Trek Nation

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Trek Nation
Directed by Scott Colthorp
Narrated by Rod Roddenberry
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Rod Roddenberry
Trevor Roth
Nicole Rittenmeyer
Running time 82 minutes
Original release
  • November 30, 2011 (2011-11-30) (United States)

Trek Nation is a 2011 documentary film directed by Scott Colthorp examining the positive impact that Star Trek and creator Gene Roddenberry may have had on people's lives as seen through the eyes of his son, Eugene Roddenberry, Jr. ("Rod"). It includes interviews with castmembers and crew from all five Star Trek incarnations as well as with various fans and celebrities who were markedly influenced by the show while growing up. Rod Roddenberry also visits Skywalker Ranch to interview George Lucas on the influence that Star Trek had on him. Lucas says he went to Star Trek conventions before creating Star Wars. The film premiered on November 30, 2011, on Science.


The documentary was conceived in 2001, although Rod Roddenberry said in interviews that the concept began with the death of his father, Gene Roddenberry, in 1991. He stated that the film was based on discovering his father rather than Star Trek in general.[1] It was shot by Rod Roddenberry between 2001 and 2010, he said that "I'd never done a documentary before. This was 10 years of trying to figure out what to do. We made mistakes all the way."[1] Trek Nation was produced by Roddenberry Entertainment and New Animal Productions, with Roddenberry, Trevor Roth and Nicole Rittenmeyer as executive producers.[2]

It was created as an antithesis to the 1997 documentary Trekkies, and was intended not to concentrate as heavily on costumed fans of Star Trek.[3]

Trek Nation was first broadcast in the United States on the television channel Science on November 30, 2011.[4] It was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on the channel Quest on July 29, 2012.[5]


  1. ^ a b "A Son Remembers". Mint. July 9, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2013.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Science Explores the Legacy of the Star Trek Phenomenon With the Definitive Two-Hour Television Event: Trek Nation". Defense & Aerospace Week. November 30, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2013.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Thill, Scott (May 15, 2010). "Q&A: Trek Nation Director Scott Colthorp on Star Trek, Optimism and Dissed Fans". Wired. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (November 30, 2011). "Critic's Corner". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 8, 2013.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ "29 July Sunday". Daily Mail. July 28, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2013.  (subscription required)

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