Re: Star trek special effects: As if you'd be interested.
the reason the ship in the next gen looks so lush.. is because its a proper, large real life model, with real lighting, and real cameras.
Voyager is extensively a rather crap cheaply done computer generated model, done on older and cheaper hardware. As such it never really looks all the way there.
if you like the next generation enterprise.. watch the film "generations" and you see how far they pushed that model with motion picture budget lighting and cameras. It has never looked better in its entire run as it did in its last feature.
Also the next enterprise after that one, as seen in first contact (when it was a model and before they went to CG in the last couple) also looks spot on.
geek speech over