With just over a month to go until the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation hits shelves, two new images from the set have been posted at Amazon’s German store.

The first image shows the Enterprise orbiting Drema IV from the episode ‘Pen Pals‘. As was the case in Season 1, the planet had to be digitally recreated using CGI as the original elements were rendered at sub-HD resolutions.

This new render is one of the first examples of work we’ve received from the second remastering team working on the Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-Ray project. Whilst Max Gabl’s work on the first season planet recreations was always very faithful to the original designs from the standard-definition source, the render of Drema IV seems to have used more artistic license. A new cloud-layer has been added and the continent/sea outlines are far less obvious. The tectonic activity shown by the exposed lava fault-line has been reproduced accurately. The planet as a whole seems to be less defined than some of the work we saw on Season 1, perhaps even slightly blurry, however this may simply be down to the choice of frame presented here.

The second still comes from the extended edition of ‘The Measure of a Man‘ in one of the re-inserted deleted scenes showing Riker interrupting Picard during one of his fencing sessions.

The extended episode (over 57 minutes in length, with 13 minutes of brand new footage included) will be premiered in the Celebration of Season 2 Star Trek: The Next Generation cinematic event (read details here), and will of course be included in the Season 2 Blu-Rays you can pre-order below!

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  • Chris Jay

    The planet seems a bit “meh” even in the remastered…

  • Thunderblade

    That planet looks like … trying to save money? 🙁

  • MIke Jones

    That’s pretty dire in comparison to fx done by CBS D. The deflector glow is to powerful, the bussard caps look awful, the starfield and planet look blurry and unrealistic. Not sold by this second VFX house at all.

    This really is the benchmark for that orbital shot http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1×17/whentheboughbreaks_hd_049.jpg

    • Chris Jay

      I agree… I mean the bussard’s don’t look that bad, they could be the result of re-scanning the negative… but I agree, the deflector is just too bright compared to the original…

      The planet and stars are just wow… they should let the CBS-D guys do the planets…

      Though the shots from the S2 trailer look great… short of the stars in the first shot… and possibly the planet, I think it could’ve had a higher resolution…

      http://tng.trekcore.com/bluray/s2trailer/S2Trailer01.jpg

      • Mike Jones

        CBS D have already recomposited most of the stock vfx shots for the first season, surely all HTV Illuminate had to do with this shot was the background stars and planet then put the already finished ship elements ontop. Its been stated that fx elements are shared between houses. Why screw around with it to make it look worse?

        For example:

        http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1×18/homesoil_hd_145.jpg
        http://tng.trekcore.com/bluray/s2trailer/S2Trailer02.jpg

        The ships film grain and colour scheme is pretty much lost and what’s going on with the stardrive impulse engine I don’t know.

        • archer923

          I remember a lot of the effects in the trailers are mostly temps. There’s a lot of this in the s2 trailer. Like the blue screen bleed on the model. But yeah, the Drema 4 planet is a confusing mess.

          • Chris Jay

            I didn’t see any blue screen bleed on the model in the S2 trailer, which shot(s)?

          • archer923

            It’s the stock shot when Geordi talks over. You can see the faint blue screen bleed. It’s just a quick composite.

          • Mike Jones

            Isn’t that meant to be the glow from the starboard nacelle on the Enterprise’s neck section?

          • archer923

            Nah. Look really closely. the saucer and overall color is blue.

          • Mike Jones

            Ahh I see, the rim of the saucer section is a shade of blue. Again this establishing shot has been done many times (and it looks much better) in season 1. Why the hell does it need to be recomposed again?, this baffles me frankly.

          • archer923

            I have no freaking clue. This shot is the most overused shot in TNG. You think they just make one master star pass, and stick it in.

          • Chris Jay

            Well, the angle in the trailer, appears different from the one seen throughout the first season…

            https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/133322_437584899635115_1843613470_o.jpg

            For example, the shot in Angel One:

            Remastered:
            http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1×14/angelone_hd_006.jpg

            Original:
            http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s1/1×15/angelone000.jpg

            The shadow on the Enterprise doesn’t match, indicating a different stock shot was used…

            The shot in the trailer could be a different stock shot, will have to wait until we can see a shot from the inside of the nacelle pylon to match how the shadows cross the hull, and most likely the element that should’ve been used for the opening shot in Angel One wasn’t found until they got to Season 2, just like the element that should’ve been used in EaF for the energy beam wasn’t found until Heart of Glory… because as you can see the remastered Enterprise element from Angel One matches the shot from The Naked Now, but not the shot from the original shot in Angel One:

            http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1×03/nakednow_hd_003.jpg

            Also, the shot in the trailer also looks squashed horizontally…

          • Mike Jones

            The establishing shot CBD D used throughout the first season was never seen again after the recycled shot from Hide & Q if memory serves. If the later one was found for season 2 that’s great. My problem with it is that it looks nothing like the work CBS D did got the first season, which the other team should really be trying to replicate for the purpose of continuity.

            It’s not really that big of a problem for S2 but imagine if the second part of Best of Both Worlds had VFX that didn’t match the first part and worst case scenario looked subpar.

          • archer923

            That’s weird. Why would they do two different passes of the same camera angle. I’d would of use the new shot to shoot the left side for example.

          • Chris Jay

            One was a more straight forward shot where the Enterprise goes forward towards the center of the screen, whereas the shot in The Naked Now goes toward the right side of the screen…

          • Mike Jones

            They are very nearly the same, the only give away I can see is the shadow on the starboard nacelle in the pics you linked, Chris. Its definitely the shot from the beginning of Naked Now being used for the first season.

          • Chris Jay

            Well, in motion with a scene, you can see the difference in the path, the 3rd shot from the left, the ship moves towards right of center screen, rather than the strong right side like in the Naked Now shot… the same pass from the original SD shot of Angel One was used in Generations:

            http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/generationshd/generationshd0978.jpg

            Not to mention, that shot from the trailer, looks squashed horizontally… hope that’s just a boo-boo in the trailer…

          • Mike Jones

            I certainly hope its a gaff too.

            This raises a point. If this shot was missing and so was the ventral saucer sep shot from EaF, these were both recycled for Generations, does it make sense to assume that these shots would be stored with the Generations film negatives?, I wonder if it was searched for.

          • Chris Jay

            Well, I think the original shot from under the saucer in EaF and then later used in Generations had weird distortion effects, so I’ve heard from people… it’d be a good question I could ask the Okuda’s…

          • hypnotoad72

            While the 1989 edited version lacks the blue, if the blue on the model is due to the reflection of the blue screen, then that would make sense – it was a bum film pass and not reflecting at all on those who did the restoration. One rarely sees the 1701D given that angle, so the issues – especially the left bsusard collector reflecting the window lights – are just how it is. Warts and all, the new version is going to look better.

          • Chris Jay

            Yea, that’s what I thought at first… the blue on the hull is from the warp engines…

        • Chris Jay

          Agreed, not sure about the impulse engine, but the lack of film grain looks nice in the trailer shot…

    • Ashley Williams

      funny I thought the planet looked a little blurry. I guess I didn’t pay too much attention to the enterprise. Here’s hoping it looks better in action.

      • hypnotoad72

        It probably will; it’d only really be apparent if the planet didn’t rotate… 🙂

  • Jaro Stun

    hmm this looks kind of disappointing. compared to S1 graphics this looks like a completely different class job. I hope to see some more pics soon and this would be just a minor anomaly, but as different company is remastering S2, I’m starting to get worried.

    Whatever at least we know S3 is back at CBS Digital and thats what counts.

  • Jaro Stun

    why can’t they just keep up the quality from S1? If it is again about saving money…I’ll get really pissed

  • Kreg Roenfeldt

    Oh wow this is really disappointing. What happened? The clouds and surface of the planet look like an upscaled blurry mess. I’m not in any hurry. I’ve seen the show. Let CBS-D take all the time they need if this is going to be the result. Might not buy it now. Only because I know what kind of amazing quality can be done, as what we saw in Season 1. Paying again for less does not agree with me.

    • trekcore

      CBS-Digital didn’t do Season 2, Kreg – it was done by a different company. CBS-Digital are working on Season 3

      • Kreg Roenfeldt

        Yes. That is my point 🙂 I’d rather they do it if this is what we can expect. CBS let us know very clearly, that they monitor places like this. So I’m just doing as they ask and letting them know.

        • Ashley Williams

          I’m holding judgment for the final product. I’m hoping this is temporary. On the other hand it might not look as obvious when in motion.

          • They have released temp footage on the trailers previously so hopefully that’s true of that particular screen grab.

            It does look pretty crummy doesn’t it? The planet is a mess and even the Enterprise looks sloppy. Fix it plz!

          • trekcore

            This image is NOT a temp – it’s a still from the final version.

          • Are you sure?

          • trekcore

            Yes. Unless the episode is opened up again and the shot re-done, it’s final.

          • hypnotoad72

            I’ve looked at some season 1 screencaps… yeah, in SOME aspects season 2 may be nitpicky but it’s not going to be the horror people (including me) have been imagining.

  • SpaceDwarf

    I was afraid that something like this would happen when they announced the second team, but was just hoping beyond hope that somehow the quality would be indistinguishable from the first season.
    I’m holding my judgement as we still have a month or so to go, but if the rest of the PR images show this level of workmanship I’m cancelling my preorder. No sense in paying the same amount of money for less.

    • Chris Jay

      Yea, the shots in the trailer looked a lot better…

  • Data

    They can’t be serious!?! This is a 1080p High Definition release and no upscaled stuff as the planet above looks like!!! What’s up man!!!!

  • Alex Webb

    Don’t suppose there’s any way the universal disapointment for this can be brought to their attention before it’s too late? I know it’s not, but the new planet just looks like an upscale of the old one…

    • Mike Jones

      Its most likely too late, the release is only 5 weeks away so I’d imagine all the eps are locked. I imagine the best we can hope for is that this isn’t repeated for season 4.

    • Jaro Stun

      I think the only option (unfortunately) how to bring this to proper attention is not to buy S2. If sales are low, execs will be wondering why. If this makes no impact, S4 looks even worse. Sorry to say that, I was really looking forward to this, especially given the multiple reassurances that this is investment project and quality is more important then initial short term income.

      • Peter Lemonjello

        Yeah that’s right. Boycott the S2 release just before they start to roll out the really good seasons in HD… Are you on crack? The only message that would send out is lets not release any more.

        The only way most people would know a difference is by comparing the stills like a few ultra sad fanboys have. Even then, people are making a mountain out of a mole hill. Time for a reality check people.

        • Jaro Stun

          You know mister, I guess we all have the full DVD sets locked in a closet at home. I will speak for myself, I’m ionterested in superb upgrade, not amainstream upscale. Thats what CBS was doing in S1. Now it appears the other company took a less costly approach to make more money. And thats the issue.

        • hypnotoad72

          Peter –

          Can’t agree.

          Is it not better to do things
          right? Or, if errors are made, to correct them instead of saying “We
          have your money now”, “You’re holding it wrong” (despite knowing in
          advance you put out something poorly designed), etc…

          Season 1
          had mistakes but CBS/Paramount took ownership and really impressed with
          the putting out of replacements. It’s a shame that errors occurred, but
          they restored some faith as being a customer.

          Quality IS more important. Especially for the prices being demanded.

          It’s scary to fathom if S4 gets the same treatment, noting that none of us has seen any of the full episodes yet…

          Besides,
          if we don’t buy, someone else will – it’s all a myth, “vote with your
          wallets”, thanks to people who will bend over for any cheap thrill.
          Like a bunch of drugaddicts…

          TNG is a great show. It deserves great treatment. Season 1 set the bar. Season 2 wants customers to lower it.

          Jaro’s
          response is excellent as well – this is not CBS as much as it is the
          other company doing things on the cheap. Again, CBS put noticeable
          effort in season 1. We know they outsourced for season 2, where one can
          keep a close eye on everything but still get hornswagled (chicanery,
          tricked, manipulated, etc). That’s the real reality check – outsource
          and don’t be surprised if QC and control is sacrificed, because they
          invariably are.

      • hypnotoad72

        Peter –

        Can’t agree.

        Is it not better to do things right? Or, if errors are made, to correct them instead of saying “We have your money now”, “You’re holding it wrong” (despite knowing in advance you put out something poorly designed), etc…

        Season 1 had mistakes but CBS/Paramount took ownership and really impressed with the putting out of replacements. It’s a shame that errors occurred, but they restored some faith as being a customer.

        Quality IS more important. Especially for the prices being demanded.

        It’s scary to fathom if S4 gets the same treatment, noting that none of us has seen any of the full episodes yet…

        Besides, if we don’t buy, someone else will – it’s all a myth, “vote with your wallets”, thanks to people who will bend over for any cheap thrill. Like a bunch of drug addicts…

        TNG is a great show. It deserves great treatment. Season 1 set the bar. Season 2 wants customers to lower it.

        Jaro’s response is excellent as well – this is not CBS as much as it is the other company doing things on the cheap. Again, CBS put noticeable effort in season 1. We know they outsourced for season 2, where one can keep a close eye on everything but still get hornswagled (chicanery, tricked, manipulated, etc). That’s the real reality check – outsource and don’t be surprised if QC and control is sacrificed, because they invariably are.

        /impassionedresponse

      • hypnotoad72

        Peter –

        Can’t agree.

        Is it not better to do things right? Or, if errors are made, to correct them instead of saying “We have your money now”, “You’re holding it wrong” (despite knowing in advance you put out something poorly designed), etc…

        Season 1 had mistakes but CBS/Paramount took ownership and really impressed with the putting out of replacements. It’s a shame that errors occurred, but they restored some faith as being a customer.

        Quality IS more important. Especially for the prices being demanded.

        It’s scary to fathom if S4 gets the same treatment, noting that none of us has seen any of the full episodes yet…

        Besides, if we don’t buy, someone else will – it’s all a myth, “vote with your wallets”, thanks to people who will bend over for any cheap thrill. Like a bunch of drug addicts…

        TNG is a great show. It deserves great treatment. Season 1 set the bar. Season 2 wants customers to lower it.

        Jaro’s response is excellent as well – this is not CBS as much as it is the other company doing things on the cheap. Again, CBS put noticeable effort in season 1. We know they outsourced for season 2, where one can keep a close eye on everything but still get hornswagled (chicanery, tricked, manipulated, etc). That’s the real reality check – outsource and don’t be surprised if QC and control is sacrificed, because they invariably are.

        /impassionedresponse

      • hypnotoad72

        Peter –

        Can’t agree.

        Is it not better to do things right? Or, if errors are made, to correct them instead of saying “We have your money now”, “You’re holding it wrong” (despite knowing in advance you put out something poorly designed), etc…

        Season 1 had mistakes but CBS/Paramount took ownership and really impressed with the putting out of replacements. It’s a shame that errors occurred, but they restored some faith as being a customer.

        Quality IS more important. Especially for the prices being demanded.

        It’s scary to fathom if S4 gets the same treatment, noting that none of us has seen any of the full episodes yet…

        Besides, if we don’t buy, someone else will – it’s all a myth, “vote with your wallets”, thanks to people who will bend over for any cheap thrill. Like a bunch of drug addicts…

        TNG is a great show. It deserves great treatment. Season 1 set the bar. Season 2 wants customers to lower it.

        Jaro’s response is excellent as well – this is not CBS as much as it is the other company doing things on the cheap. Again, CBS put noticeable effort in season 1. We know they outsourced for season 2, where one can keep a close eye on everything but still get hornswagled (chicanery, tricked, manipulated, etc). That’s the real reality check – outsource and don’t be surprised if QC and control is sacrificed, because they invariably are.

      • hypnotoad72

        Peter –

        Can’t agree.

        Is it not better to do things right? Or, if errors are made, to correct them instead of saying “We have your money now”, “You’re holding it wrong” (despite knowing in advance you put out something poorly designed), etc…

        Season 1 had mistakes but CBS/Paramount took ownership and really impressed with the putting out of replacements. It’s a shame that errors occurred, but they restored some faith as being a customer.

        Quality IS more important. Especially for the prices being demanded.

        It’s scary to fathom if S4 gets the same treatment, noting that none of us has seen any of the full episodes yet…

        Besides, if we don’t buy, someone else will – it’s all a myth, “vote with your wallets”, thanks to people who will bend over for any cheap thrill. Like a bunch of drugaddicts…

        TNG is a great show. It deserves great treatment. Season 1 set the bar. Season 2 wants customers to lower it.

        Jaro’s response is excellent as well – this is not CBS as much as it is the other company doing things on the cheap. Again, CBS put noticeable effort in season 1. We know they outsourced for season 2, where one can keep a close eye on everything but still get hornswagled (chicanery, tricked, manipulated, etc). That’s the real reality check – outsource and don’t be surprised if QC and control is sacrificed, because they invariably are.

  • Mark Ward

    Wow, what a disappointment! 🙁

  • Data

    Where do you know CBD-D is doing all stuff in S3? Is that for sure? What unable company did that job with the planet? Any private amateur artist could have done better!

  • VolcanoLogic

    I *really* don’t like how they’ve darkened the image so much in these new blu-ray sets… they did that with the TOS-R DVD’s, and I was hoping they wouldn’t make the same mistake here. Guess I was hoping for too much. In almost every case, I think every single VFX shot of the ship in space looks better in the original DVD version of TNG than this new blu-ray version. I’m sorry, but I just do. As I have said elsewhere online… if I buy these new blu-ray sets, I will do so only once all 7 seasons are out, and no matter what I do, I am keeping forever all 7 seasons of TNG on DVD that I have.

    • Data

      The darker picture is the original one! On video tape (which we all have seen for all these years) the brightness and contrast was put to high! So that was a mistake!

      • VolcanoLogic

        I’m sorry, Data, but you’re wrong… the lighter image (your left) is from the DVD, and the correct one. The image on your right, the darker one, is from the blu-ray. Go to TrekCore’s screencap pages for TNG, and compare an identical shot from the DVD to the blu-ray, and every time, the blu-ray image will be darker by some degree.

        This is my problem with all this stupid “remastering” being done… we don’t want a remaster… we want the original, cleaned-up… that DOES NOT mean anything has to be changed or replaced. Until the suits get this through their thick heads, they won’t be getting any of my money. Often, less is more, and they need to learn to leave well enough alone.

        • Data

          I’m sorry too, but you are wrong! See, the “darker picture” is only really darker where the shadows are! You know, it’s dark in space! ILM knew that and shot it with deep shadows! BUT the guys who cut it on video tape don’t respected the original intention! They brought the brightness level very much up because of any reason back there! If you want the brightness you are used to they would have to change the original film negatives again and make it look artistically bright! I agree with you that on one side it’s sad that parts of the beautiful enterprise disappearing in the shadows, but on the other hand it’s realistic and the way they (the original shooter, lighter …) wanted it! Take a look at the nice comparisons and watch bright areas! You will see how much the contrast is put to high on the old (original) sd videotape!

      • hypnotoad72

        VHS/DVD screencaps of the original edits are easily given away by a narrower gamut, overblown whites (“blooming”), interlace patterns (rainbow effect on stars, fine line contrasts (e.g. defector), etc), and a general lack of detail.

        Personally, nitpicks or not, season 2 WILL look much better, but I won’t hold it up against season 1’s top-notch remastering…

    • Neill Stringer

      Well after seeing season 1 on blu there I dont think I could ever go back to the DVD as the quality is so much better. The original film transferred to video tape just doesn’t hold up and also the blu ray was very faithful to the original, even to the colours of the planets. Even though the quality is a bit down on S2 according to this pic I still think it will be leaps ahead from the original DVD.

      Just hope there is love for the remaining seasons as this is to be the definitive collection of Next Gen.

      • hypnotoad72

        Seconded.

    • hypnotoad72

      “Crushed black” – too much contrast adjustment turns darker grays into black. TOS-R, especially season 1, often has crushed blacks and it’s annoying.

      I already sold my season 1 TNG DVD set. I’ve no regrets, but I will definitely watch every episode before selling each subsequent season…

  • Riker

    The planet looks like a bitmap!! Not like a Full HD 3d planet as it really suppose to look!!!!

  • Picard

    Even the black level and colors looking very low quality!

    • hypnotoad72

      Yup. The 1989 image of the planet has more color and life to it…the new version, apart from lava flow, doesn’t really fit the original at all…

  • Picard

    …The black level and the colors of the planet are both looking very bad I mean!!

    • Croesus

      Seems to be a bit of dodgy despill going on with the blue screen keying towards the back end of the ship, the bussard collectors are also horribly composited. If that was done in our studio, it would have been handed straight back to the artist.

    • hypnotoad72

      Yup – the planet’s darker side is too dark, the 1701D also loses a little luma, and the lighting off the saucer (see the 1989 image) is definitely gone… still, overall the season 2 images look FAR better than what’s on VHS/DVD, but I don’t think it will match the quality of season 1… 🙁 Time will tell. Here’s hoping to be surprised; season 2 had a number of episodes whose f/x were fab…

  • Eric

    The picture (the planet and might the enterprise) was done without love!!!

    • Chris Jay

      A little jab at the guy in Season 1, that add’s the extra love to the shot… 😛

  • New Horizon

    This is very disappointing. I was worried about this when I heard a different company was handling season 2. The quality of Season 1 is just not there…the colours are completely different, film grain is lost. If the quality is going to be all over the place from Season to Season, then Season 1 may be my only purchase. 🙁 Really saddened by this development…what happened to the quality control?

    • hypnotoad72

      Film grain can be nice, but too much removal takes away actual detail – and nothing suggests they did a 4k or 8k scan, just for the thrill of doing grain removal to keep more of the original detail intact…

      Season 3 is said to be done in-house… I hope so! Season 1 was fab, and – based solely on what’s been shown so far – season 2 is underwhelming…

      • archer923

        The team already said they only did a 2k/1080 transfer for the blu-rays. It was in the Trekcore recent interviews.

  • Neill Stringer

    Although I am sad that the quality does not look as good, I do think that season 2 on blu will still be leaps ahead of the DVDs.

    Trekcore, what are your thoughts on it?

    • trekcore

      Well it’s certainly not up to the standard of Max Gabl’s Season 1 and Season 3 work… however i’m reluctant to make a judgment on the whole of the season on one shot. Rest assured there are other shots in Season 2 that look fantastic!

  • Neill Stringer

    I still cant wait to get this on DVD

  • Connor Thomas

    In relation to the grain change: Perhaps their intent is to match the differing film grain present on the film stock used for season 2’s live action shots?

  • Gests

    Why did they do the planet new anyway – it would have looked similar if they would just had upscaled the original one! 🙁

    • archer923

      No. It would look worse than what you see here. Those things were rendered lower than 480p. We’re talking 80’s PC digital artwork. They look bad in the original broadcasts.

    • hypnotoad72

      In EoF, or one of the other early season 1 eps, the USS Hood (Excelsior model) was upscaled and it showed. I’m sure the planet will look blurry, but nowhere near as obvious/bad…

      And archer9234 makes a great point – though the medium was 480i, the artwork – which was great at the time – would look positively horrid upscaled to 1080p from 480i (think 240p, eww!)

  • hypnotoad72

    The trailer I saw looked rather better compared to what’s being shown here…

    The pic of the 1701-D over Dremel 4 has a periwinkle color cast, but since the ship model was painted with blues and greens, maybe it’s just the source material… but the 1989 pic doesn’t have the color cast. The new background planet has the proper material re-created, but is way too soft and lacking detail – was the intent to add ‘depth of field’, something no Trek series has ever done before? Now we see why… But if the ship has that much detail and the planet doesn’t, something else is going on…

    Overall, the model shots look far better than the CGI behind them… even if there is a color cast.

    …And I hope the better episodes (esp “Q Who”) have had the top-notch treatment… When I first read CBS was outsourcing work on season 2, my heart sank… based on some visuals and peoples’ comments, such fears now feel justified. 🙁

    Previous interviews claimed close attention was paid to the outside vendor. But if these screencaps really do represent season 2, I hope the price goes down to $70.

  • Mike Jones

    On a much brighter note, the new cinema trailer shows the recomposed inside of the Borg cube and it looks really good =]