Sadly, there isn’t much left of the original Enterprise-D bridge that took fans into the world of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” for seven years beginning in 1987, but there is a chance to visit the next best thing at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
The New Starship Foundation, in its efforts to restore a replica version of the bridge of the USS Enterprise, will unveil some of its latest pieces during the annual convention this month. It will be located at Booth 3921 beginning July 17, and will feature Capt. Picard’s chair itself, fully restored from the replica set.
That chair joins a robust collection of restored Paramount props that includes chairs and computers similar to what was used by the bridge crew in the television series.
New Starship is offering access to fans, allowing them to photograph themselves in all three chairs from the bridge, as well as interacting with several parts of the Enterprise-D bridge. The cost? Nothing.
“The one rule we always follow is that everyone is allowed to sit on our bridge chairs and take photos free of charge,” the group says on its website.
“Everyone working on the Enterprise-D bridge restoration is a lifelong Trekkie, so we can’t wait to share the joy and hard work that’s gone into restoring the greatest ship of the Federation Starfleet,” said Huston Huddleston, the chief executive of New Starship Foundation, in a release.
This particular bridge set was commissioned by Paramount Pictures and created in 1996 by original designers Herman Zimmerman and Michael Okuda for exhibits in London and Germany following the successful run of TNG. After that, it spent five years cooking in the California sun before New Starship rescued it. The original TNG set was made of wood and plaster, however, this replica set was made from fiberglass, Plexiglas and metal, according to New Starship.
Those interested in learning more about the starship restoration can participate in a Comic-Con panel July 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Room 26AB. Among those expected to attend include David Gerrold, Larry Nemecek and Doug Drexler.
For more information on the restored bridge, visit New Starship online at NewStarship.com.