10 Times Star Trek Reused Footage And Hoped You Wouldn't Notice
ILM was contracted to do the visual effects work on Encounter At Farpoint, the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ILM had of course worked on several of the Star Trek films, so they were well used to the various props and sets. In fact, they were particularly used to the studio model for the USS Excelsior, having filmed it back during Star Trek III.
The script for Farpoint called for the inclusion of the USS Hood, so ILM opted to take new shots of the model. They then set about capturing as many stock shots as possible, for including in later episodes.
This footage was then reused many times throughout The Next Generation, including Best Of Both Worlds and Chain Of Command. The Child, the second-season opener, used some of this footage as well, with a twist. The shots included in that episode hadn't actually made it to air in Farpoint, which meant that in that episode, it was their first appearance - making it both a reuse and a debut. This footage would remain in use until the digital models replaced them in Deep Space Nine.