Building Star Trek

Building Star Trek

A New Documentary About A Series Ahead of Its Time

DVD - 2016
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Against the backdrop of two ambitious projects: rebuilding the bridge and restoring the original USS Enterprise model, a who's who of astronauts, engineers, writers, innovators, as well as the series' stars come together to explore the visionary universe of Star Trek, revealing how one little television show has truly, boldly gone where no show has gone before.
Publisher: Arlington, VA :, Smithsonian Channel,, [2016]
Description: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781627899307
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4572 Sta


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Sep 15, 2018

Attention, all you SyFy enthusiasts - You really don't have to be a die-hard fan of TV's "Star Trek" in order to enjoy this particular science-documentary.

In this 90-minute presentation - The Smithsonian Institute pays respectful homage to Star Trek which first aired on prime-time television 50 years ago.

To be sure - Star Trek was clearly a SyFy program that was (in many ways) ahead of its time.

This first-rate presentation takes space-travel technology to a whole new level - "Where no man has gone before".

Aug 15, 2018

With better writing, it might have been more interesting, or at least less insulting.

People who gush about how wonderful it all was seem to have missed the obvious racism and sexism. In one episode, Uhuru, supposedly a bridge officer, reacts to a dangerous situation by saying, "Captain, I'm frightened!" And we're supposed to approve of this, because allowances have to be made, etc. (In real life, if that's the right expression, Kirk would have pointed out the appalling lack of self-discipline and would at some later point have relieved her of her more onerous duties and possibly her commission.) And why does Dr. McCoy frequently resort to redneck-style baiting: "You pointed-eared hobgoblin! You don't feel anything, do you?"

But the big thing I have against this documentary is the cretinous narration. If you want to be taken seriously on the science, which I presume is the whole point of having scientists talking about their work, then let them talk about their work rather than burying what they say under a stream of drivel.

Dec 30, 2017

"Space - The Final Frontier."

This often-intriguing, 90-minute technology-documentary from the Smithsonian Channel proudly commemorates the 50-year anniversary of Star Trek which first made its TV debut back in 1966.

Through interviews, stills, and archival footage - "Building Star Trek" tells the curios viewer, plain and simple, all about what space travel dreams are made of.

Throughout this informative presentation we are shown how modern-day space-travel technology is clearly striving to emulate the SyFy/Fantasy gadgetry of Star Trek.

All-in-all - "Building Star Trek" is definitely well-worth a view whether you are a die-hard fan of the classic, iconic TV series, or not.

Sep 05, 2017

Would you like to see how close 'they' are to making Star Trek a reality? This is the video for you!

Apr 17, 2017

Covers a variety of Star Trek topics: props, science, science geeks, actors, fans and more related to the show. Entertaining enough to watch. Primary coverage is of the EMP exhibit in Seattle and adding the Enterprise to the Smithsonian.

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