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Vintage Roddenberry-Shatner Interview

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

An eight-minute interview taken from the 1976 Inside Star Trek LP is available at

In 1976, Inside Star Trek was released, which was a look at the development of Star Trek as well as the story of Gene Roddenberry. One of the tracks on the album, “William Shatner meets Captain Kirk,” can be heard at and has Roddenberry and William Shatner asking each other questions and answering the questions posed by each other.


Post-Trek Roddenberry Shows Coming To DVD

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Two shows that Gene Roddenberry developed after Star Trek will be offered on DVD beginning next Tuesday.

After Star Trek was canceled, Roddenberry developed Genesis II and Planet Earth. 1973’s Genesis II was about a NASA scientist (Dylan Hunt, played by Alex Cord,) who wakes up in a post-apocalyptic Earth in 2133 due to a suspended animation failure. He is discovered by the “PAX” team who are some of the last remaining scientists left in the world.


Rod Roddenberry – The Influence of Star Trek

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Growing up as the son of Gene and Majel Barrett Roddenberry was no big deal for Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, for Roddenberry, life was no big deal because his father was the founder of Star Trek. “…for me, growing up was fairly average, although I guess slightly privileged,” he explained. “My parents did keep me slightly down to earth, I believe. Kirk and Spock did not show up every night at the house for dinner. The Hollywood schmoozing parties of the old days, those sorts of things didn’t happen. My father kept his home life and his work life pretty separate. He went to work in the morning, he did what he did. I went to school and Star Trek was not shoved down my throat. Occasionally a fan would send something, and I would see it, and I knew my father worked on Star Trek, but I didn’t really get the enormity of what it was.”

Star Trek XI: Breaking Down Walls

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Star Trek fans might have enjoyed the shows, movies and literature of their favorite series, but outsiders felt excluded from this world of Star Trek by the fans themselves.

As reported by, people like Chris Pine felt excluded from the world of Star Trek. “I never wanted to watch Star Trek because I always felt alienated from Star Trek,” he said. “I always felt it was not my world. It was the fans’ world. The fans had built this kind of impenetrable wall around their beloved series.” (more…)

Star Trek XI On Cover Of Newsweek

Monday, April 27th, 2009

According to the latest issue of Newsweek, “Star Trek is way cool.”

As reported by Newsweek, the reason for Star Trek being cool is because the geeks have inherited both the earth and the White House. Another factor is the coolness factor of Director J.J. Abrams. (more…)

Abrams: Staying True To Roddenberry

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Although J.J. Abrams is updating Star Trek to make it relevant to today’s audiences, the Roddenberry vision of yesterday still holds true today.

As reported by, from an article in the May issue of SFX Magazine, Roddenberry’s vision of humanity and optimism appealed to Abrams. “The themes that got me excited honestly had less to do with Star Trek and space and more to do with the optimism and humanity and of finding your purpose through unity,” explained Abrams. “It ends up being a guiding principle of the movie. It needed to be faithful to the optimism that Gene Roddenberry wrote with during a time of fear and hate and suspicion. He was writing of our future where we were not just surviving it, but by cooperating and collaborating, we actually thrived. That to me, more than ever, is a relevant idea.” (more…)

Burton: Confused And Disappointed in Roddenberry

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

To LeVar Burton, Star Trek’s Gene Roddenberry was a bit of a contradiction as a person, but Burton has no beef with Wil Wheaton.

As reported by, Roddenberry’s attitudes at times were a puzzlement to the former Geordi LaForge. “I will go a bit into detail but not too much because, obviously, a lot of that I consider private,” he explained when asked about his thoughts on Roddenberry. “However, I will share this…Gene was a human being and full of contradictions. He was this great visionary, and yet he was a womanizer. All of the women all wore short skirts you know? He had somewhat sexist views. Star Trek was full of spiritual meaning and yet he was an agnostic. Those kinds of things.” (more…)

Arnold On Barrett-Roddenberry

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Former ‘Star Trek’ archivist on his time on the ‘Star Trek XI’ set with Majel Barrett-Roddenberry.