Observations in TNG: "The Enemy"

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

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

"The Enemy" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
The beam-out markers seem to be an early version of the well-known pattern enhancers seen in later TNG and VOY episodes.
"Power Play"
No changes
The debris (all that is left of the scout ship Pi) features Romulan writing and the Romulan logo. No changes
This is the first time ever we see Romulan blood. As expected, it is green, just like Vulcan blood.
TOS: "The Man Trap"
No changes
This marks the first time the Romulan logo is seen as an insignia a uniform. In "The Neutral Zone", the Romulans could be seen with different shoulder drapes, featuring what looks like a Romulan logo seen in the TOS episode "The Enterprise Incident". In "Contagion", the Romulans wore metal badges that were identical to the ones worn by 21st century soldiers in "Encounter at Farpoint". From "The Enemy" onwards, Romulan uniforms would feature the Romulan Bird-of-Prey clutching two planets in its talons.
The Evolution of the Romulan Emblem

"Encounter at Farpoint"

"The Neutral Zone"
A better look at the Romulan in TNG-R. Note the enhanced contrast.

The first version of the palm beacons (first seen in the previous episode "Booby Trap") can be seen well in this shot. Unfortunately, the same is true for the cables powering the lights. No changes
When Geordi falls down the hole, a cable briefly pops into view. No changes
When Geordi falls down, his VISOR lands to the right of his body. When he picks it up, it's lying near his left head. No changes
The antigrav-lift (which was first seen in "Time Squared") appears again after it was only partially seen in "The Bonding". As can be seen, the padding seems to have been expanded and the lift features the characteristic blue glow now which makes it appear to hover. After TNG, the device would reappear in a few DS9 episodes.
"Time Squared"

DS9: "The House of Quark"
A closer look at the antigrav unit in HD.

"The Bonding"
The ore in the rock walls as Geordi sees it. No changes
Geordi melts the ore with his phaser. The phaser beam was reconstructed for TNG-R, whereas the liquid metal was apparently a practical effect on the set and remains unchanged.
The nurse behind Picard is holding Wesley's PADD with information about his nanite experiments (from "Evolution") in her hand.
A close-up of the PADD and the biobed cover in HD.
This is the extensively modified season 1 biobed cover first seen in the surgical suite on Starbase 515. In the first season, the cover was white and didn't feature the large cut-out section on the top. In "Samaritan Snare", the cover appears almost as it does here, only colorful sliding plastic panes on the sides and top of the cover were removed. The grooves in which the panes moved can still be seen, however.

"Samaritan Snare"
Beverly Crusher sports much longer hair in this episode than she did in the preceding or following episode. Gates McFadden obviously wore a different wig in this one episode.
Visual Bloopers

"Booby Trap"

"The Price"
No changes
"The Enemy" is the first of three episodes in which Dr. Crusher goes back to wearing a one-piece uniform like in season 1 (such as in "Skin of Evil") with a front zipper. In earlier season 3 episodes (such as "Who Watches the Watchers"), we could see her with the two-piece uniform prototype.
"Skin of Evil"

"Who Watches the Watchers"
No changes
The Romulan wears a unique medical patch only seen in this episode. A close-up of the patch in HD.
A graphic of a Romulan Warbird is displayed on an aft bridge monitor long before Tomalak's Warbird approaches the USS Enterprise-D in orbit of Galorndon Core. A close-up of the diagram in HD.

As Picard first talks with Tomalak, we can very briefly see Beverly behind Data on the bridge, although we would expect her to be in sickbay. A part of the scene that would have explained her presence was cut from the episode.

The following lines from the script were cut:

TOMALAK (shrugs)
Standard procedure for all Romulan crews.

For all Romulan crews in enemy space... which would suggest they knew where they were, Commander.

STAR TREK: "The Enemy" - REV. 9/13/89 - ACT TWO 16.


TOMALAK (disagrees)
If I were lost and uncertain, I would not take any chances. Nor I suspect would you, Captain. May I speak to him?

He is not conscious... and not well enough to leave Sickbay.

Captain, with your permission...

Picard nods. She looks to the viewscreen --

I am Doctor Crusher, the medical officer. We are doing everything we can for him and it still may not be enough. Any medical guidance your ship's doctor can offer...

TOMALAK (patronizing)
My dear, there is no way to talk you through the intricacies of Romulan medicine. His life is in your hands.

And it is clear that Tomalak is using this "responsibility" as a diplomatic weapon.
No changes
The USS Enterprise-D in orbit of Galorndon Core. This shot is a re-use from "The Child" where the ship was orbiting 'aucdet IX. The planet in TNG-R is a new one (or was digitally retouched). The blue color is far less intense in TNG-R.
Galorndon Core on the viewscreen of the USS Enterprise-D.
The PADD Dr. Crusher is handing to one of her nurses displays a graphic of Data. It was created for "The Measure of a Man" but was often seen in sickbay after this initial appearance. It was also present during Picard's heart operation in "Samaritan Snare".
"The Measure of a Man"

"Samaritan Snare"
We can see the PADD better in HD.
The shot of the USS Enterprise-D launching a probe was first seen in "Where Silence Has Lease". It will reappear once more in "Clues".
"Where Silence Has Lease"

"Where Silence Has Lease" HD
The digital model of the Enterprise used by CBD Digital is not the same as the one of HTV illuminate in TNG-R: "Where Silence Has Lease". It is not so "flat". Also, in "The Enemy" the probe exhaust illuminates the Enterprise's hull.
A Class-3 probe is launched.
The same cascading waterfall as on Galorndon Core is seen on Beta Agni II in "The Most Toys". The steps, sans running water, also appear in "Conspiracy", "Where Silence Has Lease", "Captain's Holiday" and "Final Mission".
"The Most Toys"

"Captain's Holiday"
No changes
The surface of Galorndon Core as seen through human eyes and Geordi's VISOR. In the remastered version of this shot, the storm added in post production is much less severe and murky. More rocks can be see through the storm on the left side of the screen.
The Romulan disruptor, first seen in "Contagion", is visible much better in this episode. The disruptor can be seen better in HD.
Another shot of Galorndon Core. Again, this footage was re-used from "The Child", where the USS Enterprise-D is in orbit of 'aucdet IX. Another look at the new planet in TNG-R.
The sickbay replicator, added to the set for "Evolution" can be seen much better here than in its earlier appearance in season 3. The comparison screenshot from "The Icarus Factor" shows what the set looked like in season 2, when the replicator was not yet present and the door was still gray. Going back even further to "The Naked Now", we can see that the door used to be brownish.
"The Naked Now"

"The Icarus Factor"
No changes
The DNA LCARS display and set of four liquid timers, seen in Dr. Crusher's sickbay office, were already present in earlier seasons, as the season 2 shot from "Up the Long Ladder" shows. Interesting how a different light source changes the LCARS colors.
"Up the Long Ladder"

"Up the Long Ladder" HD
The color differences of the LCARS display are still visible in the two remastered episodes.
The same monitor appeared in Dr. Crusher's sickbay office in season 1's "The Naked Now". A few tape stripes have been added since then but the rest (even including the display graphic) is still the same.
"The Naked Now"
No changes
Another look at what the world looks like through Geordi's VISOR. No changes
Just as the last two planetary shots, this shot of the USS Enterprise-D orbiting Galorndon Core was also re-used from "The Child". In TNG-R, this shot too shows the revised planet.
This is the first episode in which Riker is seen drinking espresso from small espresso cups. The cups would be seen in his quarters in several later episodes. No changes
Both an open tricorder and Geordi's VISOR can be nicely seen in this shot. The two real-world devices visible in the tricorder are a Bourns Trimpot potentiometer (an adjustable resistor) and a twelve-pin DIP switch (used to set configurations on PCBs such as computer mainboards).

DIP switch
The two devices can be seen better in TNG-R.

The same file Picard views on his desktop monitor also appears in "The Royale", "Up the Long Ladder" and "Yesterday's Enterprise". Even in SD, we can recognize that he is just looking at a string of numbers.

Furthermore, there is a red alert indicator in the ready room now. The upper line of light has changed to red, whereas it used to remain white on earlier occasions, such as in "The Arsenal of Freedom".

"The Royale"

"Yesterday's Enterprise"
No changes

"Up the Long Ladder"

"The Arsenal of Freedom"
The life-size Class-3 probe looks remarkably similar to the small model seen earlier in the episode during the launch scene. An HD close-up of the probe.
The footage of the Romulan Warbird slowly approaching the USS Enterprise-D as seen on the viewscreen previously appeared in "The Neutral Zone", "Where Silence Has Lease" and "Contagion".
Appearances of the Romulan Warbird

"The Neutral Zone"

"Where Silence Has Lease"
A better look at the Romulan ship in HD.

The comparison screenshot from "The Neutral Zone" shows how the main viewscreen has changed since season 1, with notably the addition of the inner frame. The beauty shot of the Romulan Warbird is the same, however.
"The Neutral Zone"
The LCARS graphic of the Romulan Warbird seen on an aft bridge monitor in the background is partially covered by black cardboard in this shot. No changes
The three screenshots of the front section of the bridge show how the set has changed between seasons 1 and 2 and 2 and 3. An inner rim was added to the viewscreen between seasons 1 and 2. This rim is still present in season 3 but it is no longer ribbed. Also notice how the carpet has changed over the years.
The Evolution of the Enterprise-D Bridge

"Home Soil"

"The Emissary"
No changes
This is one of the rare appearances of the Type-1 phaser after season 2. Worf must have hidden the phaser under the tactical console. No changes
Worf, like Data and O'Brien, and unlike Picard, Riker and Geordi, still wears the season 3 prototype uniform in "The Enemy", identifiable by the two vertical seams on the shirt.
Riker in the same episode
No changes
The footage of the Romulan Warbird and USS Enterprise-D departing orbit of Galorndon Core was originally created for "Contagion". In that episode, the USS Enterprise-D left orbit of Iconia first and the Warbird followed. Here, the Warbird leaves first, followed by the USS Enterprise-D.
The final scene in HD.

Another shot of Galorndon Core that originally appeared in "The Child". When the same planet Galorndon Core reappears in the original version of "Unification II", it looks considerably different, now using a stock shot of Peliar Zel. This error would be fixed in the remastered version of that episode.
"Unification II"

"Unification II" HD



Thanks to @mountsutro and @LatGeek for the hints about the electronic devices in the tricorder!


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