STAR TREK: THE EX­HI­BI­TION

Where tomorrow is yes­ter­day

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Ed­die Rob­son

OPEN­ING DATE OPEN NOW! Venue The golden Mile, Black­pool

Ticket Info www.startrek­black­pool.com

Black­pool fa­mously played host to two Doc­tor Who ex­hi­bi­tions – one in the ’70s and ’80s, and an­other in the 2000s. Some Who fans may see it as an af­front to na­ture that the ex­act same space now plays host to a Star Trek ex­hi­bi­tion – but we’re pleased the tra­di­tion of SF at­trac­tions in the town con­tin­ues.

Ty­ing in with the 50th an­niver­sary of Trek, it fea­tures arte­facts from through­out the fran­chise. There’s not a huge amount from the orig­i­nal se­ries, sim­ply be­cause so lit­tle of it sur­vives – but it does, won­der­fully, in­clude a Trib­ble. There’s a huge ar­ray of cos­tumes, tak­ing in Worf’s naval uni­form from Gen­er­a­tions, one of Spock’s head­bands from The Voy­age Home, and a bril­liant cu­rio – an un­used costume made for the aban­doned Phase II se­ries of the late ’70s. The best-as­sem­bled part of the ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether a se­lec­tion of props which have been par­tic­u­larly pre­scient and/or in­flu­en­tial on real-life tech­nol­ogy – most strik­ingly, Next Gen-era props that look al­most ex­actly like a mod­ern lap­top and USB stick. This is im­me­di­ately fol­lowed by a re­cre­ation of the orig­i­nal se­ries bridge set, where you can (and inevitably will) sit and have your pic­ture taken in Kirk’s chair. It wasn’t quite com­plete when we vis­ited, but when fin­ished it’ll in­clude in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ments – you can down­load an app which, ex­cit­ingly, will en­able you to stand on a re­cre­ation of the trans­porter while a friend videos you be­ing beamed up.

The in­ven­tive­ness of the de­sign work on Trek down the years means it eas­ily sup­ports this kind of ex­hi­bi­tion, which will take you about an hour to get round. Star Wars next, Black­pool?

From 2 Septem­ber Black­pool will have a new Star Trek light fea­ture on the Golden Mile, fea­tur­ing var­i­ous cap­tains.

The ex­hi­bi­tion has a wide va­ri­ety of Trek cos­tumes.

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