Mar 9, 2021
Reading Rainbow “Behind the Scenes of Star Trek: TNG” (part 1 of 3)
In my endless search for obscure film and video of particular (and peculiar) interest to regular site visitors, I came upon this little gem: An episode of the PBS series Reading Rainbow from 1988, where host LeVar Burton takes his viewers (from what I can recall, mostly retarded schoolchildren) behind the scenes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. No-brainer, right? Star Trek + Kitschy ’80s = Agony Booth Gold. Texas T. Am I right?
Funny thing, though. This peek behind the scenes of TNG isn’t terribly insightful or exciting. In fact, it looks like the Reading Rainbow crew simply threw darts at a calendar, then went down to the set and filmed whatever happened to be going on that day. So, obviously, we’re not going to find out how they did the saucer separation trick, or how they made that guy’s head explode in “Conspiracy”, or anything else cool that happened in the first season of TNG.