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Remembering ‘Star Trek’ Creator Gene Roddenberry On His 98th Birthday

Remembering Gene Roddenberry On His 98th Birthday

Today we celebrate the 98th birthday of the late Gene Roddenberry, the man who conceptualized Star Trek and brought it first to TV, and then the big screen – a legacy that lives on today in profound and numerous ways.

Those who know Star Trek likely know that Roddenberry was a combat pilot in World War II, and this experience eventually influenced the military nature of Starfleet and its ships. After this wartime service, Roddenberry was a freelance writer who tried his hand at multiple TV scripts, but nothing quite took off until he wrote Star Trek. Of course, that show would last merely three seasons before being canceled, but that didn’t stop the series from birthing the now-monumental franchise. Roddenberry would serve as consultant on Star Trek movies and The Next Generation until his death in 1991.

Gene and members of the Original Series cast along with NASA administrators attending Enterprise's rollout ceremony

Gene and members of the Original Series cast along with NASA administrators attending Enterprise’s rollout ceremony

55 years after he first penned the idea for Star Trek, Roddenberry’s utopian vision is more relevant than ever. There are multiple Star Trek TV shows in development, and talks are ongoing about bringing Star Trek back to the big screen after the recent trilogy of Kelvin-universe films . And consider this: because of the global and growing popularity of streaming services, and the ability of viewers to watch streaming shows at anytime, anywhere, one could argue that more people than ever are potentially being exposed to Roddenberry’s Star Trek vision through the likes of Discovery and the upcoming Picard, Lower Decks, and other untitled projects. It’s an exciting time to be a Star Trek fan, and the best we could hope for is that Gene would have been proud of where his franchise is going.

Gene with his wife Majel Barrett-Roddenberry

Gene with his wife Majel Barrett-Roddenberry

If you would like to learn more about Roddenberry outside of his work in Star Trek, the recently published These Are the Voyages, which TrekNews gave a 9/10, is available. Among other things, it explores Roddenberry’s work inside and outside Star Trek in the first half of the 1970s.

 


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Kyle Hadyniak has been a lifelong Star Trek fan, and isn't ashamed to admit that Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek: Nemesis are his favorite Star Trek movies. You can follow Kyle on Twitter @khady93.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Lynn Hall

    August 22, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    It was 60 minutes.There were 3 seasons, from 1966 on. It was conceptualized as a wagon train to the stars, but fell back too often on earth tropes, frequently traveling to planets that were exactly like earth or had parallel history’s and evolution. It was also, for all of its claim to racial harmony and equality, highly misogynistic, and sexist. Sulu might have been treated as an equal, but Spock was used as a stand in for the “other,” and Dr. McCoy, an ignorant backwoods excuse for a modern man, insulted him regularly using slurs and epithets. But it was ok because Spock had no feelings to hurt. That said, I watched it in its original run and in reruns. I’m watching it now. I’ve been a fan of all the Star Treks, and read the books. Now, back to “The Menagerie,” aka, “The Cage.”

  2. david.luesley@gmail.com

    August 22, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Star Trek was conceived as an interstellar Wagon Train. A popular 90 minute series in the early 60s. An anthology that presented rode trip tales filled with danger and drama.

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