Star Trek a Gene Roddenberry Vision Part 2
Star Trek points to a time when reason and communicated good thoughts have won over the opposing forces of the two.
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Gene Roddenberry’s Writing Presents a Problem
Gene Roddenberry was a creative visionary. Would anyone disagree with that statement?
In his original 1965 Star Trek pilot introduction, he explained how the networks were in love with westerns. You will find this to be an accurate observation from the sixties. Just talk to an aunt or uncle. Oh I forgot, you may need to talk with Grandma and Grandpa. So even though the networks were looking for westerns, Mr. Roddenberry gave them so much more!
Still, here is the question. Did the networks appreciate the unique gift to the world of entertainment, which would also be migrated to books?
Everyone can get the answer here:
“The Cage” – Star Trek Original Pilot – Gene Roddenberry Intro!
Gene Roddenberry’s Writing Shows “We Get It”
After viewing the documentary pilot for Star Trek, you were able to hear with your own ears Mr. Roddenberry point out the following concerns the show’s effect would be on the society at that time.
- No smoking characters
- A crew alien member designed to look like audiences perception of the devil
- Women in command roles with high IQs
- Mixed skin colors (White, Black, Asian, etc ) working together and in romance
Are you one in the frame of mind as feeling, “The networks concerns were based on ignorance and fear”?
All the same, what did Gene Roddenberry report about the letters he received in feedback on the show?
What is our observable outcome?
Star Trek Original Seasons
- First Season 29 Episodes 1966 -1967
- Second Season 26 Episodes 1967- 1968
- Third Season 24 Episodes 1968- 1969
Star Trek Original Movies
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Director Robert Wise
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Director Nicholas Meyer
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Director Leonard Nimoy
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Director William Shatner
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Director Nicholas Meyer
Is There One in Your Life or in You?
Is there a Gene Roddenberry in you? Or what about one of his characters in the original series?
Personalities who get the sense of this, a respect for others, get it; when it comes to Star Trek. And no, this does not mean our idiosyncrasies do not cause conflicts with others at times.
But, when you sit back and think about what is happening, whether it be by some internal or external strife, your reasoning ability can identify the problem.
Take the problems that have occurred with different tribes and caste systems, if you will? Or; two individuals who do not see eye to eye.
What has happened even with good friends who were closer than brothers when they did not find where the hurtful problem was residing and how to ethically resolve it?
Ah, what was going through Gene’s mind when he created Day of the Dove?
Wow! Could you resolve a problem like the one above? Some of you authors have written similar scenarios in your books; we just know it. A character that reasons on what is right and also brave enough to do it. Which saves the day!
We could go on, but let’s close with this thought. Gene Roddenberry wrote with this future view. No smoking, piracy, prejudice, or religion. And yet, his themes went into references from the Good Book in more than one episode. Imagine that.
I’m aware of even some readers here have not given consideration to the role of religion; Which I’m not going to dive into here. Again, Imagine this.
Imagine asking a King who walks past you for an opportunity to speak with him and to learn from him. The King likes your smile and sincerity. He points to one of his trusted aids and says, “This person knows what makes me happy. He will tell you and even give you exercises, if you will, to help keep you healthy and strong as my subject and NOW friend.” You look at the King with a smile. The King then says, “Call me when you need me or just to talk.”
Such an encounter and words have come about in an illustrative sense due to these words taught by a famous prophet that sincere people exercise in a regular routine and innate desire: (The Good Book:Matthew 22:36-40)
Where would we be without such elevated thoughts?
Would Gene Rodenberry’s original series have been as successful without them?
Live Long and Prosper
Read: Star Trek a Gene Roddenberry Vision Part 1
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