For true Trekkies, this is a treat. In upstate New York, a set from the original “Star Trek” series is open for visits. Called the “Star Trek Original Series Set Tour” and warmly referred to as the Trekonderoga, earthlings can step onto a replication of the Starship Enterprise, located in Ticonderoga.
Created by James Cawley, a longtime Trekkie, this studio replica and museum room was constructed with authenticity. He was able to get a hold of the actual blueprints from the original Enterprise, as well as other sets, and has worked diligently to create this nostalgic destination. Pretty impressive stuff.
Blooper Reels Are Full of Door Fails
As the doors were not operated automatically, stagehands would pull settings to open the doors. These stagehands sometimes missed cues to open doors and it happened on too many occasions. Actors were scripted to walk briskly toward the door, so when it wouldn't open, a loud “bonk” and a burst of laughter ensued. There are blooper reels dedicated to featuring cast members walking into doors that failed to open. Sometimes the bonk elicits a curse word or two.
For unknown reasons, the franchise never brought automated doors up to speed on the Enterprise, and these door fails happen in every iteration of the classic sci-fi.
The Secret Behind the Enterprise’s Automated Doors
This high-tech special effect was decidedly antiquated in real life. On the show, whenever a crewmember approached a door on the Enterprise, it whisked open. Behind the scenes, there were stagehands pulling ropes and cables. When they missed their cue, actors walked into doors.
Not only were Enterprise portals very low tech, but they made loud, clunky sounds opening and closing. Therefore, actors could never speak a line while walking through doors because the clunky sounds had to be cut by sound editors and then replaced with that space-age “whoosh” we all know and love. And they edited it very well.
The Voyages of the Starship Enterprise
Perhaps the most iconic contribution to the vernacular from TV derives from Captain Kirk’s opening monologue. William Shatner narrates those timeless lines that embrace 1960s ideals of faith and optimism in science to create a better future.
It’s no coincidence that the words, “to boldly go where no man has gone before,” nearly replicate a U.S. White House publication released in response to Russia’s 1957 Sputnik mission, hoping to inspire the space race. Other iconic lines are worth noting. “Live long and prosper,” derives from the Vulcan salute. “Resistance is futile,” comes from the terrifying and evil Borg.
Ensign Harry Kim was Nearly Booted
Actor Garrett Wang played Harry in “Star Trek: Voyager,” which was the fourth “Star Trek” series of the franchise. With 25 titles out there, there are a lot of stories. It was the beginning of the fourth Season when execs were looking to fire Wang and send him on his way. It nearly happened.
The actor was dissatisfied with the number of lines he got, and he had turned to the bottle on set. But then, saved by the bell, “People” magazine named the actor “50 Most Beautiful People in the World.” Not wanting to go against that positive media image, production kept him.