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.