Ya mean to tell me no one thought of having a boat a couple hundred feet away from the barge landing platform to film another view, when they know all too well that the cameras on the barge itself usually cut out due to heat/vibrations/landing sequence of the central core?
I do love me some TOS. But I think most of TNG, with the exception of the first season, is still excellent. I recently rewatched the entire series, and I never thought it was dated. But watch some TOS. and as much as I love it, the acting, gender politics, etc. can feel very dated.