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Deneb IV
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Deneb IV from orbit

Type: Planet
Native Species: Bandi
Location: Deneb system
Affiliation: United Federation of Planets
Deneb IV surface, remastered.jpg

The old Bandi city and Farpoint Station on Deneb IV

The Explored Galaxy

The location of Deneb in "The Explored Galaxy" star chart

Deneb IV was the inhabited fourth planet of the Deneb system. This was the homeworld of the Bandi, a telepathic pre-warp humanoid species. The planet's internal heat generated an abundance of geothermal energy. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before"; TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

The location of the Deneb system in the Milky Way Galaxy was depicted on the "The Explored Galaxy" star chart. (TNG: "Conspiracy", production art)


Deneb IV was visited by Starfleet personnel as early as the 2260s, but in 2364, Deneb IV was still at the edge of "the great unexplored mass of the galaxy".

Some time prior to 2265, a young James T. Kirk and Gary Mitchell came to this planet, where Mitchell got involved with a woman. Kirk later stated that he'd been worried about Mitchell ever since that night. As a pun Mitchell referred to the girl as a nova.

Also during the mid-23rd century, inhabitants of Deneb IV communicated telepathically. In at least three cases during the 2260s, Gary Mitchell carried on long telepathic conversations with select Deneb IV natives and scored eighty percent or higher on comprehension. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

By 2364, the Bandi had seemingly constructed Farpoint Station, a base which they subsequently offered to Starfleet. Intrigued by the extremely short time in which it was built, Starfleet sent the USS Enterprise-D on its maiden voyage to the planet in order to investigate the base. It was subsequently discovered that the station was in fact a spaceborne entity, enslaved by the Bandi. Upon this discovery, the entity was released, and Starfleet and the Bandi began planning to reconstruct the station. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")


Background information

In Gene Roddenberry and D.C. Fontana's final draft script of "Encounter at Farpoint", the planet was originally intended to be called "Cygnus IV". [1]

On the "The Explored Galaxy" chart, the Deneb system was placed between the Tholian Assembly and Romulus. According to dialog in DS9: "Call to Arms", the two were Alpha Quadrant powers.

According to Star Trek: Star Charts, there were two planets that shared the same name. Both were located in the Alpha Quadrant and classified as M-class. In 2378, both worlds were Federation members.

  • Deneb Kaitos IV, also known as Beta 16 Ceti IV, was according to the book the Deneb IV mentioned in "Where No Man Has Gone Before". The planet had one moon. In the mid-22nd century, this planet was a destination on the Vulcan trade routes. (pgs. 41, 44, "United Federation of Planets I")
  • Alpha Cygni IV also known as Deneb IV was the planet seen in "Encounter at Farpoint". The planet was located 3,320 light years from the Sol system. As the homeworld of the humanoid Bandi, the planet was united under a single government, Bandi, which had its seat in Farpoint. In 2364, this world signed a treaty with Starfleet. Under the terms of this treaty, Starfleet would administer Farpoint Station. Between 2364 and 2378, this world had been admitted to the Federation. In the census of 2370, there were counted an estimated 450 million Bandi living on the planet. Points of interest were Farpoint Station and Old City. (Pgs. 12-13, 34, 41, "United Federation of Planets I")

Behind the Scenes

ILM's Robert Hill preparing to film the maquette-matte painting combination of Deneb IV

Hill prepares the Deneb IV landscape maquette/matte painting combination for filming

Michael Okuda recalled how Deneb IV was originally depicted in "Encounter at Farpoint"; "The beautiful shot of Deneb IV was actually a matte painting done by Industrial Light & Magic, and that was done on film." Speaking shortly before the release of Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Next Level Blu-Ray sampler, Okuda also compared the remastered version of the planet with the original, saying, "The planet is pretty much dead on with what was done in the original shot." [2] He was referring to the planetary shot of Deneb IV in this interview.

The planet model for Deneb IV would be later modified and used to represent Vulcan in "Sarek", "Unification I", "Gambit, Part I", and "Gambit, Part II".

The planet surface of Deneb IV, including Farpoint Station and Bandi city, was in actuality a maquette, built by maquette specialist Gregory Jein. It, combined with a background matte painting, was filmed at ILM by visual effects cameraman Robert Hill. (The Official Star Trek: The Next Generation Magazine, issue 2, January 1988, p. 41)

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