Observations in TNG: "Lessons"

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

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

"Lessons" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
The title of the book Picard is reading sadly cannot be made out. Even in HD, we can't read the title.
Stellar cartography is a redress of the science/medical lab, last seen early in the season in "True Q". The central console was especially created for this episode. It will later appear aboard the Amargosa Station in "Star Trek Generations" and in the Nezu orbital tether control room in "Rise". This set bears no resemblance to the stellar cartography that will be seen in "Star Trek Generations".
"Star Trek Generations"

"Star Trek Generations"
The lab equipment in HD.

VOY: "Rise"
A replicator has never been part of the lab set before. It was added for this episode so Nella Daren could order the special tea for Captain Picard. The replicator in HD.
This shot of the USS Enterprise-D in the Borgolis nebula was originally created for "Hero Worship". In that episode, the ship is investigating a black cluster in Sector 97.
"Hero Worship" HD
The shot in HD. It is identical to the HD shot from "Hero Worship".
We get a good look at the starbase painting and the Mintakan tapestry, given to Picard in "Who Watches the Watchers" in this shot of the Captain's quarters.
"Who Watches the Watchers"
Picard's quarters in HD.
Like the earlier shot of the USS Enterprise-D inside the Borgolis nebula, this shot is a re-use of footage from "Hero Worship".
"Hero Worship" HD
The shot in HD, once again identical to the corresponding shot in TNG-R: "Hero Worship".
The medical scanner Doctor Crusher uses here was first seen as a scanner/dermal regenerator in "The Defector". In season 7's "Phantasms", it appears as a metallurgical scanner.
"The Defector"

The prop in HD.

The Jefferies tube junction is seen rather well in this episode. As can be seen, the rungs that Picard sawed off in "Starship Mine" have been replaced.

The fake Jefferies tube extension is seen up close in the third screenshot. It is already clear in SD that this is just a photograph, a fold in the paper can even be seen in the bottom left-hand corner of the photo in the third and fourth screenshots. The extension was first seen in the season 5 episode "The Game". It still shows the freezer spacer floor, although the actual Jefferies tube has a new, smoother floor since season 6, as can be seen in the shots in opposite direction.
Re-Uses of Freezer Spacers

"The Game" HD
The fake Jefferies tube extension is even more obvious in HD.

"Starship Mine"

Opposite direction
Between shots, Daren's portable piano has all of a sudden acquired a small stand for which there was clearly no more room in the small bag in which she kept the rolled up piano. A better look at the instruments in HD.
The glass sailing ship has been a fixture in Picard's ready room since season 4's "The Wounded". We get the best ever look at the model in this shot, however.
"The Wounded"
The ship model in HD.
The gray console behind Daren originally didn't feature a large LCARS display and no handle. It first appeared in the season 2 clip show "Shades of Gray". The console was later modified to appear like it does here and made its modified debut in "The Inner Light".
Consoles Built for Star Trek

"Shades of Gray" HD

"The Inner Light" HD
The console in HD (not really sharper because of the depth of field).
In these two scenes, the streaking warps stars were digitally inserted into the windows in Picard's quarters in post production, explaining while the footage of Picard and Daren appears a little blurry. There is no problem with the sharpness in the remastered episode.
The PADD on Picard's desk was originally created for "The First Duty".
"The First Duty"
The PADD in HD.
This LCARS display shows a graphic of the surface surrounding the Federation outpost on Bersallis III. In HD, the words can be read. The station features a landing pad and a fusion reactor, for example.
We get our first look at fiery Bersallis III in this shot. The planet was redone with more details for TNG-R.
The surface of Bersallis III with the raging fire storm is seen in several shots in this episode. The light effects were redone for TNG-R and are more vibrant (and more menacing) now.

A new type of black PADD appears for the first time in this episode. The PADDs are always oriented horizontally and can be seen a little better in later episodes, like "The Chase", "Force of Nature" and "Journey's End".

The small deflector unit on a tripod seems to be a modification of a prop first seen on Melona IV in "Silicon Avatar".

"Silicon Avatar"

"Force of Nature"
The prop in HD.

"The Chase"

"Journey's End"

The script to the episode states that Dr. Crusher is supposed to be in a different transporter room from the one Geordi is seen in earlier in the episode. In order to convey this, the transporter console was uncharacteristically moved to the side of the room, right in front of the doorway.

Some of the colonists or scientists on Bersallis III wear outfits worn by the medical personnel at the Sikla Medical Facility on Malcor III in "First Contact".

"First Contact"
No changes
The approaching fire storm is seen in this graphic displayed on an aft bridge monitor. The display in HD.
A good look at the Ressikan flute and its box. The Ressikan flute in HD.
This shot of Bersallis III to the footage of the planet seen earlier in the episode, only flipped horizontally. The new planet in HD.
Like in several earlier season 6 episodes, the mirror in Picard's quarters is covered with a black, non-reflective material, so filming equipment is not seen in the bathroom mirror. The black mirror is even more obvious in the remastered episode.


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