Gene Roddenberry

Texas History Minute: Gene Roddenberry, the writer behind Star Trek

Texas has been home to many imaginative scientists, artists, and writers. Because of their dreams and determination, they changed how people saw the world. One Texas writer in particular, Gene Roddenberry, created one of the most successful science fiction stories today, Star Trek. Born Eugene Wesley Roddenberry in El Paso...

Gene Roddenberry hated the Wesley Crusher hate

Gene Roddenberry liked the character of Wesley Crusher. After Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted in 1987, it didn’t take long for viewers to start pointing out things (or characters) they didn’t like. Unfortunately, one of those characters was Wesley Crusher, the teenage son of Dr. Beverly Crusher played by Wil Wheaton. Fans just didn’t take to the teeanger as, to some of them, he came across as too perfect.

Why was Khan’s name so important to Gene Roddenberry?

Gene Roddenberry was insistent about one part of Khan’s name. When details for the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Space Seed” were still underway, the writer who’d pitched the script, Carey Wilber, didn’t have a lot of backstory from the series as it had only been on the air for three weeks. So he was making things up as he went along.

Gene Roddenberry actively tried to ruin Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Gene Roddenberry hated Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan so much he tried to ruin it. It’s rather ironic that the movie that most Star Trek fans think is the best, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, was not a movie Gene Roddenberry cared for very much. In fact, he downright hated it. So much so that he actively tried to ruin the film for fans every chance he got.

Gene Roddenberry Wasn't Happy With Star Trek: Wrath Of Khan's Most Famous Scene

When Gene Roddenberry first pitched "Star Trek" to CBS, he sold it as "Wagon Train" to the stars, a reference to the long-running 1957 western TV series. Roddenberry wanted the show to be about bold frontiersmanship and cultural exchange but with the bonus of being expressly anti-colonialist. "Star Trek's" famed Prime Directive ensured that no ultra-advanced civilization would be permitted to enforce their will on another culture. Roddenberry also wanted to ensure that his vision of the future was without prejudice (he asked for a multicultural cast) and beyond religion (he rejected a studio note to include a chaplain on the Enterprise).

Why Gene Roddenberry hated Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country released shortly after Gene Roddenberry’s death. Nicholas Meyer had worked with Leonard Nimoy on the storyline for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and co-wrote the screenplay with Denny Flynn, and though the movie was considered successful upon its release, it had one major detractor. Gene Roddenberry. Roddenberry passed away before the film was released in movie theaters, but, according to Whatculture, he viewed the final cut of it beforehand, and he hated every line of the script.

Why Gene Roddenberry wrote lyrics to Star Trek: The Original Series theme song

Star Trek: The Original Series never used lyrics for its theme song. The theme song for Star Trek: The Original Series was designed to create a sense of being among the stars. Created by Alexander Courage, the theme, which was created in one day, plays while the Enterprise flies toward and past the camera. When Courage was interviewed in 2000 for Emmy TV Legends, he said that the song “Beyond the Blue Horizon” inspired him to write the song we all know so well. And that “whoosh” noise we hear? Courage vocalized that himsef. (It’s an excellent interview!)

Director wanted Gene Roddenberry to change the name of Star Trek

In 1964, when Gene Roddenberry was getting ready for Star Trek: The Original Series’ first pilot, “The Cage,” he chose Robert Butler as the director as he had directed episodes of “The Lieutenant,” which was Roddenberry’s previous series. Butler wasn’t a big fan of science fiction, but he did agree to direct the first ever episode of the new series. There was, however, one thing he suggested Roddenberry change—the name of the series.

How well do you know Gene Roddenberry?

Roddenberry led a rather colorful or as some would say sordid lifestyle. I wouldn't expect any of these quiz questions to make mention of that. In any event, his creation "Star Trek" with all its sequels, movies, and iterations is proving to outlast Star Wars. And it's still going strong.

How well do you know Gene Roddenberry?

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Gene Roddenberry had one rule for Will Riker

As creator of the Star Trek franchise, Gene Roddenberry had a lot of input into what happened during the production of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He had specific requirements like no conflict between the crew members and one that was especially reserved for Commander William T. Riker, one that series star, Jonathan Frakes, had a little bit of issue with.
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Time Warp, March 1975: 'Star Trek' creator Gene Roddenberry makes first trip to region

March 11, 1975: Over the years, “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry visited our neck of the solar system to speak at a college and local “Trek” convention. Brian Fulton, library manager, oversees The Times-Tribune's expansive digital and paper archives and is an authority on local history. Contact Brian at or 570-348-9140.

A biopic of ''Star Trek'' creator Gene Roddenberry is in development

Recently, Trekkies the world over celebrated Gene Roddenberry on what would have been his 100th birthday. The Star Trek creator led a fascinating life beyond the 1966 series, including surviving not one but two plane crashes, the creation of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and writing speeches for the LAPD.