It’s truly a lost piece of media history— a “what-if” to end all “what-ifs”
over the past three decades of Star Trek and pop culture history. A Next
Generation without Picard, Data or Worf… or creator Gene Roddenberry?
It’s five pages from 1986, and it’s the document of note on the Feb. 12
episode of “The Trek Files,” a weekly 15-minute “look” into the mostly
unseen archives of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and hosted by
Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek on the Roddenberry Podcast Network.
“Finding this memo was literally a jaw-dropper,” says Nemecek. “We
knew of the moment in time when this occurred: summer 1986, just as
Paramount Television was determined to go ahead with a ‘new’ Star Trek
TV series. And Gene Roddenberry reluctant to get involved directly. But
we never knew they had a new cast and premise fleshed out, just in case!”
For this typical 15-minute episode, Nemecek’s first-time guest is Dave
Rossi, associate producer on Enterprise and the original Star Trek
Remastered project, longtime assistant to former Star Trek showrunner
Rick Berman—and lifelong Trek fan.
Each episode of “The Trek Files” looks at some type of memo, letter, or
other note to or from Roddenberry across the 1960s, 70s or 80s—
recalling its original context as well as its relevance for today’s Trek and
the world at large.
“Even with all the Star Trek “archiving” going on now, there are so many
papers and memos in my dad’s archives that still have not seen the light
of day,” said Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, executive producer on the
new program, an EP on “Star Trek: Discovery” from CBS All Access, and
family overseer of his father’s legacy. “I’m so excited to get into these
plans, notes, and letters from him and those he worked with—and share
them now for all to see. And who better to lead this look at these people
and their times in the right context than “Dr. Trek,” Larry Nemecek?”
“Once again, this is what I love about doing “The Trek Files”:, Nemecek
said. “We certainly add something unique and fresh to the Trek
conversation, and to Gene’s colorful and even controversial legacy. Hats
off to Rod for sharing his dad’s files like this.”
Gene Roddenberry, creator of the original “Star Trek” and “Star Trek: The
Next Generation” series that led to the groundbreaking 50-year franchise
that followed, died in 1991. Many of his papers have been donated to his
namesake archive collection at UCLA, but “The Trek Files” is about to
look at documents even apart from those.
Listeners each week will not only be able to download the episodes for
listening, but scans of the document in question as well—all at the
program’s hub on Facebook, www.facebook.com/TheTrekFiles. Lead-off
sponsor is Eaglemoss Collections, maker of the Star Trek Starships
Collection and magazine.
Seen as a progressive futurist whose ideas form the core of Star Trek’s
unifying optimism, Roddenberry’s ideas and storytelling have attracted a
global audience whose devotion over 50 years led to an unprecedented
franchise revival in the 1970s that soon “wrote the book” on what modern
pop culture franchises and fanbases look like.
Aside from the single weekly links for downloading podcast and
documents at “The Trek Files” Facebook page, regular subscribers can
get aboard at podcast.roddenberry.com, which will point to other
preferred podcatchers like iTunes, and the TrekFM network master feed.