In case you were puzzled by the title of this article, that’s Klingon for ‘hello’, or more precisely, “what do you want?”. That’s as warm a greeting as you’ll get in the warrior race’s guttural language. There is in fact an entire language, created by Marc Okrand, with elaborate grammar, syntax and vocabulary, that has been compiled into The Klingon Dictionary. A Klingon Language Institute exists, as well as Klingon versions of Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Gilgamesh and The Bible (among many others). In fact, it is the fastest-growing constructed language, ahead of Tolkien’s Elvish, and as of 2006 (according to the Guinness World Book of Records), the most widely spoken fictional language.
A 7 meter replica of the USS Enterprise
If your interest is piqued, then you should beam yourself post haste to the Star Trek Exhibition at the National Science Centre, running until 31 March 2013. This comprehensive showcase has the largest collection of authentic Star Trek relics ever put on display. It’s heaven for trekkies, and even if you aren’t (like this writer), it’s highly interesting from any angle and you can get lost in the history of the most influential sci-fi show ever.
Freshly flown in from Vancouver, KL is the first city in Asia to host the exhibition, which was transported via 70 colossal containers and rebuilt in a matter of weeks. The logistics of this operation are staggering, even more so when one sees some of the set pieces used in the series, authentic down to the last button. Have a seat in the legendary captain’s chair, used by James T Kirk, stroll up and down the bridge from Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969), and step into the iconic Transporter, where members of the crew were beamed to and from planets and ships.
The bridge from the USS Enterprise.
The exhibition features original props, costumes, and priceless museum pieces used across all five Star Trek TV series and 11 Star Trek feature films, giving you an all-encompassing look at the worlds, wisdom, science, stories, cultures, characters, fashions and fantasies that have made this such a popular series.
The original costumes
There are other, more subtle, displays that are easily overlooked but contain a wealth of fascinating information, such as the section on matte paintings (painted representations of landscapes made specifically for TV) used as backgrounds from the earlier series, original scripts from certain seasons and a segment on how Star Trek foretold the world of today. Examples include Uhura’s Communication Earpiece (Bluetooth), Communicators (mobile phones), Tricorder-Stands (pda and tablets), the Holodeck (virtual reality) and many others.
Pick up t-shirts, games and even Spock ears at the end of your tour.
A strong educational element runs through the exhibition, so it’s a great place to bring the kids as well (they won’t even know they’re learning stuff!). Science, technology, mathematics and geography are prevalent throughout and add an extra dimension to the display. Ever wondered how Star Trek spaceships propel through space, when they don’t use rockets or have no hot exhaust gases whatsoever? Gadgets and gizmos, such as the PADD (Personal Access Display Device) are broken down and investigated. Here’a fun fact: Martin Cooper, inventor of the mobile phone, has stated that its invention is a result of watching Captain Kirk use his PADD.
MD of EMS Asia Pacific, Greg Suziki, flanked by crew of the Enterprise, in the Transporter about to be beamed down
Greg Suzuki, MD of EMS Asia Pacific (the producers and global licensed partner of CBS Consumer Products for the Star Trek Exhibition) said at the recent launch “This exhibition allows fans and visitors to explore and experience the world of Star Trek beyond the movie and TV screens, live, up-close and in person, in true Star Trek fashion,” and nothing could be more true. It’s a one of a kind showcase, the likes of which will probably never come to Malaysia again. So if you are into your Star Trek, do not under any circumstances miss this chance. MAKE IT SO!
Facial models of the various Star Trek races.
Star Trek: The Exhibition
Where: National Science Centre, Bukit Kiara
When: From now until 31 March, 9am-5pm
Admission: RM20 (adults), RM10 (children between 3 and 17 years and students with ID), RM5 (students groups, minimum of 20, in uniform with accompanying teacher)
Tel: 03 2092 1150
Web: www.ems-entertainment.com or www.facebook.com/startrekexhibition