Star Trek fantasy: board every Starship Enterprise with this site
Gene Roddenberry, its creator Star Trek, left us a long time ago – but his archive is slowly being digitized so it can live on forever. The latest batch includes: an official site that lets you set foot on almost every Enterprise bridge.
GIF by Sean Hollister / content from the Roddenberry Archive
Spoiler alert: While this story won't spoil anything, the site in question contains a spoiler for Star Trek: Πικάρ.
It's not a particularly robust or mobile-friendly site at the moment, perhaps due to all the fans trying to live their dreams at the same time – but if you navigate to roddenberry.x.io, click Bridge View, then select a ship, you δύναμη see one message “Κάντε κλικ οπουδήποτε για να συνεχίσετε”.
Click on the window and your desktop keyboard and mouse WASD keys should walk around the bridge, let you sit in the captain's chair or at the helm, see Picard's ready room, even pop in a turbolift, or open a panel or two. They are fully decked out with flashing panels, labeled LCARS buttons and animated UI elements.
I'm not just talking about Kirk's bridge or Picard's bridge – every Enterprise seems to be represented here in some way, including those from the Kelvin Timeline and the Mirror Universe where Spock fought Notorious goatee. And while some don't have a bridge view, like the Alternate Future Enterprise from its last episode Star Trek: The Next Generation or the minor modifications of the E business for Star Trek: Nemesis, you can also step on the bridge of the USS Voyager to compensate for it.
The incredible collection of digitized bridges is coming through collaboration with graphics company OTOY, and it's not the only fruit of their labor revealed this week. Below, you'll find a series of videos (the first of which also available Picard spoiler, they tell me) with John de Lancie (Q) exploring the bridges of the Enterprise, William Shatner taking a longer “hour-long testimony” to add to the archive and more Star Trek Lighting outfits.
Here's something else to look forward to: The Roddenberry Archive and OTOY say they'll be adding the voice of Majel Roddenberry, who played various roles, including the ship's computer, to the archive "in the coming months." Her son Rod says that in 2008, Majel "meticulously recorded her voice vocally, intending to preserve it for some future technology to bring her back to life."