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Observations in TNG: "Up the Long Ladder"
A joint project with TrekCore, by Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider

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


"Up the Long Ladder" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
Close inspection reveals that the captain's log only consists of strings of numbers. The HD screen cap confirms there is no useful information on the screen.
The list of Earth deep space launches from 2123 to 2190. It contains several in-jokes: SS Buckaroo Banzai, BBI, John Whorfin and Planet 10 (DIM 8) are all references to "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension", the SS Urusei Yatsura is named after the eponymous animated series. The SS Tomobiki is also named after the fictional setting of the show. Many of the captains in the display are named after people working on Star Trek. The mission of the VK Velikan, captained by one Gene Roddenberry, is "to explore strange new worlds". The HMS New Zealand, finally, is on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan.

The shot of the desktop monitor is a re-use from "Contagion".


"Contagion"
The LCARS display has been changed slightly for the remastering of the episode. Very obvious in-jokes were removed. The VK Velikan is no longer commanded by Gene Roddenberry but by Mike Volland. It is also no longer on a mission "to explore strange new worlds" but is engaging in "stellar chart mapping". The HMS New Zealand is now on a diplomatic mission to Aldebaran instead of Alderaan. The SS Seattle is on a diplomatic mission to SR-47 now and no longer does "ADR looping".
The planet housing Starbase 73 was previously seen as Velara III in "Home Soil" and Dytallix B in "Conspiracy". It is seen for the last time in this episode.
Re-Used Planets in TNG
The planet was rebuilt for TNG-R. It is no longer the same as Velara III. The planet features a beautifully animated storm now.
The transparent spreadsheet usually found in sickbay can be nicely seen in this shot.  The HD close-up shows the spreadsheet somewhat better.
Picard seems to be reading the orange PADD-like thing here. Close examination however reveals that there is no text on the flat sheet. It looks more closely like the circuitry in an isolinear optical chip, so the two orange sheets might have been supposed to be just that - larger isolinear chips.  Close-ups of the prop in HD.
The text of the SS Mariposa file. "Yoyodyne pulse fusion" is a nod to Buckaroo Banzai. The text in the SS Mariposa file can be read much better now. We can recognize another Buckaroo Banzai in-joke, "Banzai pipeline surfboards".
The cups and pitcher used for the Klingon tea ceremony were seen again many years later in the DS9 episode "The Ship". In that episode, the Vorta Kilana brings food and drink to Sisko using this tableware.
DS9: "The Ship"
A better look at the tableware in HD.
This shot of a moon or asteroid in the Bringloid system originally appeared in "We'll Always Have Paris". In that episode, it was meant to represent Vandor IV. For this episode, the shot was rotated slightly. 
"We'll Always
Have Paris"
The asteroid was reconstructed and shows more details now.

Note that in this shot, like in a few previous instances in the second season of TNG-R, the Enterprise is distorted.

The increasing solar activity of the star Bringloid and the planet Bringloid V can be nicely seen in this shot.  The planet is much more detailed now.
The top part of the yellow/red alert indicator is clearly covered with black cardboard in this shot. More cardboard can be seen on one of the aft bridge stations. The cardboard can be recognized in HD too.
A rectangular square of carpet is attached to the transporter console. The carpet piece can be seen in HD too.
Bringloid V looked very pixelated in the original episode. The HD version of the planet is a huge improvement.
The same short corridor that is normally seen when somebody uses the holodeck leads to the cargo bay in this episode. The cargo bay set (a redress of the shuttlebay) wasn't seen since "The Child". No changes
Some additional pieces of set decoration appear in Riker's quarters in this episode. The transparent dome on a tripod already appeared in his quarters in "Time Squared" but it wasn't really seen well in the dark corner. The dome will often be seen in his quarters in later episodes, it also appeared in the geophysical lab in "Pen Pals".
"Pen Pals"

"The Quality
of Life"
A close-up of the dome in HD.
Riker keeps several sculptures of female torsos in his quarters. One made from glass first appeared in "Time Squared", a larger, black one debuts in this episode.
"Future
Imperfect"
No changes
The cargo bay replicator only appears in this episode. It looks different from the regular crew quarter replicators. 
"The Neutral
Zone"
No changes
Chech'tluth comes in a traditional Klingon cup, last seen in "A Matter of Honor". No changes
This shot of the USS Enterprise-D approaching Mariposa is a re-use of a similar shot from "The Schizoid Man" where the ship is seen approaching Gravesworld. In this episode, the shot appears mirrored, though.
"The Schizoid
Man"
The planet is apparently still the same in TNG-R, only much better resolved.
Several more cardboard squares are seen in this shot. The cardboard is noticeable in TNG-R too.
Ringed Mariposa as it appears on the viewscreen. This shot is also a re-use from "The Schizoid Man".
"The Schizoid
Man"
In these shots the planet is still the old one as well. The rings now cast a shadow on the planet's surface. Also note the Enterprise's shadow on the rings on the lower screen cap.
This shot of the planet Mariposa also appears in "The Schizoid Man". In that episode, however, the Enterprise is much closer to the camera or Gravesworld is much smaller than Mariposa.
"The Schizoid
Man"
The monitor seen on Mariposa looks very much like a 20th century computer monitor. A better look at the ancient monitor in HD.
This is a new shot of the season 2 ringed planet that doesn't appear in "The Schizoid Man". It looks like this shot was retouched. Once again, note the shadow on the planet's surface.
The blue energy beam of Mariposan weapons. The reconstructed beam is more intense (just as it should be).
Just as he is being carried away, unconscious Riker opens his eyes and looks straight at the camera. We can recognize the blooper better in HD.
The syringes the Mariposans use to extract DNA from Riker and Pulaski were used by Seska many years later to extract DNA from Chakotay in "Maneuvers".
VOY:
"Maneuvers"
A better look at the prop in HD.

Also note the vignetting that occurs because the frame was chosen too wide.

As the USS Enterprise-D comes closer to the camera, the planetary rings start to move unnaturally. The effect is no longer present in TNG-R.

But note that the Enterprise is once again too narrow.

Blinking wall consoles like that are also seen in Dr. Soong's lab in "Datalore", the terraforming station on Velara III in "Home Soil" and Dr. Manheim's lab in "We'll Always Have Paris".
"Datalore"

"Home Soil"
No changes

"We'll Always
Have Paris"
The triangular wall behind Riker was originally the roof of the turboshaft in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier".
"Star Trek V"
No changes
One of the cloning units later appeared as a biobed in "The Best of Both Worlds II". A cloning unit also served as a biobed in "Transfigurations" and "Ethics".
"Transfigurations"

"Ethics"
A better look at the chamber in HD.

"The Best of
Both Worlds I"
Three Mariposan pistols are seen. Sovak holds a similar weapon in "Captain's Holiday".
"Captain's
Holiday"
A better look at the weapon in HD.
This is again are-use of a shot from "The Schizoid Man", which has simply been mirrored.
"The Schizoid
Man" SD

"The Schizoid
Man" HD
In TNG-R it is a mirror image of the corresponding shot in TNG-R: "The Schizoid Man" too, but with better differentiated lighting and shading. The registry is the right way round only in "Up the Long Ladder". 
A shot of Mariposa without the USS Enterprise-D in the foreground. A last look at the planet in TNG-R.

 


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