Observations in TNG: "The Vengeance Factor"

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

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

"The Vengeance Factor" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

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The Enterprise in orbit of Acamar III. In TNG-R, the planet suddenly stops rotating.
Netflix HD release In the HD release for Netflix, the error was fixed and the planet keeps spinning.

The painted backdrop depicting the mountainous surface of the planet on which the Federation science outpost is housed was originally created for the film "Forbidden Planet" to enhance the planet surface of Altair IV.

A different backdrop, presumably taken from "Forbidden Planet" too, was previously visible in Worf's calisthenics program in "Where Silence Has Lease".

"Forbidden Planet"

"Where Silence Has Lease"
We can recognize the details of the backdrop better in HD.
The science station set is a redress of drawing room 5 seen in "Booby Trap". That set itself was a redress of the USS Enterprise-D battle bridge. The large rectangular screen with isolinear circuitry featured a schematic of the USS Enterprise-D in "Booby Trap". The console on the left was originally created for the tactical lab seen in "The Emissary". It also appeared in drawing room 5 but at a different part of the set. The twin tubes in the foreground were also seen in main engineering on the USS Hathaway in "Peak Performance".
"Booby Trap"

"The Emissary"
A look at the set in HD.

"Booby Trap"

"Peak Performance"

"Booby Trap"
The blinking black medical device seen in sickbay was previously seen on Doctor Ira Graves's desk in "The Schizoid Man".
"The Schizoid Man"
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The microscope previously appeared in Doctor Pulaski's sickbay office in "The Child", "The Icarus Factor" and "Pen Pals". Here it is seen in use, displaying a few lines of blue text.
Consoles by Modern Props in Star Trek

"The Child"
A better look at the microscope in HD.
Acamar III is a re-use of the planet housing Starbase 6, seen at the end of "The Schizoid Man".
Re-Used Planets in TNG
The planet was redone for TNG-R, but is very similar to the original one.
Marouk's jewelry/sash was later worn by an archaeologist in "Qpid". After that, it reappeared in the DS9 episode "Q-Less", worn by a Ferengi bidder.

DS9: "Q-Less"
A better look at the jewelry in HD.
This clearly is a shot of the 2-foot model of the USS Enterprise-D. In HD it is even clearer that the model lacks the proper lighting.
Another shot of Acamar III that previously appeared in "The Schizoid Man". Another look at the new planet.
This is the first time this round wall decoration seen in the guest quarters in this episode appears outside the guest lounge (as in "The Outrageous Okona") and Troi's quarters (as in "The Price"). In later episodes, especially beginning with season 4, these colorful pieces of wall decoration are seen in all crew quarters aboard the Enterprise, replacing the space art mostly created by Rick Sternbach.
Space Art in Star Trek: The Next Generation

"The Outrageous Okona"

"The Price"
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Wesley carries a similar blue suitcase as the Acamarian servant does here in "Ménage à Troi". The only difference is the Starfleet arrowhead featured on his case.
"Ménage à Troi"
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The ship is going to warp as seen through a window. Similar shots appeared in "The Child" and "The Schizoid Man". In both cases, the streaking warp-stars were seen through the Ten Forward windows though. The recreated warp effect in TNG-R.
Yuta's round suitcase is similar to the ones often used by Starfleet crewmembers when they go on short trips, like Picard in "Family". The cases first appeared in "11001001".

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Both shots of Gamma Hromi II originally appeared as Ramatis III in "Loud as a Whisper". The planet appears once more as Alpha Onias III in "Future Imperfect". Gamma Hromi II too is represented by a new and more detailed planet in TNG-R.

Characteristically shaped cargo containers like the one seen in the foreground of this shot were first seen in the Genesis cave in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan".

The wall panel in the far background was also seen on the Erstwhile, Captain Okona's ship in "The Outrageous Okona".

"Star Trek II"

"The Outrageous Okona"
The same shot with improved colors in TNG-R.
The reactor stolen by the Gatherers is similar in design to the reactor of the duck blind seen in "Who Watches the Watchers", only it is mounted sideways here.
"Who Watches the Watchers"
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The Regalian phaser rifle first appeared as a Solari weapon in "Loud as a Whisper".
"Loud as a Whisper"
An HD close-up of the weapon.
The Regalian phaser rifles fire purple energy beams, a color seldom seen for an energy weapon on Star Trek. The newly created beams of the weapons in TNG-R.
The second Gatherer uses a different kind of rifle. The prop is seen much better in "The Hunted" where it is used as an Angosian rifle. Rifles of this type, modified slightly for later episodes, are used by the guards of the Albino in "Blood Oath" and as a Bajoran rifle in "Shakaar".
"The Hunted"

DS9: "Blood Oath"
An HD close-up of the weapon.

DS9: "Shakaar"
Like in "Loud as a Whisper", where this shot showed Ramatis III, the plant appears very dark here. This shot is unusually dark even in TNG-R.
Brull wears a jacket originally worn by Thadiun Okona in "The Outrageous Okona". It was slightly modified for this re-use.
"The Outrageous Okona"
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The insignia on the collar of Brull's jacket is identical to the fabric used on the rim of the Ferengi head gear in the first season.
"The Last Outpost"
A close-up of the insignia in HD.
A good look at the LCARS display of the conn console. The animated central part of the console was added in post production. The reconstructed console in HD.
The pyramidal Pair Match games by Bandai are seen in many scenes set in Ten Forward, but this is one of the rare cases when somebody is actually seen playing with the game. No changes
As can be seen on this still, the LCARS graphic of the large sickbay wall display was changed again between seasons. The screenshots from "Symbiosis" and "Time Squared" show what the display looked like in seasons 1 and 2 respectively.

"Time Squared"
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Two graphics showing information about the microvirus used by Yuta to kill Volnath. The monitor was first seen in "The Schizoid Man" where it was used during Data's psycho test. The PADD lying in front of the monitor was originally created for "Shades of Gray".

As can be seen in the original episode, the text about the microvirus on the left is a re-use of the text created for the display about the Tralesta massacre, seen on a bridge aft station later in the episode. The words "History File" and "Tralesta Massacre" can even be made out.

The numbers on the small keyboard on the bottom left are reversed.

"The Schizoid

When the episode was remastered, the original text was replaced by strings of nucleotides, more fitting for a medical analysis of the virus.

The numbers on the input area are still reversed. Actually, the whole picture including the PADD was reversed (already in the original episode) before the LCARS screen was inserted.

"Shades of Gray"
Yuta's intricate tattoo can be seen really well in this screenshot. In HD, though, it can be seen even better.
A nice shot of the Gatherer ship, which is a re-use of the model of the Pakled ship Mondor created for "Samaritan Snare". The comparison shot from that episode highlights the color differences between the two ships and also shows how the main viewscreen was slightly modified between seasons 2 and 3.
Redresses of the Mondor

"Samaritan Snare"
The color of the ship was faithfully recreated for TNG-R.
Like the Regalian phaser rifles seen earlier in the episode, the Gatherer ship fires a purple energy beam.

The USS Enterprise-D firing at the Gatherer ship, the beam being deflected by the ship's forward shields.

The Gatherer ship strangely appears upside down in this and the following shot. The nose-tip of the ship is pointed upwards here, in all other shots it is pointing down.

Note the better defined shield bubble in TNG-R.

The Gatherer ship is still upside down in just these shots in TNG-R, only to appear upside up in the next one.

As can be seen in this screenshot, taken shortly after the Enterprise has stopped firing at the Gatherer ship, the Galaxy class ship is totally stationary. As freeze-frame of footage of the 6-foot model was used to create this shot.
The USS Enterprise-D faces the Gatherer ship. This footage was again re-used from "Samaritan Snare". Again, the color of the alien ship was modified in post production. Exactly the same footage of the gray ship is re-used in "Cost of Living" as the Kostolain starship.
"Samaritan Snare"

"Cost of Living"
Another look at the ships in HD.
Acamarian writing can be seen on the small desk monitor in the foreground. The monitor in the background was rented from Modern Props. It was also seen in the terraforming lab on Velara III in "Home Soil".
"Home Soil"
An HD close-up of the monitor.
Both the window on the left and the red ribbed wall panels on the right were originally Klingon. The ribbed wall appeared in the mess hall on the Klingon Bird-of-Prey Pagh in "A Matter of Honor". Both the window and the wall also appeared in the Rite of Ascension simulation in "The Icarus Factor".
"A Matter of Honor"

"The Icarus Factor"
A look at the set as it appears in TNG-R.

"The Icarus Factor"
The console at the center of the raised platform in the background originally was a Klingon transporter console, seen in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country". It also appeared on the Pakled ship Mondor in "Samaritan Snare".
Consoles Built for Star Trek

"Star Trek IV"

"Samaritan Snare"

"Star Trek V"
Chorgan wears the golden insignia that was part of Worf's season 1 sash. It was also attached to the sash worn by the Klingons Kor and Kang in TOS.
TOS: "Errand of Mercy"

"Heart of Glory"
A close-up of the emblem in HD.

TOS: "Day of the Dove"
The console seen behind Chorgan was seen in several earlier TNG episodes. Amongst others, it appeared in Doctor Soong's lab in "Datalore" and the surgical suite on Starbase 515 in "Samaritan Snare". Here, it is turned off.

"Samaritan Snare"
No changes
Several files from the Acamarian Planetary Database.

The text was newly created for TNG-R and only matches the original partially. The new text contains several names of people involved in the remastering of TNG, such as Wade Felker, restoration supervisor ("Felker City") or Chris Tezber, VFX supervisor ("Outpost Tezber").

The door which leads to the bridge lavatory can be seen behind Riker. The door is rarely seen and only a few times people are seen entering or leaving the room. No changes
An animated map shows how the Tralesta clan (yellow) was eradicated by the Lornak clan (red). We can read the (mostly new) text on this display in HD too, including names such as James Holt, compositor ("Jamholt region").
Archival photos from the Acamarian Planetary Database reveal that Yuta is much older than she seems. The sequence as it looks in TNG-R.
The console on the background also appeared on the bridges of the Erstwhile in "The Outrageous Okona" and the Mondor in "Samaritan Snare".
"The Outrageous Okona"

"Samaritan Snare"
No changes
The rotating console/sensor behind Picard also appeared on the bridge of the Pakled ship Mondor in "Samaritan Snare".
"Samaritan Snare"
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When the Gatherer falls backward violently, his wig comes loose. No changes
Yuta, Marouk's male guard and female servant all wear similar metallic necklaces. Yuta's necklace can be seen up close here. The necklace worn by the female servant, only seen briefly in the episode, is later worn by a Ferengi bidder in "Q-less". The servant's necklace is a little thinner than the ones worn by Yuta and the guard.
The necklace can be seen better in HD.
Riker's phaser fires at a very weird angle in this shot. The reconstructed phaser beam in the remastered episode.
A close-up of the Type-2 phaser introduced at the beginning of season 3. The comparison shot from "The Arsenal of Freedom" shows the season 1/2 Type-2 phaser.
"The Arsenal of Freedom"
A better look at the phaser in HD. Note the worn out labels.
Yuta is vaporized by the phaser beam. The reconstructed effect in TNG-R.
The central Gatherer desk features three small monitors directly attached to it. Monitors of this type first appeared in the tactical lab in "The Emissary" and were also seen in drawing room 5 in "Booby Trap".
"The Emissary"

"Booby Trap"
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Thanks to Eleanor for the hint about the reversed numbers on the keypad and to Adge for the observation that the whole picture is reversed. The image from the Netflix release comes from TrekCore.


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