Maxwell Everett wrote:
The highlights in the effect do look dimmer on the "Code of Honor" screencap, but that could be due to the exact frame that was captured (it's a dissolving effect). Also, in the "Farpoint" shot, the actors are being lit from above and below by the practical transporter lights, so it makes the effect look brighter overall.
True, but even in other Farpoint shots it looks brighter. The effect popped off the screen and stood out to me much more in that episode than it has in any subsequent ones.