Observations in TNG: "Sins of the Father"

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

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

"Sins of the Father" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
The footage of the USS Enterprise-D and the Klingon Bird-of-Prey was originally created for "A Matter of Honor". The footage of the Bird of Prey is re-used from "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock".
"Star Trek III"
Unlike it was in the remastered version of "A Matter of Honor", the scene was newly composed using CG models of the Enterprise and the Klingon BoP. The motivation may have been to have the two ships in the same plane.
The black tapestry with little twinkling stars can be seen behind the bridge viewscreen here. No changes
Between "The Offspring" and this episode, new LCARS buttons were added above both bridge replicators.
"The Offspring"
No changes

"The Offspring"
The captain's mess is a redress of the observation lounge. The two viewscreens were hidden behind two cupboards and the wall with the Enterprise models was removed to expand the room and make place for the buffet. We can see the table with the flower decoration and the exotic dishes much better in HD.
The desktop monitor in Kurn's quarters displays the graphic seen on Picard's battle bridge ready room monitor in the pilot "Encounter at Farpoint", explaining why the monitor displays the number 40271, which was only used for LCARS displays in the first season.
"Encounter at Farpoint"
A closer look at the display in HD.
Qo'noS, the Klingon homeworld, is seen for the first time in this episode. The planet is later re-used as Terlina III in "Brothers" and as Vacca VI in "Homeward".
Re-Used Planets in TNG
Planet Mutations
A new planet model with much the same colors and similar textures was created for TNG-R.
This matte painting of Qo'noS is also seen in "Redemption I+II" and "The House of Quark". The matte painting is still the same, except some subtle retouching of the sky.
Some parts of this side room of the Great Hall appeared in earlier TNG episodes. The back wall with the large X was previously seen in the lab on Bre'el IV in "Déjà Q" and the side wall with the windows showed up on the Tanuga IV research station in "A Matter of Perspective".
Re-Used Props - Decoration

"Déjà Q"

"A Matter of Perspective"
No changes
A good look at the impressive Klingon First Hall. No changes
The red window behind Worf also appeared on the Tanuga IV research station in "A Matter of Perspective". An interesting sculpture can be seen on the window ledge.
Re-Used Props - Decoration

"A Matter of Perspective"
No changes
Worf first wore his ceremonial cloak during the R'uustai ceremony in "The Bonding".
"The Bonding"
A better look at Worf's attire in HD.
The ceremonial cloak with all the Klingon medals was previously worn by General Korrd in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier". Just like K'mpec in this episode, General Korrd was played by Charles Cooper.
"Star Trek V"
We can see K'mpec's decorations much better in HD.
A Klingon PADD is seen for the first time in this scene. It seems as if a small slip of paper is attached to the back of the PADD in this shot. No changes
The log of the USS Intrepid from the time of the Khitomer attacks can be seen in these two screen caps. We can read the complete text in HD. Khitomer is misspelled as "Khitomar" twice on the first screen.
The Klingon tunnels in which Kurn is attacked are a redress of the USS Enterprise-D Jefferies tubes first seen in "The Hunted".
"The Hunted"
No changes

"The Hunted"
The biobed cover was modified slightly since its last appearance. Black stripes and LCARS buttons were added to the side and a small blinking PADD-like device was added as well.
"The Price"

"Yesterday's Enterprise"
No changes
A comparison of the USS Intrepid sensor logs and Klingon data files. We still can't recognize the writing in HD.
The large Klingon logo was originally created for the holographic recreation of the Klingon Rite of Ascension chamber seen in "The Icarus Factor".
The Evolution of the Klingon Emblem

"The Icarus Factor"
A better look at the emblem in HD.
The other side of the Great Hall can be nicely seen in this shot. This part of the hall in HD.
A d'k tahg was earlier seen in the episode "The Bonding". This is the first time a d'k tahg is seen in its sheath, however. The knife would later often be seen in Picard's quarters. Jono used it in "Suddenly Human" to wound the Captain.
"Suddenly Human"
No changes
When Beverly Crusher requests information about Kahlest, her middle initial is briefly seen. In this episode it is "G." (possibly for "Gates"). In "Conundrum", her middle initial is given as "C.", however, most likely for "Cheryl". In an invitation to Beverly and Jack Crusher's wedding created for the Picard family album, finally, her middle initial is given as S.
Beverly's middle initial remains unchanged in TNG-R.
Facts about Kahlest can be seen on this LCARS display. We can now read the complete text.

The Old City on Qo'noS is represented by a close-up of the matte painting seen earlier in the episode. The building in the right foreground was removed, maybe to insinuate this is a different part of the city than the one seen before.

The brightness of the matte may have been overall reduced to suggest it is night time, but it doesn't look very "natural" this way.

The brightness of the shot in TNG-R is the same as in the first appearance of the matte in the episode.

The red wall part above the door appeared in other Klingon-centric episodes. It was seen in the mess hall of the Klingon Bird-of-Prey Pagh in "A Matter of Honor" and in the Rite of Ascension chamber in "The Icarus Factor".
Re-Used Building Interiors

The fire barrel was also seen in the Gatherer encampment on Gamma Hromi II in "The Vengeance Factor".

"A Matter of Honor"

"The Vengeance Factor"
No changes

"The Icarus Factor"
The wall paneling behind Picard was also seen in earlier Klingon episodes like "A Matter of Honor" but also appeared in the Ansata encampment in "The High Ground".
"The High Ground"
No changes
The d'k tagh used by Worf in "The Bonding" did not feature Klingon writing like Picard's does in this shot.
"The Bonding"
No changes
The medals on K'mpec's ceremonial coat can be nicely seen in this shot. We can see the medals much better in HD.

An interesting Klingon banner is seen in K'mpec's office.

The metallic table is often visible in Klingon rooms in later episodes like "The Mind's Eye".

"The Mind's Eye"
A better look at the banner.
More Klingon medals can be seen in this shot. We can see the medals much better in HD.
K'mpec's chair originally appeared in the cockpit of the Ferengi shuttle in "The Price". It was later also seen on the Ktarian ship in "The Game" and on several Romulan ships.
Re-Used Props - Furniture

"The Price"

"Face of the Enemy"
No changes

"The Game"
One of the weapons on display in K'mpec's office is the Tkon weapon wielded by Portal 63 in "The Last Outpost".
"The Last Outpost"
No changes
Another look at the interesting sculpture on display in the Klingon Great Hall. No changes


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