Friday, September 2, 2016

Building Star Trek 50th Anniversary Special This Sunday

If you have the Smithsonian Channel you might be interested in this Star Trek 50th Anniversary two hour special. Airing on this Sunday, September 4th at 8pm EDT, the two hour special is called "Building Star Trek". It looks at how the Original Series has influenced the imagination of today's scientists and inventors to create the show's future technology for today. The show looks into attempts to create the medical tricorder, invisibility cloak, tractor beam, warp speed and more with interviews of scientists and actors from the show and movies. The show also provides a look at the Smithsonian's restoration of the USS Enterprise. Trailer, clips, and press release below.




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 that will take a 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 a number of alien concepts, such as hand-held communication devices, desktop computers, space shuttles, touch screens, and more. Star Trek’s visionary creator was remarkably able to conceive of a world so different from his own that 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 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 special also will track 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.

The two-hour special 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 will showcase clips from the original series that highlight each scientific innovation and the new technologies that have inspired generations.

Smithsonian Channel is also launching the BUILDING STAR TREK Sweepstakes, which is offering 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. 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.

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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. The writer and director is Mick Grogan. Executive producers for Smithsonian Channel are David Royle, Charles Poe and Tim Evans.

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