SCIENCE celebrates the 45th anniversary of one of the greatest television franchises of all time, Star Trek, with the world-premiere two-hour event, Trek Nation. This tribute follows Gene Roddenberry's son, Rod Roddenberry, as he explores the deep impact of his father's singular vision for the future.
Through interviews with fans, including George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Seth MacFarlane, and many notable Star Trek alums, Trek Nation chronicles a son's journey to discover his father's work that helped defined science fiction.
Trek Nation premieres on SCIENCE Wednesday, November 30 at 8PM ET/PT.
Trek Nation draws on hours of exclusive footage, including never-before-seen home movies from the Gene Roddenberry family collection and the first-ever Star Trek convention. This film demonstrates that Gene Roddenberry's work has not only inspired legions of fans across the globe, but generated a cultural movement.
Star Trek is a phenomenon that goes beyond entertainment; it has influenced politics, space travel, social morality and much more. Star Trek was a catalyst which has fostered an enhanced understanding of the human condition, capturing man's constant search for a better world.
"Gene Roddenberry is the original thought-provocateur; the rebel-genius who was not afraid to push the boundaries of what science can accomplish," said Debbie Myers, general manager and executive vice president of SCIENCE. "Star Trek used science fiction to hold a mirror to society, leveraging its storylines as a platform for social commentary touching on topics such as racism, sexism, the economy, war, peace and religion. Working with Rod Roddenberry, and showing footage never shared on television is what makes Trek Nation truly inspiring."
"I am so glad Trek Nation found its home at SCIENCE," says Rod Roddenberry, Executive producer of Trek Nation and son of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry. "They understood that, as personal as the film was for me, Trek Nation is really a universal story of a son coming to understand his father. The experience allowed me to learn more about the man behind this incredible science fiction phenomenon as well as the man I knew as 'Dad.' I think it's something that Star Trek fans and those less familiar with the franchise will enjoy."
Star Trek was a revolution that would define an era. When it first premiered on NBC in 1966, it often was described as a western set in space. However, the series provided a much deeper commentary that created a devoted and loyal fan base which continues to grow, even today. With a then-virtually-unknown cast, each week Gene Roddenberry told tales of humans and aliens who lived side by side and served the Starfleet, the peacekeeping armada of the universe.
Trek Nation is produced for SCIENCE by Roddenberry Entertainment and New Animal Productions. For Roddenberry Entertainment, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth are executive producers. Executive producer Nicole Rittenmeyer represents New Animal. Bernadette McDaid is the executive producer and vice president of production for SCIENCE. Lindsay Foster is associate producer for SCIENCE and Debbie Adler Myers is general manager and executive vice president of SCIENCE.