Thursday, October 22, 2009

They're not ALL "historical documents"

Brandon's Mom: Where are you going with those fireworks?

Brandon: Well, the Protector got super-accelerated coming out of the black hole, and it, like, nailed the atmosphere at Mach 15, which, you guys know, is pretty unstable, obviously, so we're gonna help Laredo guide it on the vox ultra-frequency carrier and use Roman candles for visual confirmation.

From 'Galaxy Quest'

There's going to be a lot of mouths agape, furtive, knowing glances, muffled shouts of glee;

"It's real ... See, I told ya ... It's real ..."

What is all this tomfoolery, you say?

Preview: 'Star Trek: The Exhibition' comes to San Jose

It's all there: phasers, communicators, the bridge of the Enterprise, a transporter, a Borg cube, even a Tribble.

On Friday, the Tech Museum in downtown San Jose will open "Star Trek: The Exhibition," billed as the largest-ever exhibit of sets, costumes, original props and priceless museum pieces from the five TV series and 11 movies that make up the "Star Trek" canon. And the show — making its only Bay Area stop here — covers the full "Star Trek" universe, from the original 1966 television series to this past summer's box-office hit.


While many of the more than 200 pieces in the exhibit are real — including filming models of USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, the Borg cube and costumes from the original TV show — the sets are replicas, carefully built to the original specifications by scenic designers who worked on the films and TV shows.

"If you can touch it or sit in it, it's a replica," said Allyson Lazar, the show's collections manager. "If you can't, it's the real deal, and that includes all the costumes. The Kirk and Spock uniforms were worn by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, and they're actually in pretty good shape — just a little color fading, which is to be expected."
But the replicated sets should provide a bit of a kick for "Star Trek" fans.

You can sit in Captain Kirk's command chair on the bridge of the original NCC-1701. ("It's definitely everyone's favorite photo op," said Lazar.) Along a corridor, you can peek into Captain Jean-Luc Picard's ready room (among the details, a bottle of Chateau Picard, made from the Picard family's vineyards). One room is dominated by a full-scale model of the Guardian of Forever — the time portal from "The City on the Edge of Forever," one of the original series' most famous episodes.

In the transporter room, you can step onto the platform — and watch yourself be "energized" on a video screen.


"And over the years, what had seemed like science fiction way back then, has become science fact. It takes the imagineer to imagine, 'What if?' — the seemingly impossible. ... It takes the researchers, the scientists, inventors to make that 'What if' a reality."
Activate the Omega 13 ... Right now!.

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Bonus Links

Star Trek - The Exhibition

The Tech Museum of Innovation

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