Re-Used Props - Decoration
by Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider
Many props and pieces of decoration in Star Trek were later modified or even recycled without changes to represent items for a different purpose or of another civilization. Here are quite a few examples of art, cult objects and decoration. Please note that every statement made here should be taken with a grain of salt. There is no need to seek for explanations. Certainly we are not supposed to watch closely enough to notice that the same artifacts are on display in distant corners of the galaxy.
Window in Riva's hall & in the Uxbridge house
The same window can be seen on Riva's home planet in TNG: "Loud as a Whisper" (with a rectangular frame) and in the Uxbridge house on Delta Rana IV in TNG: "The Survivors" (with a round frame).
Window on Rekag-Seronia & Arkaria
The Arkaria Base is full of stolen artifacts. ;-) Even the windows are not original. They are taken from the planet Rekag-Seronia (TNG: "Man of the People"). Annorax has the same window on his weapon ship.
On a different note, the statue on the left on Rekag-Seronia is not really of alien origin. It is a Buddhist statue known as Vidradhaka.
The window in the guest quarters of the research station in TNG: "A Matter of Perspective" reappears on Qo'noS in "Sins of the Father".
The Cardassians and Klingons share a predilection for colorful window glass. The same window can be seen in Enabran Tain's house in DS9: "The Wire" and in Grillka's house in DS9: "The House of Quark".
We can see a colorful Cardassian-style window (with the colors resembling those of the Cardassian emblem) aboard "Dreadnought" in VOY: "Dreadnought" and in the holodeck simulation of VOY: "Nothing Human". But the Mari in the Delta Quadrant are very fond of Cardassian style too (VOY: "Random Thoughts"), just not of the colors.
A window previously seen in the Vidiian lab in VOY: "Faces" can be seen again on the Cardassian probe "Dreadnought" in VOY: "Dreadnought", on the Akritirian prison satellite in VOY: "The Chute", on the Takarian planet in VOY: "False Profits" and on Tau's planet in VOY: "Concerning Flight", each time with differently colored glass panes.
Another colorful window appeared in "Star Trek Nemesis" as well as in ENT: "Exile".
A hexagonal metallic checker plate that we know as a tray on the Enterprise in TOS: "Journey to Babel" and as a wall decoration on Deep Space K-7 in "The Trouble with Tribbles" also shows up on the Romulan ship in "The Enterprise Incident", as well as on Elba II in "Whom Gods Destroy" and finally on Gideon in "The Mark of Gideon".
The same shield-like decoration adorns the walls in Mudd's throne room in TOS: "I, Mudd" and in Mr. Lurry's office in TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles".
An illuminated "X", either in red or in white, is a design element that often shows up in Klingon buildings in TNG episodes, like "Sins of the Father", "The Mind's Eye" or "Redemption I+II". It first appeared on Bre'el IV in "Déjà Q", however.
The mural or wall relief featuring circles and lines, seen at one end of the Farpoint Station shopping mall, was later seen again in "Justice" in the Edo building and in "Loud as a Whisper" in Riva's hall on Ramatis III.
The ribbed round wall decoration seen in the Great Hall on Angel I in TNG: "Angel One" appears in later episodes as well. It first re-appears on Qo'noS in "Redemption I+II", then on the Scimitar in "Star Trek Nemesis" and is finally seen in the corridor leading to the Xindi Council chambers in ENT: "The Council".
The same relief can be seen on Banea in "Ex Post Facto" and later as a Krenim artifact on Kyana Prime in "Year of Hell II".
Wall reliefs consisting of tiles with a quadratic pattern appear in Riva's house in TNG: "Loud as a Whisper" and are later seen again on Angosia in "The Hunted", on Kataan in "The Inner Light" and on Vulcan in "Gambit, Part II".
This relief first appears in Mila's house on Cardassia Prime in DS9: "What You Leave Behind" and later in T'Pol's quarters in ENT: "Fusion".
Vulcan wall ornament
A shield-like relief can be seen in Tuvok's quarters in several episodes (such as VOY: "Meld") as well as on the Vulcan ship Vahklas in ENT: "Fusion" and in the Vulcan conference room in ENT: "Stigma". The same piece of decoration appears in ENT: "A Night in Sickbay" in the background of the Kreetassan official and on the wall at the place of Archer's strange lumberjack performance. Here the use of the shield suggests that it is not just decoration but an official Kreetassan emblem. The Vulcan script has been accordingly removed. We can see the shield one last time in the hallway of the Vulcan High Command in ENT: "Kir'Shara". The Vulcan inscription has not been restored but has been replaced with a blue light.
Irregularly shaped relief
B'Elanna has the same irregularly shaped relief in her quarters as the Krenim scientist Annorax on Kyana Prime.
A sculpture resembling a wall clock can be seen in TNG: "Unification" on Romulus. The same decoration reappears on the Arkaria Base in TNG: "Starship Mine", in Mr. Mot's salon on the Enterprise-D in TNG: "Schisms" and on two other occasions on the Enterprise, in "Violations" and in a parallel universe in TNG: "Parallels". Later on the "clock" is also visible in VOY: "Ex Post Facto" and "Jetrel".
A Malcorian piece of art, looking slightly like a clock, is also seen in Spock's quarters aboard the USS Enterprise-A in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country".
The J'naii emblem was designed by Rick Sternbach specifically for TNG: "The Outcast". It reappears in Deanna's quarters on the Romulan Warbird Khazara in TNG: "Face of the Enemy".
The Ventaxian homeworld in TNG: "Devil's Due" is decorated with swiveled quadratic shapes all over, including several tapestries with this characteristic pattern. Tapestries of Ventaxian origin reappear on the Mari homeworld in VOY: "Random Thoughts" and even on Romulus in TNG: "Unification". The Ventaxian pattern can also be seen on Vulcan tapestries in ENT: "The Andorian Incident" and "Stigma".
A tapestry with an eagle depiction can be seen in TNG: "Brothers", TNG: "Firstborn" and, years later, in ENT: "Stigma". This is already the third re-used piece of decoration in the same scene of the latter episode.
Another tapestry featuring depictions of birds can be seen in Soong's lab in TNG: "Brothers". This tapestry is later seen in T'Pol's quarters aboard Enterprise NX-01 in "E²" and in T'Les's house on Vulcan in "Home". As can be seen in the screen caps from Enterprise, the smaller rectangular piece of cloth was integrated into a larger tapestry between "Brothers" and the third season of Enterprise.
Mokra Order posters
Decorative (or propaganda?) posters from the homeworld of the Mokra order in the Delta Quadrant can be seen again on Rigel X in ENT: "Broken Bow".
It is quite common to re-use props although in their second appearance they are supposed to represent something very different. The opposite happens with the painting of a matador that Morn purchases in DS9: "In the Cards". It is shown again in DS9: "Who Mourns for Morn", but while the arrangement is essentially the same, the different details reveal that is has been repainted, perhaps from scratch because the old version was not available anymore.
Balok's colorfully illuminated statue aboard the First Federation ship Fesarius can later be seen in McCoy's sickbay in TOS: "Operation - Annihilate!".
An eagle statue is visible in the background of Q's courtroom in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint". The courtroom is somewhat different in TNG: "All Good Things" (it seems even Q doesn't pay as much attention to details as Trek fans ;-)), but the eagle statue is the same. It also appears in Karnas's command room in TNG: "Too Short a Season" (two of them) and in the bar on Qualor II in TNG: "Unification II".
A stylized bird statue can be seen in the simulation of the Klingon painstick ritual in TNG: "The Icarus Factor". The same statue later appears in Marla Aster's apartment in TNG: "The Bonding". She seems to have been fond of Klingon artwork. The bird, like many other familiar artifacts, can also be found on the Arkaria Base and on Ronara. Even Annorax seems to be fond of its timeless (pun alert!) design, just as he already liked the window (see above).
A statue with a characteristic helix shape can be seen on Deneb IV in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint" and on Angel One. Years later, the same prop shows up on Yadera II in the Gamma Quadrant as part of Rurigan's holographic illusion (DS9: "Shadowplay"). On a funny note, the statue also appears in "Galaxy Quest".
The snail shell sculpture from TNG: "Haven" later appears in "Angel One" on the eponymous planet.
This statue is composed of some round shapes on a stick, perhaps meant to roughly resemble a humanoid head. It can be seen for the first time on Rubicun III, the planet of the Edo, in TNG: "Justice". But the same statue appears on the highly advanced planet Aldea too (TNG: "When the Bough Breaks"), as well as in a woman's quarters on the Enterprise-D (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona"), on Gravesworld (TNG: "The Schizoid Man") and later in Data's quarters (TNG: "The Measure of a Man", "The Offspring", "Clues"). Maybe Data inherited the statue from his "grandpa" Dr. Ira Graves? The Uxbridges have the same statue in TNG: "The Survivors".
We can see the statue at least once in another Trek series, on the homeworld of the Mari, the notorious prop thieves (VOY: "Random Thoughts").
The statue, consisting of three disks on a curved stand, is another prop from TNG's first season that can be seen in later episodes. It appears in TNG: "Haven", TNG: "The Survivors" (side by side with the head statue) and in Odo's quarters in DS9: "The Abandoned".
Enina Tandro in DS9: "Dax" and the Intendant of the Mirror Universe have the same angel statue.
Dragon head candleholder
A candleholder shaped like a dragon head appears in the Nekrit Supply Depot, but can also be seen on the Klingon ship in VOY: "Prophecy".
The horn statue behind Crusher in TNG: "Lonely Among Us" was seen again in several more episodes. It appeared in Quark's quarters in "Melora" and was one of Nog's possessions he tried to sell before enrolling in Starfleet Academy in "Little Green Men". It was later seen in Martok's quarters on DS9 in "Once More Unto the Breach".
The same sculpture of a red ball on a yellow cone is seen on Starbase 515 in TNG: "Samaritan Snare" and on Rutia IV in TNG: "The High Ground".
A stylized humanoid figure could be seen on Kataan in TNG: "The Inner Light", as well as on the unnamed "Polaric Power Planet" in VOY: "Time and Again".
This statue is actually anything but modern art but a replica of an ancient statue from the Cyclades (2800-2300 B.C.).
The same (or very similar) wall decorations can be seen on many occasions. It appears in Starfleet Academy in TNG: "The First Duty", in Kamin's home on Kataan in TNG: "The Inner Light", in a bar on Torman V in TNG: "Chain of Command I" and in Rakal's quarters in TNG: "Face of the Enemy". Furthermore, it can be seen several times in Voyager's first and second season: twice on the unnamed planet in "Time and Again", on Banea in "Ex Post Facto", on the Sikarian ship in "Prime Factors" and on the Kazon planet in "Alliances".
The basotile in Fajo's collection in TNG: "The Most Toys" 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 "Fair Trade".
Two irregularly shaped steles were originally created for "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" where they could be seen in the Federation Council Hall, painted silver in the movie. They reappeared on Deneb IV in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint" and, after the TNG pilot episode, in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier", standing in front of the Paradise Inn on Nimbus III.
Lattice tower sculpture
The same lattice sculpture can be seen in Marayna's control room in VOY: "Alter Ego" and in the Vori camp in VOY: "Nemesis".
Statue with bells
A statue with bells much like a Turkish crescent could be seen as a Klingon object but was apparently deemed alien enough to appear on Vulcan as well. But the first documented appearance is on the Sikarian homeworld in VOY: "Prime Factors".
The Albeni meditation crystal from TNG: "Angel One" begins a new life (literally) as an alien embryonic lifeform in "Q-less".
An emblem in a shop window on the Barkonian homeworld in TNG: "Thine Own Self" is re-used as some sort of mobile to cheer up Neelix while he has to rest in the isotropic restraint in VOY: "The Phage".
Vulcan fire pit
The ring around the Vulcan fire pit in TOS: "Amok Time" reappears as some sort of altar for the "séance" in TOS: "Wolf in the Fold". The ring seems to have been repainted but has still the same alien script on it.
Decorative fire bowl
A fire bowl on a decorative post can be seen in various episodes, on Vulcan, Klingon and other planets.
Some screen caps from TrekCore. Thanks go to AJ Halliwell for pointing us to the Vulcan wall decoration and the eagle tapestry and to Alexander Baier, Brant Day @Twitter, Ciarán D, Jan Kockrow, Lin Jingqiu, Marçal, Shawn Havery and Michael Minnick for spotting some more of the props.