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Observations in TNG: "Captain's Holiday"
A joint project with TrekCore, by Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider

Here are some observations about sets, props and visual effects in TNG: "Captain's Holiday" without a specific theme, and a comparison of the original TV release (TNG) with the remastered episode (TNG-R).


"Captain's Holiday" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
The intricate Vorgon transporter effect. The reconstructed effect in TNG-R.
Risian writing and the Risian logo can be nicely seen in these screenshots. The transparent Risian interface is later seen on the bridge of the Zalkonian vessel in "Transfigurations".
Risian logo

"Transfigurations"
We can recognize more details of the display in HD.
This is a nice assortment of the types of PADDs that had been created for the series so far. The large PADD on the left was used by Wesley in "Pen Pals". The two orange, transparent PADD-like devices first appeared in Picard's ready room at the beginning of season 2. The small PADD on the right was created for "The Ensigns of Command". It still contains text from the Treaty of Armens. The thin black PADD was seen in earlier episodes but is seen here up close for the first time. The large PADD under the black PADD, finally, was created for "Evolution", it still displays data about nanotechnology.
"Pen Pals"

"Evolution"
A good look at the PADDs in HD.

"The Ensigns
of Command"
The turbolift doors behind Riker change color in the middle of this scene. When Picard and Riker enter the turbolift, the doors are still orange (like regular corridor doors). After the shot briefly switches to Picard and returns to Riker a few seconds later, the doors are gray, the color of the bridge turbolift doors, all of a sudden. The error was not fixed for the Blu-ray release.
This is the first time the Mintakan tapestry, given to Picard by the Mintakans in "Who Watches the Watchers" appears in his quarters. An HD close-up of the tapestry.
Risa was previously seen as the planet housing Starbase Montgomery ("The Icarus Factor"), Surata IV ("Shades of Gray") and Angosia III ("The Hunted"). The footage of the planet will continue to be re-used in many later TNG episodes.
Re-Used Planets in TNG
Planet Mutations
In TNG-R, the new planet looks more like it did in ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights", with its turquoise oceans.

The continent below is Australia! The Gulf of Carpentaria can be found just above the saucer, and the Spencer Gulf (near Adelaide) on the opposite side. After TNG-R: "Shades of Gray" this is the second time we can see an Earth-based planet in TNG-R. It is not sure whether the two planets are the same CGI model.

The casual outfit Sovak wears in this episode appears a few years later in Nog's possession in the DS9 episode "Little Green Men", ironically held by his father Rom, who was played by Max Grodénchik who also portrayed Sovak. The shirt was also for sale in Garak's tailor shop in DS9: "Past Prologue".
"Past Prologue"

"Little
Green Men"
The shirt doesn't look more attractive in HD.
The cover of Picard's edition of Ulysses can be nicely seen in these screenshots. The book cover in HD.
This is the second of only two appearances of Andorians in 24th century Star Trek. It would take ten more years until the next Andorian was seen in the Enterprise episode "The Andorian Incident". The Andorian female seems to wear the same outfit as the holographic Andorian in "The Offspring".
Races with Changing Faces - Major Races

"The Offspring"
Interestingly, while the color of the clothes really is greenish in "Captain's Holiday", the make-up is as blue as it should be.
The logo worn by Risian workers on their foreheads changes over the years. The versions seen in both DS9: "Let He Who Is Without Sin" and ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights" show slight differences to the version seen here.
"Let He Who Is
Without Sin"

"Two Days and
Two Nights"
An HD close-up of the emblem.
The new golden Ferengi headgear can be nicely seen in this screenshot. A comparison screenshot from "The Last Outpost" shows the first season version of the headgear.
"The Last
Outpost"
A better look at the headgear in HD.
An Antican (originally from "Lonely Among Us") was last seen on Starbase 173 in "The Measure of a Man". Anticans are also seen in "Unification II" in the Qualor II bar and in "Tapestry" on Starbase Earhart. After that, Anticans also appeared in some DS9 episodes. An HD close-up of the Antican.
This Vulcan female must have considered Risa a logical vacation spot. An HD close-up of the Vulcan woman.
The woman in the background wears a red cape originally worn by Yareena right before her battle with Tasha Yar in "Code of Honor".
"Code of Honor"
No changes
The Vorgons scan Picard's hotel room on Risa. The reconstructed effect in TNG-R.
This Risian wall hanging will later show up again in Chakotay's office in "Tattoo".
VOY: "Tattoo"
No changes
The number on Vash's backpack makes the prop look like it was created for one of the first five Star Trek films. No changes
Sovak's gun was previously used by the Mariposans in "Up the Long Ladder", Dr. Paul Stubbs in "Evolution" and the terrorist Kyril Finn in "The High Ground". As can be seen, Sovak has characteristically green/blue Ferengi fingernails.
Re-Used Props - Beam Weapons

"The High
Ground"

"Up the Long
Ladder"
An HD close-up of the weapon.
Vash's backpack features four small bottles with gray plastic lids. When she wears the backpack, all four lids are still present. When she tosses the backpack to Soval, one lid has already disappeared, when she takes the backpack back, another lid has disappeared. When the backpack is seen in the Risian caves later in the episode, all lids are back again. HD close-ups of Vash's backpack.
These two matte paintings are used to extend the scope of the caves on Risa. The shots in HD. Note that the rocks on the second screen cap were retouched to have more depth, although they arguably don't really look more realistic this way.
Vash's scanner was later repainted black and appeared as a Romulan scanner in "The Next Phase" and as a Prytt scanner in "Attached".
"The Next
Phase"

"Attached"
An HD close-up of the device.
When Picard gives the shovel to Vash, he does so shovel first, when she takes the shovel, the handle is closer to her. 

The second shot may have been modified in post production to hide the ceiling of the cave set.

The ceiling looks exactly the same in HD, as if the ceiling was a part of the set.
One of the shovels seen here is still in Vash's possession in "Qpid", when both reappear.
"Qpid"
No changes
Sovak's Ferengi rifle is also used by renegade Ferengi in "Rascals". The weapon was first used by the Ansata terrorists in "The High Ground" but is most well known as the Romulan disruptor rifle from "Unification I+II". Just like the Ansata rifle, the Ferengi version fires a blue energy beam.
Re-Used Props - Beam Weapons

"The High
Ground"

"Rascals"
A good look at the weapon in HD.

"The High
Ground"

"Unification I"
Picard has the same carrying case when he goes on vacation in "Family". The cases were first seen in "11001001", where they were used by Parrises squares players.
"11001001"

"Family"
An HD close-up of the case.
Vash also carries an oft-reused suitcase. The Acamarian delegation traveled with a case like that in "The Vengeance Factor", as does Wesley in "Ménage à Troi".
"The Vengeance
Factor"

"Ménage à Troi"
The suitcase in HD.
The Vorgons have interesting devices built into the sides of their heads. The silver squares feature small LCDs which continuously display changing patterns. A good look at the Vorgon make-up in HD.
The Vorgon weapon fires. The reconstructed effect in TNG-R.
Two more shots of Risa, both re-used in countless TNG episodes. Another great look at the restyled planet.

For this shot "Australia" was flipped, but the clouds were newly generated.

 

Credits

Thanks to John, who discovered that the continent on Risa is Australia.

 


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