The sad truth about Star Trek is that it took original creator Gene Roddenberry stepping away for the series to find its second wind. Although he will always rightfully be considered the genius who shepherded the finest science fiction franchise in history into existence, his later vision of what Star Trek was clashed not only with other creatives, but with much of what made the original television series so great in the first place. It’s no accident that he was forced out of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which remains arguably the best of the twelve films made so far.

But those twelve films will soon be thirteen, so it’s no accident that the new book The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek – The First 25 Years is in stores right now (the second volume arrives in August). While I’m anticipation Star Trek Beyond, this book is what is currently grabbing my attention… mainly because it reveals that Gene Roddenberry wrote a Star Trek movie where Captain Kirk fights Jesus Christ.

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Here’s how much CBS wants you to try out their new All Access digital streaming platform: the network is making a new Star Trek television series that will premiere on regular ‘ol TV before sending all other episodes exclusively to the new service. And to make sure that you comply and sign up, they brought the great Bryan Fuller on board as showrunner and hired Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn director Nicholas Meyer as a writer and producer.

And now they’ve gone an gotten themselves a Roddenberry. Specially, Rod Roddenberry, the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and current CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment, has joined the series as an executive producer. Fine, CBS. I’ll try your goddamn All Access thing. Jesus Christ.

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star trek 50th anniversary

I know: you’re still high on Star Wars and you will probably continue to be high on it until Star Wars: The Force Awakens slowly trudges out of theaters in a few months. But can we all pause for about 10 minutes and shift gears to Star Trek? Okay, five minutes. Deal. Let’s do this.

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the greatest (well, most consistent) science fiction series of all time and everyone involved is pulling out all the stops. Paramount is releasing Star Trek Beyond, which will hopefully be a necessary course correction after the bummer that was Star Trek Into Darkness. CBS is planning a new television series that will premiere in January 2017. And now, Roddenberry Entertainment, the namesake company of Trek’s original creator, Gene Roddenberry, is getting in on the celebration. They will release a never-before-seen image from Star Trek history every single day throughout 2016…and they’ve already revealed three bonus images, just to whet your appetite.

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Star Trek: The Original Series has been available on Blu-ray for a couple of years now, but if you prefer Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) to Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), your moment will be coming next year. Star Trek: The Next Generation will finally begin hitting Blu-ray in 2012, in honor of the series’ 25th anniversary. Read more details and watch a teaser after the jump.

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Infographic: 45 Years of ‘Star Trek’

Today is the 45th anniversary of Star Trek, as creator Gene Roddenberry launched the original television show on September 8, 1966. To celebrate, here’s a good little infographic that quickly runs down the history of the show and a handful of facts associated with many people and ideas associated with it over time. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Star Trek Documentary Trek Nation

Star Trek convention

I’ve always been fascinated with the topic of geek fandom, which is why I’m usually on the look-out for new documentaries that deal with that topic. Many of them aren’t so great. There are a few that focus on the people who waited in line for Episode One. A couple of them focus on subsets of fans, like Lord of the Rings fans or Star Wars fans.

Roger Nygard‘s Trekkies is one of my favorite documentaries, not just on the subject, but of all time. I would highly recommend that anyone who hasn’t seen it — seek it out. It takes a look at some hardcore Star Trek fans from around the U.S. I think it works because the fans Roger profiles and follows tend to be more quirky and interesting than your average fan. They even made a sequel which explored Star Trek fandom around the globe. Unfortunately that film is not as entertaining. The fans profiled were more average/normal, likely due to complains from the Star Trek fan nation about the first film.

RopesofSilicon pointed me to a new Star Trek documentary called Trek Nation. Directed by Scott Colthorp, the film follows Rod Roddenberry, who is on a mission to understand the enormous impact his father, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, had on this world. And while this film seems less concerned with the quirky fans or crazy conventions, it seems like an interesting take on the subject from a unique perspective with good production values. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump.

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