The Weekend Review - Building Star Trek Preview

Smithsonian Channel Premieres Building Star Trek This Weekend to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Original Star Trek Series

Scene from "Building Star Trek" (photo courtesy of Smithsonian Channel)

Thanks to the Smithsonian Channel for letting us nerds pre-screen "BUILDING STAR TREK"   which follows the conservation team from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum as they attempt to restore and conserve the original 11-foot, 250-pound model of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the original series. The two-hour special tracks the effort to rebuild a model of the original U.S.S. Enterprise bridge by using authentic set pieces and props, which recently went on display at Seattle’s EMP Museum. Check out more below!
As you watch the documentary, it also profiles a new generation of engineers and scientists who are making Star Trek’s visionary technology real, pushing the boundaries of physics with inventions first conceived on the iconic series: warp drives, medical tricorders, cloaking devices and tractor beams. Proving that one TV show has truly gone where no man has gone before, BUILDING STAR TREK showcased clips from the original series that highlight each scientific innovation and the new technologies that have inspired generations. One of the more interesting quotes in the documentary was "Science and Science-Fiction has a symbiotic relationship" which puts an exclamation point on Star Trek's influence looking back.

USS Enterprise in a Case (photo courtesy of Courtesy National Air and Space Museum)

You can see the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with a two-hour special that will take a look at the lasting influence the original Star Trek series has had on the world. BUILDING STAR TREK will premier tomorrow, Sunday, September 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the Smithsonian Channel. 

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