Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier (2007)


Introduction

Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier is a 2-hour 2007 television documentary about the 40-year history of Star Trek and an auction of Star Trek props released by Paramount Pictures for an auction by Christie’s auction house in New York City.

The documentary aired in the United States on 19 February 2007 and 03 March 2007 on The History Channel.

Outline

The documentary, hosted by actor Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), follows the creation, preparation and final execution of a highly visible live auction of Star Trek props from all five series and movies by auction house Christie’s.

The documentary starts with a brief overview of the Star Trek series and movies, and Nimoy then describes how Paramount Pictures decided to partner with Christie’s to release and sell a multitude of valuable Star Trek props to the general public to celebrate the 40-year anniversary.

Over the course of the documentary, we follow Star Trek experts Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda as they peruse a big warehouse and uncover a variety of Star Trek props ranging from models of the ships, costumes worn by cast from all series as well as other things such as weapons, tricorders and masks.

Intertwined in this documentary are short sections of interviews with notable cast and crew members such as Patrick Stewart, Nichelle Nichols and Rick Berman that describe the history of Star Trek, its cultural impact and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision.

In the later part of the documentary, we follow how staff members of Christie’s prepare the selected props, photograph them for an auction catalog, display selected pieces at a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas before they are finally being auctioned off in New York over a period of three days.

The documentary ends with house-visits of a few of the high-winning bidders as they proudly show off their recently acquired items.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): John Logsdon.
  • Producer(s): Beth Dietrich, John Logsdon, and Kirstin Logsdon.
  • Writer(s): John Logsdon and Ryan Stober.
  • Editor(s): Dan Alvarado, Barry McGuire, and Ryan Stober.
  • Production: Blind Vision Films, Histroy Channel, and Magic Molehill Productions.
  • Distributor(s): History Channel.
  • Release Date: 19 February 2007.
  • Running Time: 120 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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