Will Star Trek benefit from Rod Roddenberry’s vision?

Legions of fans hungry for a return of the ongoing adventures and exploration of the galaxy with a couragious starfleet ship and crew do not have too long to wait.

Much to the delight of many long time and new fans of the Star Trek franchise, CBS Television Studios has recently announced via social media, that the much anticipated and talked about sixth Star trek series is officially set to begin production and filming this coming fall in Toronto Canada.

While there are as of yet no real details as to the new ship and crew, or even when the new series will take place within the Star Trek timeline, we do know for certain that the new show will air this coming January 2017, with the very first premier episode airing on the CBS network. All subsequent episodes will then air exclusively on CBS All Access, which is a Video On Demand service costing subscribers $5.99 a month.

Likewise, we also know that Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin will act as Executive Producers on the series, with Bryan Fuller acting as the series show runner, along with veteran writer/director Nicholas Meyer also coming aboard as a producer/writer. This should itself give Star Trek fans some ease of mind as Meyer was largely responsible for the vision behind Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which is arguably one of the best Star Trek films ever made.

As to rumors circulating about the setting of the show itself, it has been said on line that the show may be set sometime after Star Trek VI: The ‘Undiscovered County’ and some time before The Next Generation, with the show possibly being a “seasonal anthology.” That is, both a setting and period changing of the show’s storyline with each new season.

But one of the things that is potentially most promising about the new series is the fact that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s son, Eugene Roddenberry has in fact also been named as an Executive Producer for the show along with his long time associate Trevor Roth.

Star Trek.com recently announced Roddenberry’s appointment as Executive Producer to the show, with Bryan Fuller having this to say about Roddenberry, ““Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, left a finely feathered nest for all who love Star Trek to enjoy. And it is only fitting that Rod Roddenberry and Roddenberry Entertainment join our new Trek adventure to ensure that his father’s legacy of hope for the future and infinite diversity in infinite combinations runs through our tales as Gene Roddenberry intended.

Any one who has heard Rod Roddenberry speak about his father and Star Trek as well as followed those things he has done over the past years as the CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment, can attest to the passion he exhibits when speaking about and dealing with all things Star Trek, along with the fans of the franchise, not to mention his incredible work and vision for our planet and the environment.

In a recent interview with Trekzone, Roddenberry praised the executives already onboard with the new series along with their commitment to the vision of what Star Trek is saying, “They understand the importance of Star Trek. They understand it’s the 50th anniversary. They’re not out to re-write history. They’re not out to change anything. They understand they need to do their best to keep people happy but also probably make it a little different.” Roddenberry continued to say that he had tremendous hopes and was really encouraged by the meetings he had had with his fellow executive producers.

When asked by host Matt Miller what Star Trek’s 50th anniversary meant to Roddenberry he said, “Having the last name that I have and being as embedded in it as I’ve been, I have tremendous pride for my family and my father. Star Trek has always been more than just entertainment and . . .” as if searching for the right words Roddenberry continued, “I wouldn’t be so overcome with the amazing fact that its lasted this long. My real interest right now is; what has changed and what has not changed in the last fifty years? What will change in the next fifty years?

Roddenberry then said, “What can we think of today? What social issues today seem so absurd to us that in fifty years or in ten years will be the complete norm? I love thinking about those things and I love exercising my brain and even my own ability to accept things. I consider myself very open minded but you can throw some things at me right now that I’m sure I would think are just inappropriate and wrong, and people twenty, thirty, forty, fifty years from now would think is the norm.”

In the Star Trek.com article mentioned above Roddenberry also said, “Moral dilemmas, human issues, complex characters, and a genuine sense of optimism: These are the cornerstones of Star Trek and are what have made it such an influential and beloved franchise for the last 50 years. While I will always be humbled by its legacy and the legions of fans who are its guardians, it’s a genuine honor to be joining a team of imaginative and incredibly capable individuals whose endeavor it is to uphold the tenets of Star Trek’s legacy while bringing it to audiences in a new era and on a contemporary platform.

The simple truth of the matter comes down to this, in having listened to, followed, interviewed and reported on Rod Roddenberry over the years, his enthusiasm and dedication to his father’s legacy is palpable and infectious in such a way that he easily comes across as genuine.

It is this reporter’s hope that Rodenberry will help make the new Star trek series as great as his father helped to make the original Star trek before him in new ways that are not just the same or as good, but rather different; exciting and better. But not just better as in up to date special effects, but better in ways Gene Roddenberry never could have achieved simply because he did not have the benefit of fifty years of Star Trek vision and passionate fandom to inform, excite and inspire him as his son indeed does moving forward.

When you believe in what you do and do those things you believe in for no other reason than for their own sake as it seems to me that Rod Roddenberry has done and continues to do in his life’s enterprises, the results can often times be spectacular, unique and will hopefully take us all where no person has been to before where the new Star Trek series is concerned!

Here is hoping that the producers, staff and cast of the new Star Trek series will see and understand just how important Star Trek is to humanity’s future. Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a brighter tomorrow is not just the musings of a fictional science fiction television program, but rather a blueprint of what is best and most important within humanity both now as well as in the future.

Star Trek in some very important ways offers all people a glimpse and taste of what we all have the capacity to be. Gene Roddenberry understood that humanity has the inherent potential to surpass its wildest dreams and has the ability to grow and mature into a race that does not just venture into the stars, but rather touch the very face of the gods in the heavens themselves through the recognition of the inherent greatness within our very souls. If only we have the courage to believe in ourselves and make it so!

So please do your best Mr. Roddenberry, because we are all counting on you whether we know it or not!

Tye Bourdony is the co-owner of scifipulse.net as well as the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is also a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator, deep space traveler, and the lead interstellar reporter for the Galactic Enquirer. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the staff Family Mediator and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on facebook and at www.thelightersideofscifi.com or send your thoughts and story/article ideas to tyebscifipulseditor@aol.com.
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