May 22 2024


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The Real Story: Star Trek

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A new episode of the Smithsonian Channel’s The Real Story will feature Star Trek.

The Real Story: Star Trek will air this Sunday, June 30, at 8 PM ET.

“With 12 films and multiple television series in its thirty-year history, Star Trek is one of the most successful franchises in film history. The Real Story investigates the life of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and reveals actual scientific advances that inspired the series or were inspired by its fiction. Featuring interviews with actor Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock); the producer of the Star Trek TV series; Roddenberry’s son, Rod; and original members of the Star Trek fan club, the program charts Roddenberry’s meteoric rise to fame and extreme tactics to keep his series on the air.

Investigating “how Star Trek inspired the scientific world and NASA scientists,” The Real Story shows the stories of scientific exploration from “the concept of antimatter in experiments at CERN in Switzerland to the development of the first scientific principles of teleportation, to the replication of human organs by 3D printers and the creation of artificially intelligent androids.”

The Real Story “covers “epic sci-fi space exploration, cutting-edge cyber-crimes, heart-pounding warfare, thrilling historical mysteries and a shocking serial killing spree combine in a documentary series to reveal some of the real-life events that have inspired Hollywood’s most famous blockbusters,” and “separat[es] fact from fiction and real life from reel life.”

The Smithsonian Channel will launch its fifth season of The Real Story on Sunday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The new season kicks off with an exploration of the Star Trek film and TV franchise, and will follow up with the true stories behind box office hits Live Free or Die Hard, Platoon, The Da Vinci Code and Scream.

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2 thoughts on “The Real Story: Star Trek

  1. Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the first pilot, so, maybe the 30 was a typo for 50… But that’s a really cool model Rod is standing next to… I wonder how early a concept model that was.

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