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Your weekly deep-dive into the archives of Roddenberry Entertainment, from the personal files of Gene Roddenberry. Each week, “Dr. Trek” himself, Larry Nemecek, and his guest host will take a behind-the-scenes look at documents that haven’t been viewed in decades—many being revealed publicly for the very first time!

Your weekly deep-dive into the archives of Roddenberry Entertainment, from the personal files of Gene Roddenberry. Each week, “Dr. Trek” himself, Larry Nemecek, and his guest host will take a behind-the-scenes look at documents that haven’t been viewed in decades—many being revealed publicly for the very first time!

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United States

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Your weekly deep-dive into the archives of Roddenberry Entertainment, from the personal files of Gene Roddenberry. Each week, “Dr. Trek” himself, Larry Nemecek, and his guest host will take a behind-the-scenes look at documents that haven’t been viewed in decades—many being revealed publicly for the very first time!

Language:

English


Episodes

Star Trek: The Motion Picture call sheets - October 1978

7/27/2021
The famous "rec deck" scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture was filmed in October 1978 and featured hundreds of friends and fans who had supported the journey from small screen to big screen. Actor/host/writer Steven Lance was among those on set that day and tells the personal story how James Doohan got him there! Se the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:25:32

7-02 Business affairs 1975 and lunch notes 1986

7/20/2021
Gene Roddenberry's longtime executive assistant Susan Sackett joins The Trek Files to discuss two documents a decade apart. First up, the gritty details of the Star Trek office and who is responsible for what expenditures. Then it's onto the early days of The Next Generation when the groundwork was being laid for the new series - over lunch, of course. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:18:27

7-01 Ralph Senensky

7/13/2021
Kicking off season 7 of The Trek Files: an interview with Star Trek TOS multiple-episode director, Ralph Senensky. In this segment, recorded in Ralph's home, we'll hear about "This Side of Paradise," his first assignment on the series, and why directors should never expect praise from their producers. Follow The Trek Files Se the documents at Facebook.com/TheTrekFiles

Duration:00:17:43

6-24 Star Trek motion picture poll - 1976

6/1/2021
Three years before Star Trek: The Motion Picture, a fan surveyed hundreds of other Star Trek fans to get a look at their hopes and expectations for the franchise's next phase. To close season six of The Trek Files, Larry welcomes back John Champion to discuss the clues about the first wave of fandom and their unique relationship to the creative forces behind their favorite show. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:23:49

6-23 Plato's Stepchildren composers - 1968

5/25/2021
Gerald Fried is back on The Trek Files! The legendary composer sits down with Larry to discuss his time with Star Trek (composing the scores for four episodes) as well as the inherent differences in writing music for Gilligan's Island and the merits of Lost in Space. Our document this week takes a peek behind the curtain as Bob Justman seeks a composer for "Plato's Stepchildren" with his sardonic wit intact. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:19:53

6-22 Columbia record memo - 1976

5/18/2021
To fill the gap between Star Trek on TV and big screen, a record album was conceived to have various audio essays and interviews with Trek actors "in character." Mark Lenard signed up to play Sarek on a number of topics, and this week we welcome back author Jean Lorrah with her take on characterizing the Vulcan and what she may have contributed. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:15:15

6-21 Wesley Crusher casting - 1987

5/11/2021
Final casting for Star Trek: The Next Generation was happening in spring of 1987. For the role of Wesley Crusher, young actors were given sample script pages and put on tape for the producers to make their decisions. This week, Larry is joined by one of those actor hopefuls, The Trek Files producer John Champion! See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:20:12

6-20 Letter to Gerald Fried - June 5, 1968

5/4/2021
A correspondence between composer Gerald Fried and Star Trek Producer Bob Justman regarding music for "The Paradise Syndrome" kicks off this week's The Trek Files. We are honored to welcome the talented (and humorous!) Gerald Fried himself to talk about writing music for Star Trek and a myriad of other iconic productions. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:18:10

6-19 Condolence letter from Ronald Reagan - 1991

4/27/2021
After Gene Roddenberry's death in 1991, letters of condolence to Majel Barrett Roddenberry flooded in from luminaries around the world, including from former President Ronald Reagan. Helping Majel reply to those letters was a close friend. The Trek Files welcomes back Dr. Harrison Solow to talk about her relationship with the Roddenberry family. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:18:49

6-18 - Star Trek Continuing Characters - 1968

4/20/2021
A memo from Gene Roddenberry outlines some changes and areas of concern for Star Trek's regular characters as they head into the show's third season. Spock, in particular, poses a challenge, and this week The Trek Files welcomes back Jean Lorrah to discuss fandom's take on the famous Vulcan and how fan fiction filled in the gaps. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:18:33

6-17 Portraits of American Genius - 1991

4/13/2021
In 1991 a book proposal made its way to Gene Roddenberry's desk that he should be included in "Portraits of American Genius." This week, Dr. Harrison Solow (wife of the late Herb Solow, Desilu Studios' Executive in Charge of Production) talks about the pitch and her growing friendship with Gene, Majel, Herb and others in the Star Trek production staff. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:18:50

6-16 Letter from Gene Roddenberry to Dan Madsen - 1991

4/6/2021
As the 25th anniversary of Star Trek was playing out on big and small screens and in the press, Gene Roddenberry wrote to Dan Madsen, President of the Star Trek Fan Club, to reflect on Trek's fandom and influence. Dan joins The Trek Files this week to tell his story of going from fan to professional. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:20:05

6-15 - Journey to Babel story outline - June 23, 1967

3/30/2021
Dorothy Fontana's story for "Journey to Babel" introduced the world to Spock's parents Karek and Amanda (as named in her first draft). The family drama gained the interest of fans at the time, and even launched a few writing careers in its wake. Jean Lorrah, novelist, professor and Star Trek fan-fiction author, joins The Trek Files to tell her story. See the documents: Facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:15:22

6-14 Letter from Gene Roddenberry re: Lincoln Enterprises - ca. 1975

3/23/2021
Dan Madsen joins The Trek Files again to discuss a letter from Gene Roddenberry about Lincoln Enterprises. It's a look into fan psychology and the "mission" of Lincoln to keep Star Trek in the public eye while a new production was still potentially years away. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:18:33

6-13 Conn Position memo - July 23, 1990

3/16/2021
A short memo from Michael Piller to Rick Berman points out the necessity of filling the Conn position on the Enterprise bridge with someone worthy after Wesley Crusher leaves. Returning guest Lolita Fatjo talks about Piller's contributions to TNG and his legacy. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles Support the Star Trek: Voyager documentary.

Duration:00:20:15

6-12 Fan letter to Gene Roddenberry - 1971

3/9/2021
An earnest fan letter to Gene Roddenberry in 1971 kicks off today's discussion with Star Trek fan-turned-actor Noah Averbach-Katz. Get the story of Noah's immersion into the Trek world and how he sees the fandom reacting to today's stories. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:21:34

6-11 - Plato's Stepchildren production documents - 1968

3/2/2021
The third season TOS episode "Plato's Stepchildren" may be remembered for its famous kiss between Kirk and Uhura, but there was a profound effect on a young viewer that led to a lifetime in fandom. Hear Dan Madsen's story and reflections on the impact Star Trek has on innumerable fans who are inspired by its stories. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:20:12

6-10 Star Trek: The Next Generation distribution list - 1990

2/23/2021
Three simple slips of paper reveal the quick ascendance of an important addition to the Star Trek: The Next Generation production team - Jeri Taylor. Joining The Trek Files this week to talk about her contributions to the franchise is Jeri's friend and former assistant Lolita Fatjo. Follow the Voyager Documentary on Twitter. Indiegogo campaign begins March 2021. See the documents: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:19:20

6-09 Gene Roddenberry letters to writers - 1959

2/16/2021
While aspiring writers hoped to get a foot in the door with Star Trek: The Next Generation, it was just as tough finding a job in Hollywood a generation or two prior. Gene Roddenberry sent back some discouraging notes to two of his colleagues in 1959, and today we have script supervisor Lolita Fatjo helping us connect the dots with TNG's open submission program. See the documents: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:19:14

6-08 Love letter to Majel Roddenberry - 1976

2/9/2021
In 1976, a fan sent a tongue-in-cheek "love letter" to Majel Barrett Roddenberry (with a nod to the Great Bird, of course). On this week's show, we're happy to welcome back Noah Averback-Katz from Star Trek: Discovery to discuss what it means to be in a Trek couple. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Duration:00:20:03