(written from a Production point of view)
Stage 16 was used in the production of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager and was lovingly referred to as "Planet Hell". One of the stage's usages was housing temporary swing sets. As such, Richard James dreaded episodes that were set largely on Stage 16. "The real killer episodes for us are the ones where the action takes place for the most part on the new sets – what we call the swing sets – those are built on Stage 16," James explained. "If we get an episode with only one or two days shooting in the permanent sets on [Stages] 8 and 9, and five days of shooting in the new sets on 16, the impact on us is just killer. It leaves us scrambling to get the new sets built on 16 for the next episode, because we can't start building those sets until we tear down the old ones. It's the kind of schedule I look at and say, 'Oh, no!'" (A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager, pp. 64-65) Stage 16 is most known, however, for being the home of Star Trek's various cave sets.
On 26 July 1990 and 27 July 1990 Paramount Stage 16 was used for filming the racquetball court scenes and the scenes of the Talarian ready room for the episode "Suddenly Human". On 30 November 1990 the stage was used for the Dixon Hill office set for the episode "Clues".
The cave set with the fountain was also created on this set in 1990, for "Final Mission". (Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages, p. 212)
In February 1991 Paramount Stage 16 was used for filming the scenes inside the Nottingham Castle for the episode "Qpid". Following a day on location at Descanso Gardens several reshots and close-ups were required and filmed outside of Stage 16.
In 1991, it was used as the interior set for the Rura Penthe scenes in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. It was also used for several shots on the surface of El-Adrel IV in the episode "Darmok". These scenes were filmed on 26 July 1991.
On Thursday 15 August 1991 several close ups of Jonathan Frakes for the episode "Silicon Avatar" were filmed outside of Stage 16. Primary location photography for this episode was filmed on location at the Golden Oak Ranch.
In 1992, Terry Farrell went to Stage 16 to visit her friend Marina Sirtis after her auditions for the part of Jadzia Dax were finished. Then Farrell got a message from Rick Berman to come to his office and got the part. (DS9 Season 1 DVD special feature "Section 31-Hidden File 06")
That same year, Stage 16 housed at least two sets for VOY: "Caretaker"; specifically, the interiors of both the illusory barn and the section of the Caretaker's array wherein the Voyager crew are suspended. (Star Trek Monthly issue 3)
In December of that year, Stage 16 was used for the set of the drawing room from Janeway's Gothic holonovel, in a scene produced for VOY: "Eye of the Needle" but included in "Cathexis". (A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager, p. 19)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Rura Penthe interiors)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Bajoran Fire Caves in "What You Leave Behind")
- Star Trek: Voyager
- Star Trek: Insurrection (Ba'ku caves)
- Star Trek Nemesis
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- Terry J. Erdmann, Star Trek: Action!
- Michael & Denise Okuda, Star Trek Nemesis (Special Edition) text commentary
- ENT Season 2 DVD special "Enterprise Secrets", David G. Trotti