yes, those are painted flames on the ridge behind the bridge. the ship had a little run in with a Q and ever since then, no matter how may times they scour that bulkhead or even replace it with new panels, the flames come back. the Science Office is convinced that Q comes back when everyone is sleeping and repaints the damn thing. when fellow crew members try and explain the logistics of the shift roster system, the beleaguered office grabs her bottle of Deltan vodka and sulks in her cabin.
luckily, time seems to be the only thing that seems to have any effect and after twenty years since that fateful day, the paint is half faded.
Does anyone want any close-ups?