Alumnus documents father’s ‘Star Trek’ legacy

By Camille Shooshani

A documentary by Rod Roddenberry ’91, son of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, debuted on the Science Channel Nov. 30.

The two-hour documentary chronicles Roddenberry’s discovery of the influence of the “Star Trek” television series and movie franchise on its fans.

“Star Trek” absorbed his father’s life, so Roddenberry’s documentary gave him a new view of his father, he said.

During Roddenberry’s senior year at Harvard-Westlake, his father died.

After working on “Earth: Final Conflict” a TV show based on his father’s ideas, Roddenberry became much more interested in his father’s legacy.

“I’d go to conventions and ask fans, ‘what is it about this show?’” Roddenberry said. “I traveled all around the world and discovered this kind of commonality, this sort of hope for the future, this positive outlook on what our human potential was. That’s what inspired me.”

The documentary features “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and the director of the new “Star Trek” franchise, J.J. Abrams.

“People like George Lucas were really interested in the father-son angle,” Roddenberry said. “I think this really connected with him.”