Building Star Trek
The G & T Show has been honored with an exclusive sneak peak at the upcoming Smithsonian Documentary Building Star Trek. And it will debut on the Smithsonian Channel on September 4th at 8 PM. This is just in time for Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary.
I have had the pleasure to see the documentary before its release. First off, it was a wonderful tribute to Star Trek’s Original Series. And it was also a tribute to how that show has inspired our world today and where we as a people are going tomorrow. Through the lens of two museums (the EMP Museum and the Smithsonian) preparing artifacts from the television series for their exhibits, we learn what made the show such a cultural phenomenon that continues to inspire people fifty years later. And, it shows us where we are going through some of the technologies currently in development. And it’s all because of Star Trek.
So the past and the future truly do collide but not in an mutually annihilating explosion. Instead, it’s by merging in a harmonious documentary. It demonstrates how a television show from the 60s has transformed and will continue to change our society, technology, and ourselves. Star Trek inspires and challenges us to be better than we are, to go beyond what is commonplace, and to go where no person has gone before. Building Star Trek grants but a glimpse of that journey. So check it out on September 4th at 8 PM on the Smithsonian Channel.
Building Star Trek Clip: Invisibility Cloak segment
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL(TM) COMMEMORATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF LANDMARK SCI-FI TELEVISION SERIES WITH
BUILDING STAR TREK
SET TO PREMIERE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 AT 8 P.M. ET/PT
Two-Hour Special to Take In-Depth Look At Far Reaching Influence That Original Star Trek Series Has Had on Science And Technology
NEW YORK, JULY 6, 2016 – Smithsonian Channel will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with a two-hour special. It will look at the lasting influence the original Star Trek series has had on the world. BUILDING STAR TREK will premiere Sunday, September 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.
When the series debuted on September 8, 1966, the world was introduced to many alien concepts, such as hand-held communication devices, desktop computers, space shuttles, touch screens, and more. Further, Star Trek’s visionary creator was remarkably able to conceive of a world so different from his own. Hence the series would go on to have a profound legacy in television history.
BUILDING STAR TREK will follow the conservation team from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. And they will try to restore and conserve the original 11-foot, 250-pound model of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the original series. And the special also will track the effort to rebuild a model of the original U.S.S. Enterprise bridge with authentic set pieces and props. These recently went on display at Seattle’s EMP Museum.
The two-hour special also profiles a new generation of engineers and scientists who are making Star Trek’s visionary technology real. Hence they are pushing the boundaries of physics with inventions first conceived on the iconic series: warp drives, medical tricorders, cloaking devices and tractor beams. While proving that one TV show has truly gone where no man has gone before, BUILDING STAR TREK will showcase clips from the original series highlighting each scientific innovation and the new technologies that have inspired generations.
Smithsonian Channel is also launching the BUILDING STAR TREK Sweepstakes, at www.buildingstartreksweeps.com. And it offers Trekkies the chance to win a trip to Star Trek: Mission New York. This three-day event is the ultimate destination for Star Trek fans, filled with interactive exhibits, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, screenings and much more. Star Trek: Mission New York will take place September 2-4, 2016 at the Javits Center in Manhattan.
Hence one sweepstakes winner will win a four-night trip to New York, VIP passes to Star Trek: Mission New York, and VIP passes to the Starfleet Academy Experience at the Intrepid Museum. See official rules.
Program website: http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/building-star-trek/0/3436402
Building Star Trek Clip: The Phaser & Laser Weapons segment
BUILDING STAR TREK is being produced by Yap Films for Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada. Executive producers for Yap Films are Elliott Halpern and Elizabeth Trojian. And the writer and director is Mick Grogan. Furthermore, the executive producers for Smithsonian Channel are David Royle, Charles Poe and Tim Evans.
Smithsonian Channel™, owned by Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. Therefore this is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment across multiple platforms.
Smithsonian Channel combines the storytelling prowess of SHOWTIME® with the unmatched resources and rich traditions of the Smithsonian. Hence their mission is to create award-winning programming that shines new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science, nature, and pop culture.
And among the network’s offerings are series including Aerial America, Million Dollar American Princesses, The Weapon Hunter, Mighty Ships, Mighty Planes and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include Civil War 360, 9/11: The Heartland Tapes; MLK: The Assassination Tapes and The Day Kennedy Died.
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1) The original Star Trek shots:
Footage and elements from Star Trek, the series – Courtesy of CBS Television Studios
2) Object shots:
Courtesy Smithsonian Channel
3) Shots of the Enterprise at the National Air and Space Museum and the Enterprise against black background:
Courtesy National Air and Space Museum.
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