The bridge from Star Trek: The Original Series is iconic, known for its bright colors and systemic sounds
Whenever Captain Kirk sat in the captain’s chair, at that moment, all was right in the Trek universe. This series started the juggernaut that is the current franchise so it’s understandable why fans are so enamored with this particular bridge and why some are even so invested that they recreate the iconic stage for themselves. Just like Allan Quick, an Oregan-based Star Trek fan did.
It all started with the captain’s chair. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek in 2016, Quick decided to build himself a chair. He got help from his friend, Bruce Boyd, poured over the specifications, and visited Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture to see the actual chair several times. Once the chair was built, though, there was an obvious need for more replications. After all, what is the captain’s chair without the bridge?
First, Quick built the transporter platform, and last year, he completed the Enterprise’s navigation console which has working lights and the familiar sounds. And right now, this replica of the bridge sits in a spare bedroom in Quick’s home where it awaits display at the next Eugene Comic-Con. In the meantime, though, Quick loves having his childhood memories so close. He can sit in the captain’s chair and pretend he’s on the bridge of the Enterprise which he calls “my happy place.”
I can’t imagine the cost to recreate this piece of history, but Reddit users have speculated that the cost to build a replica of the Enterprise-D bridge would cost at least $20,000 if not more. Of course, they are talking about the entirety of the bridge, including the carved wooden arch. Still, Allen Quick’s project couldn’t have been inexpensive, but then, what is the cost of a dream?