The Bridge Of The USS Enterprise Torn Apart, Tossed Aside, Depressing Everyone

The bridge of the Starship Enterprise D is hallowed ground, man. It is one of the most iconic spaces in all of TV geekdom, a place where magic happened, where some of the most memorable moments of Star Trek: The Next Generation went down.

And now, it's been junked. A recreation of the set built for the Star Trek: The Experience ride in Las Vegas, was taken down when the ride was discontinued, and the original set was destroyed during the filming of Star Trek: Generations. As Dan Seitz writes at Uproxx, "They could have sold this set in a charity auction and made a fortune. They could have donated it to Make-A-Wish. They could have just shipped it to the Smithsonian, or some other Americana museum. Instead they did this."

There are more images at Uproxx, and yes, they will make your childhood weep.

All's not lost, however — a group calling themselves The New Starship are dedicated to restoring the set and finding a home for it. They're about to launch an indiegogo campaign to raise the $US175,000 they say it would take to take those depressing bits of wood and padding and make them magic again. In an interview with Ars Technica, one of the group's founders, the awesomely-named Huston Huddleston, says that they want to "take what we have and restore it to the closest recreation of the TV [set] as possible, with the help of our highly skilled group of Hollywood professionals, and make it open to the public for meetings, movie showings, fundraisers, tours, filming, anything!"

Hopefully this whole thing has a good ending. That image of Picard's stained, ripped-up chair is a real downer.

The Enterprise-D's Shoddy Treatment Will Make Your Childhood Cry [Uproxx] Make it so: How three guys got most of the Enterprise-D bridge [Ars Technica]


    "So many cardboard sets, so many memories." -Leonard Nimoy

    If this is just a recreation, then there's no point getting nostalgic about it. If the original is long destroyed then that's just something Trek fans will have to live with. No getting it back. The series coming out on Blu-Ray more than makes up for it.

    Destroying sets is part of making movies or TV series, if they didn't there would be warehouses full of props that will most likely never be seen again, it is probably cheaper to rebuild sets then to store them.

    I would actually book my next company function at a TNG bridge replica meeting room. I can't believe i never thought of that before -- oh man! I have to look at rental prices in the city for an office block i can build a replica bridge in -- you know how much CISCO would pay for a meeting in a room like that???

      Nothing. They would be at the other end of a telepresence room...

        "On screen Ensign Crusher" - Now that would be just as cool - you start up a telepresence meeting only to find you're looking at the bridge of the enterprise. All kinds of awesome.

        You could set this up as a cool webseries where everything is shown from the eye of the viewscreen. With it all on one set and dialog being the main mode of showing the audience what is going on - it could be cool.

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