trek nation

Trek Nation

(2011) Not Rated - 1hr 27m

This documentary follows Eugene Roddenberry, son of “Star Trek” creator Gene, as he tries to figure out why his father’s show has become such a success. Speaking to fans and colleagues, Eugene learns why “Star Trek” has touched the lives of so many.

8.2/10 - IMDB

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Sir Patrick Stewart shares his thoughts about Star Trek: The Next Generation and his first convention appearance. (I always love it when he tells this particular story.)


Gene Roddenberry on Star WarsI like Star Wars. It was young King Arthur growing up, slay-slaying the evil emperor finally. There’s nothing wrong with that kind of entertainment - Everything doesn’t have to create a philosophy for you - for your whole life. You can also have fun” - Gene Roddenberry footage from the documentary Trek Nation.

Prescott & Arizona! It will be great seeing you this weekend at the Prescott Film Festival Sci-Fi Mini-Series. Trek Nation will be screening at 6:30pm Saturday night at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, and I’m looking forward to the live Q&A afterward. This link has the details (all proceeds go to supporting Prescott Film Festival) and there are lots of great Festival events happening all weekend.

See you there! 

— Rod Roddenberry

Cynically, you could say that it is a naive, sort of pollyannish way of looking at things, y'know. But it isn’t naive to say that the only way we’re going to survive is through collaboration, is through mutual respect and understanding and the sense of ‘it doesn’t matter what you look like, it doesn’t matter where you come from, that you can be part of that family’ and that is a hugely powerful thing.

J. J. Abrams on Star Trek in “Trek Nation” (2010)

I watched the documentary Trek Nation today.

And I gotta say I really enjoyed it its really interesting and I feel like I learned even more about Star Trek. The most interesting part of the documentary was everything to me but what I found most interesting was the part about how Martin Luther King Jr. made Nichelle Nichols stay on Star Trek: TOS when she was gonna leave after the first season.


Well they (the fans) were bagging on Wesley. But at know…I was 14, I figure that they were bagging on me. And your dad was like, "You shut up!” “I love Wesley and I made Wesley out of me and it’s my show and if you got a problem with it, go watch something else” And I was like, wow! Your dad stood up for me“ - Wil Wheaton tells Rod Roddenberry how Gene defended him during a convention. Featured on TrekNation.

So I just watched the documentary Trek Nation ( which I highly recommend if you like Star Trek) on Netflix and wow I have so much more respect for Gene Roddenberry and what he did to create this wonderful universe.

While watching the documentary, I also realized that the people that we as society idolize, they are all human too even though we may not like to admit it. They have their faults same as we do.

Maybe without intending it to happen, Gene Roddenberry and his idea of a more peaceful future really did inspire people to go be scientists or to go out into the world and be more tolerant and open towards others.(I am one of those kids who grew up watching Star Trek who was then inspired to go into science.) I agree with one of the statements so much that Star Trek should be sort of what society tries to get to, a place where humans aren’t fighting other humans, where we are all accepting of each others differences.

I loved Roddenberry and Star Trek before, but I love them even more now.

So I watched Trek Nation today.

The film does a great job explaining the history of Star Trek and gradually building my understanding of Gene Roddenberry’s vision.

It’s beautiful!


But it ends with an interview with… JJ Abrams.

Rod Roddenberry: I want to show, well if you don’t mind, something that’s actually kind of fantastic.This is one of the main reasons why we want to interview you.

JJ Abrams: *accepts tablet from Rod to watch video*

Gene Roddenberry: I would have thought that having reached this point it would be fun to go back to the years in which Kirk first got the Enterprise, and met these people. Nothing would please me more than to have Star Trek come back years in the future, and bright young people and new stars and so on really make it something, and have them say ’ that’s better than Roddenberry’s. I’d like that.





Me: Ouch.

Me: Star Trek 2009 must have been absolutely heartbreaking for Rod after this interview.





To anyone who loves Star Trek, both new and old to the fandom: I highly recommend watching Trek Nation. It really goes into what makes Star Trek amazing, and Gene Roddenberry’s vision. It really helped me understand it better, and almost made me tear up at some moment. It’s on Netflix.

Thoughts after watching "Trek Nation"

Gene Rodenberry was a visionary—at least, that’s what anyone intimately familiar with the Star Trek franchise would say. I believe it and live it every day. He created something so profound and far-reaching that it has influenced generations of people to become writers, doctors, astrophysicists and astronauts. There is perhaps no other pop culture phenomenon that has been so positively influential in the entire course of history. With the recent reboots, it leaves me and my fellow Trekkies wondering whether this vision is being perpetuated, or molded into something that is less philosophical and more pure entertainment.

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February 18, 2015

Trek Nation (2010)


This was a very emotional documentary for me, but that’s probably because Star Trek is one of the few things that still causes me to feel real human emotions. Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry’s documentary started out as him trying to figure out what all the fuss was about, but turned into him learning about his father. I could practically feel his regret at not knowing much about his father myself. 

While looking up this film, I noticed people’s complaints about how Rod Roddenberry didn’t mention this or that, but I think that’s ridiculous. Yes, this was supposed to be about Star Trek, and it’s cultural importance and significance, but it mostly ended up being about about a guy who didn’t really connect with his father growing up, and was trying to now. It just so happened that his father was the creator of Star Trek.

I also so people complaining about Nichelle Nichols and her story about meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I have read this story so many times, but actually hearing and seeing brought tears to my eyes, which is rare, I am a robot. People were saying “oh it’s different every time” and “she’s embellishing it for attention”. I’ll repeat what I said, I’ve read this story so many times, and it has been the same. Maybe a few word choices differed, but that’s it. So stop it, stop trying to discredit Nichelle Nichols. She’s a Goddess and I love her.

The interview with J.J. Abrams, (who referred to himself as J.J. Abs, and henceforth I will too) was lackluster. Even after the video Rod showed him of Gene Roddenberry talking about how he’d like to revisit a young enterprise, and he’s love for someone to do a better version of Star Trek, J.J. “I didn’t get Star Trek” Abs still didn’t seem to get it. He said he got it now, the impact and importance of Star Trek, but I don’t really feel like he did. I mean, this documentary came out in 2010, and Into Darkness came out in 2013. Come on.

In the end, there is a dedication to his father, and his mother. Majel Barrett Roddenberry had been shown and interviewed through-out the documentary, and even though I knew she died a few years ago, it kind of knocked the wind out of me to see the dedication. 

if you’re a fan of Star Trek, you should watch this.