Observations in TNG: "Tin Man"

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

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

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The two small consoles behind Captain DeSoto appeared in previous TNG episodes. The taller one was first seen in "Evolution" and the smaller one in "Déjà Q". The LCARS display in the background shows the back half of an Excelsior-class vessel. Fitting, as the USS Hood is indeed an Excelsior class ship.

"Déjà Q"
An HD close-up of the console.
The footage of the USS Hood and the USS Enterprise-D flying next to it were originally filmed for "Encounter at Farpoint". The footage of the two ships was edited together differently for this episode, though. The USS Enterprise-D is a little further ahead of the USS Hood, so in this sequence, there is nearly no overlapping of the two ships unlike in the original shot. It also makes the USS Enterprise-D seem larger than the USS Hood, more even so then in the original arrangement of the footage in the pilot episode.
Size of the Excelsior Class

"Encounter at Farpoint"
The two starships in HD.

"Encounter at Farpoint"

"Encounter at Farpoint"

"Encounter at Farpoint"

"Encounter at Farpoint"

"Encounter at Farpoint"
The mission orders delivered by Tam Elbrun. We still can't read the text in HD.
These graphics and cross-sections of Gomtuu are CG creations. The graphics are all still the same in TNG-R.
In this scene, Crusher's desktop monitor displays the same graphic often seen on Picard's ready room monitor in episodes like "Up the Long Ladder" and "Yesterday's Enterprise", only the line "File = Captain's Log Entry by J.L. Picard" was removed.
"Up the Long Ladder"

"Yesterday's Enterprise"
A close-up of the display in HD.
Beta Stromgren was seen on the observation lounge monitor earlier in the episode. The footage of the sun was flipped for this second appearance. The same was done in TNG-R. It looks like the original footage of the star was retouched though.
Gomtuu in orbit of Beta Stromgren. A first look at Gomtuu in HD.
The footage of the Romulan Warbird was originally created for "The Defector". In that episode, the ship was pursuing the Romulan scout ship during this shot.
Appearances of the Romulan Warbird

"The Defector"
Shots of the Romulan ships in HD.
The shot of the Romulan Warbird approaching the USS Enterprise-D was newly filmed for this episode. The footage of the USS Enterprise-D (filmed using the 2-foot model) was earlier seen in "Déjà Q", when the ship faces the moon of Bre'el IV.
"Déjà Q"
This footage of the Romulan Warbird firing at the USS Enterprise-D and flying towards Beta Stromgren was newly created for the episode, using the second model of the Warbird, as can be seen by the added detailing on the side of the nacelle.
This footage of the USS Enterprise-D appeared in earlier episodes, like "Unnatural Selection" and "Contagion". It is interesting how it was modified for each subsequent appearance. In "Unnatural Selection", the blue light of the nacelles is reflected on the side of the neck of the USS Enterprise. In "Contagion", the green light of the Warbird's nacelles is reflected here. In "Tin Man", finally, the hull shows the reflection of the orange light of Beta Stromgren and of the nacelles.
"Unnatural Selection"

We can see the orange reflection in TNG-R too.
This painting also appears in Data's quarters in "The Most Toys", still covered by the red fabric.
"The Most Toys"
No changes
Parts of the footage of Gomtuu sending out the energy wave were originally created for the end of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" when V'Ger enters a new stage of existence. The footage of the Romulan Warbird was newly filmed.
"Star Trek I"
The spectacular sequence in HD.

"Star Trek I"
The shockwave reaches the USS Enterprise-D.
The open circuitry seen in the background was originally created for "The Big Goodbye" where it was part of the holodeck circuits. It also appeared next to the holodeck doors in "11001001". The circuitry only appears here, as part of the removable corridor wall plug, in the third season.
"The Big Goodbye"

Only in TNG-R we can see that the slots are blue.
An LCARS display showing the flight path of the Romulan Warbird. A close-up of the display in HD. The labels on the stars are just numbers.
The graphic of Beta Stromgren also appeared in "The Naked Now", depicting the red giant and in "Symbiosis", depicting Delos.
"The Naked Now"

A close-up of the display.
The footage of the USS Enterprise-D and the Romulan Warbird originally appeared in "The Defector".
"The Defector"
A look at the two ships in HD.
After the bridge of the Romulan Warbird looked different in each appearance since "The Neutral Zone", here it is similar to the bridge of Tomalak's Warbird, seen in "The Defector". The Romulan logo was not yet present behind the Captain's chair in "The Defector" and the light behind the grating above the logo was switched from white to yellow.
"The Defector"
The bridge as it looks in TNG-R.
This is more re-used footage of the Romulan Warbird from "The Defector", only Beta Stromgren was added for this episode.
"The Defector"
More shots of the Romulan ships in HD.
This footage of the Warbird and the USS Enterprise-D originally appeared in "Contagion". Direct comparison shows that the lights (nacelles, deflector) of the USS Enterprise-D are misaligned in one of the two episodes. The original model of the Warbird was used for this shot, as the second model wasn't created until "The Defector" in the third season. Conversely, the side of the nacelle is completely smooth here, in contrast to the earlier side shot of another Warbird in this episode.
Another shot of Gomtuu in front of Beta Stromgren. More of Gomtuu in HD.
The footage of the Warbird flying away from the camera too was originally created for "The Defector". In that episode, only the first part of the sequence was fully seen, as the ship engaged its cloaking device partway in the sequence. The second model of the Romulan Warbird was used here, as the side of the nacelle features added details.
"The Defector"
Note that the side walls of the Romulan Warbird are almost black in TNG-R as the ship is passing by.
Another shot of Gomtuu in orbit of Beta Stromgren. No changes
Tam Elbrun's hand partially immerged in Gomtuu's interior walls. A better look at the wall in HD.
The door to Gomtuu's "bridge" slowly opens. We can recognize a bit more of Gomtuu's interior in HD. The overall hue is more reddish than in the original release.
A captain's chair appears on Gomtuu's "bridge".
A window opens in Gomtuu's command center.
Gomtuu glows more intensely as Beta Stromgren comes closer to going supernova. The great sequence in HD.
Gomtuu whisks away the USS Enterprise-D and the Romulan Warbird.
The footage of the USS Enterprise-D being whisked away was originally created for "When the Bough Breaks" but also appeared in "Q Who". This sequence is interesting, as all three models of the USS Enterprise-D are used for it. The first part of the sequence uses the 4-foot model. The middle section (like the final section re-used from "When the Bough Breaks"), showing the ship from a distance, uses the 2-foot model and the last section, showing the ship come to a halt, uses the 6-foot model. No changes

The shot of the stars flashing by on the bridge viewscreen was originally created for "Q Who", when the USS Enterprise-D is whisked away by Q. As can be seen, the pattern of stars is identical.

A screenshot of the main viewscreen from earlier in the episode shows how the border of the viewscreen has become narrower between seasons and is no longer ribbed.

"Q Who"

Earlier in the episode
No changes
The footage of Beta Stromgren going supernova is re-used from "The Naked Now" when the unnamed red giant goes nova.
"The Naked Now"
The effect in TNG-R is identical as in "The Naked Now" too.

"The Naked Now"

"The Naked Now"

"The Naked Now"


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