a very cheap episode that reused all its models from stock
Would that be a real saving, though? I mean, the actual scenes include multi-ship custom shots such as the one with the Hathaway
strafing the Enterprise
; there is fairly little actual previously shot footage in the mix. Is dusting off an existing TNG era model significantly cheaper than dusting off some random other model and painting new greeblies on it, spraying it an exotic color and flying it backwards?
The episode did feature three or four guest characters in extensive makeup (Kolrami and the Ferengi), lots of VFX, one major new set (the Hathaway
bridge, with all-new monitors and whatnot rather than a simple repainting of the Battle Bridge walls) and a few minor others (Ferengi bridge, Hathaway
engineering). That sounds like "average" at the very least, if not "extensive" (expensive?).