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Trek Nation
Starring: J.J. Abrams, Rod Roddenberry
Director: Scott Colthorp
Running Time: 88 minutes
Rated: Not Rated
Theatrical Release Date: November 30, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
Reviewed by: Marion Powell

Rod Roddenberry was only 17 when his father, Gene Roddenberry died.  He had grown up taking Star Trek as part of the background of his father’s accomplishments.  As he put it, he was doing teenager things.  He and his busy father were not close.  As an adult, he went in search of his father’s legacy and was astounded to discover how many people said Star Trek changed their lives.

This film is different from the usual documentaries about how it was made.  He collected over 300 hours of interviews and this film is the result. There is information here but the real topic is a son discovering who his father was and what was his legacy. It makes for an interesting and at times, very moving film.

It premiered on the Science Channel, November 30th, 2011 and is available on DVD.  In April of this year, Yavapai College in Prescott held a three day Sci-Fi Mini Fest.  Rod Roddenberry was the guest for the screening of his documentary and answered questions from the audience afterwards.  I found him quite personable, open and honest. 

Of course, one won’t normally have him present when watching the film but I do want to recommend it as an addition to the Star Trek legacy.

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