Observations in TNG: "Hollow Pursuits"

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

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

"Hollow Pursuits" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
The label on Barclay's whisky bottle. The HD still reveals that the bottle comes from the Cromarty distillery.
Barclay modeled his holographic Deanna with the same blue dress that she wore in "The Price". She will be seen again with this dress in "The Nth Degree" (here also with the same earrings) and finally a couple of years later in "Parallels".
"The Price"

Deanna in HD.
The yellow stripes of the hologrid around the door behind Barclay look like in other episodes. In contrast, the hologrid visible in opposite direction seems a lot wider than that.
"Booby Trap"

"The Defector"
The width of the grid lines is inconsistent in TNG-R too.
The round cargo transporter previously appeared in "The Hunted". It can also be seen in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country", but here as base for the podium at the Khitomer Conference.
"The Hunted"

"Star Trek VI"
No changes
The shots of the shuttlebay from "Evolution" and cargo bay from "Hollow Pursuits" show roughly the same area of the set. We can see how the shuttlebay was shortened and the large opening to the outside was hidden behind a fake wall with cargo containers on top.
Hexagonal and pentagonal cargo containers can be seen behind Barclay. The first previously appeared in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home". Similar but not quite the same hexagonal containers were also seen in the V miniseries. The pentagonal containers first appeared in various places in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier".
"V - The Final Battle"

"Star Trek V"
A better look at the containers in HD.

"Star Trek IV"

"Star Trek V"
The Mikulak homeworld previously appeared as Bringloid V in "Up the Long Ladder".
Re-Used Planets in TNG
In TNG-R, we can see a new and much more detailed planet with very similar colors.
Interestingly, the antigrav unit (or sled) in this episode has a red antigrav beam, whereas the more frequently seen medical antigrav sled uses a blue beam.
"The Enemy"
The antigrav unit in HD.
The scanner operated by Barclay to scan isolinear chips here was also used by Geordi La Forge and Wesley Crusher in "The Dauphin" when they scanned the warp core.
"The Dauphin"
The device in HD.
It is hard to recognize, but the prop Barclay uses to scan the broken anti-grav unit was originally an oscillation overthruster from the film "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension". The prop previously appeared on TNG in "Pen Pals" and "Déjà Q" and will be seen in several more Trek episodes.
Re-Used Props - Engineering Tools

"Pen Pals"

"Déjà Q"
The device in HD.
Since the cargo bay last appeared in "The Hunted", the LCARS buttons to control the main entrance to the location have been modified and enlarged.
"The Hunted"
A shot from "Where No One Has Gone Before", showing the warp core from the same angle, illustrates that the set has not changed much since the first season. The main engineering lift was made a little safer with a glass cabin and the console in the engineer's office was made a lot smaller.
"Where No One Has Gone Before"
No changes
Geordi is holding a very large PADD in this shot. PADDs of this type premiered in the season 2 episode "Contagion". This exact PADD was first seen in "Pen Pals" when Wesley assembled his research team.

"Pen Pals"
An HD close-up of the PADD.
Troi's office was last fully seen in "The Price". The circular piece of wall art was replaced by a different larger one for "Hollow Pursuits".
"The Price"
No changes
The unique pink wall panels in Troi's office can be clearly seen here. The color was almost white when the set first appeared in "The Icarus Factor" and still a lot paler in "The Price".
"The Icarus Factor"
No changes

A good look at the season 3 tricorder and the warped glass. The screenshot of the season 1+2 tricorder from "Contagion" shows that the new tricorder no longer has a noticeable on/off switch.

Glasses of this type were first seen in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock".

"Star Trek III"

A look at the glass and the tricorder in HD.
A fake corridor wall with the holodeck door is used when Geordi is seen entering the holodeck. This means the holographic location was filmed on a different, larger set. The real holodeck corridor set can be seen in "Déjà Q".
"Déjà Q"
No changes
The costume of the holographic Wesley is based on the clothes worn by the "Blue Boy" on the famous painting of the same name by Thomas Gainsborough. The painting was seen in Moriarty's lair in "Elementary, Dear Data". It is on display at the Huntington Library, where "Justice" was filmed.
"Elementary, Dear Data"
The "Blue Boy" in HD.
Barclay's holographic Riker Musketeer appears to be considerably smaller than the real person. Even his voice was pitched up a little. No changes
This is the second appearance of a transporter test cylinder on TNG. Props like this were previously seen in "The Ensigns of Command", but also appeared as felicium containers in "Symbiosis" and in many other roles. In real life, these are containers for sonobuoys used by the U.S. Navy.
Re-Uses of Sonobuoy Containers


"The Ensigns of Command"
No changes
The stump of a transporter test cylinder is apparently the very same that already appeared in "The Ensigns of Command" earlier in the season, there visible to the right of the row of five intact devices. Never waste anything, because there could be another episode about the investigation of a transporter malfunction!
"The Ensigns of Command"
The prop in HD.
A warp core diagnostic displayed on a monitor in main engineering. The graphic of the warp core was originally created for "Booby Trap".
"Booby Trap"
We can see more details and we can almost read the small writing in HD. Note the misspelling "Deteurium", which was not fixed in the remastering.
A close shot of the Enterprise-D at warp. Only in the remastered episode, the registry on the pylon is wobbling. It has been digitally manipulated, although there is no obvious reason, such as fixing the registry in a reversed shot.
Graphics of and information about five substances that might be responsible for the malfunctions aboard the USS Enterprise-D. The footage of the pool table monitor was originally filmed for "The Defector".
"The Defector"
We can read the names of the five substances in HD:
  • Lucovexitrin
  • Selgnineam sulfide compound
  • Invidium
  • Saltzgadum
  • Jakmanite 632

Spell "Selgnineam" backwards!

The invidium is made visible by a polarity scanner. A look at the reconstructed effect in HD.
This shot of the USS Enterprise-D originally appeared in "Time Squared" when the ship is trying to escape from the temporal vortex. The footage was also used for "Booby Trap" when the ship was navigating through the Orelious IX asteroid field, using maneuvering thrusters.
"Time Squared"

"Booby Trap"
The shot as it appears in TNG-R.
This is one of the rare cases when all principal actors of TNG are seen on the bridge at the same time, even if this is only in one of Barclay's holoprograms. This happened earlier in the season, in "The Survivors" and will happen again, in "Ménage à Troi".
"The Survivors"

"Ménage à Troi"
In TNG-R we can see a microphone at the upper edge of the reframed screen.


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