Observations in TNG: "Rascals"

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

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

"Rascals" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
This footage of the Type-6 shuttle Fermi flying past the camera was newly created for this episode. The footage would later appear in some episodes, like "Genesis" and "Parallels". The sequence in HD.
The cockpit of the shuttle can be nicely seen here. Two seats were added to the set to accommodate Guinan and Keiko O'Brien. The interior of the shuttle in HD.
A close-up at the container holding Keiko's plants. In HD, it can be seen that apart from "Starfleet Materiel Supply Command 06", most of the text on the label consists of strings of numbers.
The Fermi enters the molecular reversion field. The reconstructed effect in HD looks somewhat different.
The effects of the molecular reversion field can be seen inside the shuttlecraft. A comparison screenshot from "The Outcast" reveals that, apart from the previously mentioned seats, the interior of the shuttle was not modified.
"The Outcast"
The reconstructed effect in HD.
Filming equipment is visible on the left side of the screen as the four crew members, now reverted to children, are beamed aboard the USS Enterprise-D. The equipment is visible in the remastered version too.
The quarters of the O'Briens were last seen in the season 4 episode "Night Terrors". As the junior officers' quarters set was rebuilt from scratch between seasons 4 and 5, the set has changed accordingly. A different kind of wall decoration featuring a kimono of sorts now hangs in the O'Briens' living room. Two separate rooms (the parents' bedroom and Molly's adjoining room) can also be seen in the series of screenshots.
"Data's Day"
No changes

"Night Terrors"

O'Briens' quarters plan
The painting of a starbase, a feature of Picard's quarters, can be seen very well on this still. The painting in HD.
The DNA graphic in Crusher's sickbay office was part of the set since the first season. This is one of the rare cases where she actually uses the LCARS display to explain to Commander Riker was has happened to Picard and the rest of the shuttle passengers.
"We'll Always Have Paris"
The DNA graphic in HD.
Another look at the crate holding Keiko's plants. The small PADD with white writing was also seen in "Time's Arrow II" and "Schisms".
"Time's Arrow II"
The plants in HD.

Ro's quarters were last seen in "Ensign Ro". The set has changed slightly since then. A wall featuring a doorway, close to the door leading out to the turbolift alcove, is now in place.
Floorplan in "Ensign Ro"

"Ensign Ro"
No changes

Floorplan in "Rascals"

"Ensign Ro"
A graphic of the molecular reversion field is displayed on a monitor in main engineering in this scene. The last time a graphic was displayed here was a little earlier in the season, in "Relics".
The graphic in HD.
Ligos VII is a unique planet that only appears in this episode. A new planet was created that closely resembles the original.
Every shot of Klingon Birds-of-Prey seen in this episode is stock footage re-used from earlier episodes. The two Birds-of-Prey decloaking in front of and behind the Enterprise-D were originally created for "The Defector". Back then, the two Klingon ships didn't fire at the Enterprise, though, so this element was newly added for this episode.
The Bird-of-Prey Size Paradox

"The Defector"
The battle sequence in HD.
The microscope seen in Picard's quarters last appeared in the medical lab in the previous episode, "True Q". It made its first appearance on TNG in the geological lab in "Pen Pals".
"Pen Pals"

"True Q"
The prop in HD.
This shot of two Klingon Birds-of-Prey firing on the USS Enterprise-D was originally created for "Yesterday's Enterprise".
"Yesterday's Enterprise"
The shot in HD.
The bridge monitor behind Worf still displays the same graphic of subspace signals that was relevant to the plot of "Schisms". It was also still in place in the previous episode, "True Q", but was originally created for "Ménage à Troi".
"Ménage à Troi"

No changes

"True Q"
The shot of the USS Enterprise-D firing its phasers is re-used footage from "Yesterday's Enterprise". The phaser beam fired by the ship is different here, however.
"Yesterday's Enterprise"
The battle sequence in the remastered episode.

"Yesterday's Enterprise"
The shot of the Bird-of-Prey being hit by phaser fire was also originally created for "Yesterday's Enterprise". In that episode, however, it only appeared on the main viewscreen on the bridge of the USS Enterprise-D.
"Yesterday's Enterprise"

"Yesterday's Enterprise"
The Klingon transporter effect was last seen in "Redemption II" when the Duras sisters escaped from the Klingon homeworld towards the end of the episode.
"Redemption II"
The reconstructed transporter effect.
The Ferengi phaser makes its second appearance after it premiered in "Ménage à Troi". In that episode, the phaser fired an orange beam. Here, the phaser beam is green, however. When the weapon is seen fired again, in DS9's "Vortex", filmed a few months after "Rascals", the beam has reverted to its orange color.
"Ménage à Troi"

DS9: "Vortex"
The Ferengi and their weapons in HD.

"Ménage à Troi"

DS9: "Vortex"
The rifles used by the Ferengi in this episode first appeared in the season 3 episode "The High Ground", where they were used by the Ansata terrorists. They are normally associated with the Romulans, however, who prominently used them as disruptor rifles in "Unification I+II".
"The High Ground"

"Unification I"
The Ferengi rifle in HD.
The top of the Ferengi phaser can be seen a little better in this screenshot. In HD, the green Ferengi logo can be made out on the phaser.
A graphic featuring the "Evolution of intelligent life on the planet Denkir IV" can be seen in the background here. The LCARS display first showed up in "The Child" and has since then often been seen in the classrooms aboard the USS Enterprise-D.
"The Child"

"Imaginary Friend"
The graphic in HD.
The console in the background has been seen in several earlier episodes, like "Man of the People".
"Man of the People"
Only in HD, it can be seen that the graphic displays Klingon letters in this episode.
The periodic table, seen behind young Jean-Luc Picard, is seen for the first time in this episode. It appears again in the classroom in "Masks" and also in a classroom on Deep Space Nine in the episode "Cardassians".

DS9: "Cardassians"
The graphic in HD.
Colorful sculptures, like the one seen behind Picard, were seen in several earlier TNG episodes, like "The High Ground" and "Samaritan Snare".
"Samaritan Snare"

"The High Ground"
No changes
An animated humuhumunukunukuāpua'a serves as the interface for the children's computers in the classroom. The fish shows an exterior view of the USS Enterprise-D and select interior rooms to the children in the classroom. The CG model doesn't get the proportions of the ship quite right. The proportions of the reconstructed Enterprise-D on the display are much better.
A nice look at the Jefferies tube connected to the classroom. A little later in the episode, however, when Alexander Rozehnko climbs out of the Jefferies tube, it becomes evident that only a very short section of the tube was actually built next to the classroom, so this shot was filmed in the regular Jefferies tube set, connected to main engineering. The Jefferies tube in HD.
The classroom set as it appears in this episode. The evolutionary table can be seen again in the first screenhot. No changes
The USS Enterprise-D and a Klingon Bird-of-Prey in orbit of Ligos VII. The footage of both ships was originally seen in "Redemption I" and resized and repositioned (and also flipped in the case of the Bird-of-Prey) for this re-use.
"Redemption I"

"Redemption I"
The shot in HD.

The Ferengi phaser can be seen once again in this screenshot.

The large transparent block on Doctor Crusher's desk appeared in sickbay in many episodes. It was first seen in Data's quarters in "Datalore" and was also prominently seen in Dr. Stubbs's guest quarters in "Evolution". They first appeared in the Federation Council in "Star Trek: The Voyage Home".


The desk in HD.
An empty sickbay with an assortment of medical cases. The shot of sickbay in HD.
We get a slightly better look at the periodic table in this screenshot. The graphic in HD.
The horizontal LCARS display of one of the aft bridge stations is seen up close in this screenshot. The display in HD.
The child-friendly interface gives way to the standard LCARS interfaces, displaying all the systems that Riker has given Picard access to. The reconstructed interface in HD.
A small section of the main engineering set that normally should not be seen briefly appears in the top right-hand corner of this screenshot. No changes
The prop/toy seen to the right of Picard is seen in the classroom in several episodes, like "Hero Worship". Janeway and Chakotay also take the device with them when they have to leave the USS Voyager and settle on a planet they call New Earth.
"Hero Worship"

VOY: "Resolutions"
The prop in HD.
Another look at an aft bridge station. The console to the left of the Ferengi displays the Starfleet Operations - Sectors 21166 - 23079 graphic, first seen in "Brothers", but is out of focus here. No changes
Ro has used crayons to draw a portrait of her mother. In "Conundrum", we learned that the name of her mother was Ro Gale. The portrait in HD.
A final look at the classroom set, with the Jefferies tube access seen on the left, hidden behind a wall panel. No changes


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