This 2016 Smithsonian Channel documentary chronicles two projects: rebuilding the bridge of the original Enterprise and restoring the original USS Enterprise model. Most of the Star Trek props and sets were thrown in the dumpster when the series folded after three seasons. Tracking down an original phaser and a tricorder take suspenseful twists. Rebuilding the original model of the Enterprise at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum presents even more challenges. Astronauts, engineers, writers, and some Star Trek stars lie Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura) and Simon Pegg (Scotty in the Star Trek reboot). If you’re a Trekkie, you’ll enjoy this. What’s your favorite Star Trek episode? GRADE: B+

10 thoughts on “BUILDING STAR TREK [DVD}

  1. Maggie mason

    Sounds like an interesting video.

    I wish I’d been smarter with Star Wars stuff. I heard that they filmed desert scenes in the desert between here and El Centro. I probably heard about the props, etc. being abandoned too late, but should have gone to ck it out. Heard a rumor that there was Titanic stuff left in the SD/TJ area as well, but not confirmed. I seem to recall they filmed water scenes in a big tank. I think they also did Master & Commander as well, but that wasn’t a big hit like the others

    1. george Post author

      Maggie, you would enjoy BUILDING STAR TREK. Yes, most of the program’s props and costumes were thrown into the Dumpster. Today, they’d be worth a fortune!

  2. Dan


    I watched some old HAVE GUN WILL TRAVELs written by Roddenberry and was struck by their resemblance to STAR TREK episodes.

  3. Jeff Meyerson

    As a kid, I loved HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL. It was one of the few shows my father watched back then.

    Favorite episode? How about the one where KIrk was making out with the hot alien babe and… oh, wait, that was EVERY episode. I’d probably go with “The City on the Edge of Forever.”

  4. Neeru

    Favourite Star Trek episode ….hmmm difficult actually with so many that I like, so I’d go for one from each season:

    Season 1: Shore Leave
    Season 2: Mirror Mirror
    Season 3: The Empath


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