Observations in TNG: "Brothers"

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

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

"Brothers" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
A shot of the 4-foot model of the Enterprise-D.
Enterprise Flybys in TNG and TNG-R
In TNG-R, we see a similar shot with the 4-foot model, as the original footage was missing. Actually, it is a shot of the Enterprise flying into the opposite direction that was mirror-inverted.
Red stickers were added to the left and right of the turbolift door. These stickers were neither present in season 3 nor in "The Best of Both Worlds II". They were visible in "Yesterday's Enterprise", however. An LCARS display was also added to the right of the door.
"Yesterday's Enterprise"
In HD, we can read "System Level" on the upper label, and all the numbers on the LCARS panel.

"The Best of Both Worlds II"
This is one of the rare cases in which blue alert is seen on a Star Trek episode. The last time a blue alert indicator was seen was in "Q Who" aboard Picard's shuttlecraft.
"Q Who"
No changes
Data is turning off select command systems. The text is not legible in SD, however. We can now read which systems of the ship Data disables.

Something is odd about this wide-angle shot with Data at the aft console during blue alert. The alert indicators between the aft stations and the observation lounge door are blue, although they are the usual orange in all other shots at blue alert. Also, we can see traces of red lighting as faint reflections in the corner between the head and the observation lounge access, and on the bottom portion of the aft stations.

It turns out that the take was originally filmed with the lighting for red alert. It was intended for some time later in the episode when Data is entering Picard's access code. Data's LCARS already display shows the according graphic that would appear close up a few minutes later. When the episode was originally edited, the shot was deemed useful for the blue alert phase instead, and was accordingly colored blue in post production. The modification is very well done for the time, except for the small mistake with the alert indicator.

Blue alert with orange indicator
The TNG-R shot, in contrast, shows the shot in its original red color, which is wrong, considering that the ship is at blue alert. The oversight is odd because the LCARS display was correctly swapped to match with the preceding shot (rather than with the one that should appear later in the episode), while the much more noticeable red lighting remains unchanged.

Security code graphic
Netflix HD release In the HD release for Netflix, the color was edited to show the correct blue alert.
An animated graphic of the USS Enterprise-D is displayed on the "pool table" in main engineering. A look at this nice display in HD.
The in-jokes, hidden in the MSD in main engineering, were not covered for this shot. The Porsche can be seen in the main shuttlebay, for example. We can recognize the Porsche even better in HD.
This Starfleet Operations LCARS displays first appeared on an aft bridge monitor in season 4. In SD, the ship names are not legible. The names are:
StarshipClassRegistryMission status
Starfleet Operations - Sectors 21166 - 23079
USS Ajax Excelsior* NCC-13554* Deep space exploration, sector 21834
USS Aries Renaissance NCC-45167 Deep space exploration, sector 21502
USS Berlin Excelsior NCC-14232 Romulan Neutral Zone patrol
USS Bradbury Bradbury NX-72307 Warp drive performance tests
USS Charleston Excelsior NCC-42285 Deep space exploration, sector 22055
USS Fearless Excelsior NCC-14598 Planetary mapping, Beta Mahoga system
USS Goddard Korolev NCC-59621 Starbase 414 resupply
USS Hood Excelsior NCC-42296 Major system upgrade, Starbase 174
USS Merrimac Nebula NCC-61827 Special assignment, Vulcan Science Academy
USS Monitor Nebula NCC-61826 Romulan Neutral Zone patrol
USS Repulse Excelsior NCC-2544 Deep space exploration, sector 22036
USS Thomas Paine New Orleans NCC-65530 Diplomatic mission to Epsilon Ashanti III
USS Trieste Yosemite* NCC-37124 Pulsar research project
USS Victory Constellation NCC-9754 Stellar nuclei population survey
USS Zhukov Rigel* NCC-62136* Cultural observation, Alpha Laputa IV
Starship mission status

*For a later appearance of the list, the Ajax was changed to Apollo class and its registry to NCC-11574, the class of the Trieste was changed to Merced, the registry on the Zhukov to NCC-26136 and its class to Ambassador. Furthermore, while the types of missions all remained the same, the names and numbers of the starbases and planetary systems were all altered.

We can recognize some ship names in HD.
For this shot of the MSD, the in-jokes are masked. Only Nomad is still visible at the right side of the first screenshot. As can be seen in the second image, the previously visible Porsche has been masked as well. We can see even better in HD that Nomad is still there and the Porsche was removed.
The ladder to the second level of main engineering is seen on these two screen caps, as already in "Heart of Glory". The second shot is filmed from a different angle, implying that this was filmed up from the lower level. Comparison of the caps reveals, however, that both shots were filmed down, from the second level of main engineering.
"Heart of Glory"
No changes
The quarantine lab is a redress of the medical/science lab originally created for "Transfigurations". The same biomonitor LCARS display seen in that episode and "The Best of Both Worlds II" is still present here. The red and blue tubes above the "quarantine box" were also part of a large medical device used to heal John Doe seen in early scenes in "Transfigurations". A little later in the episode, it can be seen better that the room was separated into two rooms for this episode, the large medical lab and the smaller room in which Willie Potts's bed is located.

A good look at the lab in HD.


"The Best of Both Worlds II"
Terlina III is a redress of Qo'noS, first seen in "Sins of the Father". Terlina III is a new planet in HD, not the same as Qo'noS.
Several different LCARS displays are seen in this scene. This includes a 3-D model of the USS Enterprise-D and a floor plan. All these displays are practical effects on set and remain unchanged. We can clearly recognize the original blocky fonts in HD, ages before font smoothing became customary. Only the color was changed from pale green to blue.
Data enters Picard's security code.
Corridor forcefields were first seen in the season 3 episode "The Bonding". The reconstructed effect in HD.
Data enters the transporter room from the rarely used side entry of the set.
The Corridor from the Transporter Room to Sickbay
A good look at the console in HD.
A spare hand and foot for a Soong-type android can be seen lying on the table here. They look slightly different from Lore's hands and feet seen in "Datalore".

The body parts in HD.
Angel statues like the one in Dr. Soong's lab were seen in several later episodes. They appeared in Baran's room aboard his ship in "Gambit II" and in the Intendant's office on Terok Nor in DS9: "Crossover", "Through the Looking Glass" and "Shattered Mirror".
"Gambit II"

DS9: "Crossover"
No changes

"Through the Looking Glass"

DS9: "Shattered Mirror"
This is the first time the interior of a communicator is seen. An open communicator is also seen in the VOY episode "Coda".
We can see the innards in more detail in HD.
We can see several books in Soong's lab. The names of some of the books can be read in HD, such as The Silver Chalice, Wonders and Workers, Human Freedom and In Bed We Cry.
The pages of the book Dr. Soong picks can briefly be seen. The pages seem to contain schematics of an android.
Soong's lab features a blackboard with several complex equations. We can recognize a Kei/Yuri in-joke, a "My Neighbor Totoro" in-joke and some Chinese writing. The rest doesn't make much sense for a layman in cybernetics.
All the in-jokes in the MSD are present again, including the Porsche, a duck and a DC-3. The unchanged HD cap confirms that the in-jokes are present.
Several medical tools are seen in this screenshot, including a hypospray and a medical tricorder. One scanner looks noticeably like the "salt shaker" scanners used by Dr. McCoy in TOS.
TOS-R: "The Naked Time"
A better look at the medical devices in HD.
The bedroom part of the quarantine lab seems to be partly constructed of the brig set. The wall with the sink and mirror is also seen in the senior officers' quarters.
"The Most Toys"
The chamber as it appears in TNG-R.
The wall decoration behind Soong will reappear in the O'Briens' quarters in "Data's Day" and "The Wounded".
"Data's Day"

"The Wounded"
A better look at the decoration (and at Brent Spiner's make-up) in HD.
Two large graphics of a Soong-type android are seen in Dr. Soong's lab. The graphics in HD.
The framed miniature kimono in Dr. Soong's lab later ended up in Keiko and Miles O'Brien's quarters aboard the USS Enterprise-D in "Data's Day".
"Data's Day"
No changes
This shot of Terlina III is very blurry in the original version of the episode. The shot is crystal clear in HD.
Soong's lab features several interesting objects, including a bust of Charles Darwin, a cuckoo clock and several ape skulls. A good look at Soong's decoration in HD.
The graphic with Chinese writing in the background is similar to graphics seen in Dr. Soong's lab on Omicron Theta in "Datalore". It can be translated as "Chemical examination room".
We can recognize the rest of the Chinese writing too in HD.
A first look at Data's emotion chip as it appears in this episode. The chip still looks the same when it is seen again in "Descent II". The chip seen in "Star Trek Generations", however, looks completely different.
"Descent II"

We can't see anything of the chip in HD either, but we can see Brent Spiner's make-up very well in this shot.
The same colorful lamps were also seen in Kivas Fajo's den aboard the Jovis in "The Most Toys".
"The Most Toys"
No changes
Riker, Worf and Geordi are beamed down. An omission is evident only in the remastered episode. The reflection of Riker's and Worf's head in the ceiling was not gradually removed.
Another look at the emotion chip and Lore's open circuitry. A good look at the circuitry in HD.
The console with the large gray sphere in the foreground appears for the first time in this episode. It would later appear in several more TNG episodes.

No changes
The ceiling in Dr. Soong's office appeared in several earlier TNG episodes but was originally created for the turboshaft in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier".
"Star Trek V"

"Up the Long Ladder"
No changes

"Booby Trap"
At the left side of the screen, above the door, a square tapestry showing a bird can be seen. This tapestry is seen again in several later episodes and series. It appears in Worf's quarters in "Firstborn" and on Dekendi III in "Stigma", for example.

Lore's open thumbnail. In "Descent II", he opens his index finger to access another switch.
"Descent II"
A good look at the circuitry in HD.
Lore beams away. The reconstructed effect in TNG-R.

Another tapestry featuring depictions of birds is seen in Soong's lab in this screenshot. 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 screenshots from Enterprise, the smaller rectangular piece of cloth was integrated into a larger tapestry between "Brothers" and the third season of Enterprise.

The silver mannequin sitting behind Worf and Data can be rented from Modern Props and shows up in Stuart's comic book store in "The Big Bang Theory".

ENT: "E²"

ENT: "Home"
HD close-ups of the props.
Another look at the smaller tapestry depicting a bird and the second cuckoo clock in Soong's lab.
The starbase 416 planet first appeared as Delta Rana IV in "The Survivors". It will be re-used countless times in the next four seasons of TNG and will next be seen as Turkana IV in "Legacy". The planet is the same as Delta Rana also in the HD versions of the episodes.
A modification made to the corridor set between seasons can be seen here: A black ceiling display, similar to the ones found in the rest of the corridor set (first shot), was added to the small turbolift alcove (second shot). As the comparison shot from "Tin Man" demonstrates, in the first three seasons, there was only a rectangular light in the ceiling in this place.
"Tin Man"
No changes
This sequence of screenshots gives a good idea of how the medical lab was turned in to the quarantine lab for this episode.
A final look at the quarantine chamber in HD.



Thanks to Colin Lindsly for correcting errors on the ship status display. The image from the Netflix release comes from TrekCore.


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