|(Image from the EMP Museum website)|
Even though I still haven't seen Star Trek Beyond yet, I did manage to go to the Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit at Seattle's EMP Museum (Experience Music Project).
I was hoping to venture up to the Emerald City on Star Trek's exact anniversary day, but my wife and I were too busy. However, we both had last weekend off while her sister and brother-in-law were visiting us. This turned out to be the perfect outing for all of us since we grew grew up watching the show.
The museum allowed visitors to take photographs, but did not allow the use of camera flashes. I don't like using the flash anyway, so this didn't bother me initially.
However, the exhibit hall was very dark. As a result, I had to max out nearly every editing function on my computer to make the subjects of each picture discernible. This process took over a dozen hours of sifting through 149 photos. Even with 89 usable pictures, it was difficult to obtain a good image without some video reflection, or lens-flare from an overhead light.
What follows is a sample montage of our adventure.
Entering the strange new world...
|(...and taking many small steps for "Fankind")|
|(The USS Enterprise)|
|(USS Voyager and Galaxy Class Enterprise)|
|(Deep Space Nine)|
|(Where the various shows fit in to our "future history")|
|(There's quite a gap between the Original Series (TOS) and the Next Generation)|
|(The exhibit's main floor)|
|(The Enterprise's bridge with Kirk and McCoy's uniforms)|
|(Starfleet women's uniform, worn by Lt. Nyota_Uhura)|
|(Helm and navigation control)|
|(A blurry picture of a control panel)|
|(Geordi La Forge's uniform)|
|(Captain Jean-Luc Picard's uniform)|
|(Counselor Deanna Troi's uniform)|
|(Lt. Commander Data's uniform and display)|
Deep Space Nine:
|(Captain Benjamin Sisko's uniform and DS-9 display)|
|(Seven of Nine's and Captain Kathryn Janeway's uniforms)|
|(T'Pol's and Captain Jonathan Archer's uniforms and display)|
Adversaries in Star Trek
The Federation's opponents ranged from worth Cold War Era stand-ins...
|(The Klingon Display)|
|(Klingon weapons and battlecruiser model)|
...to a terrifying "Horde of Alien Locusts"...
|(An occupied Borg Alcove)|
|(The Gorn costume)|
|(The Tribble display)|
|(Kirk's Mirror Universe uniform)|
|(The Khan Noonien Singh Display)|
|(Ricardo_Montalban's costume in The Wrath of Khan)|
|(Benedict Cumberbatch's Khan-reboot costume)|
Star Trek Props
What I found most remarkable about the props used in Star Trek was--how unremarkable they are.
|(Some familiar items used in the Original Series)|
After half-a-century, they even look shoddy compared to more updated props.
However, this is what makes them so amazing. That a pop culture phenomena was launched on such an small budget, making due with whatever the prop manager could cobble together.
Oddly enough, the exhibit I, my family and even a coworker liked the most was this diorama showing how the Enterprise Set was arranged.
|(The real Starship Enterprise)|
Star Trek Creator and Patron
|(Gene Roddenberry's bio)|
|(Lucille Ball is attributed to saving Star Trek before it began)|
Star Trek's Impact on Today's Culture
|(Star Trek themed merchandise)|
|(More 'Trek merchandise)|
|(Even our president was a fan: Obama and Nichelle Nichols renders the Vulcan Salute)|
|(The famous crawl spaces named after designer Matt Jefferies)|
|(Yours Truly in a Jefferies Tube)|
|("Away Team Instructions")|
|(A one-man Away Team preparing to beam aboard a stricken vessel)|
Speaking of attire, I didn't see any cosplayers at the exhibit, but back in May there was an opening day costume party.
The Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit will continue at the EMP through 17 February 2017.