Star Trek: The Next Generation Easter Eggs

pic New Zealand Map - 8.7/10 with 3 votes
In the opening credits for TNG is all seasons. As the camera pans around the glowing lava planet, a map of new zealand can be seen imposed in lava on the planets surface. This is due to a number of the special effects staff at the time hailing for New... more
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The Little Rascals - 8.0/10 with 6 votes
In the TNG episode "Qpid," Captain Picard is stressing over his impending speech before a group of archeologists soon to arrive on the Enterprise-D.

He refers to "Switzer and McFarland" as "giants in the field of archaeology."

That line was a tip... more

Star Wars Reference - 7.3/10 with 3 votes
In the episode "Hollow Pursuits" there is a problem with a container containing the vaccine for "Corellian Fever." Corellia is a planet in the Star Wars universe and is the homeworld to Han Solo and Wedge Antilles.

"I'm Not a Doctor, but I Keep Playing One on TV!" - 7.1/10 with 202 votes
In the above-mentioned episode, Dr. Timicin (David Ogden Stiers, who played "Winchester" on M*A*S*H) is forced to cut his research short to return to his homeworld to commit ritual suicide. While doing his research, however, we can clearly see that the... more
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What Season Is That From? - 7.1/10 with 88 votes
Have you ever been watching an episode of TNG and found yourself wondering which season it is from? Well here is one way to figure out. It probably isn't a true easter egg, but is a little relatively unknown tidbit which is still worth mentioning.

Anyone... more
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So Hidden You Can't See 'Em - 7.1/10 with 72 votes
A few things added to the show that are NOT viewable on camera. Don't try to pause your VCR or anything, it's too small to be legible (but maybe you can get an idea of where they are?).

A close examination of one of the medical displays in sickbay... more
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Hidden Items in the Enterprise - 7.1/10 with 162 votes
These are very hard to spot - I can't even give you the exact episodes to watch - but I have seen and verified them. When they are in the engineering department, there is a huge cross-section of the enterprise on the wall (like a blue print) If you look... more
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Tasha Waves Goodbye - 7.1/10 with 177 votes
Near the end of an episode entitled "Symbiosis" in season one, Tasha Yar (played by Denise Crosby) can be seen waving to the camera far in the background as Picard and Crusher exit the cargo bay. This was Crosby's last scene as a regular on The Next... more
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Scotty Returns in "Relics" - 7.0/10 with 79 votes
In this episode where Scotty returns, there are a few eggs (of course).

1. Scotty stops in Ten Forward for a drink, and refuses Synthahol. He asks Data if there is any real Alcohol, and Data pulls out a dusty unlabeled bottle. Scotty asks him what... more
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Amusing Starfleet Signs - 7.0/10 with 81 votes
In Star Trek there are a lot of signs all over the ship such as on doors and lockers. Written in tiny print on these doors are some quite amusing stuff such as

"A stitch in time saves nine."
"In space, nobody can hear you scream"
"Warning! Objects... more
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The Great Bird of the Galaxy - 6.9/10 with 27 votes
In many of the episodes, when you see a computer screen cycle through a bunch of images quickly, you can sometimes find a picture of a parrot (or some similar bird) hidden in the images. This is a nod to Gene "Great Bird of the Galaxy" Roddenbury.
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Hidden Things on the Tactical Display - 6.9/10 with 60 votes
I was fortunate enough to go on the bridge set for Star Trek:TNG and I got a good close up look at the overview display map of the ship. Its a large cut-away drawing of the Enterprise in profile.
Anyway, if you can get a close enough look at it, its... more

pic 47 - 6.9/10 with 82 votes
The number 47 features heavily in the Star Trek universe. Allow me to explain; Joe Menosky, one of the writers on Star Trek, is a graduate of Pomona College, where a Mathematics Professor once came up with the theory that 47 was a very important number.... more
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The Director Sneaks In - 6.7/10 with 42 votes
Ok its the episode where Spock goes to Romulus. The second part of the 2 parter. Right after Data puts the Vulcan nerve pinch on Tasha Yar II, as Picard, Spock and Data are leaving. If you watch the crystal the directors reflection appears. He's wearing... more
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Anime In-Jokes - 6.5/10 with 51 votes
Note: all credit goes to Antonia Levi! All blame for errors goes to me...
A large number of people associated with Star Trek are Anime otaku (Japanimation freaks, for the rest of you) and like to include small Anime in-jokes in the scripts, at least... more
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Forty-Seven! - 6.3/10 with 53 votes
The number 47 has been prominently featured in Star Trek since Joe Menosky joined the show's staff as a story editor in the fourth season. Menosky, a graduate of Pomona College, carried the "47" plot over from his alma mater and into the Star Trek universe.... more
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Homage Ship Registry - 6.2/10 with 43 votes
In this episode there is a ship called the Bozeman, the miniatures of which were built by Greg Jein.
The registry number for this ship is NCC-1941, and the Spielberg film '1941' has miniatures made by...yep, you guessed it - Greg Jein!
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The Drake Equation - 6.1/10 with 38 votes
In Rain Robinson's SETI lab there are lots of historic NASA / Sci-fi posters and memorabilia on the wall. One of them is a very distorted version of Drakes Equation.
The story behind it is that the formula (created by Prof. Frank Drake to estimate the... more
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pic Bridge Dedication Plate - 6.0/10 with 25 votes
On one of the sides of the bridge is the dedication plate for the Enterprise. On it it has the names of the show's creator and various workers and producers on the show as admirals, captains, and engineers. You probably won't ever see it but it is real... more
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Max Headroom Reference - 5.6/10 with 28 votes
In the ST:TNG episode with Matt Frewer(who played Edison Carter/Max Headroom on the Max Headroom TV series) guest starring, take a close look at his outfit. It says MAX on it.
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Gotta Love the Big Budget - 5.6/10 with 63 votes
In an episode of the fisrt season of Star Trek:TNG, there is a little bright pink parasite that is causing all sorts of problems. A special case is needed to carry the parasite around. The only problem is that they had no budget to actually make a special... more
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Doctor Freeze - 5.1/10 with 14 votes
In the episode when colonies in the Neutral zone have been 'torn up' without trace, The Enterprise discovers a Cryogenics satellite from Earth conraining 3 late 20th century inhabitants who are revived (two men and a woman).

Counsellor Troi consols... more

Stolen Over Thruster - 4.9/10 with 32 votes
In several episode a prop is used that was made for the movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension. In the Buckaroo movie it was called an Oscillation OverThruster. Unfortuneatly I cannot remmember the episode names, but in one... more
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Yorktown - 4.3/10 with 47 votes
In the last episode,All good things,in one of the parts 25 years into Picard's future,he is asking someone for permission to go into the Devron system.He refuses,and then says something like "We've got the U.S.S Yorktown in the docking bay".
The S.S... more
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