Skip to main content

2-hour ‘Building Star Trek’ special will focus on preserving show’s vaunted history

star trek 50th anniversary video 1 970x647 c
The biggest upcoming landmark on most Trekkies’ radar right now is the release of Star Trek Beyond, but luckily for fans, they have more to look forward to once that momentous occasion comes and goes. Sandwiched between the July debut of Beyond and the new Star Trek television series’ premiere in 2017, there will be an intriguing TV event. Smithsonian Channel is set to air a two-hour special called Building Star Trek in September, reports Variety.

The special will bring us to two museums, each located in a different Washington: the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and the EMP Museum in Seattle. Each museum is working to preserve the show’s history.

At the former, staffers will be shown conserving and restoring a large model of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the original Star Trek TV series, one that weighs in at 250 pounds and is 11 feet long. Meanwhile, the EMP team will use authentic props and set pieces to rebuild a model of the show’s Enterprise bridge.

Beyond the models, Building Star Trek will also look at the technology we saw on the series, as well as the fascinating work that today’s scientists are doing to make the fictional technology depicted in the original series become real. We’re talking warp drives, cloaking devices, and more. There’s no way a true Trekkie will be able to resist.

The special is both written and directed by Mick Grogan, whose work includes the TV miniseries Perfect Storms: Disasters that Changed the World and the television documentary Mummies AliveBuilding Star Trek is produced by Yap Films for Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Camera.  The special is executive produced by Elizabeth Trojian for Yap Films and Smithsonian Channel’s David Royle, Charles Poe, and Tim Evans.

Building Star Trek airs September 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

Editors' Recommendations

Stephanie Topacio Long
Stephanie Topacio Long is a writer and editor whose writing interests range from business to books. She also contributes to…
Guinan returns in new Star Trek: Picard season 2 trailer
Whoopi Goldberg and Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: Picard season 2.

For the first time in 20 years, Whoopi Goldberg is back in the Star Trek universe. In the new trailer for Star Trek: Picard season 2, Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc Picard faces a time-bending problem. But there's no one better-suited to give him advice than his old friend, Guinan (Goldberg). And while the future of humanity and the Federation may be at stake, Guinan tells Picard that the "answers are not in the stars. And they never have been."

The trailer also seems to indicate that John de Lancie's Q was not responsible for the incident that put Picard and his crew into a new timeline. However, Q is definitely taking advantage of the chaos to put Picard through another test. The nearly omnipotent being hasn't appeared to Picard since the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. And Q always relishes his mind games, because the trial of humanity never ends.

Read more
How to watch the Star Trek movies and TV shows in order
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek: The Original Series

When the USS Enterprise first brought audiences aboard in 1966, few imagined that Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) would spawn a media empire half a century later -- including both live-action and animated Star Trek series, as well as more than a dozen Star Trek movies.

As the Star Trek universe expands, so does its fictional timeline, and for fans who want to know exactly what happened and when, it's getting a little difficult to navigate. That's why we put together a guide to enjoying all of Star Trek's canonical films and series in chronological order.

Read more
The best romantic comedies on Netflix right now
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land.

When you're in the mood for a summer movie night, you can't go wrong with the best romantic comedies on Netflix right now. Rom-coms are always an easy compromise -- after all, aren't laughter and love two things everyone can relate to?

Unfortunately, the rom-com is an incredibly popular and crowded genre, especially on Netflix. To save you from the decidedly unromantic task of scrolling endlessly for something to watch, we keep this list updated every month with the best options currently available. These are the best romantic comedies on Netflix right now.

Read more