Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Star Trek - LA Times Show Tracker: 'Trek Nation' Rod Roddenberry Interview

Source: Los Angeles Times Show Tracker [follow link for complete interview]

Trek Nation

STAR TREK - LOS ANGELES TIMES SHOW TRACKER: The enterprise of 'Star Trek' is explored on Science's "Trek Nation'

November 30, 2011
by Greg Braxton

The original mission of the crew of the starship Enterprise of "Star Trek" was "to boldly go where no man has gone before." The Science network will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the "Star Trek" franchise Wednesday night with the premiere of a new documentary, "Trek Nation," which will explore the continuing legacy of "Star Trek" while featuring exclusive footage that few men have seen before.

The special, which airs at 8 p.m., also salutes late "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry and his vision for the future, spotlighting interviews with fans such as George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Seth MacFarlane and several alums from the TV series and "Star Trek" films.

Included in the special are snippets from hours of exclusive footage, including never-before-seen home movies from the Roddenberry family and the first-ever "Star Trek" convention. Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, the 37-year-old son of Gene Roddenberry, is the host and executive producer of the special, which also chronicles his personal journey to gain insight into his father's groundbreaking vision.

Roddenberry discussed the special in a phone interview from London, where he is attending a wedding...

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... Q: What is the biggest lesson you learned about your father?

Roddenberry: "Working on this was a very collaborative effort. The main thing that happened was learning things about my father that were not easy to hear. I learned early on that I needed to humanize him. He was put on a pedestal so early in life, and I needed to find out who the man was. Working on this brought him to a level where I could connect and identify with him, and love him even more. I do have one hope that audiences will continue to love and admire him, but also that they will realize that anyone can achieve greatness if they have the passion and will to see it through..."

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