Observations in TNG: "Where No One Has Gone Before"

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

Here are some observations about sets, props and visual effects in TNG: "Where No One Has Gone Before" without a specific theme, and a comparison of the original TV release (TNG) with the remastered episode (TNG-R).

"Where No One Has Gone Before" HD Screencaps @ TrekCore

Description TNG Other caps Comparison TNG to TNG-R Description TNG-R
The shot of the USS Fearless alongside the USS Enterprise-D is a re-use of the footage of the USS Hood next to the Enterprise-D, taken from "Encounter at Farpoint".
"Encounter at Farpoint"
In TNG-R, like already in the original release, the shot of the Enterprise with the Excelsior class is basically the same as in "Encounter at Farpoint".

While the ventral position light of the Hood was not flashing in the remastered scene in "Encounter at Farpoint", the flashing light is again present in this remastered episode.

The opening bridge shot in "Where No One Has Gone Before" re-uses footage from "Code of Honor". This creates a continuity problem as all later bridge scenes feature the two added seats to the side of Riker and Troi, which were added so Wesley could have a seat at the end of the episode.

In the first two seasons the aft bridge consoles were partially covered with black cardboard squares in some shots so the reflection of camera and lighting equipment wouldn't be seen. In this shot, the upper part of the yellow alert LCARS display to the right of the five aft consoles is also covered with cardboard.

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We get our first real look at the Enterprise-D transporter console. The menu items "Te Fre", "Je Hay", "Jo Sym" and "Ti Iac" look like they are named after people, whom we couldn't identify though. A look at the console in HD.
Kosinski is the only person ever seen wearing this rank insignia, whose meaning remains unexplained. No changes
A very good view of the rarely used side/back entrance to the transporter room. No changes
Main engineering was changed slightly between "Encounter at Farpoint" and later season 1 episodes. The black ribbing surrounding the rectangles on the wall behind the warp core, above the power conduits, has been enlarged. Although this change was already present in "The Naked Now", it can be seen much better here.
"Encounter at Farpoint"
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A microphone briefly pops into sight. The shot was reframed so that the microphone is just outside the field of view.
The console Wesley is working on wasn't present in "The Naked Now".
"The Naked Now"
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The master systems display (MSD) table (nicknamed the "pool table") first appears in main engineering in this episode. The table was originally created for "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" where it was seen in the large Starfleet Command control room.
"Star Trek IV"
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The left part of the wall on the right, hiding a short corridor and a door still visible in "The Naked Now", was originally created for the bridge and a corridor of the S.S. Tsiolkovsky which appeared in that episode. The smaller wall section with a large monitor in the upper half and a smaller one in the lower half to the right of it would appear in main engineering aboard the USS Voyager, many years later. The wall hiding the main corridor on the left is still missing.
"The Naked Now"

VOY: "Basics II"
The MSD has been changed since "The Naked Now". The lower displays are different and show regular LCARS interfaces and no longer assorted top and side views of the ship.
"Encounter at Farpoint"
Some more details of the MSD can be seen in HD.
The warp field display that the Traveler and Wesley Crusher are working on are an early example of animated computer graphics in Star Trek.

The shots of the warp bubbles had to be completely done. The CG model of the Enterprise-D inside the bubbles is much more detailed now.

Mike Okuda: "The original rainbow ribbon was created by Prime Computer company. The high-rez ribbons were re-created by Niel Wray."

This is a rare, nice close view of the 2-foot model of the USS Enterprise-D. According to Frederick Alba, a visual effects artist who worked on TNG at that time, the 2-foot model didn't have interior window lighting, only the warp engines, navigational lights and deflector dish were lit.

Eric Alba: "This model is different from the 4 and 6 footer in that there were no electronic lights built into the windows. Rather, 3m reflective tape was placed where windows were and were illuminated with a simple lamp."

Mike Okuda: "I should clarify that while the 2' Enterprise didn't have interior window lights, it did have little bits of retroreflective tape for the windows. This ingenious technique wasn't as effective as internal neon lighting, but it did allow for the illusion of internal lights on models that were too small for neon. The glow from retroreflective tape (like the lettering on many highway signs) was often dimmer and sometimes did not show up well in the original video composites."

This is evidenced in this rare shot of the 2-foot model, as the windows on the dorsal side of he saucer section appear to be dark.

The dark portions are gone in the remastered version of the episode, where a large number of windows is lit, as usual.

Mike Okuda: "Today's digital compositing tools offer more flexibility, so are sometimes able to pull more detail out of the tiny retroreflective windows."

After the completely human-looking Bandi, Ligonians, Haven natives and Tarellians, the Traveler from Tau Alpha C, with his forehead ridges, silver metallic hair and three-fingered hands, is the first true humanoid alien guest character/species on TNG.
In Alien Hands

The Traveler in HD.

The wall hiding the connection between the main corridor set and main engineering is in place now. The right part of the wall previously appeared in "The Naked Now" where it was seen aboard the S.S. Tsiolkovsky. No changes
The spectacular journey of the Enterprise to the galaxy M-33. The difference between the original and the remastered version is surprisingly small, compared to the visual effects in other episodes. This is because the space scenes were created on film and were available to be scanned for TNG-R.
Who is having a meeting in the observation lounge when the USS Enterprise-D arrives in galaxy M-33? The senior staff is on the bridge during this scene... The people are much better visible in HD.
An additional seat next to Counselor Troi's seat has been added for later in the episode when Captain Picard invites Wesley to stay on the bridge after he has been made acting ensign. The seat wasn't seen in previous episodes or earlier in this episode.
The Evolution of the Enterprise-D Bridge
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This shot reveals that an additional seat has been added next to Riker's chair as well, to balance out the appearance of the seats in front of the "horseshoe". No changes
The central part of the three consoles behind Wesley was still black in "The Naked Now", now it is the same color as the rest of the wall.
"The Naked Now"
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The galaxies and nebulae the USS Enterprise-D flies past and through in this sequence and in a similar sequence earlier in the episode seem to be based on photos of actual galaxies and nebulae. One of the recognizable stellar phenomena is the Ring Nebula (NGC 6720). It was previously seen in several TOS episodes on viewscreens on the bridge of the USS Enterprise and would later reappear in scenes set in USS Voyager's astrometrics lab.
TOS: "The Naked Time"

"The Voyager Conspiracy"
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The Enterprise at the place where imagination and reality become one. In this scene too the differences between the original and the remastered effects is small.
The graphic of a spiral galaxy seen on the display behind Worf was also seen in "The Naked Now" as one of the files Data's views in the ship's library computer.
"The Naked Now"
In HD we can clearly see the different color of the graphic.
Picard envisions that the turbolift exit leads into open space. Picard's face comes across as a bit underexposed in HD (although this makes sense).

The string quartet are playing the first movement (Allegro) of Mozart's "Eine kleine Nachtmusik".

According to the sheet of music, as visible in HD, they play "Encomium".

The shot of the corridor is a freeze frame of footage shot for and seen in "The Naked Now". In that episode, it appears when Beverly is peeking out the sickbay door, searching for Geordi.
"The Naked Now"
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A black cargo container with Vulcan writing (as in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and "Code of Honor") appears again, as Picard passes by the cargo bay with the "ballerina". Other containers, similar to those seen in several Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica and V - The Miniseries, are seen as well. See Observations in TNG: "Code of Honor". No changes
The second appearance of the formal dining area, first seen in "Haven".
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Glasses like this one were first seen in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock". They feature the Starfleet Command logo seen the early Star Trek films.
"Star Trek III"
Tables with an octagonal tabletop, like the one seen in the background here, later appear in the Café des Artistes in "We'll Always Have Paris".
"We'll Always Have Paris"
The regular signage is missing on the right turbolift door. The label is still incomplete in HD.
A good look at Kosinski's rank insignia, showing that the left half of it is black and the white half is white. This can be seen still better in HD.
The two big light sources next to the MSD appear for the first time in this episode. Only in "Where No One Has Gone Before" they are lit bright yellow, though. In the HD version of the episode, it can be seen that those two lights are actually green, not yellow.
A good view of the console wall previously seen in "The Naked Now" aboard the S.S. Tsiolkovsky. As can be seen, the small LCARS display on the left has been added while the small display on the right still features the same LCARS display as in "The Naked Now". The right part of the wall would later appear in USS Voyager's engineering as well.
"The Naked Now"
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This is the first appearance of the new central diagnostic biobed that would sometimes replace the transparent biobed originally created for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture".
"The Naked Now"
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A nice close-up of the LCARS display on the top of the diagnostic bed, showing the nervous system of the Traveler. We can make out several more details in HD.
Picard in front of a wall of fire invoked by a crew member. The flames were newly created, but very close to the original.
A first good look at the small corridor in front of the senior officers' quarters. No changes
This is the very same LCARS display that helped Riker find Holodeck 4J in "Encounter at Farpoint".
"Encounter at Farpoint"
The graphic comes out only a bit better in HD.
The infmaous skant. No changes
As can be seen here, the curved glass walls close to the engineer's office and the small console alcove on the right have been removed. They were still in place in "The Naked Now". An LCARS display with a top view of the USS Enterprise-D can be nicely seen here.
"The Naked Now"
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A good shot of the old wall console first seen in "The Naked Now" (right) and the smaller, new wall console (left), which would later appear on Voyager as well.
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A good look at the two wall consoles on the other side of the main engineering set. The wall on the left (only partially seen) was originally created for "The Naked Now". The wall on the right was newly created for "Where No One Has Gone Before". No changes
Numerous black cardboard squares can be seen covering the LCARS displays in the background here. They are still clearly visible in HD.
Wesley gets to sit down in the new seat that was installed (apparently especially for him!) on the port side of the bridge.
The Evolution of the Enterprise-D Bridge
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