Stage 9 is best known for housing Engineering, Sickbay, Junior Quarters,
Cargo Bay/Holodeck, the Transporter Room, and corridors on The Next
Generation and Voyager.
Official Stage Map
1978-1986: Star Trek I-IV
Originally, when the Phase II
series was approved, Stage 9 was
designated for its permanent sets [2
]. These were
built and later revised for The Motion Picture
. At this point, the
bridge set was on this stage as well [3
The sets only underwent minor changes throughout the movies. For example,
The Wrath of Khan presented a rearrangement to Kirk's quarters and the
addition of the dilithium chamber to Engineering. The bridge also saw some
Over the coming years, preceding The Next Generation, these sets
were left standing.
1988-1989: Star Trek V
Since The Next Generation sets occupied this stage during the
production of the film, redressed versions of the TNG sets were used in the
1990-1991: Star Trek VI
Much as with Star Trek V, this movie used redressed TNG sets. The
same applies to Stage 8.
1987-1994: The Next Generation
In the first years of The Next Generation
, the sets of Stage 9 were
mildly redressed versions of the sets used in the movies. The junior officers'
quarters were a mild redress of the movie quarters, the transporter room was
more heavily modified, and Engineering was rebuilt, keeping only the
structural elements of the second floor. Sickbay was expanded, and the curved
wall was replaced to double as the Observation Lounge. Finally, the location
of the movie bridge was re-used as the location of the Battle Bridge.
It is known that Sickbay was rebuilt after the first year, since it no
longer had to double as the Observation Lounge once Stage 8 was made available
to the production. This transition is described in more detail in the Stage 8
During The Next Generation's tenure, the only component that changed
drastically is the Junior Officers' Quarters, which was rebuilt in a very
modular design that allowed for more possibilities in the portrayal of quarters
belonging to different tenants. Although the appearance of the quarters would
change for Voyager, the wall layout would not. Another addition was an
elongation of the corridor. This addition allowed for a continued walk to and
from the holodeck/shuttlebay doors, or simply a longer walking sequence.
The area across the hall from the Transporter Room appears to be erected as
needed. It typically had a trapezoidal floorplan, and it often served as
Troi's office. The area in the lower right was used for swing sets, such as
the Battle Bridge. Engineering usually had walls blocking the main corridor
passing through the set, however, the area was frequently redressed as a large
corridor junction. This allowed for longer walking scenes.
This stage layout is a fluent transition between the movie-era design and
the layout that was later used on Voyager.
Much as The Next Generation
reused the sets from earlier movies, the
sets reused the existing layout. This redesign would allow for
existing structures, lighting rigs, and other useful investments to be reused
The most heavily redesigned set was Engineering, which grew significantly in
floorspace, and vertically, as it gained a second floor. Sickbay, while
retaining some of the previous wall structure, was also fairly heavily rebuilt.
In particular, the Doctor's Office and surgical bays were rearranged so that
the Medical Lab could be a more useful space.
The main corridor received more filming possibilities by being turned and
joining the corridor passing by Engineering. This solved the problem of
redressing Engineering as a corridor as was often done with The Next
Generation. For Voyager, a wall plug was typically used at the main
corridor junction, though it was occasionally pushed in to create an alcove
where a Jefferies tube entrance could be found. This area was also redressed
for whenever a bathroom was shown.
Later additions include the Medical Lab, completed after Season 1, and the
Science Lab, added during Season 4.
Stage 9 Quarters Layouts.
Stage 9 was home for Enterprise's cave set , and also hosted the larger
swing sets. An example is the bridge of the starship Defiant, featured in late
episodes of Enterprise .
The Stage 9 cave set from Enterprise served as the Reman mine
portrayed in Nemesis .
- Provided by Donald Aehl.
- Reeves-Stevens, Star
Trek Phase II The Lost Series, 1997, Pocket Books, p52.
Star Trek Phase II The Lost Series, 1997, Pocket Books, p20.
- Source: Unknown.
- Poe, A Vision of the Future: Star Trek Voyager, 1998, Pocket Books, p84. Modified based on TNG Stage 9 blueprints from trekplace.com.
- Poe, A Vision of the Future: Star Trek Voyager, 1998, Pocket Books, p84. Modified to include later-season additions as per articles and layouts in Star Trek: The Magazine. The size of the Science Lab is based on a direct copy/rotation of the circular area in sickbay.
Trek Web Group, Production Report: Peter Weller Stars in
"Demons", 2005, startrek.com.
- Okuda, A Brief History
of Paramount Stages 8 & 9, 2005, startrek.com.
- Okuda, Star Trek: Nemesis
Collectors Edition (Commentary), 2005, Paramount Pictures.
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