Observations in TNG: "The Naked Now"

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

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

"The Naked Now" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
The bridge has been changed slightly between the pilot and "The Naked Now". Lights were added above the aft consoles. The lights are hidden behind a new long blind, spanning from one side of the aft consoles to the other.
The Evolution of the Enterprise-D Bridge

"Encounter at Farpoint"
The shot in HD.
The corridors of the S.S. Tsiolkovsky are redresses of the USS Enterprise-D corridors. To make the walls look different, the metallic upper portion was covered with panels with brown fabric. The doors were also painted brown. The first shot shows the area at the very end of the main engineering set. The large MSD is normally located to the left of the shot.
Corridor floorplan

"The Game"
The interior of the Tsiolkovsky in HD.
The second shot shows the corridor leading to the transporter room. A wall element covers the turbolift door normally seen at the end of the corridor.
Corridor floorplan

"Dark Page"
Glasses of the type seen on the floor of the Tsiolkovsky first appeared in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock".
"Star Trek III"

In both the S.S. Tsiolkovsky corridors and the crew quarters we can see characteristic chairs of the type often seen in TOS.

Mike Okuda tells us: "I believe the Burke chairs on the Tsiolkovsky were indeed original to TOS. Unfortunately, I believe they were burned in the fire sequence of 'The Battle'."
Commercially Available Chairs in Star Trek

TOS: "The Enemy Within"
The dedication plaque of the SS Tsiolkovsky is seen in two shots. Embarrassingly, the name reads "K.Z. Tsiopkovskiy". Although it isn't legible on screen, the registry of the ship is given as "NCC-53911". The plaque isn't better readable in HD because the depth of field put a limit to it.

The wall with the viewscreen in the S.S. Tsiolkovsky corridor that Riker is using to view footage from the bridge of the ship is very interesting. The same wall (to the left of the airlock) is seen in the footage of the bridge that Riker views. In "Where No One Has Gone Before", this wall first appears in main engineering where it is used to hide the corridor that leads into the set when it is redressed as a corridor lounge. This wall will remain in place until the end of the series.

It was slightly modified, however: The big round disk on the left wall panel, for example, was moved to the right panel. Where the round disk was originally attached, a new LCARS display can be found now. The black lines were also removed.

"Where No One Has Gone..."
The chairs on the Tsiolkovsky are of the same type that can be seen in the first four Star Trek films on the Enterprise bridge.
"Star Trek II"
A better look in HD.

Likewise, the wall to the right of the bridge airlock of the S.S. Tsiolkovsky can be seen behind Riker in the S.S. Tsiolkovsky corridor. It is later seen on the other side of main engineering in "Where No One Has Gone Before" and the rest of TNG.

This wall was slightly modified, too. Two oval displays were added between the two original ones. The black lines were also removed.

Corridor floorplan

"The Mind's Eye"
No changes
The S.S. Tsiolkovsky quarters are a re-use of the USS Enterprise quarters as seen in the first three Star Trek films. Geordi enters the set through a door that was present in the original set but was never used in the films. The door the characters normally use is on the other side of the set. As seen in the films, the room can be divided into two halves, the half Geordi enters is the "office" set in Kirk's quarters in "Star Trek I " and "Star Trek II". Geordi then walks into the first half of the room that houses the bed and the sonic shower. In "The Naked Now", this section is enlarged and contains a much bigger bed. The sonic shower can still be recognized, in this episode it is a regular shower, however. The three part mirror seen to the left of the shower was part of Ilia's quarters in "Star Trek I".
"Star Trek II"
The crew quarters in HD.

"Star Trek I"

"Star Trek I"

In this shot of the S.S. Tsiolkovsky and the USS Enterprise-D, the registry of the Oberth class ship is NCC-640. The very first time an Oberth class ship was seen was in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock". The registry of the USS Grissom was NCC-638. Why is the S.S. Tsiolkovsky labeled "NCC-640" in this shot then?

Mike Okuda: "I seem to recall that Grissom may have been relabeled to serve as another ship (the Copernicus?) in Star Trek III or IV. I didn't try to relabel the model for 'The Naked Now,' partly because we realized that the existing registry would not be legible in standard-def video, but also because we were all so insanely busy at the time that no one could take on an additional project that wasn't likely to be seen on the screen."

NCC-640 must have been the registry of the USS Copernicus, briefly seen in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" then. After this appearance in the fourth Star Trek film, the model wasn't used until "The Naked Now".

"Star Trek IV"
In HD, we can read the Tsiolkovsky's hull registry "NCC-640" for the first time, meaning that is was not changed to "NCC-53911".
The sickbay monitors attached to the biobeds retain their interfaces originally created for "Star Trek I" and were not modified with 24th century LCARS graphics.
"Star Trek II"
The text is legible on the HD still of the biobed monitor.
The electrical cable that powers the only lit biobed monitor can be seen at the left side of the screen cap. The blooper can be seen even better in the HD screen cap. A tripod stand can also be seen at the left side of the screen.

The corridor set was much shorter in the first two seasons of TNG. The set ended just behind the sickbay door. A wall featuring four silver wall panels was placed at the end of the set to give the impression of a T-intersection. In the third season, the set was expanded, now leading to the holodeck entrance.

When Crusher leaves the sickbay set to peek out the door and see where Geordi has gone, she takes the main sickbay door. When the shot shows the corridor set from her POV, however, the camera is not located at the sickbay office door. On the screenshot one can actually see the door that Crusher should have been standing in front of. This was done because Crusher would otherwise have looked directly at the wall at the end of the corridor set.

The corridor in HD.

The large crew quarters set first appears in this episode, seen as Crusher's, Troi's and Yar's quarters. The set featured modular walls that were removed or put in place to make the quarters look different and change the size of the set. When seen as Crusher's quarters, the set appears at its largest size, featuring two bedrooms for the Doctor and her son, one at each end of the set.

The chairs with the high backrest were first seen in "Star Trek I" on the bridge of the Klingon battlecruiser. They also appeared in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" in the Old City Station transporter room where Uhura worked with "Mr. Adventure".

"Star Trek I"

"Star Trek III"
No changes

Wesley's mobile tractor beam emitter was designed by Rick Sternbach: "I did a couple of really basic sketches (which may have gone to who knows where), and IIRC the thing was cobbled together using a few custom fabricated parts (like the emitter supports and the base), but mostly found bits that looked techy... I think the actual tractor beam emitter was a small portable camping light, like a very short baby fluorescent tube sort of thing, and it was mounted between the uprights."

The control console on the prop is actually an alarm clock of the type Micronta 63-756. It was painted gray and supplied with an illuminated LCARS display. The base is made of a printed circuit board.

36 years later, we can see Rutherford working on the device in LOW: "I Have No Bones Yet I Must Flee".

LOW: "I Have No Bones...
We can recognize the parts of the emitter much better in HD.

The library computer images that Data views on the bridge are interesting for a number of reasons.

A variety of the Type-7 shuttlecraft with elongated windows is seen here. This is the first appearance of a 24th century shuttlecraft, the actual shuttle doesn't show up until "Coming of Age".
Variations of the Type-7 Shuttle

"NCC-1701-D" is now legible on the side and "07" on the roof of the shuttle. If one looks really closely at the name of the shuttle next to the front window, "GALILEO" can barely be made out. Many years later, a Type-6 shuttle, also named "Galileo" and numbered "07" would appear in "All Good Things".

Mike Okuda: "Yes, the shuttle was labeled Galileo."

A chart with what looks like a log-log scale. In the SD version of the episode the numbers on this LCARS display could not be deciphered. In HD, the numbers are crystal-clear. "84077", or "4077", is an early reference to the TV show M*A*S*H.
Three star charts are seen. All three were taken from the Spaceflight Chronology, a non-canon book about the history of spaceflight in the Star Trek universe. Only the second graphic was changed a little, as some lines were added. The other two graphics appear unchanged.
Spaceflight Chronology
The names of the stars can be made out in HD. Wolf 359 or Barnard's Star can clearly be made out now.

Spaceflight Chronology
In this second star chart from the Spaceflight Chronology, the words "Phi Puma Supernova" and "Bayard's Planet" can be read now, too.

Spaceflight Chronology
In the third star chart, the words "Transport Diana Plundered" and "USS Muleskinner spacejacked" can be read.
The "Great Bird of the Galaxy" is visible for a few frames, represented by Gene Roddenberry's head on the body of a parrot wearing a Starfleet uniform. Gene Roddenberry's face is clearly recognizable now, as is the lettering "The Great Bird of the Galaxy".
The modern United Federation of Planets logo, designed by Mike Okuda, appears for the first time.
The Evolution of the Federation Emblem

Federation seal
No changes
The image of this starship appears in several books that were part of FASA's Star Trek RPGs. The ship is described as an Orion Wanderer-class Class V blockade runner and was turned upside down in the episode.
FASA Orion blockade runner
The ship can be seen much clearer now.
When Data reviews the ship's logs of the USS Enterprise to research the Psi 2000 virus, an image showing the Constitution class refit (instead of the pre-refit version) is incorrectly seen. The Movie Enterprise side view was replaced with the TOS version! Also note a "4077" reference on the left.

On a related note, TNG-R clearly shows that the small text solely consists of numbers, so Picard reads out data about the old Enterprise that are definitely not on screen. ;-)

The graphic of the Psi 2000 virus/polywater later shows up in several more episodes. It can be seen in the sickbay lab in "Home Soil" and in sickbay in "Man of the People". Single and double bonds between the atoms can now be made out.

The shelf in Troi's quarters was previously seen in Kirk's apartment in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" and in the Farpoint Station mall in the pilot episode.
Re-Used Props - Furniture

"Star Trek II"

"Encounter at Farpoint"
No changes
Crusher's quarters were cut in half to represent Troi's smaller quarters. The half of the set where Geordi and Wesley play with the small tractor beam device earlier in the episode represents Troi's quarters here.
Crusher's quarters
No changes
A good look at the red giant.

The red giant is much more detailed in HD. There are new solar eruptions but the pattern of the sunspots is the same as on the red giant seen in the original episode, although it was rebuilt from scratch.

Mike Okuda: "The red giant is all new, but based closely on the original."

The scene in which intoxicated Yar enters main engineering is interesting, as this is the only appearance of main engineering with the connecting corridor not covered by a wall. Normally, main engineering is entered through either of the two corridors next to the MSD. The main corridor that runs through main engineering is usually covered by two walls that are only removed when the set appears as a corridor lounge. In those cases, the pool table (not yet present in this episode) is removed and the MSD is covered. Here, Tasha strolls directly from the main corridor set into main engineering. No changes
Only in this episode, the chief engineer's office and the console on the opposite side of main engineering feature curved glass walls that allow a force field to be erected to separate the office and the small alcove from the rest of the set. This was necessary for the scene when Wesley takes control of the ship, hides behind a force field and thereby "locks himself in" in main engineering, so that the others cannot get to him. When the set appears again in "Where No One Has Gone Before", those curved walls are gone.
Corridor floorplan

"Lonely Among Us"
The set in HD.
The wooden sculpture in Tasha's quarters later appears in Marla Aster's quarters in "The Bonding".
"The Bonding"
No changes
The chair in Tasha's quarters first appears in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" in the Federation Council chambers.
"Star Trek IV"
No changes

This is the first appearance of a 24th century hypospray, designed by Rick Sternbach.

We can see that Dr. Crusher's console is made of cardboard and plywood.

In HD we can also recognize the wood texture of the hypospray.

Riker and MacDougal are working on the circuits in an opening in the main engineering wall.

The tubes/circuitry inside this engineering locker were made from the no longer needed hand rails of Kirk's USS Enterprise's engineering set, seen in "Star Trek I+II". In 1987, the engineering set got new hand rails when it was heavily modified for use on TNG.

"Star Trek I"
In the HD version of the episode it becomes clear that the white piece of technology in the main engineering locker is just a regular 20th century motion detector.
The wall opening in this episode was not present in the set in "Encounter at Farpoint".
"Encounter at Farpoint"
No changes
As previously mentioned, the walls hiding the connection between the main corridor set and main engineering are not in place yet in this episode. The comparison shot from "Second Chances" shows what the set looks like with the wall in place. It also features the updated MSD (replacing the original one at the beginning of the third season) and the pool table (first seen in "Where No One Has Gone Before").
Corridor floorplan

"Second Chances"
No changes
As previously mentioned, the continuation of the corridor and the door in main engineering are normally covered by two small wall pieces.
Corridor floorplan

"The Mind's Eye"
No changes
We can see a dark border around the two ships in front of the star due to the VFX composition process. Also, the scale of the tiny Oberth-class ship is too big relative to the Galaxy class.
Size of the Oberth Class

The inconsistent relative scale of the ships was not fixed for TNG-R.

For this shot, the registry of the S.S. Tsiolkovsky was corrected by the team overseeing the HD transfer of the episode. The ship is labeled "NCC-53911" here, as per the dedication plaque seen earlier in the episode.

The Enterprise locks the tractor beam on the Tsiolkovsky. The stellar fragment appears unnaturally white as it approaches the two ships. The star fragment was redesigned, with a yellowish instead of a white glow (although it does look a bit like a solid rock now).
The registry of the SS Tsiolkovsky appears as "NCC-640" in this shot again.
Finally, shortly before the SS Tsiolkovsky collides with the star fragment, the registry "NCC-640" can be clearly seen for one second.
The stellar fragment is also unnaturally bright when it is seen against the light of the star - even brighter than the explosion when it hits the Tsiolkovsky. The impact on the Tsiolkovsky too looks more realistic (although the explosion does involve too many flames for my taste).

We can see the colorful isolinear chips for the first time.

Mike Okuda: "No, there was no particular significance to the colors. The first batch of chips was made with fluorescent yellow/green acrylic plastic. It was actually plastic that had been part of Ilia's sickbay bed from ST:TMP. I liked the look of that stuff, but I wanted some variety in color, so I picked a blue to go along with it. These were the chips that were seen in 'The Naked Now.' Later, the property masters needed more chips, and had them made in additional colors."

"Star Trek I"
The props in HD.
This appears to be the first "47" reference in Star Trek. The HD screen cap confirms it really is a "47".



The stage layout comes from Star Trek Stages History. Thanks to Sratoz for spotting another "4077" reference. Thanks to Rusty0918 for the hint about the bridge chairs and to @SoyLatteLDN for identifying the alarm clock.


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