Today, Star Trek: The Exhibition opened its second engagement in the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, Arizona to plenty of eager fans. TrekMovie got an exclusive first look at the impressive traveling Trek exhibit, including being shown around by Mike and Denise Okuda. With tons of original costumes, prop replicas, and set recreations, fans and non-fans alike are sure to be engaged by this very well put together show.
Original Props and Costumes
Much of the Exhibition’s volume was full of original props and costumes used in production of the various TV series and movies. Mike and Denise Okuda were on hand to answer questions and offer their unique views of the pieces of Star Trek history which are on display. They were very impressed by the efforts of Premier Exhibitions — the company now in charge of Star Trek: The Exhibition — to treat props and costumes with professionalism.
“We love working with Premier Exhibitions. They are really hard working people. These people are used to working with museum artifacts, with the white gloves and everything. That’s how they treated the Star Trek props — like museum artifacts.”
A big draw for the public is the ability to, for the first time, interact with the props and sets they have seen in the shows and movies over the years. Mike Okuda commented on what it’s like to see the public respond to the exhibit, “It’s lovely to see people go ‘Oh, that’s the actual shuttle craft!'”
The exhibit features tons of original costumes worn by the actors in the various TV series and movies. The original series costumes include: Khan’s outfit from TWOK, several engineering costumes from TMP, several TOS outfits, and plenty of Kirk’s uniforms from various movies. There was plenty of The Next Generation uniforms as well such as: Picard, Troi, Guinan, Dr. Crusher, and Picard as Robin Hood.
Original and Replica Props
While the props on display were mostly replicas (not actually used on screen), they were spectacularly done. Some of the highlights include the original Enterprise-D crash model used in Generations, the original Scorpion vehicle from Nemesis, and a TOS-style Captain’s chair made for one of shows that recreated the TOS bridge (probably “Relics” or “Trials and Tribbleations”). Click on the images to see a larger version.
There are a total of 4 set recreations including the Enterprise D bridge, Beverly Crusher’s sick bay, the Enterprise D Main Engineering, and Quark’s bar. The obvious fan favorite, the Enterprise D bridge where fans can get a photo op, was very exquisitely done and by far the biggest draw for fans. Mike and Denise Okuda noted:
“Our favorite part of the Exhibition is to stand here on the Enterprise D bridge and watch peoples eyes light up as they come around the corner. They’ve seen these places on television, and they are a part of the stories that happened there. Now it’s visceral.”
All of the set recreations were supervised by Herman Zimmerman (a production designer for Star Trek). The Okudas were especially impressed with the bridge set up:
“It’s actually better than the real thing. Normally a real set is only half of the full thing and full of camera and lighting equipment.”
The simulator rides are not yet in place at the Exhibition. The first of two — which should be installed by Tuesday — is a two person ride which plays a simulation featuring Lt. Worf voiced by Michael Dorn and doubles as a flight simulator which can rotate 360° in all three dimensions. The second motion simulator isn’t set to arrive for about 3-4 weeks and will run the same Lt. Worf simulation but can hold up to 15 passengers.
Arizona Science Center
Seeing that the exhibit is being housed at the Arizona Science Center, there was a definite emphasis on the science behind Star Trek. Throughout the exhibit, there were plaques and posterboards explaining how real Star Trek science might work, and how it might not work. Star Trek: The Exhibition is on display now in downtown Phoenix and will remain there until May 10th, 2009.
|College (18-25) w/ ID||$18.00||$10|
|Student Youth Groups||$11.00||N/A|
|Motion Simulator (Each)||$6||$6|
For more info visit azscience.org
STTE + Okudas on local news
The opening of Star Trek The Exhibition was featured on the local FOX station. You can watch two videos, one a general run through and another featuring Mike and Denise
There is also more coverage from the opening at the local Trek fan club: United Federation of Phoenix
Still open in San Diego
The Phoenix Exhibit is only one of two ‘engagements’ of Star Trek The Exhibition. The first one (that includes the recreation of the TOS bridge) is still open at the San Diego Air and Space Museum, and will remain there until January. For more info and tickets for that visit startrektickets.com.