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Observations in TNG: "Déjà Q"
A joint project with TrekCore, by Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider

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


"Déjà Q" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
The moon of Bre'el IV. It is most likely a re-use of the physical moon model that previously appeared as Vandor IV in "We'll Always Have Paris" and as an asteroid/moon in orbit of Bringloid V in "Up the Long Ladder".
"We'll Always
Have Paris"

"Up the Long
Ladder"
The moon is still the same in the remastered episode.
The 2-foot model of the USS Enterprise-D was used in this shot (and several others in the episode). It looks a little distorted, as if the lights of the nacelles are shifted a little to the side. Unlike the moon, the planet was newly created for TNG-R.
The console in the lab on Bre'el IV, here seen right above the head of the unnamed conn officer, previously appeared on the bridge of the Pakled ship Mondor.
"Samaritan
Snare"
An HD close-up of the console.
More of the lab on Bre'el IV can be seen in this screenshot. The two glass displays seen in the background were especially created for this episode. They later appeared in the lab on Penthara IV in "A Matter of Time", on the bridge of the Tamarian vessel in "Darmok", in the Tagran lab in "True Q" and on the bridge of the Cardassian Galor class ship in "Parallels". 
"A Matter
of Time"

"True Q"
A better look at the room and the people from Bre'el IV in HD.

"Darmok"

"Parallels"
The white "X" at the left side of the screen and the two green "Xs" behind the glass consoles are design elements that often shows up in Klingon buildings in later episodes, like "Sins of the Father", "The Mind's Eye", "Redemption I+II" and "Birthright I+II".
"Sins of
the Father"

"Redemption II"

"The Mind's Eye"

"Birthright I"
The USS Enterprise-D uses its forward dorsal tractor beam emitter to push the moon of Bre'el IV away from the planet. Due to the large number of separate layers of footage, the shot is very fuzzy in the original episode. These shots are crystal clear in TNG-R.
Another very fuzzy shot owing to the FX inserted into this shot in post production. The lunar craters visible on the viewscreen are similar to craters seen on Vandor IV in "We'll Always Have Paris" and the moon of Bringloid V in "Up the Long Ladder".
The USS Enterprise-D between Bre'el IV and its moon. Like in the previous shots, the 2-foot model was used for the footage of the USS Enterprise-D. The shot in HD.
Q and Worf use a turbolift to get from the bridge to a corridor leading to the brig. The door they are seen leaving the turbolift through, though, normally is the door to the junior officers' quarters. When they enter the brig, the wrong doors are used again. They are seen standing in front of the shuttlebay/cargo bay/holodeck door but the shot from the inside the brig shows the wrong corridor behind them. Like in its first appearance, in "The Hunted", the brig wasn't directly attached to the newly extended major corridor set. It was instead accessed from a short fake corridor leading nowhere else. Clever editing was used to create the illusion that Worf and Q were entering the brig from the large corridor set. The give-away, however, is the wall behind the brig door. The regular corridor walls consist of 3 1/2 panels and are not lit at the bottom. The fake corridor wall seen here features a light at the bottom and 4 panels. The door opposite the brig door also is not present in the large corridor set.
Set plan
No changes
Thin black PADDs, like the ones seen on the brig control desk here, were often used in season 1 episodes of TNG.
"Too Short
a Season"
No changes
Since the previous shot, the moon has noticeably increased its distance from Bre'el IV. In TNG-R, the different size relations in the two shots are the same as in the original episode.
The comparison shot from "The Hunted" reveals that the brig set has not changed much since it was last seen in that episode, only some of the consoles in the background were changed. 

The consoles previously appeared in Dr. Paul Stubbs' quarters in "Evolution" and drawing room 5 in "Booby Trap". The whole set was earlier seen as drawing room 5, in fact.

 


"Booby Trap"

"The Hunted"
No changes

"Evolution"
When Q and Picard leave the brig, footage filmed on two different sets needed to be edited together again, as the brig was not directly connected to the large corridor set. To make the edit as seamless as possible, even the bench next to the large double door was placed in both shots. The distance the bench has to the door is different in the two shots, however. No changes
The door at the end of the newly expanded corridor set can be nicely seen in this shot. To the right of it, the corridor continues only for a few more feet and leads to the second door to the junior officers' quarters. No changes
A graphic of Bre'el IV and its moon displayed on the slanted "pool table" monitor. A better look at the display in HD.
Dr. Crusher enters main engineering through a rarely used turbolift close to the "pool table". Between seasons 5 and 6, the turbolift was removed and an access to the Jefferies tubes was constructed here instead.
"The Icarus
Factor"

"The Quality
of Life"
No changes

"The First Duty"
The cutlery seen here was also seen in earlier TNG episodes, such as "Manhunt" and "The Price".
"Manhunt"
A better look at the cutlery (and the dishes) in HD.
The stunt fork Guinan uses to stab Q in this shot has much shorter fork teeth then the fork seen lying on the bar a few seconds earlier.
The Calamarain as seen on the main viewscreen of the USS Enterprise-D. The Calamarain were newly created for TNG-R.
Data tries to help Q and is electrified by the Calamarain. The reconstructed effect in TNG-R.
A nice space shot showing the Bre'el IV, its moon, the Calamarain and the USS Enterprise-D. Again, the 2-foot model was used for this shot. A good look at the unchanged moon and the new Calamarain.
The costumes worn by the Bre'el IV scientists in this episode were originally created for the Promellians, seen in "Booby Trap". They are later often worn by members of Pardshay's species in several DS9 episodes.
Re-Used Make-ups

The PADD-like device held by the scientist in the background originally was the identity scanner used during Data's trial in "The Measure of a Man". It is also held by a background Romulan on Romulus in "Unification I".

 


"Booby Trap"

"The Measure
of a Man"
We can recognize details of the uniforms better in  HD.

"Captive Pursuit"

"Unification I"
Data and Q enter main engineering through another rarely used door. In "Encounter at Farpoint", this door still lead to a turbolift.
"Encounter
at Farpoint"
No changes
This shot is identical to the tractor beam shot seen earlier in the episode, only the Calamarain were added. In TNG-R, the shots too are identical except for the Calamarain.
The new 4-foot model was used for this close-up of the neck connecting the saucer section with the stardrive section. A comparison screenshot of the 6-foot model from a similar angle highlights the differences in window placement and hull paneling between the two models.
The Saucer Rim on the Galaxy Class

"Encounter
at Farpoint"

"Lonely
Among Us"
We can see the raised seams between the panels and the duck egg blue color of many panels particularly well ion HD.

"Encounter
at Farpoint"

"Evolution"
A graphic of the Enterprise's warp field pushing the moon. The big screen is still the same in HD, although it is very pixelated.
The USS Enterprise-D getting too close to the upper atmosphere of Bre'el IV. The sequence is absolutely spectacular in HD.
The cardboard covering the engineering station is very noticeable in this shot, especially due to the bright light caused by the Calamarain. We can see the cardboard in TNG-R too.
The shot of the Calamarain enveloping Q was shot anamorphically to allow camera movement during an FX shot. By using the method of "pan and scan" the camera movement was achieved. This explains why the shot shows a lot of grain.
Pan & Scan Effects in TNG
The shots are clear like the rest in the remastered episode.
A comparison shot from "Heart of Glory" shows what the main engineering ceiling looked like in the first season.
"Heart of Glory"
Note that the shot is considerably darker in TNG-R.
One way to ascertain that the 2-foot model of the USS Enterprise-D was used to film this shot are the large position lights seen in this shot. The shot as it appears in HD.
The circuits of Data's positronic brain can be nicely seen in this and the following screenshot. A good look at Data's opened head and the scanner in HD.
The scanner Geordi uses to scan on Data switches between shots. At first, the scanner is rather large. When the shot switches, he suddenly holds an oscillation overthruster from the film "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension" in his hands. The prop previously appeared as a geological tool in "Pen Pals".
Re-Used Props - Engineering Tools

"Pen Pals"
The scene of the shuttle launch was originally created for "Coming of Age". For the re-use in this episode, the footage was flipped, however. This is the only scene in the episode in which the 6-foot model of the Enterprise-D is seen, in all other shots, either the small 2-foot model or the new 4-foot model is used.
"Coming of Age"
The shot as it appears in HD.
This is one of only two new shots of the Sakharov that appears in the episode. It is similar to a shot of a USS Repulse shuttle from "The Child", though.
"The Child"
The shuttle in HD close-ups.
The footage of the shuttle slowly flying away from the camera was originally created for "Unnatural Selection".
"Unnatural
Selection"
This shot of the Sakharov is also new. It is a still of some previously filmed footage, though, as the position light is permanently lit in this shot.
As can be seen in the screenshot, the interior of the Type-7 shuttle has not changed much since its last major appearance in "Samaritan Snare".
Variations of the Type-7 Shuttle

"Samaritan
Snare"
No changes
Q2 enters the shuttle through its side wall. No changes
As can be seen, the ball used to control the movements of the shuttle was modified since its last appearance in "Samaritan Snare". It is transparent and lit now.
"Samaritan
Snare"
A close-up of the ball in HD.
Q2's head briefly pops through the cockpit wall as Q looks at the now powerless Calamarain. No changes
The Q flash seems unusually red in this shot. The effect is more like purple in TNG-R.
The scantily clad woman on the left wears a dress that would appear in DS9: "Sanctuary" several years later. It is the dress that Haneek finds particularly ugly.
DS9: "Sanctuary"
No changes
A graphic of the changed moon orbit. The graphic in HD.
Q appears in cigar smoke. The recreated effect in HD.
Like in many other shots in this episode, the 2-foot model also appears in the final shot of the USS Enterprise-D in this episode. No changes

 

Credits

The stage layout comes from Star Trek Stages History.

 


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