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

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


"Evolution" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
The USS Enterprise-D in front of the red giant and neutron star in the Kavis Alpha sector. The red giant was reconstructed for HD. Besides a slightly different surface structure it has a more pronounced halo. 
An LCARS graphic of Wesley's nanites is displayed on this medical lab monitor. We can recognize many more details of the nanites in the HD close-up.
This console features an LCARS display labeled "40273", meaning this display was created for the 3rd season. No changes
Large PADDs like this first appeared in the season 2 episode "Contagion". In HD, the text on this PADD is legible.
The small box in the foreground of this shot will later be seen again in "True Q".
"True Q"
The HD close-up confirms that it is the same box, apparently including the lettering.
The science lab set here appears again as the medical lab (last seen in "Home Soil") after it appeared in "The Measure of a Man" as a "computer room". The screen cap from "Home Soil" shows the lab from roughly the same position. As can be seen, the small room to the right has been blocked off by a wall console (a re-use of the back wall of the transporter console seen in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"). The same wall console was already in place in "The Measure of a Man". Riker uses the console to access information about Data before the android's trial.
"Home Soil"

"The Measure
of a Man"
No changes
The enclosed shuttlebay control booth is first seen in this episode. More details are visible in HD.
The probe dubbed "The Egg" is a re-use of the containment unit from "The Child".
"The Child"
Great HD close-ups of the egg and the star. The shuttlebay is still closed on the exterior view in HD.
Another good look at "The Egg" and the new shuttlebay control booth. The comparison screenshot from "Time Squared" shows what the set looked like in season 2. Also, notice that the shuttlebay doors of shuttlebay 2 are fully open, yet in the following shot of the USS Enterprise-D drifting towards the red giant, the shuttlebay doors are closed.
"Time Squared"
Notice the small patch of carpet behind Wesley's console. The carpet patch is not visible in TNG-R. 

Note that the effect on the screen consists of many swirls in TNG-R.

A good look at the pots in sickbay, appearing there since the first season. As can be seen, they are not actually filled with a blue or red liquid. No changes
The sickbay replicator was added to the set between seasons 2 and 3.

When the close-up of the replicator is shown, a red liquid is pouring from the full, blue glass. In the shot showing Crusher standing next to the replicator, however, only the empty blue glass can be seen.

An HD close-up of the empty glass.
The empty space in front of the main viewscreen is larger than usual. It seems likely that the conn and ops consoles were removed for this shot. 
"The Ensigns
of Command"
No changes
One of the space paintings by Rick Sternbach.
Space Art in Star Trek: The Next Generation
A good look at the painting in HD.
Three graphics of a core processor in the USS Enterprise-D's computer core. We can read the headings and recognize more details of the circuitry in HD.
Another look at the medical lab set. This is the wall adjacent to the waiting area in front of Doctor Crusher's sickbay office. The monitor on the desk was first seen during Data's psychotropic stability examination in "The Schizoid Man". It also appeared in sickbay in "Shades of Gray". 

The large transparent block with red circuits inside was usually seen in Data's quarters and sickbay in seasons 1 and 2. They often appear in the sickbay office in later seasons. The green and blue varieties of this block are later seen in Dr. Stubbs' guest quarters.


"The Schizoid
Man"

"The Measure
of a Man"
No changes
This unique microscope is seen again later in this season in Marla Aster's house in "The Bonding". The small box in front of Wesley appears again in "True Q".
"The Bonding"
No changes
Cases like the one Wesley is carrying here appeared in several season 1 episodes, usually in sickbay. They were carried by the Starbase 74 technicians in "11001001". For the third season, the case got a new paint scheme.
"The Neutral
Zone"
A close-up of the box in HD.
A close-up of the shuttlebay control booth installed for this episode. No changes
Two graphics of the Kavis Alpha twin star are displayed on the aft bridge stations. This graphic will be seen much better in Stubbs' quarters later in the episode. No changes
A beautiful shot of the neutron star. CBS Digital did a nice job of adding subtle detail to the gas streamer between the red giant and the white dwarf. It feels like the same shot, but  the tweak helps the sense of scale.
The power cable of Wesley's unique microscope can be seen in this shot. The cable is still visible in TNG-R.
Like in previous episodes in which the medical lab was actually seen, the two sliding doors connecting the set to sickbay are transparent. Whenever the set is not used, the glass panes of the door are opaque.
"Home Soil"

"A Matter
of Perspective"
No changes
A close-up of the nanite graphic in the medical lab. No changes
Animations of moving, feeding and dividing nanites.

The nanites themselves were simple physical models by Rick Sternbach that were filmed. Presumably the motion of them turning was on film, whereas the side-to-side and up-and-down motion was animated in post production.

We can recognize more details of the circuitry in HD.

The typo "polarimetery" was corrected to "polarimetry".

Nanites in a computer core processor. The structure looks like wiring of actual 20th century integrated electronics.
Another beautiful shot of the USS Enterprise-D in front of the neutron star and red giant. The recomposed scene in HD.
The computer access room was newly created for this episode. The same room is seen again in "The Bonding".

The central console previously appeared in the tactical lab in "The Emissary".


"The Bonding"
No changes
Note that the micro-circuits from the graphics in the the observation lounge appear as macroscopic versions in the computer core set.
Earlier in
this episode
A better look at the room in TNG-R.
Stubbs' pistol is seen only briefly. It is of the same type as the pistol used on Mariposa in "Up the Long Ladder". Soval uses a similar weapon in "Captain's Holiday".
"Up the Long
Ladder"

"Captain's
Holiday"
A look at the pistol in HD.
The fog was clearly added in post production so it could easily be "removed" from the bridge. In the HD version of the episode, the smoke on the bridge, which was added in post production, looks much more convincing. There is less smoke close to the camera than in the far background, for example. The removal of the smoke by the bridge life support system looks more realistic as well. 
The transparent blocks with green and blue circuitry were usually seen in Data's quarters and sickbay in the first and second season. As mentioned before, the red version of this block appeared in the medical lab earlier in the episode.

The beige/brown console on Stubbs' desk is also usually found in sickbay. It was part of the birthing chair in "The Child" and appeared in the geological lab in "Pen Pals".

Finally, the large black PADD Stubbs uses was often seen in sickbay in the first season.


"Encounter
at Farpoint"

"The Child"
We can see more details of the panels in HD.

"Datalore"

"Pen Pals"
The aquarium in Stubbs' quarters was seen in Picard's quarters in the first and second season. 

The black sculpture resembling a woman's face appears again after it was last seen in Tasha's quarters in "The Naked Now".


"The Naked Now"

"Where Silence
Has Lease"
The aquarium is much better visible in HD.
An LCARS graphic showing the universal translator at work. The output consists just of numbers, as the HD close-up confirms.
Stubbs apparently keeps the same stand-by console in his quarters as Wesley does in the sickbay lab.  No changes
A nice close-up of an LCARS display of "The Egg". We can almost recognize the labels in HD.
Energy sparks engulf Stubbs. The reconstructed effect in TNG-R.
Something is lying on the floor under the tactical console in this shot.  A close-up of the object in HD.
The graphic of Data is similar to the one created for "The Measure of a Man", also seen in "Peak Performance".
"The Measure
of a Man"
No changes
The small console in the foreground was originally created for "The Emissary". Here it is directly attached to the desk in the computer access room.
Consoles Built for Star Trek

"The Emissary"
No changes
Palor Toff uses the same magnifying glass (detached from its base) to take a closer look at Data in "The Most Toys". It also appears in the Voyager episode "Innocence".
"The Most Toys"

VOY:
"Innocence"
No changes
The data recovered by "The Egg". The data consists of useless repeating numbers ("47"s?).
Two LCARS displays of the exploding neutron star. An HD close-up of the display.
The neutron star and the red giant after the explosion. The reconstructed shot in HD

 


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