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niiice!: Reading Rainbow on the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989)

23 Aug

This episode’s book was something called The Bionic Bunny Show, though the YouTuber here cut that part out in order to focus on the real meat of the day: ruining Andy’s childhood fantasies.

Ha ha, no, I’m just kidding, of course, I never thought Star Trek: The Next Generation was real, per say.  Really, I didn’t.   When I learned that the transporter was actually a camera trick mixed with a shot of glitter in a glass of water, I was fine.  I was.  Fine.

But, seriously, though: this was a pretty awesome thing to see as a kid.  It was the making of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  It was how they put together a TV show, with full behind the scenes access provided by our friend Levar Burton, who just happened to be on both shows.   Even non-Trekkies remember this one (at least the transporter glitter thing).  For slightly nerdier children, it was nerdvana.

Here’s part two, where we learn that the crappy containment device from that crappy episode “Home Soil” was actually about two feet tall and made of stuff Rob Legato had left over after building his model planes.  Also, the real Enterprise is like six feet long.  Sorry about that.

Stay tuned for exclusive bloopers near the end.  There is a TNG blooper reel, from the beginning of Season One, where you can actually hear Levar Burton saying the “S” word! You might like that as well, but you don’t have to take my word for it!

(da-dum-DUM!)

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2 Comments

Posted by on August 23, 2009 in nerd riot, Niiice!, nostalgia, tv

 

2 responses to “niiice!: Reading Rainbow on the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989)

  1. fruitflavor

    August 24, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Crazy to think they they needed a whole room full of technology for what I can do today on my MacBook, isn’t it? And this wasn’t so very long ago… Tapes in the basement!

     
  2. poblocki

    June 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Great post–thanks! But….you’ve got the episode wrong re: “the crappy containment device from that crappy episode “Home Soil” was actually about two feet tall and made of stuff Rob Legato had left over after building his model planes.” The effect is from an equally crappy episode: “When the Bough Breaks”. Which is the episode after “Home Soil.”

     

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