Observations in TNG: "Violations"

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

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

"Violations" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
A shot of the 4-foot model of the Enterprise-D at impulse.
Enterprise Flybys in TNG and TNG-R
In TNG-R, we see a similar shot with the 4-foot model that was mirror-inverted. This is the last remastered episode in which the missing footage was replaced with a shot of the miniature. All future occurrences that we know of use a CG model.
Data and Geordi are seen entering the large corridor set from the very end of the set, next to the holodeck/shuttlebay doors. When the set was modified for season 5, a door to the junior officers' quarters was added in the short corridor to the right of the orange door seen here. No changes

The observation lounge was last redressed as a dining room for "Sins of the Father". In both episodes, the curved wall opposite the large windows was removed to enlarge the set. Instead of building a new wall, curtains were used in both episodes. In "Sins of the Father", the monitors were covered by large shelves. In "Violations", they are hidden behind fabric.

The same large dining table was used in both episodes. The metallic pieces of wall decoration seen in the first screenshot originally appeared in Neral's office on Romulus in "Unification I+II".

"Sins of the Father"

"Unification I"
The redressed set in HD.

"Sins of the Father"
Troi and Jev are seen taking a turbolift on deck 3. Troi wants to get off on deck 8, Jev on deck 16. When the turbolift stops and Troi disembarks, however, the door label still reads "03". This error was fixed for TNG-R. When Deanna has left the turbolift, the sign now correctly indicates deck 8.
The replicator set piece was used during the production of "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" where it can be seen in Kirk's quarters. For this re-use, the 24th century LCARS display was replaced by a 23rd century one. For some reason, it was forgotten to swap the display graphics again, so in a few season 5 episodes, the wrong display appears. In this episode, the wrong label can be seen in several sets. Here, it is seen in Troi's quarters.
"Star Trek VI"
No changes
While in earlier episodes (like "The Best of Both Worlds I"), poker chips came in three colors, namely gold, silver and copper, in this episode only silver and copper chips are seen.
"The Best of Both Worlds I"
No changes
In Troi's memory of her playing Poker with Riker in his quarters, the commander's replicator also features the wrong 23rd century LCARS display. No changes
This footage of the USS Enterprise-D (filmed using the 6-foot model) was last seen in season 3's "Allegiance". Unlike the later created 4-footer, this model features a very smooth surface.
The Saucer Rim on the Galaxy Class
The sequence in TNG-R.
A screenshot from season 4's "The Host" shows what this part of sickbay looked like in the previous season. While the set appears virtually unchanged, one difference can easily be made out: The carpet was changed between seasons and is mostly dark blue now.
"The Host"
The set and biobed in HD.
The biobed monitor can clearly be seen here. The graphics are still the same as in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan".
"Star Trek II"
In contrast to the 6-footer, the 4-foot model of the USS Enterprise-D is rich in surface details as can be seen in this beautiful sequence, which first appeared in "Allegiance". In that episode, the ship was seen approaching a pulsar in the Lonkar cluster. The footage was seen again in "The Game", in that episode the ship approaches the Phoenix cluster. Here, no cluster or other celestial object is seen towards the end of the footage.
The sequence in HD.

"The Game"
As can be seen here, the sickbay replicator LCARS interfaces were changed between seasons 4 and 5 as well.
"Data's Day"
No changes
Riker's quarters do not only feature the wrong replicator interface in Troi's memories but also in the present, as can be seen in this screenshot. No changes
"Violations" is one of a handful of episodes in which the main engineering sealing doors are seen coming down. The doors were also seen in "The Best of Both Worlds I", "Disaster", "Starship Mine" and in the film "Star Trek Generations".
"The Best of Both Worlds I"

"Starship Mine"
No changes


Due to the warping and distorting of the footage added in post production, some parts of Riker's flashback appear exceptionally blurry. Thanks to the digital editing the sequence is far less noisy in TNG-R.
Two PADDS are seen on Riker's desk. The graphics which are displayed cannot be made out but it seems as if two slightly different shades of gray were used for the main body of the PADDs. An HD close-up of the PADDs.
This oft-reused footage of the USS Enterprise-D was filmed using the 6-foot model of the ship. The sequence in HD.
A new section of the extended junior officers' quarters appears for the first time in this episode. This "lounge" section with purple wall panels is not seen in many episodes and is not part of the set when it functions as Data's, Worf's or Geordi's quarters.
Guest quarters floorplan
No changes
The small console in the background has by now become a regular feature of sickbay. It was originally created for the phaser rifle test sequence in "The Mind's Eye".
"The Mind's Eye"
No changes
In this unique shot, filmed through the curved transparent wall close to the warp core, the side door to the engineer's office can be seen. This door is usually hidden behind the short wall with the large LCARS display. As can be seen, the corners of the door frame are angular and not rounded like usual doors. In reality, this door leads to the main corridor set. It is located in the small corridor alcove opposite the longer straight corridor that leads to main engineering. In "The Hunted", the door is seen on the right. Like on the other side, the door frame features angular corners.
"The Hunted"
The shot in HD.

This is one of only two occasions that we see Picard with hair (besides "Tapestry"), and the only time we see Patrick Stewart as Picard with hair. In this case, his look is obviously made to resemble that of the Ullian Jev, and hence no indication that the younger Picard really looked like that.
Biography Inconsistencies

The morgue set in HD.
This is the first time a full-scale morgue set is seen on TNG, apart from the morgue that appeared in "Night Terrors" which was just a redress of the cargo bay set. The illuminated lids on the compartments holding the bodies make their first appearance here. They were re-used whenever the morgue was seen in later TNG and VOY episodes.
"Man of the People"

VOY: "Before and After"

This part of the Starbase 32 morgue set was originally created for the Penthara V science station set in "A Matter of Time". This is the third re-use of the set, as it also appeared in "New Ground" as the USS Enterprise-D's biolab and in "Hero Worship" as a room on the SS Vico.
"A Matter of Time"

"A Matter of Time"
No changes

"Hero Worship"

"Hero Worship"

"New Ground"

"New Ground"
The door label of the morgue can briefly be glimpsed in this shot. In HD, the footage is much less blurry and the label can be read.

Two consoles are seen in this section of the morgue. The large console in the foreground was first seen in Dr. Soong's lab in "Datalore". It also appeared in the Tanuga IV research station lab in "A Matter of Perspective". This console was rented from Modern Props.
Consoles by Modern Props in Star Trek


"A Matter of Perspective"
More of the morgue set in HD.

The large console in the background was especially created for TNG. That console debuted in the Utopia Planitia drawing room set in "Booby Trap".
Consoles Built for Star Trek

"Booby Trap"
As Crusher's flashback scene is set in the year 2354, the LCARS display seen here is reminiscent of both season 1 displays and the displays seen on the bridge of the USS Stargazer in "The Battle" as the main color of the interfaces back then was green.
"The Naked Now"

"The Battle"
Three PADDs can briefly be seen on this small shelf. The two larger ones are typical of the ones seen in the early seasons of TNG and the Star Trek feature films. The smaller PADD however, designed by Rick Sternbach, was first introduced in "Lonely Among Us". This appearance in a scene set in 2354 means PADDs of this type were already in use 10 years before the first season of TNG.
"The Naked Now"

"Lonely Among Us"

An interesting blooper happens in the middle of Crusher's memory scene. The sequence features one shot of Picard appearing past Crusher and walking to the table with Jack Crusher's body. When this scene is replayed a few seconds later with Jev replacing Picard, both the set and Beverly's hair have changed. The large cabinet in the background is only seen in the footage with Jev and Crusher's hair is behind her left shoulder only in the shot with the Ullian.

Gates McFadden appears with her natural hair in the flashback scene. She wore her own hair in season one but upon returning in season three wore a wig, even though it was similar to her natural hair, for ease of filming.

No changes
A shooting script can be seen lying on the steps behind Picard in this brief sequence in the corridor leading to the Starbase 32 morgue. An HD close-up of the script.
The medical patch Picard wears in this scene is roughly similar to one worn by the Romulan Patahk in the season 3 episode "The Enemy".
"The Enemy" HD
The patch in HD.
The Starbase 32 directory seen behind Picard is similar to similar directories seen on Starbase 74 in "11001001", Starbase 515 in "Samaritan Snare" and at Starfleet Command in "Conspiracy".
"11001001" HD

"Samaritan Snare" HD
We can't read anything even in HD. But it's a great shot of the fake Picard.

"Conspiracy" HD
The medical scanner Doctor Martin uses to scan Troi here is usually used by Doctors Crusher and Pulaski to scan Geordi's eyes in earlier episodes. Crusher used the same prop also in "The Host" when scanning Ambassador Odan.
"Encounter at Farpoint" HD

"The Host" HD
An HD close-up of the device.

"Loud as a Whisper" HD
The colorful piece of wall decoration was originally seen in Soong's lab in "Brothers". After that, it usually appeared in the O'Briens' quarters in episodes like "Data's Day" and "The Wounded".

"The Wounded"
No changes

"Data's Day"

The LCARS displays with information from the Melina II and Epsilon Nel medical databases contain several in-jokes, as most of the listed hospitals, patients and doctors are actually named after people who worked on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The spelling of the alien race is "Ulians" instead of "Ullians".

The second and the third screen both list the "Taylor Hospital (Gray Municipality)", on two different planets (Melina II and Epsilon Nel, respectively).

The screens were completely redone for TNG-R, with the text being almost exactly the same, including the in-jokes and the spelling "Ulians". All first names were replaced with initials, and the degrees of the attending physicians were supplemented.

Unlike in the original episode in which we could see pure post-production elements, the first two screens were inserted into footage of the bridge aft console for TNG-R. On the third screen the error of the duplicate "Taylor Hospital (Gray Municipality)" was corrected. It is now the "Goodhartz Medical Facility (Grant Municipality)".

Troi uses a large PADD similar to the ones seen in several season 4 episodes (like "Galaxy's Child") to strike Jev. These PADDs did not appear in later TNG episodes anymore.
"Galaxy's Child"
An HD close-up of the PADD.
The wrong 23rd century replicator LCARS display in Troi's quarters can be seen again in this screenshot. An HD close-up of the anachronistic panel.
This shot of the USS Enterprise-D flying past the camera was originally created for the pilot episode "Encounter at Farpoint". In that episode, the shot usually features an additional Excelsior class ship flying close to the USS Enterprise-D and then veering off. This is not the first time that only the footage of the USS Enterprise-D without any additional ship appears, though, as a second shot in "Encounter at Farpoint" also features the USS Enterprise-D in orbit of Deneb IV without the USS Hood.
"Encounter at Farpoint"
The shots of the ship in TNG-R.

"Encounter at Farpoint"

"Encounter at Farpoint"

"Encounter at Farpoint"
This oft-used flyby of the USS Enterprise-D is flipped, evidenced by the likewise flipped registry on the underside of the saucer section. The flipped footage is usually used when the ship is seen flying back to a planet or nebula, as in two earlier uses of the footage in "When the Bough Breaks" and "Lonely Among Us" respectively.
"Lonely Among Us"

"When the Bough Breaks"

"Lonely Among Us"

"When the Bough Breaks"



Thanks to Lukas Kendall for the hint about Beverly's hair.


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