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 Posted:   Apr 17, 2010 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

One of the things that Eugene W. Roddenberry had vowed to finish no matter how long it takes was his answer to the popular, yet controversial, "Trekkies" documentary with his own take called "Trek Nation."
Production of the documentary started several years ago with visits to Star Trek conventions and other events around the country and world. It included interviews with some of the most famous names, not only in Trekdom, but in science-fiction in general. And was meant to be an intimate look at who fans really were, and what Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek philosophy was.

That documentary is finally almost ready to go, and Roddenberry Productions -- led by Roddenberry and Trevor Roth -- is giving fans a new first look at "Trek Nation."

This clip really shows the new direction the documentary took, and has some new faces including Stan Lee, George Lucas and "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams.

No distributor has been found for the documentary just yet, but Roth tells Airlock Alpha they're actively working on it, and would like to have this work released sometime this year.

 Posted:   Apr 17, 2010 - 10:26 AM   
 By:   MarkB   (Member)

Wow, that looks a lot better than I was expecting. I hope they find a distributor.

- Mark

 Posted:   Apr 17, 2010 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Looks interesting; I'd never seen or read George Lucas commenting on Star Trek before.

 Posted:   Apr 19, 2010 - 1:56 AM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

The only Lucas/Trek connection I recall reading about his that he supposedly looked into acquiring the rights to do a Star Trek movie after being refused the rights to do a Flash Gordon movie. When Paramount declined, he went and wrote an original screenplay, and we all know how that turned out.

Still, there is some mention in Episode Four of "proton torpedoes," isn't there?

Could that be a little homage to Trek's "photon torpedoes"?

(. . . And Shatner was a HOOT at the Lucas AFI tribute:

 Posted:   Apr 19, 2010 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   SheriffJoe   (Member)

And while you're there, watching the Shatner tribute, make sure you click on the Carrie Fischer roast. Damn, she's a funny lady!!

Oh, and yeah, the Trek Nation trailer looks very interesting. I'll watch it for sure!


 Posted:   Sep 9, 2011 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

To the day, it's 45 years since "Star Trek" first premiered on NBC. And Science celebrated not by hosting a "Star Trek" marathon, but instead by finally announcing a broadcast date for the long-awaited Roddenberry family documentary "Trek Nation."

The documentary, narrated and produced by Eugene W. Roddenberry Jr., the son of the late Gene Roddenberry, is set to debut on Nov. 30. The eight-year mission took Roddenberry all over the world, talking to the fans, and the people who had amazing insight into the life of the "Star Trek" creator.

Among those who talk to Rod about his father and the phenomenon he created are George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, and more.

Roddenberry first started working on the documentary in 2003, geared heavily as an answer to the unpopular documentary "Trekkies" from Roger Nygard. The film went through a number of iterations until Roddenberry and his production team finally settled on a version that found its distributor in Science, which is owned by Discovery Communications Inc.

The documentary is expected to contain footage from the eight years of shooting, including interviews with a plethora of who's who in science-fiction, as well as Star Trek's famous fan base.

What "Trek Nation" won't include, however, is Rod's late mother, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who played Nurse Chapel in the original "Star Trek" as well as Lwaxana Troi in "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Mrs. Roddenberry was filmed for the documentary, but her son decided to keep that footage for any future project, telling Airlock Alpha in July that she deserves her own documentary.

Mrs. Roddenberry died in 2009.

Science has not set a time for the documentary to air, but the premiere will take place right after November Sweeps end. Sweeps is a time of year that demographics are examined more closely to help networks and cable channels set advertising rates. Typically, networks and cable channels save big ratings winners for those times.

 Posted:   Jul 14, 2013 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

 Posted:   Jul 14, 2013 - 7:11 PM   
 By:   Peter Randall   (Member)

And you can watch this on Netflix too - kind of interesting and worth watching if your slightly interested.

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