Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

Trek Untold Episode 67: Max Cervantes, Prop Maker on Star Trek DS9, VOY, ENT & Films

Max Cervantes, Prop Maker on Star Trek DS9, VOY, ENT & Films

It's always a happy day on Trek Untold when we chat with a lifelong Trekkie who was able to make their dreams come true. Max Cervantes was a diehard Star Trek fan from day one of the series, building AMT ERTL Enterprise models and building his own phaser hand prop with items he found around his house. Years later, he finds himself working with Michael Moore and Rick Sternbach, making props and models for Star Trek DS9, VOY, ENT, and a few of the TNG Films.

Max discusses seeing the original set of Logan's Run, which put him on the path to professional prop-making, working on “Real Genius,” “The Stuff,” and a story about how the slime went horribly wrong one day, tales of bodybuilder Sven-Ole Thorsen while on “Captain Power,” working on theme park attractions like the San Rio park in Tokyo, and more.

Then it's time for Trek talk, which includes prop stories from DS9s “The Visitor,” “In the hands of the prophets,” phaser rifles in First Contact, the hidden origin of props like “The Wrath of Khan” communicator, and up-close looks at some of the props in Max's collections including weapons from the Klingons, Cardassian and the Jem'hadar, Captain Proton's gun from “Star Trek: Voyager,” and some secrets about the Orbs of the Prophets, the Move Along Home game, the Borg, ketracel white tubes, the Sword of Kahless, and gold-pressed latinum that you may have never heard before!

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