In this modern age, the two worlds of Star Trek and Star Wars are being brought closer together by director J.J. Abrams’ work on both these iconic franchises. But there was a time, a much darker time, when fans of either series took to the streets in bloody conflict, each claiming that his God was stronger. But regardless of whether Abrams will create peace in the stars, it looks like the debate may be over. For George Lucas himself has officially given props to Star Trekand stated that he never would have made it if it wasn’t for Gene Roddenberry’s creation.
So what exactly did the almighty master of butter sculpture have to say?
Star Trek softened up the entertainment arena so that Star Wars could come along and stand on its shoulders. There was an effective group of people in the beginning who accepted it… that it wasn’t that far out. For the studios it was way far out, [they said] ‘what is this?’, but there was a fanbase out there — primarily the Star Trek fanbase — who understood sci-fi, understood visual sci-fi, and was ready for something like this (Star Wars) to be in the feature arena.
The interview above is a smaller part of a much greater Star Trek project known as Trek Nation, a look into Rod Roddenberry’s (also known as the littlest Roddenberry) experience with the franchise created by his father. The two-DVD Trek Nation is available now and features other interviews with other famous folks, including the likes of Stan Lee and the Abrams, all chatting about Star Trek.
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Holy Tribble shits! Can you believe it? Okay, you can, Star Trek has been a sci-fi classic my entire lifetime and I’m guessing all, if not most of your’s, too. How are you planning to celebrate? The obvious choice would be watching, ‘The Man Trap’ which was the first episode ever aired. Really great classic Trek involving a past lover of Dr. McCoy’s and a salt-sucking vampire-monster. It, along with all of classic Trek, are available for streaming on Netflix as well as CBS.com.
If classic Trek is a little too campy for you, check outStar Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, or Star Trek: Enterprise. Though, they tend to be a little campy too, and they can’t even excuse it with a measly 1960s budget. For the Trekkie tykes there’s Star Trek: The Animated Series and for your friends who really cannot stand Star Trek there’s the new J.J. Abrams movie. All are available on Netflix and some on CBS. So, you really don’t have much of an excuse to not Trek out today.
In conjunction with the big 4-5 anniversary the Science Channel has announced a new documentary, Trek Nation, airing on November 30th.
The film shadows Gene Roddenberry’s son, Rod, as he explores his family legacy and the crusade his father’s passion and curiosity for exploration. Through interviews with his most devoted fans, including George Lucas and J.J. Abrams, TREK NATION follows a son searching for the wisdom of his father. TREK NATION demonstrates that Roddenberry’s work has not only inspired legions of fans across the globe, but also generated a movement which has influenced entertainment, politics, space travel, social morality and much more. TREK NATION profiles how the Star Trek franchise helped foster a timeless understanding of the human condition and captured man’s constant search for a better world.
I’m almost as big a fan of documentaries as I am Star Trek, so this news is all full of win. Below, watch a special, never before seen clip from the upcoming doc.