(written from a Production point of view)
Paramount Stage 8 is located on the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood, California.
According to blueprints published in the book Star Trek Phase II: The Lost Series (citation needed • edit) by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, sets intended for use in Phase II were to have been built on Stage 8.
Although sets were built and screen tests carried out, when that series gave way to production of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, they were revamped, and the stage provided additional several key locations.
Beginning with the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stage 8 housed several key sets that stood for the duration of that series and the next, and that also served in the production of several feature films.
While in season one, Stage 6 contained the USS Enterprise-D's main bridge, captain's ready room, and living quarters sets, those sets were moved to the larger Stage 8 where the ship's observation lounge and Ten Forward lounge could be added. ( ; Memories of the Future, Volume 1, p.14)
Despite the additional room provided by the new stage, however, the observation lounge set could not be attached to the bridge and was positioned a few feet away from the bridge's starboard side.
Ten Forward was constructed across the corridor from the existing living quarters sets, which featured wild walls that could be moved to create different spaces to represent different quarters.
The observation lounge set was redressed in 1990 for use in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as the USS Enterprise-A's mess hall. The Ten Forward lounge was also redressed for use as the UFP President's office. Both were later restored for the rest of TNG, the observation lounge with minor changes.
Also in 1990, on 7 December, Stage 8 was used for second unit and insert shots for the episodes "Data's Day" and "Devil's Due". The sets included the shuttle interior, the holodeck, the Atheneum, and the computer display scenes in the replicating center.
The next major redress of the sets in Stage 8 came in 1994 for the following motion picture, Star Trek Generations. The redress included minor changes made to the main bridge for its transition to the big screen.
After its use in Generations, the Enterprise bridge set was struck and a new set was constructed in its place.
Roughly the same size as the original set, the bridge for the USS Voyager featured two additional sets, the ship's briefing room and captain's ready room,  attached to and flanking its port and starboard sides.
Both sets, however, featured elements left over from the old Ten Forward set, which itself was heavily modified to become the Voyager mess hall.
The living quarters and corridor outside of the mess hall remained mostly unchanged, the most significant modification being made to the shape and design of the windows so that they would match the exterior model.
In 1997, Voyager's observation lounge and ready room interiors underwent temporary modification for the ninth Star Trek feature, Star Trek: Insurrection. The sets became Commander Riker's quarters and Counselor Troi's office, respectively.
In 2001, following the end of Voyager's final season, Stage 8 underwent its most significant reconstruction in recent years. All of the sets used in Voyager were struck and replaced for the next series, Enterprise.
Rather than housing the main bridge, however, Stage 8 was occupied by Enterprise's sickbay, crew quarters, mess hall, and captain's dining room, as well as a complex of corridor sets constructed in two concentric rings representing the structure of Enterprise NX-01's saucer section. All of these sets were connected as they were supposed to be on the "real" starship allowing for longer, continuous scenes to be shot within the stage. Paramount Stage 18 housed the remaining NX-01 interior sets used in Enterprise.
Additional room in Stage 8 was used for temporary swing sets needed for various episodes, such as:
- Turbolift interior (ENT: "Terra Nova")
- Atrium, doorway, and corridor at the monastery at P'Jem (ENT: "The Andorian Incident")
- T'Pol's quarters (ENT: "Breaking the Ice")
- Curio shop and Akaali city streets (ENT: "Civilization")
- Admiral Maxwell Forrest's office, Jonathan Archer's quarters, the bridge of the ECS Fortunate, and the Nausicaan ship bridge (ENT: "Fortunate Son")
- Shuttlepod interior and the balconies of Jonathan Archer's and Keyla's apartments on Risa (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")
- Vulcan auxiliary control room (ENT: "Impulse")
Paramount Stage 8 housed the control room of the computers that ran the display screens in sickbay. It was also the place where a tiny office for the assistant directors and a small storage room of the sound department was located. ("The Andorian Incident", text commentary, ENT Season 1 DVD special feature)
Following the end of Enterprise's fourth season, the NX-01 interiors were struck and, for the first time in more than a decade, non-Star Trek productions began filming within Stage 8.
- Star Trek: Phase II
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
- Star Trek Generations
- Star Trek: Voyager
- Star Trek: Insurrection
- DS9: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"
- Star Trek: Enterprise
- Star Trek (2009)
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- Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Star Trek Phase II: The Lost Series
- Stephen Edward Poe, A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager