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The Roddenberry stamp of approval

August 06, 2009|Linda Whitmore

Eugene Wesley "Rod" Roddenberry, son of Gene Roddenberry, is busy, what with the "Star Trek" convention coming up this week in Las Vegas and his comic book series, "Days Missing." But chief on our mind was his reaction to J.J. Abrams' reboot of his father's TV series:

"I began very apprehensive. Someone new was coming in, and they were gonna do my dad's 'Star Trek.' And they even put a commercial out saying, 'This is not your father's "Star Trek," ' which concerned me for two reasons: my love, my respect for my father and what that name means to fans and the fans' expectations. . . . When I saw it, I was blown away. . . . I'm guessing that [writers Alex] Kurtzman and [Roberto] Orci, being fans of 'Star Trek,' kept it true to the philosophy, kept it true to the timeline, and they were able to take their own timeline to make changes. And J.J. made it a roller-coaster ride for everyone to enjoy. They made 'Star Trek' cool again."

Read the full interview on the Hero Complex blog at latimes.com/herocomplex.

-- Linda Whitmore

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