#2073 – A Star Trek: Voyager Tour in Los Angeles

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I have mentioned a few times (see Part VI and Part VII posts linked below) that I did a mini Star Trek: Voyager tour while in Los Angeles during my recent year end trip to California; pretty much similar to my Digimon Adventure tour in Tokyo almost three years ago. Btw, here are the main posts of this 2017 Year End Trip series:
1. Introduction
2. Part I: Getting to California
3. Part II: A Tourist in San Francisco
4. Part III: Alcatraz and Yosemite
5. Part IV:Β The City of San Francisco
6. Part V: The City of Los Angeles
7. Part VI: Hollywood and Griffith
8. Part VII: More of LA
9. Part VIII: Back to Europe in Business Class

It was actually quite fun, btw, as it gave me a direction to spend some of my time in Los Angeles, haha. Anyway, so here is the story.

First of all, you might wonder how could I possibly do a Star Trek tour in Los Angeles. Wasn’t the setting of Star Trek in space? While indeed generally the setting of Star Trek was in space, there were, unsurprisingly, a few special Star Trek stories which took place on Earth. In this case, it was the double episode “Future’s End” in Star Trek: Voyager’s season three. Here is a promotional clip I could find of this episode:

A short recap: In the 24th century, Captain Braxton who came back in time from the 29th century wanted to destroy USS Voyager. Obviously the crews of Voyager weren’t going to just let a stranger destroy them and so they fought. During the fight, both parties were accidentally pulled into the 20th century as the graviton field Captain Braxton used to go back in time collapsed. Suddenly, USS Voyager found themselves to be orbiting Earth in the year 1996. The crews got strange reading from Los Angeles and decided to investigate it by beaming a team down there. Btw, this reading was indeed related to Captain Braxton who was thrown back in time to the year 1967.

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For my tour, I basically followed thisΒ two-parter article (the movie stills below were taken from the article as well). And so I would like to thank whoever went into the trouble of writing that article! It was very helpful! Haha πŸ˜† .

Griffith Observatory

Of the episode’s many scenes in Los Angeles, what I remembered the most was the Griffith Observatory scene.

And as you can see, the scene took place during the day. This was one of the reasons why I went to Griffith twice (see Part VI).

Tom Paris and Tuvok at the Griffith Observatory

Me at the Griffith Observatory some “21 years” later

There was also a phaser fight between Tom Paris and Tuvok versus one of Henry Starling’s henchman in front of the monument.

Tuvok firing a phaser

The drop-off area

Anyway, it turned out that the Griffith Observatory in 1996 was much less crowded than in 2017!! There were soo many people when I visited!! Lol πŸ˜†

Santa Monica

The episode’s first scene in Los Angeles was actually in the Santa Monica Pier (though in the story it was the Venice Boardwalk, which was not where it was shot). Chakotay, Janeway, Tuvok, and Paris stood in front of the carousel.

Chakotay, Janeway, Tuvok, and Paris in Santa Monica.

The Carousel building in Santa Monica Pier.

And then not long after, Chakotay and Janeway spotted the now-homeless Captain Braxton in front of the famous Hot Dog on a Stick stall.

Chakotay and Janeway in front of the Hot Dog on a Stick stall.

Me selfie-ing in front of the Hot Dog on a Stick stall.

They also had a short scene following the homeless Captain Braxton at the Palisides Cliffside Park just nearby the main gate of the Pier.

And obviously I was there too, hahaha πŸ˜† .

The Palisides Cliffside Park in Santa Monica

Downtown Los Angeles

Some of the scenes also took place in Downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Music Center Plaza with its famous Peace on Earth fountain was chosen as the place where Tuvok and Paris planned to kidnap Henry Starling.

Tuvok, Paris, and Rain attempted to trick Henry Starling.

The east side of the Los Angeles Music Center in 2017.

This plaza was also where the Doctor’s mobile holo emitter was introduced.

The Doctor in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Music Plaza.

And last but not least, the exterior of Henry Starling’s office building was actually the Metro Building next to Los Angeles Union Station.

The Chronowerx Office Building.

The Metro Building

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So, yeah, as you can see, I certainly was having fun with this “away mission” in Los Angeles! :mrgreen: . There were some other sites which I did not visit, though, mainly because it was quite tricky to get there, haha.

BAHASA INDONESIA

Aku sebutkan beberapa kali (baca Bagian VI dan Bagian VII melalui tautan di bawah) bahwa aku membuat tur miniΒ Star Trek: VoyagerΒ di Los Angeles ketika sedang berlibur akhir tahun di sana baru-baru ini; mirip-mirip lah sepertiΒ tur Digimon Adventure-ku di TokyoΒ hampir tiga tahun yang lalu. Btw, berikut ini posting-posting berisi cerita utama dari seri 2017 Year End Trip-ku:
1. Introduction
2. Part I: Getting to California
3. Part II: A Tourist in San Francisco
4. Part III: Alcatraz and Yosemite
5. Part IV:Β The City of San Francisco
6. Part V: The City of Los Angeles
7. Part VI: Hollywood and Griffith
8. Part VII: More of LA
9. Part VIII: Back to Europe in Business Class

Tur ini seru lho, karena memberiku suatu “pedoman” untuk bagaimana menyusun rencanaku di Los Angeles, haha. Anyway, berikut ini ceritanya.

Pertama-tama, mungkin pada bertanya-tanyaΒ kok bisa sih tur Star Trek di Los Angeles? Bukannya cerita Star Trek mengambil tempat di luar angkasa? Walaupun secara umum memang ceritanya berlatar di luar angkasa, tetapi, tidak mengejutkan, ada beberapa cerita khusus Star Trek yang mengambil tempat di planet Bumi juga. Dalam kasus ini, yang kumaksud adalah episode dual “Future’s End” di musim ketiganya Star Trek: Voyager. Berikut ini iklan promo dari episode ini dulu:

Sinopsis episodenya begini nih: Di abad ke-24, Kapten Braxton yang kembali ke masa lalu dari abad ke-29 bermaksud menghancurkan USS Voyager. Jelas dong Voyager ogah buat dihancurkan dan mereka kemudian bertempur. Ketika sedang bertempur, kedua pihak tidak sengaja terseret ke abad ke-20 karena graviton field yang digunakan digunakan Kapten Braxton untuk kembali ke masa lalu melemah. Jadilah kru USS Voyager tiba-tiba berada di angkasa mengorbit planet Bumi di tahun 1996. Mereka mendapatkan sinyal aneh yang berasal dari kota Los Angeles dan memutuskan untuk menginvestigasinya dengan mengirimkan beberapa kru turun ke darat. Btw, sinyal ini memang berkaitan dengan Kapten Braxton yang mana terseret ke tahun 1967.

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Untuk turku, pada dasarnya aku mengikuti arahan artikel dua bagianΒ ini sih (screenshot dari episodenya yang aku posting di bawah berasal dari artikel tersebut). Jadi aku ingin berterima-kasih kepada orang yang sudah repot-repot menulis artikel tersebut! Membantu sekali lho! Haha πŸ˜† .

Griffith Observatory

Dari adegan-adegan di Los Angeles, yang paling kuingat adalah adegan di Griffith Observatory.

Dan seperti yang bisa dilihat di atas, adegannya mengambil waktu di siang hari. Makanya aku pergi ke Griffith dua kali sewaktu di LA kemarin (baca Bagian VI).

Tom Paris dan Tuvok di Griffith Observatory.

Aku di Griffith Observatory “21 tahun” kemudian.

Terjadi pula pertarungan dengan phaser antara Tom Paris dan Tuvok melawan salah satu anak buahnya Henry Starling di depan monumennya itu.

Tuvok menembakkan phaser

Area drop-off di Griffith

Anyway, ternyata Griffith Observatory di tahun 1996 itu sepi ya, jauh lebih sepi daripada tahun 2017!! Kemarin sewaktu aku di sana rame banget dong!! Haha πŸ˜† .

Santa Monica

Adegan pertama episodenya di Los Angeles sebenarnya mengambil tempat di Santa Monica Pier (walaupun di ceritanya tempatnya adalah Venice Boardwalk sih, tetapi syutingnya bukan di Venice). Chakotay, Janeway, Tuvok, dan Paris berdiri di depan gedung carousel.

Chakotay, Janeway, Tuvok, dan Paris di Santa Monica.

Gedung carousel di Santa Monica Pier di tahun 2017.

Dan kemudian tidak lama kemudian, Chakotay dan Janeway melihat Kapten Braxton yang menjadi gelandangan di depan kedai Hot Dog on a Stick yang terkenal itu.

Chakotay dan Janeway di depan kedai Hot Dog on a Stick.

Aku ber-selfie di depan kedai Hot Dog on a Stick di Santa Monica.

Mereka juga membuntuti Kapten Braxton di Taman Palisides Cliffside yang berada di dekat gerbang utama Pier-nya.

Dan jelas aku ada di sana juga doong, hahaha πŸ˜† .

Taman Palisides Cliffside di Santa Monica

Downtown Los Angeles

Beberapa adegan lain juga mengambil tempat di Downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles Music Center Plaza dengan air mancur Peace on Earth yang terkenal itu dipilih sebagai tempat dimana Tuvok dan Paris berencana menculik Henry Starling.

Tuvok, Paris, dan Rain mencoba menjebak Starling.

Sisi timur Los Angeles Music Center di tahun 2017.

Di plaza ini juga mobile holo emitter-nya The Doctor diperkenalkan.

The Doctor di Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Music Plaza.

Dan terakhir, eksterior dari gedung kantornya Henry Starling sebenarnya adalah Gedung Metro di sebelahnya Stasiun Union di Los Angeles.

Gedung kantor Chronowerx

Gedung Metro

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Jadi, ya, seperti yang bisa dilihat, aku sungguh bersenang-senang dengan “misi” ini di Los Angeles! :mrgreen: . Sebenarnya masih ada beberapa tempat lain yang juga digunakan untuk syuting sih, tetapi agak repot untuk pergi kesananya, hahaha.

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2 thoughts on “#2073 – A Star Trek: Voyager Tour in Los Angeles

  1. niee says:

    seharusnya aku ke korea buat misi kayak gini yess. tapi kebanyakan drama jadi akunya susah. Dapat beberapa aja πŸ˜†

    • zilko says:

      Huahaha, iya Niee kalau dramanya ada banyak rempong juga ya πŸ˜€ . Mesti pilih satu atau dua aja yang paling disuka dan kemudian fokus ke yang dipilih ini, hahaha πŸ˜† .

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