Trek Nation 2012 NR

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The documentary "Trek Nation" explores "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry's vision and its impact on viewers' lives through the eyes of his son Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, Jr., who is on a quest to know his father whom he lost at age 17.

Starring:
J.J. Abrams, Indira Addington
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Scott Colthorp
Starring J.J. Abrams, Indira Addington
Supporting actors Sallie Baliunas, Majel Barrett, Grey Beyer, Chris Buice, Ernesto Cortes, Matthew Gregory Danner, Peter Diamandis, David Dortort, Doug Drexler, D.C. Fontana, Jonathan Frakes, Darius L. Galden, David A. Goodman, Rob Haitani, Eric Hall, Amber Kathrine, Mort Kessler, Christopher Knopf
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Very good copy.
sharon
I have watched it numerous times and I still find things I missed.
William McCauley
Highly recommended for Star Trek fans.
Jeffrey R. Young

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Highlander Engineer on July 11, 2013
I watched this film on Netflix some months ago, and was thoroughly impressed. I had the great pleasure of meeting and spending a couple of days with Rod Roddenberry in 1997, while I was working on a NASA underwater project. This was well before any aspect of Trek Nation had taken form. I found Rod to be a well-spoken and thoughtful young man, and it was a personal thrill to meet the son of Star Trek's creator.
The film gave me a unique insight into both the creation of Star Trek and the amazing phenomenon that is the fan base it created. Gene had a truly visionary idea to show what our future could be like, and that vision continues to inspire people across all boundaries of age, race, religion and nationality.
Rod's journey of discovery is evident in the entire process of making the film. It is a journey that I recognize and envy, as a son who lost my own father before really being able to have an adult relationship. I highly recommend this film to anyone who is a Trek fan and to anyone who may also be coming to terms with the past.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BluntReview on July 9, 2013
Emily over at BluntReview (dot) com says: Trek Nation has been years in the making because Rod Roddenberry (son of Gene) wasn't out to cash in on his father's name. He was on a mission to find out who his dad was.

For the group of people who call themselves Trekies, you wont be able to buy this fast enough. It is a kind of all-access pass into the life of the series creator - and his son is the guide. For others, like me, it's a wonderful exploration into a father/son relationship. That bond complicated by the fact that the guy you know as "pop" is a phenomenon to millions. That admiration doesn't always transfer to a son's devotion. Here, you can see, son Rod is now ready to discover his father. And now able to comprehend the legions of followers his father's creation Star Trek has created.

So much has been done on the science of Star Trek. The scientists who brought the shows' gadgets into real life. The wild social commentary that is - sadly - even today apropos. But, this visceral footage is different. There's a couple shots of conventions. But that is not the focus.

Watching J.J. Abrams discuss his new version is a lot of fun. Readers may remember how "upset" the initial reaction to a remake was. Another interview that's very enjoyable is George Lucas. Star Wars is like another sports team to many Trekies; you're either a Tribbles fan or a Wookie Chick. But, you hear the man himself compare and explain the admiration the two very different space-based dramas.

Another wonderful part of Trek Nation is the honesty in which many speak about Roddenberry. Celebrity interviews are often coached by a motivated press agent...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Schamber on July 12, 2013
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Just watched the DVD/ Great DVD, the only thing I would of liked to have on the DVD is the closed caption feature for hearing impaired
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Skeels on September 6, 2012
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A 5-star rating would mean this documentary about a son getting to know his famous father would have come home with all of the major awards, or that I thought that it probably should have. But it wasn't quite there.

There isn't much new information here that every hard core Trek fan doesn't already know. It's definitely worth seeing though, if you would like to learn about Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek's creator, alongside his son.

During the six years that this film was in production, the focus was on Gene Roddenberry's life. Mid-production, the focus changed to a son learning about a dad who died when his son was only 17. If the father-son aspect were the focus from start to finish, I think this would have been a somewhat better movie, and it may have brought home awards galore.

The movie I've always wanted to see is a biographical theatrical release about Gene's life, rather than a documentary. If we have such movies about dot-com creators, then why not one about the 20th century's most influential visionary?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lanette on July 11, 2013
Whether or not you were ever a fan of Star Trek (I was not before watching this film), you will enjoy this story of a son coming to terms with -- and then embracing the larger meaning of -- his father's legacy and vision. This is a beautiful story about Star Trek's impact on our culture and on the young man who grew up in its shadow and has now created his own vision for a more equitable, technologically advanced, humanitarian world. A lovely film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nexus Eleven on July 12, 2013
A really good documentary. Rod did a great job interviewing people that were integral in Star Trek beginnings. Learned a lot from this film...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim P-j on July 11, 2013
Not only am I a Star Trek fan but I'm also a fan of documentaries. This doc by Gene "Rodd" Roddenberry, son of the legend, sheds great light on the cultural phenomenon that is Star Trek as well as its creator. Whether or not you are a Trekker/Trekkie this film will win you over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By watchman on June 16, 2013
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As Mr. Spock would say, this documentary is "fascinating." I enjoyed seeing the profile of Gene Roddenberry done from his son's perspective. This was an insightful look into Roddenberry's personal and professional life, and his philosophy about what Star Trek should be. There were many facts about Star Trek unveiled that I had not previously known.
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