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

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


"The Most Toys" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
The footage of the USS Enterprise-D was newly filmed for this episode, using the new 4-foot model. Screenshots from earlier episodes show what the 6-foot model looks like from a similar angle.
The Saucer Rim on the Galaxy Class

"Elementary,
Dear Data"

"A Matter
of Honor"
The ship encounter in HD.

"The Outrageous
Okona"
Kivas Fajo's ship, the Jovis. The same footage was re-used in "Silicon Avatar", where the ship is identified as the Kallisko. The comparison with "The Survivors" shows that the Jovis is a modification of the Husnock warship.
Redresses of the Husnock Ship

"The Survivors"
This is the first time the aft compartment of a Type-15 shuttlepod is seen. When it appears again in "The Mind's Eye", it looks very different.
Variations of the Type-15 Shuttle

"The Mind's Eye"
No changes
For some unknown reason, the whole teaser of the episode appears very blurry in SD. In TNG-R there is no problem with the teaser.
The Zibalian fingerprint PADD seen here was re-used in several later episodes. It appears as a scanner in "The Masterpiece Society", as a Tilonian PADD in "Frame of Mind", as Galen's PADD in "Gambit II" and as an Enaran PADD in the VOY episode "Remember".
"The Masterpiece
Society"

"Gambit II"
In HD we can clearly recognize that the ten keys of the prop are interdigitated capacitive touch sensors on a 20th century PCB.

"Frame of Mind"

VOY:
"Remember"
Data is electrified by the fingerprint scanner. The reconstructed effect in the remastered episode.
The Zibalian scanner later appeared as a Kes scanner in "Attached".
"Attached"
An HD close-up of the prop.
This footage of the USS Enterprise-D was newly recorded for this episode, using the 4-foot model. A comparison screenshot from "Booby Trap" shows the 6-foot model from a similar angle.

The same footage of the USS Enterprise-D and the Jovis was re-used in "The Perfect Mate" where the alien ship appears as a Valtese transport ship. The Jovis is, as previously said, a redress of the Husnock warship.


"The Survivors"

"Booby Trap"
We can see more details of the ship model in HD.
The shuttlepod Pike leaves the shuttle hangar of the Jovis. The comparison shot from "The Survivors" shows the Husnock ship from a similar angle.
"The Survivors"
The shuttlepod Pike shortly before it explodes.
A schematic of the Type-15 shuttlepod Pike is displayed on the engineering station monitor. An HD close-up of the diagram.
A shuttle nacelle and the port side of the shuttlepod can clearly be made out amidst the debris. The reworked explosion in TNG-R.
The footage of the USS Enterprise-D flying past the Jovis was newly filmed for this episode. Another screenshot from "The Survivors" shows that the Jovis is an extensive modification of the Husnock warship.
"The Survivors"
More great HD shots of the Jovis.
Kivas Fajo's personal forcefield in effect. The reconstructed light effect in TNG-R.
Fajo's forcefield generator/controls were later re-used as medical tools in various episodes. Amongst others, they appeared as medical monitors in "Ethics" and as a dermal regenerator in "Emergence".
"Ethics"

"Emergence"
The device in HD.
The basotile in Fajo's collection doesn't seem to be as rare as he thinks. The prop was also seen in Deep Space 9's assay office in "Necessary Evil", in the Symbiosis Commission building on the Trill homeworld in "Equilibrium" and even in Bahrat's office aboard the space station close to the Nekrit Expanse in VOY: "Fair Trade".
DS9: "Necessary
Evil"

VOY:
"Fair Trade"
The sculpture in HD.

"Equilibrium"
Similarly, Fajo's unique Mark Off-Zel vase doesn't seem to be as unique as he thinks, as K'mpec kept a similar vase in his quarters aboard his Vor'cha-class attack cruiser in "Reunion" and Worf kept the same prop in his quarters in "Parallels" and "Rightful Heir".
"Reunion"

"Rightful Heir"
An HD close-up of the vase.
The small black and blue jar also seen in this screenshot would later appear in countless crew quarters over the course of the series. It showed up in Worf's, Data's, O'Brien's and Troi's quarters on TNG and was even seen in Joe Carey's quarters on Voyager.
Re-Used Props - Various Objects

"Parallels"
A close look at the Roger Maris baseball card in Fajo's collection. An HD close-up of the card.
A lapling replica was also seen in the science lab of the USS Enterprise-D in "New Ground".
"New Ground"
The creature in HD.
This painting was previously seen in Data's quarters in "Tin Man", where it was also covered with red fabric.
"Tin Man"
An HD close-up of the painting.
Data's Shakespeare edition is not the same book that Maddox reads in "The Measure of a Man", although it is supposed to be the same book.
Picard's Shakespeare Books

"The Measure
of a Man"

Complete Works,
cover
In the HD version Data's Shakespeare book can be identified. It is The Complete Works of WIlliam Shakespeare - Comprising His Plays and Poems, also the history of his life, his will and an introduction to each play, with a contribution on the Shakespeare and Bacon controversy by Sir Henry Irving.

Complete Works,
first page
The playing cards were seen in use in "Allegiance".
"Allegiance"
The cards in an HD close-up.
Data's medals were last seen in "The Measure of a Man". As can be seen, the arrangement of the pins has changed a little.
"The Measure
of a Man"
An HD close-up of the medals.
The hologram of Tasha Yar also appeared in "The Measure of a Man". It is based on footage from her memorial in "Skin of Evil".
"Skin of Evil"

"The Measure
of a Man"
The Tasha hologram in TNG-R.
Another shot of the Jovis that leaves no doubt the ship is based on the Husnock warship from "The Survivors".
"The Survivors"
A look at the ship in HD.
Another interesting exhibit in Fajo's collection is Sarjenka's radio transmitter from "Pen Pals". It seems to include three simple plastic bottles. For this re-use, the prop was recolored.
"Pen Pals"
A look at the prop in HD.
The screenshot from "The Naked Now" shows how the ready room couch has changed since the first season.
"The Naked Now"
No changes
When Picard reads from Data's Shakespeare volume, the purple bookmark moves from the right page to the left page.
Complete Works,
pages 948-949
We can read the pages of Hamlet in HD. Our reference picture shows the 1927 edition of the aforementioned Complete Works, which is not quite the same as the one Picard is holding.
The Zibalian replicator in Kivas Fajo's trophy room is a re-use of the sickbay replicator first seen in "Evolution". For this re-use, some wall panels and a second display were added to the prop. After "The Most Toys", the Zibalian displays were replaced with 24th century LCARS displays and the prop was reinstalled in sickbay, as can be seen in the screenshot from "Sarek".

Now, something funny happens in "Transfigurations", filmed after "Sarek": The sickbay replicator all of a sudden displays a Zibalian graphic. It is possible that this happened due to necessary refilming after David Rappaport (the first actor to play Kivas Fajo) attempted to commit suicide and several scenes from "The Most Toys" needed to be refilmed with Saul Rubinek as Kivas Fajo after "Sarek". Maybe it was forgotten to remove the Zibalian graphic when the prop was needed again for "Transfigurations".


"Evolution"

"Sarek"
The replicator in HD.

"The Enemy"

"Transfigurations"
Data's uniform slowly dissolves. A look at the dissolving effect in HD.
Geordi's quarters haven't been seen since the first season episode "Code of Honor". As can be seen, the painting and the paneling behind his bed have changed since then.
"Code of Honor"
An HD close-up of the painting.
This is the first time somebody is seen using the new turbolift close to the holodeck/shuttlebay/cargo bay doors. No changes
Troi and Worf's turbolift ride is interesting for several reasons. They are seen entering the turbolift, with a corridor wall behind them, and leave the turbolift at the end of the scene, entering the bridge. This was filmed as one continuous shot, so how did the corridor change into the bridge? Something similar was done in with Doctor Pulaski's turbolift ride to the bridge in "The Schizoid Man", but in that episode, the effect was achieved using a blue screen.

In this episode, no blue screen was used. Instead, Troi and Word are standing in the turbolift, attached to the bridge set, right from the beginning. This is made clear because the inner turbolift door is gray (as it is on the bridge). When somebody enters a turbolift from the corridor set, the door is normally orange, from the inside and outside. The effect of a corridor wall was achieved by positioning a fake corridor wall behind the turbolift door. The wall was removed during the turbolift ride, revealing the bridge behind the wall. Now, the wall is wrong for two reasons as well: It is much too close to the turbolift door and the wall is wrong, as the wall directly opposite the new turbolift is beige and has no panels, unlike regular corridor walls. This can be seen in the screenshots from "A Matter of Perspective" and "Hollow Pursuits", showing the wall as seen through the holodeck/cargo bay door which is just a few feet to the right of the turbolift door.


"A Matter
of Perspective"
No changes

"Hollow Pursuits"

Set plan
The Jovis in orbit of Lya IV. The planet in the remastered episode is new, but close to the original.
Palor Toff's brooch was later worn by Lwaxana Troi in "Half a Life".
"Half a Life"
A better look at the brooch in HD.
Palor Toff's magnifying glass originally appeared in "Evolutions". It was later seen again in the VOY episode "Innocence".
"Evolution"

VOY:
"Innocence"
A better look at the prop in HD.
Palor Toff's costume (sans brooch) was later worn by an unnamed archaeologist in "Qpid".
"Qpid"
No changes
In this screenshot, one change that was made to the bridge can be clearly seen: The black wall panel with the graphic of the USS Enterprise-D and the bridge replicator is no longer completely made from a reflective material. The border of the panel is covered with a non-reflective black material now. This was changed after "The Offspring" but before "Sins of the Father".
"The Offspring"
No changes
This footage of the USS Enterprise-D firing a class 2 probe at Beta Agni II is a re-use of footage originally filmed for "Pen Pals". In that episode, the Enterprise fired 5 Class-1 probes in photon torpedo cases at Drema IV. In both episodes, the footage of the USS Enterprise-D is flipped, the hull writing is mirror-inverted.
"Pen Pals"
The orientation of the lettering "NCC-1701-D" was fixed for TNG-R.

 


"Pen Pals"
Beta Agni II is a re-use of Drema IV, only colored green.
Re-Used Planets in TNG

"Pen Pals"
The planet was faithfully reconstructed for TNG-R and is not the same as in "Pen Pals" any longer.

"Pen Pals"
This second shot of Beta Agni II also re-used footage of Drema IV from "Pen Pals". Again, the planet was colored green. The red lava rifts on the surface of Drema IV appear black on Beta Agni II.
"Pen Pals"
The caves on Beta Agni II were also seen on Risa in "Captain's Holiday" and Galorndon Core in "The Enemy".
"Captain's
Holiday"
A look the set in TNG-R.

"The Enemy"
The facts about Kivas Fajo, displayed on an observation lounge monitor here. This can be seen much better in HD.
The footage of the USS Enterprise-D flying away is flipped, as can be seen by the mirror-inverted writing on the hull. In TNG-R the lettering is still reversed.
This is a rare look at the door leading to the bridge head. We can't really read it, but it seems that the door label is "Head" indeed.
A star map showing the possibly locations of the Jovis. We can recognize the labels somewhat better in HD.
This shot of the Jovis also appeared in the DS9 episode "The Circle" when the footage was re-used for the Kressari freighter Calondon in that episode. The red engine lights were turned off for the re-use and the ship flies backwards, though.
DS9: "The Circle"
A look at the ship in HD.
Zibalian writing can be seen on the safe interface. As can be seen, Iconian writing and the Zibalian language are identical.
"Contagion"
No changes
The interior of the Zibalian shuttle (including the console in the foreground) seems to be a re-use of the Romulan scout ship, seen in "The Defector". The console was first seen in the cockpit of the Ferengi shuttle in "The Price".
"The Defector"
No changes
Several pentagonal wall panels are seen in the Jovis' shuttlebay. These panels usually appear as cargo crates in the USS Enterprise-D's cargo bay but first showed up in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier".

The metallic bottles on the ground are later seen in "Frame of Mind" in the Tilonus Institute for Mental Disorders.

The wall console in the background was last seen on the bridge of the Pakled ship Mondor in "Samaritan Snare".


"Star Trek V"

"Samaritan
Snare"
We can see this area better in HD.

"Frame of Mind"
The conical cargo containers were first seen in the Genesis cave in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan". The silver containers also showed up on Gamma Hromi II in "The Vengeance Factor".
"Star Trek II"

"The Vengeance
Factor"
No changes
The Zibalian shuttle is re-used as the Zalkonian escape pod a few episodes later in "Transfiguration". It also appeared as the Arcos escape pod in "Legacy" and the Nenebek in "Final Mission".
"Transfigurations"
No changes
The console seen in the background previously appeared in "Home Soil", "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" and "Peak Performance".
"Home Soil"

"Peak
Performance"
A good look at the containers in HD.

"Star Trek V"
A prototype of the Varon-T disruptor appeared in "The High Ground". Kyril Finn uses a pistol that is nearly identical to Kivas Fajo's weapon. The prop is also used by the terrorist Kelsey in "Starship Mine", by Tallera in "Gambit II" and by Macias in "Preemptive Strike".
Re-Used Props - Beam Weapons

"The High
Ground"

"Gambit II"
A better look at the phaser in HD.

"Starship Mine"

"Preemptive
Strike"
Varria is gruesomely killed by the Varon-T disruptor. The reconstructed effect in TNG-R.
The brig is seen for the first time this season. The console the security officer works on was originally created for drafting room 5, seen in "Booby Trap".
"Booby Trap"
No changes
The console behind Data first appeared in the classroom in "When the Bough Breaks".
"When the
Bough Breaks"

 

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