He may not have been around as much during the show's final season, but Star Trek's creator was definitely still focused on his characters.
Yesterday, we posted a rare and fascinating interview from Star Trek's very first Captain, the late Jeffrey Hunter, who played Capt. Christopher Pike.
Today marks the 25th Anniversary of Stark Trek: The Next Generation's pilot, Encounter at Farpoint, premiere. That's 25 years since Picard stared out into the great and infinite vastness of space and said "Let's see what's out there." To celebrate, here's 25 things you might not know about the seminal series.
Though we remember Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek series as a groundbreaking, iconic (and OK, a little uneven) sci-fi show, not every science fiction enthusiast was so impressed. Among them was strong candidate for Greatest Sci-Fi Writer Ever Isaac Asimov, who wrote a public critique of the show's science that led Roddenberry to draft a lengthy private retort.
When Star Trek TOS first aired in 1966, the sci-fi series had one of the most racially diverse casts ever seen on TV and featured minorities like no one else had done before. And from the stories that were passed on for years, everyone thought it was Gene Roddenberry himself who pushed for the idea. Now an historian is saying that's not what really happened.
"Space...the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise ... " Some of the most famous words in all of science fiction. And, it turns out, written by Roddenberry at the very last minute. Here are some of the dead-ends he went down before landing on the perfect passage.
Gene's Journal is an adorable web comic about a boy who's always being abducted by aliens. (Later, that boy grows up to become Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek.) Now the comic strip is going to reach a wider audience: it's becoming a children's animated TV series.
For a franchise that spanned five TV series, 11 movies and Roddenberry-only-knows-how-much erotic fan-fiction, there was a lot of Star Trek we still never got to see. A ton of different movies, spinoff and reboots were proposed but never hit the screen (especially after Star Trek: Enterprise was cancelled). Here are the 10 we wish we were watching on DVD right now.
Who was the first captain of Star Trek's U.S. S. Enterprise? And—was the Enterprise even the ship's name? You can find out all this and more by reading creator Gene Roddenberry's original pitch for his now-classic series.
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan ... best Star Trek movie of all time, right? And we have Harve Bennett, the producer who reinvigorated the franchise after the failure that was Star Trek: The Motion Picture, to thank for that. But it turns out that Bennett and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry actively disliked each other.