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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Building Star Trek'
(DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS)

Overview: 'Building Star Trek' commemorates the 50th Anniversary of a television series light years ahead of its time. Against the backdrop of two projects: rebuilding the bridge and restoring the original USS Enterprise model, astronauts, engineers, writers as well as the series' stars come together to explore the visionary universe of 'Star Trek' - revealing how one little television show has truly, boldly gone where no show has gone before.

DVD Verdict: As we all know by now, 'Star Trek' is an American science fiction and entertainment franchise based on the television series created by Gene Roddenberry. The first television series, simply called Star Trek and now referred to as The Original Series, debuted in 1966 and aired for three seasons on the television network NBC. It followed the interstellar adventures of Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew aboard the starship USS Enterprise, a space exploration vessel, built by the interstellar federal republic United Federation of Planets in the twenty-third century.

Now, and as much as I am a real fan of the show, and as much as I truly appreciate what this documentary is trying to do, I think all this has been said many times over via different mediums over the past 20+ years. That said, I was touched by the love and care given to the few gadgets that have survived, and the restoration of the Enterprise model, the Shuttlecraft, and Captain Kirk's command chair here in this Smithsonian Channel documentary, but I wasn't that into the parts about how our science today is bringing us closer to the technology of 'Star Trek'.

Still a worth addition to your 'Star Trek' collection, for sure, but it just seems to have a lot of filler here in its 93 minutes, that's all. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.