Trek Nation
Directed byScott Colthorp
Narrated byRod Roddenberry
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersRod Roddenberry
Trevor Roth
Nicole Rittenmeyer
Running time82 minutes
Original release
ReleaseNovember 30, 2011 (2011-11-30)

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 "Rod" Roddenberry, Jr. 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 learn about the influence Star Trek had on George Lucas. 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. 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.[citation needed]


John Tenuto of wrote " it is rare that after 45 years, any Star Trek documentary could present surprising information or genuine emotional content considering all that has precede it. Trek Nation achieves both results."[5] Jana J. Monji of described it as a "somewhat indulgent documentary".[6]

Home media

The documentary was released as two disc DVD on 9 July 2013.[7]


  1. ^ "A Son Remembers". Mint. July 9, 2012. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. 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. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. 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. Archived from the original on February 25, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2013.(subscription required)
  5. ^ Tenuto, John (1 December 2011). "[REVIEW] Trek Nation: A Star Trek Documentary Like No Other".
  6. ^ Jana J. Monji (24 July 2012). "Comic-Con 2012: Rev your engines :: :: Film Festivals". Archived from the original on 2012-08-15.
  7. ^ Roddenberry Entertainment (June 17, 2013). "Trek Nation Special Edition DVD Coming July 9, 2013". (Press release).