Observations in TNG: "A Matter of Perspective"

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

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

"A Matter of Perspective" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
Many years later, this painting appears in Kerner Hauze's collection in LOW: "Kayshon, His Eyes Open". But it is left-right reversed now. Did the collector get scammed?
LOW: "Kayshon, His Eyes Open"
A better look at the painting in HD.

A different futuristic (meaning, not made from wood) painter's palette was seen in "11001001". Both palettes lack green, but that's just coincidence and based on the object that is being painted. Just wanted to let you know.

The solvent dispenser seems to be a vintage oil can in real life.

Valvespout oil can

A better look at the palette and the can in HD.

According to the script to the episode, the art studio was meant to be a recreation on the holodeck. In the finished episode, the observation lounge was used instead. The table and the wall with the models of the ships named Enterprise were removed, making the room a lot bigger. This opportunity was also used to replace the brown carpet (present since season 2) with blue carpet.

A'dammer Cabinets by Aldo van den Nieuwelaar were also seen in "Angel One", "The High Ground", "Night Terrors", "The First Duty" and DS9: "Second Sight".

"Angel One"
No changes

"The First Duty"

DS9: "Second Sight"
The USS Enterprise-D in orbit of Tanuga IV. The planet was never re-used in a later Star Trek episode. The planet is still the same in TNG-R and was only slightly retouched, if at all.
The Tanuga IV research station is a re-use of the Regula station seen in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan". Unlike earlier appearances of stations of this type in "The Child" and "The Measure of a Man", no footage from the second Star Trek film was re-used in this episode.
Redresses of the Orbital Office Complex
This shots of the USS Enterprise-D, filmed using the 6-foot model, originally appeared in "Evolution", but begins a bit earlier here. The footage can be seen four times in this episode.
The sequence in TNG-R. Note that the revised lighting avoids the overexposure of the top of the saucer.

A close-up of the Tanuga IV research station shortly before it explodes. This footage was specifically created for this episode. A great look at the model in HD.
Debris from the explosion of the research station drifts towards the USS Enterprise-D. The explosion was reconstructed to look more fiery than in the original. The pieces of debris are still the same.
Close examination reveals that the footage of the Enterprise was flipped for this shot, as the hull markings are backwards. The orientation of the registry was fixed for TNG-R. Also, not the slightly different viewing angle. This is because a different take was used, which appeared at the end of the original episode.
This short side corridor to the transporter room has been part of the set since it was first created for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture". The corridor originally led past the sickbay office windows but was shortened at the beginning of production on TNG. The shots from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" show what the long corridor looked like originally.
The Corridor from the Transporter Room to Sickbay

"Star Trek II"

"Star Trek II"
No changes
The comparison with the shot from "Evolution" demonstrates how much darker the new carpet on the bridge is since "The High Ground".
The set in HD.
Something out of place is visible at the bottom of the screen as the holodeck door opens. The object (possibly a plank) is even better visible in the remastered (and reframed) episode.
The actors are standing in the real corridor, and the interior of the station inside the holodeck was added in post production. The comparison shot from "Booby Trap", in contrast, shows a fake wall outside the holodeck, as the arrangement of the panels gives away.
"Booby Trap"
No changes
Tayna's costume is worn by a Malcorian cabinet minister in "First Contact".
"First Contact"
A better look at the dress in HD.
Dr. Apgar's gray shelf will appear in Geordi's quarters on the Enterprise-D since "Galaxy's Child".
"Galaxy's Child"
No changes
The wall panels seen inside the Tanuga IV research station were originally created for the brig and the infamous turboshaft on the Enterprise-A in "Star Trek V". They were also seen in the Darwin genetic research station in "Unnatural Selection".
"Star Trek V"

"Star Trek V"
The set in HD.
The console with the microscope in the background originally appeared in Doctor Noonian Soong's lab on Omicron Theta in "Datalore".
Consoles by Modern Props in Star Trek

A better look at the console in HD.
The three large consoles in Dr. Apgar's lab were rented from Modern Props. The small monitors display LCARS screens created by Mike Okuda here. No changes

A phaser beam hits the Krieger wave converter.

The octagonal base features white labels, which are shaped and partitioned like the red equipment labels as they are usually found on the Enterprise-D.

"The Hunted"
The reconstructed effect in HD.
Comparison with an earlier screenshot of Tangua IV reveals the footage of the planet has simply been flipped for this shot.
Earlier in this episode
The planet is flipped in TNG-R as well. The remastering, however, fixes the problem of the rotation. Tanuga IV now consistently spins counter-clockwise in all shots.
An LCARS graphic showing a composite radiation traceback analysis. We can recognize more details in HD. The small writing solely consists of meaningless numbers though.
The new TR-580 Tricorder VII, created for season 3, and its handheld scanner can be seen in this shot. One way to tell it apart from the earlier TR-560 Tricorder VI is the black (previously white) border around the big red button.
"Booby Trap"
A better look at the tricorder in HD.

Large portions of the research station sets were later re-used in "Sins of the Father" to construct the Klingon Great Hall. The window in the guest quarters, for example, appeared on Qo'noS in the later episode.

Typical lighting from the 1980's can be seen on this set. The two table lamps are of the design Shogun Tavolo.
Commercially Available Lighting in Star Trek

"Sins of the Father"
The set as it appears in TNG-R.
The scene of Riker walking behind the hologram of him is well done, only as he passes behind Manua Apgar, the footage of the real Riker blurs a little. Thanks to digital compositing, the scene is never blurred in TNG-R.

Eichner radiation eats through the sickbay wall.

Medical cases of this type were first seen in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan". They also appeared in "Encounter at Farpoint" and "Time Squared". The "refrigerator" (actually: "Perishable Cultures") pictogram is depicted in Star Trek: The Motion Picture Peel-Off Graphics Book. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds shows these icons on many cargo crates.
Pictograms from the Star Trek: The Motion Picture Peel-Off Graphics Book

"Star Trek I"

"Star Trek II"
The effect was reconstructed for TNG-R. Also, a better look at the pictogram.

"Encounter at Farpoint"

SNW: "Memento Mori"

The bottom "pool" part of the Krieger wave converter previously was a large flowerbed on Angosia III in "The Hunted".

The wall in the background with the large windows was later also re-used in the Klingon Great Hall in "Sins of the Father".

"The Hunted"

"Sins of the Father"
A good look at the generator in HD.
The transitions from one holographic recreation of a room on the Tanuga IV research station to another normally works quite well in this episode. In this shot, however, the purple lighting from the guest quarters still lingers on when the background set has switched to the lab. No changes
An LCARS graphic of the lambda field generator. Close examination reveals that the blocks of text at the right half of the display are just comprised of numbers. The new text in TNG-R includes many references to people working on the remastering of TNG, like "Isolinear Kreitzman junction" (Nicki Kreitzmann) and "Bruno coils" (Eric Bruno).
The console in the background was previously seen in the Regula station in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and Dr. Soong's lab in "Datalore".

"Star Trek II"
No changes
Similar thin blue PADDs as the one Picard uses to control the holoprogram previously appeared in "Evolution" and "The Bonding".

"The Bonding"
No changes
The top part of the Krieger wave converter, attached to the ceiling, was previously used as the inverter in "The High Ground". The prop can later be seen in the warp nacelle in "Eye of the Beholder", as USS Voyager's main computer processor in "Concerning Flight" and as a Malurian reactor in ENT: "Civilization".
"The High Ground"

"Concerning Flight"
No changes

"Eye of the Beholder"

ENT: "Civilization"

The center part of the Krieger wave converter emitting sparks, which leads to its explosion.

The small conical details on the octagonal base also appear on the helm console of the Enterprise-C.

"Yesterday's Enterprise"
The reconstructed effect in HD. Not only the beams but even the single sparks are almost identical as in the original episode.
This is the small holodeck set. It was previously shown from different angles, always looking in the direction of the exit.
"Coming of Age"
No changes



Thanks for Tadeo D'Oria, who spotted the re-use of the conical details of the Krieger wave converter on the Enterprise-C bridge.


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