Observations in TNG: "The Hunted"

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

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

"The Hunted" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
The matte painting of Angosia III is only seen in this episode and was never re-used. The matte looks a lot better in HD, although it is recognizable that it's just a painting.
Parts of the Angosian logo can be seen on the floor of the Angosian senate hall foyer in this shot. The logo will be seen much better later in the episode.
Angosian emblem
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The sign in the foyer features Angosian writing. No changes
The Angosian logo can be seen on a wall in the background. An HD close-up of the emblem.
The Angosian transport ship in orbit of Lunar V. The asteroid is still the same in TNG-R.
The Angosian transport ship is an extensive modification of the Straleb security vessel, seen in "The Outrageous Okona". The footage of the USS Enterprise-D in the background was filmed using the new 4-foot model.
Redresses of the Straleb Vessel

"The Outrageous Okona"
Angosia III previously appeared twice in season 2, as the Starbase Montgomery planet in "The Icarus Factor" and as Surata IV in "Shades of Gray". It will appear as no less than eight more planets in future TNG episodes.
Re-Used Planets in TNG
A new and considerably more detailed digital model represents Angosia.
The Angosian logo can be seen once more behind Nayrok. Like all Angosians in the senate building, he wears a badge with the Angosian logo and some Angosian writing. We can recognize the logo better in HD.
A close-up of the ops console. The graphic of Lunar V and the Angosian transport ship was added in post production. We can read the writing on the display in HD.
The USS Enterprise-D in orbit of Angosia III, facing the drive section of the Angosian transport ship. The 4-foot model of the USS Enterprise was used to film the footage of the ship. Comparison screenshots from other episodes show the 2-foot and 6-foot models from a similar angle.
"The Child"

"The High Ground"

The same sequence in HD. Note that, as in several previous episodes of season 3, the Enterprise is much darker in the Blu-ray release.

Also note the blue seam of the planet's atmosphere that was previously missing.

"The Outrageous Okona"
The USS Enterprise-D uses its tractor beam to fix the position of the drive section. The tractor beam seems much more defined here than in previous episodes. The forward dorsal emitter was last used in "The Battle".
"The Battle"
The drive section of the Angosian transport ship as seen on the main viewscreen of the USS Enterprise-D.
The drive section approaches the USS Enterprise-D. Again, the 4-foot model was used to film this sequence. A comparison screenshot from "Heart of Glory" shows what the 6-foot model looks like from a similar perspective.
"Heart of Glory"

In HD, we can recognize the greebles in the groove between the two halves of the saucer even better.

The shield bubble was reconstructed to look the same in TNG-R.

The Angosian drive section bounces off the Enterprise's shields.
An Angosian escape pod. The same footage was recolored and later appeared as a Yridian cargo container in "Firstborn" and as a Ferengi probe in "Bloodlines".
The HD version allows to recognize many more details and some sort of writing on the pod.

The Angosian rifle previously appeared in "The Vengeance Factor" as one variety of a Regalian phaser rifle. The prop is later seen in large numbers on Angosia III. Weapons of this type were later repainted and modified and re-used in several Star Trek episodes. The guards of the Albino had such rifles in "Blood Oath" and Major Kira used a Bajoran version of the rifle with an added scope in "Shakaar".
"The Vengeance Factor"

DS9: "Blood Oath"
A better look at the rifle in HD.

DS9: "Shakaar"
The transporter room has never been seen from this angle on TNG. Screen caps from "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" reveal what the set looked like in the Star Trek feature films.
"Star Trek I"

"Star Trek V"
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For some strange reason, the door to the room opposite the transporter room is already open during the struggle between Roga Danar and the security men. The color of the walls and carpet indicate that the set has not been changed since its last appearance as Troi's office in "The Price".
"The Price"
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The final version of the brig makes its first appearance in this episode. A completely different brig was seen in the first season episode "Heart of Glory". The brig, as it appears here, can also be seen in "Déjà Q", "The Most Toys", "I, Borg" and "The Pegasus".
"Heart of Glory"
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Sinks, similar to the one seen here in the brig, also appear in the senior crew quarters.
"Unnatural Selection"
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Close inspection of the files from the Angosian Senatorial Database reveals that the text is just comprised of strings of numbers. Danar’s file in the remastered episode no longer consists just of strings of numbers but of useful text. It contains numerous references to people working on the remastering of TNG, like “Wenruiz Indoctrination Center” (Wendy Ruiz), “Primehadar Cragweis” (Craig Weiss), “Kevscotti Military Base” (Keven Scotti) and “Sarpaul Transport Complex” (Sarah Paul).
A look through the brig doors reveals that the set is not connected to the large corridor set, as the wall panels behind the door have four tiers, whereas the regular corridor walls only have three and a half. The lowest panel is also not lit in the regular corridor set. As the cargo bay is later seen in the episode, the space occupied by the set could not be used to house the brig (and thereby connect it directly to the corridor set), so a fake corridor needed to be created to allow access to the brig.
"The Defector"
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The fake brig corridor can be seen again in this shot. The door previously appeared in main engineering aboard the USS Hathaway in "Peak Performance". Whenever the brig is seen in future episodes, the same corridor and door are seen.
"Peak Performance"
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The other side of the brig set can be seen in this screenshot. The set is a re-use of drawing room 5, seen in "Booby Trap" which itself was re-dressed as the research outpost in "The Vengeance Factor". Originally, however, this set was the bridge of the USS Enterprise as seen in the first four Star Trek films.

In "Booby Trap", the large black display on the right featured an LCARS display of the USS Enterprise-D. Some of the consoles behind Data made their first appearance in Dr. Paul Stubbs's guest quarters in "Evolution". The large console in the background also appeared in drawing room 5 in "Booby Trap". For this re-use, it was turned 180° but the LCARS display of the USS Enterprise-D remained in place.
Consoles Built for Star Trek

"Booby Trap"

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"Booby Trap"


"The Vengeance Factor"
Com Channel 4077 is a reference to the TV show M*A*S*H. The emblem with the in-joke in HD.
This shot of the USS Enterprise-D (facing another Angosian transport ship here) would appear in many later episodes. It was filmed using the new 4-foot model. The comparison screenshot of the 6-foot model from "11001001" shows the differences between the two major models of the USS Enterprise-D.
The shot in HD.
The cockpit of the Angosian transport ship features a console originally created for the Ferengi shuttle in "The Price". It also appeared in the previous episode, "The Defector" in the cockpit of the Romulan scout ship.
"The Price"

"The Defector"
A better look at the Angosian insignia in HD.
The insignia of the Angosian captain is a re-use of the post-atomic horror insignia seen in “Encounter at Farpoint”, which was later re-used as a Romulan insignia in “Contagion”. For this episode, the insignia was attached to a larger piece of metal. In this modification, the insignia also appears on the costume of the Peliar Zel representative Leka Trion in “The Host”.
"Encounter at Farpoint"

"The Host"


A different part of the brig set can be briefly seen in this screenshot. The rounded arches were already seen in the interrogation room in "The Defector", so it is possible parts of the brig set were already used in that episode.

The wall in the left arch previously appeared in the cloning lab on Mariposa in "Up the Long Ladder".

"Up the Long Ladder"

"The Defector"
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"The Defector"
This phaser with an opened lid was created for "The Ensigns of Command".
"The Ensigns of Command"
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Corridor force fields like this were first seen in "The Bonding". Camera equipment also briefly pops into view at the top of the screen.
"The Bonding"
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Somebody last tempered with the isolinear optical chips here with disastrous results in "The Naked Now".
"The Naked Now"
The shot as it appears in TNG-R.
Jefferies tubes on the Enterprise-D appear for the first time in this episode. The Jefferies tubes in "The Hunted" are apparently a redress of the set in which Scotty bumped his head in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier". They are much more spacious than the regular cramped tunnels, first seen in "Galaxy's Child". The tunnel set was later re-used in "Sins of the Father" on Qo'noS. The tunnels also appeared on Turkana IV in "Legacy".
"Sins of the Father"

No changes

"Galaxy's Child"
The screenshots reveal how the MSD was modified between seasons 2 and 3. The LCARS graphic was changed and the display got a new frame between seasons.
"Where Silence Has Lease"
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In contrast to the brig set, the cargo bay set is directly connected to the main corridor set. As can be seen, the corridor wall behind the large double door only features three and a half wall panels and the bottom panel is not lit.

The pentagonal cargo containers were previously in several places in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier", including the Paradise Bar and the roof of the turboshaft of the USS Enterprise-A.

The ribbed cargo containers also appeared in the Gatherer camp on Gamma Hromi II in "The Vengeance Factor".

"Star Trek V"

"The Vengeance Factor"
The shot as it appears in TNG-R.

"Star Trek V"
The pressure suit is a re-use of the isolation suit worn by Hester Dealt in "The Child".
"The Child"
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Cargo containers like that previously appeared in earlier TNG episodes and several Battlestar Galactica episodes, such as "Take the Celestria", and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episodes, like "The Plot to Kill a City".
"Battlestar  Galactica"

"Code of Honor"
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"Buck Rogers"
The octagonal cargo crates first appeared on Vulcan in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home". Very similar containers were seen in various episodes of "V - The Miniseries", "V - The Final Battle" and "V - The Series".
"Star Trek IV"

"V - The  Final Battle"
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"Code of Honor"
The cargo transporter looks very different from the transporter seen in "Datalore" and "Symbiosis".

No changes
Another look at the cockpit of the Angosian transport ship and the re-used console. This cannot really be seen in the episode, but the characteristic shape of the cockpit window can also be found on the outside of the filming miniature. The bridge as it appears in TNG-R.
Like the previous shot of the planet, this shot of Angosia III originally appeared in "The Icarus Factor", where it depicted the planet housing Starbase Montgomery. Another great look at the new Angosia.
A large number of Angosian rifles can be seen in this screenshot. As previously mentioned, many of the weapons were later modified and re-used in various episodes. The decorative wall relief consisting of tiles was originally seen on Ramatis III in "Loud as a Whisper". It appeared again on Kataan in "The Inner Light" and on Vulcan in "Gambit II".
"Loud as a Whisper"

"The Inner Light"
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"Gambit II"
Zayner prominently wears the Angosian badge. The badges were later worn by Tallera in "Gambit I+II" and members of the Hierarchy in the Voyager episodes "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy" and "Renaissance Man".
"Gambit II"

"Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy"
We can recognize the emblem much better in HD.

"Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy"
A better look at the Angosian logo painted on the senate lobby floor. The Angosian hall in HD.

The colorful turtlenecks worn by the Angosian delegates were originally part of the Starfleet uniforms introduced in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan".

Some of the Angosian suits were worn by archaeologists in "Qpid".

"Star Trek II"

No changes
Angosian writing can be seen a little better on the sign behind Worf. No changes
Danar's soldiers have a different type of Angosian weapon. Similar weapons were used by the Breen many years later in DS9: "Indiscretion" and by various people in the mirror universe in DS9: "The Emperor's New Cloak". The Lokirrim also use similar weapons in VOY: "Body and Soul".

"Body and Soul"
A close-up of the rifle in HD.

"The Emperor's New Cloak"
The phaser hole in the wall was added in post production. A few seconds later, it has magically disappeared.

A glow effect was added to the border of the hole. The self-repairing capabilities of the wall are still the same in HD though.

Also note a framing problem on the top of the first shot.

A close look at Nayrok's Angosian badge. An HD close-up of the badge.
The final two shots of the USS Enterprise-D in orbit of Angosia III also originally appeared in "The Icarus Factor". A final look at the new planet.



Thanks for Colin for a hint about the Jefferies Tubes.


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