Star Trek : The Experience Lives On?
If you've ever had the pleasure of sipping a Warp Core Breach while awaiting your Flaming Ribs of Targ, you're probably still feeling the sting of the closure of Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton. I know firsthand the hollow feeling as you walk past the shelled-over wall that was once the entrance to one of the coolest hangouts on Sector 001. I haven't (yet) put one of those maudlin Post-Its on the wall, but I will confess to having stood there and read them, nodding.
There was a lot of hullaballoo surrounding the news of The Experience moving to Neonopolis. Everyone seemed on-board, especially my gin-brother Mayor Goodman. But as the economy continued to swirl the bowl, there became a noticeable lack of… anything. No construction had been started, despite an initial projection of a May 2009 soft opening to tie in with the Star Trek reboot in theaters. As of now, there is still really little evidence of anything going on within the building.
Trekkies were in an uproar when it was announced last week that the equipment and sets that remained from ST:TE were going up on the auction block. Godless whiners, the entire lot of us, to shut us up CBS had to release a statement that they were still 100% behind the reopening, but it would be more like 2012. Though at this point CBS may have chosen that date hoping the Mayan apocalypse strikes first.
So is it going to reopen? Chuckmonster is dubious, while I remain cautiously optimistic. In the interim, there are a couple ways to get your fix.
Vernon Wilmer, one of the costumed Borg from the Borg Invasion ride, did an incredible job as unofficial historian during his tenure. He has begun a documentary series entitled "Star Trek: My Experience," which is, to borrow a phrase from my favorite Vulcan, fascinating. What? Did you just say Tuvok? Come here, I'm gonna smack you. Star Trek: My Experience can be either viewed online or downloaded here.
For a more interactive retrospective, I can't help but enthusiastically rave: hey, check THIS shit out - a 360-degree view, complete with zoom, of many different areas throughout ST:TE, as well as the audio from the rides (they can't show the video for some manner of legal bullshit that neither you nor I understand).
And, until 2012, keep your fingers crossed that the Neonopolis location gets back on track. Live long, and tell 'em Boozehouse sent ya.
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