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Star Trek in Seattle
On now through February 2017
Star Trek aired its first-series episode 50 years ago on September 8, 1966. Called “The Man Trap,” the show featured a shapeshifting alien whose goal was to extract salt from human bodies. The show placed first in its 8:30pm time slot; reviewers criticized the level of violence, but praised the acting. The EMP Museum in Seattle is commemorating the event with Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds, on now through February 2017. More than 100 artifacts and props are on view, including set pieces from the original series: Captain Kirk’s command chair and the navigation console; one of only two phasers still in existence; costumes for Kirk, Spock, Uhura and McCoy. The exhibit also explores the show’s cultural impact and ethical themes: creator Gene Roddenberry used alien worlds, interspecies conflicts and sci-fi premises to make statements about war, racism and politics. Adults US$30 (US$27 online); students US$27; kids five to 17 US$21. empmuseum.org.
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