrangement of the tubes in the small engineering wall closet was changed a
little. Apart from
that, this part of the set has remained unchanged.
The region to the left of the warp core, including the
access ladder, has remained the same.
The warp core
is mostly still the same, only some black
lines were added and a triangular warning sign has been removed.
The region to the right of the warp core also remained
mostly unchanged, a transparent protective "cabin" was added around the
engineering lift, however.
The small display monitor in the small alcove on the
opposite side of the engineer's office was replaced by a larger black monitor,
similar to the one in the office.
As can be seen, the monitors in the alcove opposite the
engineer's office are mostly unchanged. The original curved wall separating it from the
large area featuring the MSD and pool table was already removed after "The Naked Now".
were a few modifications to the aft
section of main engineering, featuring the large MSD. As can be seen, the light
fixtures to the left and right of the MSD were changed between seasons. Whereas
the lights were concave in the first season, they are convex in season 2.
Finally, the LCARS displays on the removable wall plugs,
hiding the corridor, were changed in color.
The large corridor set (connected to sickbay, main
engineering and the transporter room) remained mostly unchanged between seasons
1 and 2. The short corridor set (adjacent to the senior crew quarters and the
Forward), on the other hand, was overhauled between seasons.
The walls in the alcoves with the doors and windows to the
crew quarters were covered with a new, less colorful fabric. Floor light sources
were added in the corners of these alcoves. The blue carpet on the floor was
changed as well, it is much more straight now.
The starboard wall was moved a little further away from
the central corridor. The short corridor here was extended so it could be
connected to the port door to Ten Forward. It now features a gray door that is
never seen in use.
Both seasons feature a view through the crew quarters
The other end of the central corridor was changed a little
more drastically. This end is only seen in one season 1 episode, "Hide and Q".
As can be seen, it still features a functional orange turbolift door. The wall
featuring the door was previously directly attached to the Ten Forward wall at
an angle, it now is part of the back wall of another short corridor leading to
the starboard Ten Forward door. The doors and windows on the back wall of
Ten Forward are completely non-functional now, of course.
screenshot finally reveals a glimpse of the new starboard
Ten Forward door since season 2, seen from the orange turbolift door.
The Ten Forward set was newly constructed for season 2. It was
designed to occupy the lower portion of the saucer edge on deck 10, with an
according upward curvature of the exterior walls. Vice versa, the hull curvature
and the window arrangement at the saucer edge of the new 4ft model of the
Enterprise was adapted to reflect the Ten