Yup. This is the sentiment that Mike Okuda has mentioned to me several times, especially on this film. It’s amazing that the film turned out as sharp-looking as it did. I’m sure they wanted to change that backlit pattern, but didn’t have time or money to do all the things required. First, if not using the honeycomb pattern (I wouldn’t have gone that direction), they’d have to design a new pattern, and then get it approved. Then to print the things, which couldn’t have been cheap. Then to install them. Doesn’t sound too bad but if the money and time aren’t there, what can you do? Sure, they were able to do this for Insurrection, but the budget was $40 million dollars more and there are several years of capability separating the films. Again, after working on a commercial title and constantly butting up against time budgets for the last five years, I am much more understanding and forgiving of these things. Anyway. The TNG backdrop stays for the canon representations of this room. But I may experiment with different patterns for the Excelsior transporter room or other non-canon designs. But I admit: I don’t want to use the honeycomb pattern of TMP-TSFS here.