Observations in TNG: "Allegiance"

A joint project with TrekCore, by Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider

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

"Allegiance" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
Cor Caroli V was previously seen as Iconia in "Contagion".
Re-Used Planets in TNG


"Contagion HD"
In TNG-R, the two planets are not the same any longer.
A blue metallic slab hovers above Picard and beams him away to the alien holding bay. The visual effect had to be recreated for the remastering.
Mitena Haro is the first female Bolian and actually only the second Bolian seen on the show at all, the first being Captain Rixx in "Conspiracy". Only one more Bolian with hair will ever be seen, in the background in "Ménage à Troi" (discounting the one with the wig in DS9: "The Muse").
Races with Changing Faces - Major Races


"Ménage à Troi"
The Bolian make-up is as blue in TNG-R as it should be.
Kova Tholl is the first Mizarian to appear in Star Trek. Mizarians were only seen three more times in live-action series: in Ten Forward in "Ménage à Troi", in a bar on Torman V in "Chain of Command I" and during the saucer separation sequence in "Star Trek: Generations". Many years later Malvus, another Mizarian, appears in LOW: "An Embarrassment of Dooplers".
"Ménage à Troi"

A good look at the Mizarian in HD.

"Chain of Command I"

LOW: "...of Dooplers"
Footage of the USS Enterprise-D (using the smooth 6-foot model) flying past the cratered planet is also a re-use from "Contagion", where the planet was Iconia. The saucer and new planet in HD.
A better look at the new non-reflective frame around the lateral control panel that is present since "Sins of the Father".
"The Big Goodbye"
The new panel in HD.

This is the first time a 24th century Starfleet Academy uniform is seen. When it appears next, in "The Game", the collar looks different. Between the last time it is seen on TNG, in "Journey's End", and the first time it appears on DS9, "Homefront", the color has changed from black to gray. The TNG cadet uniform apparently served as an inspiration for the DS9 regular uniform, requiring to modify the cadet uniform to look different again.

Note the interesting control panel with alien writing and irregularly shaped buttons.

"The Game"

DS9: "Homefront"
A good look at the uniform and the interface in HD.
The make-up of Esoqq, the Chalnoth, is similarly ferocious as that of the Nausicaans and of the Kradin that would appear later in Star Trek.

VOY: "Nemesis"
The Chalnoth make-up in HD.
During the last poker game, in "The Emissary", similar playing cards were used. They were red instead of blue, though.
"The Emissary"
A look at the cards in HD.
Previous poker games took place in Data's dimly lit quarters. The illumination is much brighter in "Allegiance".
"The Measure of a Man"

"The Emissary"
No changes
It can only be seen briefly, but the statue in Data's quarters was also present in "The Offspring", the last time his quarters were seen. The statue has appeared in several earlier episodes, such as on Aldea and Rubicun III.

"The Offspring"
No changes

"When the Bough Breaks"
Esoqq's costume was later worn by DS9's regular barfly Morn.
DS9: "Body Parts"
A good look at the costume in HD.
Picard, Haro and Esoqq are hit by a green energy beam. The reconstructed effect in TNG-R.
The starbase painting in Picard's quarters can be nicely seen in this shot. The painting in HD.

Comparison shots show how the wall portion of Picard's quarters with the shelf used to look in seasons 1 and 2.

Note the red illuminated corner in "Allegiance".

"The Battle"

"Where Silence Has Lease"
The shelf in HD.
The text on Picard's door sign can be almost read in this shot. In HD, the text is clearly legible. It unsurprisingly reads "Captain Jean-Luc Picard - Commanding Officer".
Glasses with the Starfleet Headquarters logo on the side, as used by Riker here, were first seen in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock". The logo first appeared in "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan".
"Star Trek III"
An HD close-up of the glasses.
In "Allegiance", Riker's quarters has pink corner lighting. So far it used to be white or blue.
"Lonely Among Us"

"Up the Long Ladder"
No changes
The footage of the USS Enterprise-D approaching the pulsar in the Lonka cluster was newly filmed for this episode, using the 4-foot model. The footage was re-used at least twice. It was seen in "The Game", where the shot begins a lot earlier so more of the underside of the saucer section can be seen. The Enterprise is also a little further away from the camera and the pulsar was replaced by the Phoenix cluster in this episode. A short sequence of the footage as it appears in "Allegiance" is also re-used in "Violations". Here, no pulsar or cluster is seen, however.
"The Game"

A look at the model in HD.

"The Game"
Esoqq's knife is similar in design to the Nausicaan knife seen in "Tapestry". The Nausicaan weapon is longer than Esoqq's knife, though.
A look at the knife in HD.

This footage of the USS Enterprise-D flying towards the pulsar in the Lonka system is also new and was also filmed using the 4-foot model. Amongst other re-uses, the shot famously appears in "The Best of Both Worlds II", when the USS Enterprise-D enters the battlefield at Wolf 359.

Parts of the sequence were re-used in "Cause and Effect" and "Suspicions". In both cases, the pulsar was removed, however. Footage from earlier episodes shows the 6-foot model from a similar perspective.

"Encounter at Farpoint"

"The Ensigns of Command"
A look at the model in HD.

"When the Bough Breaks"

"The Best of Both Worlds II"

"A Matter of Honor"

"Cause and Effect"
Picard addresses the crew as the pulsar periodically pulsates behind him. The pulsar is brighter and has more contrast in TNG-R.
The alien pretending to be Mitena Haro dissolves and splits in two. The reconstructed effect in TNG-R.
When the real Picard returns to the bridge, one reaction shot shows Worf with the season 3 prototype uniform with vertical seams. This shot is stock footage from "The Survivors". A few moments later, we see him with the correct uniform.
A few moments later
No changes
This is a nice close-up of Riker's bridge console. The display remained the same until the end of season 4 and was replaced with a different LCARS display for season 5, which remained in place until the end of the show.
The Evolution of the Enterprise-D Bridge

"New Ground"
We can recognize the display (and the 20th century screws holding it) better in HD.
The bridge force field is only seen in this episode. It has an interesting purple color here. The light effects of this episode are quite colorful anyway. The effect is more colorful in TNG-R.
The unnamed aliens from this episode never showed up again. But as many as 31 years later, a picture of one of them can be spotted in the bar on the starbase in LOW: "An Embarrassment of Dooplers" (visible in the center of the background wall on the right side).
LOW: "...of Dooplers"
The aliens in HD.



Thanks to Zef'No for the hint about the Mizarian in "Generations".


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