Trekkies flock to RI's first Star Trek expo
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
Hundreds of visitors of various ages from across the city got to see on Wednesday a large variety of original costumes, props, screenplays, miniatures, story boards and sets from the American science fiction franchise Star Trek, at the opening of an exhibition in the Gandaria City mall in Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta.
Esther Maulana, general manager of travel firm and exhibition organizer Panorama Live, said that visitors could find items from Star Trek's six television series and 12 movies at the exhibition, which was not only entertaining but also educational.
'All the things displayed in this exhibition are owned by Paramount Pictures, which has produced Star Trek since the 1960s,' she said. 'This is the first Star Trek exhibition in Indonesia.'
She explained that her company put on the Star Trek exhibition to meet the demands of its fans in the country and to motivate visitors, especially children, to study science, which is at the soul of the Star Trek movies and TV series.
Esther expected around 40,000 people would visit the Star Trek exhibition before it closed on July 13.
The costumes displayed in the exhibition include the uniforms of characters Lieutenant Commander Worf, Enterprise NX-01 chief engineer Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker, Chancellor Gorkon's chief of staff General Chang and Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
Panorama's public relations officer, Christine Lie, displayed a robe and headband worn by Spock actor Leonard Nimoy in the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
She said that the Star Trek exhibition also had various games, discussions and movie screenings, ranging from the first Star Trek film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture ( 1979 ) to the latest, Star Trek: Into Darkness ( 2013 ).
Indonesia Star Trek Community member Anna Fitriana said that the exhibition could encourage youths across the archipelago to watch Star Trek movies and TV series, which would encourage them to become innovators, not followers.
'Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry had a personal access display device [PADD] in the show in the late 1980s. At that time, many people said that the device could not possibly become a reality. But right now we are using smartphones with functions similar to the PADD,' she said.
Handoko, a 48-year-old man from Kampung Rambutan, East Jakarta, said that he came to the exhibition because he always watched Star Trek when it was aired by government-broadcast television TVRI.
'It is hard to believe that I can now see all the costumes and props of my favorite show with my own eyes,' he said, adding that he loved watching Star Trek because it delivered messages on making the world more peaceful and united amid diversity.
Meanwhile, Sandra, a 22-year-old student from Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta, said that she visited the exhibition because she wanted to know the costumes worn by her favorite actor, Chris Pine, who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek: Into Darkness.
The Star Trek exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (alz)
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