TrekNation Hits Cable: DVR Worthy

Posted by Ben Huber on Dec 2, 2011 in Star Trek

Gene Roddenberry

How incredible would it be to have had a father who had been the creator of Star Trek? There’s no doubting that Star Trek has influenced peoples’ lives throughout the years. Perhaps the person who can speak best about this fact is Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod, who is the narrator and guide in the Science Channel’s recent documentary, Trek Nation: Read more…

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Would Gene Rodenberry Approve of Star Trek’s Legacy?

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Aug 24, 2011 in Star Trek

Gene Roddenberry and cast

It’s a good question, and years ago, I might not have bothered asking, but would Roddenberry really have approved of the direction producers decided to take with Star Trek over the years? Obviously the franchise has been wildly successful, garnering itself a loyal fan-base, while its producers seemed keen on keeping his vision alive in some manner. Unfortunately, whether or not that vision has remained intact still remains in question. I’ve learned a great deal about him through numerous interviews, the second-hand stories from cast and crew, and including writers and directors who worked on the various films and television series over the years, and while I feel that we may owe him a great debt of gratitude for having created a series we love, I’ve come to the conclusion he wouldn’t have approved of much of it.

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DVR Worthy: PBS’s The Pioneers of Science Fiction Television

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 17, 2011 in Star Trek, Television

The Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction

On Tuesday night the new season of the PBS show Pioneers of Television will showcase science fiction! The episode which airs on Tuesday will feature interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols. The show will cover the shows that were made by Gene Roddenberry, Rod Serling, Irwin Allen. Read more…

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Trek Nation: A Son’s Tribute to Gene Roddenberry

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 2, 2010 in Star Trek

For those who have grown up with Star Trek this trailer for Trek Nation looks — I hate to say it — looks fascinating. The film was done by Gene Roddenberry’s son as an attempt to connect with his father who has passed away. Included are interviews with many folks connected with the franchise like D.C. Fontana and Patrick Stewart, but there’s also the nice touch of have industry legends like George Lucas and Stan Lee talk about the show and the man who brought it to life. Read more…

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The Genius of the Borg as a Plot Device

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 12, 2010 in Star Trek, Videogames

Picard as a BorgThe charm and the problem with the original Star Trek series was that there was never a mess that Captain james T. Kirk couldn’t get out of — and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan turned this aspect of the series into a stellar plot device. But looking at this promo video of Star Trek Online: Borg Faction made me realize that what makes the Borg a brilliant plot device is that not only do they outclass Federation technology, but on top of that they’re pure evil. Read more…

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The Planet of the Princess Leia Haircuts!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 3, 2009 in Cinema

I always wrongly credited George Lucas with introducing that infamous Princess Leia hairstyle but alas it looks like I was wrong! Shown above is a clip from the Gene Roddenberry television series Planet Earth which aired as a pilot in 1974 and it looks like the population of post-apocalyptic really likes to put their hair in a bun.

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Trek Trinkets vs. Star Wars Wares: Lucas Loves Us Fanboys More…

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 24, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Trek, Star Wars

Star Trek: Countdown's first issue vs. Star Wars: The Clone Wars #5

At first I had my doubts — but the one thing that won me over to the up and coming Star Trek film is the trailer — to be blunt it kicks ass! So as a fanboy who’s been following the show forever when I read that there was a comic book attached to the film (Star Trek Countdown) I was psyched. But then I glanced at the cover and I was in shock: The illustration looks like a bad tracing from a photo featuring some of the worst Photoshop coloring work I’ve ever seen in my life. I realize the cover is trying to match the posters for the film, but couldn’t they have put more than just ten minutes worth of work into it? Read more…

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How Star Trek Culturally Prototyped the 21st Century

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 21, 2009 in Star Trek, Tech

Monocultural Sci Fi vs Multicultural Sci Fi: Forbidden Planet in 1956 vs. Star Trek in 1966

I would be a liar if I said that I spent the past day thinking of about anything but the inauguration of President Barack Obama. One one level I was just overjoyed to hear Obama publicly re-embrace the ideas of science and ecology, which in a way strikes me as sad as being something that “we have to return to” in the first place. And of course the two central issues at hand today are the economy (or rather the lack there of) and ongoing asymmetrical warfare — yet underneath all of that chaos was a very positive echo of the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. And in a sense part of the triumph of that struggle was an indirect result of a few bold visionaries who embraced the then very odd notion of the world growing smaller was a damn good thing. Read more…

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Gene Roddenberry and the Lost Social Consciousness of Star Trek

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 26, 2008 in Star Trek

The above interview with Gene Roddenberry was from Good Morning America in 1986 (I believe that’s Joan Lunden with her big 80s hair asking the questions). Roddenberry came to my mind because he brought the series to life, but sadly was shoved to the side even during the original run of the series which as he points out wasn’t a success during its original run. In fact even after the movies brought the show back to life he was pushed over after the first film.

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