Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Star Trek: Evolutions (on DVD)

This single disc was cataloged as its own separate item for library checkout, but was originally released as the “bonus” or “special features” disc that accompanied a boxed-set of Star Trek feature films. If you didn’t purchase or don’t own that boxed set that includes these featurettes, then this makes for fascinating viewing!

This disc includes 6 mini-documentaries and a menu-screen-driven guide to the Trek feature films. “The Evolution of the Enterprise” covers the ship designs from multiple different generations of Star Trek, following ships named Enterprise. “Villains of Star Trek” features cast/producer interviews that focus on the villains of the Trek feature films (no mention of the tv series). And “I Love the Star Trek Movies” also features interview snippets with Star Trek staff members and fans, explaining their passion for Trek in the theatres. What I found most fascinating, though, were the three featurettes about “Star Trek the Experience”, the interactive and immersive Star Trek phenomenon that ran at the Las Vegas Hilton from 1998 to 2008. Tourists could interact with performers portraying Trek universe characters, eat in Quark’s bar and restaurant, and be a part of either the “Klingon Encounter” or the “Borg Invasion”, in which they toured Trek sets and participated in a thrill ride. The documentary “Farewell to Star Trek: The Experience” takes a backstage look at what it took to produced this “live” Star Trek event multiple times per day, for over ten years, and the emotional finale for the performers as the event reached its end.

This isn’t a Trek TV series or a Trek movie — it’s more “Trek emphemera”, but for a true Trekkie, I enjoyed it very much!.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try any of the Star Trek or Star Trek the Next Generation feature films referenced by this disc.] [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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