On Sept. 8, 1966, the first episode of Star Trek ("The Cage") aired heralding a new era of science fiction TV. Star Trek was every bit as ground-breaking as "All in the Family". It touched on social issues in ways like only science fiction can. Creator Gene Roddenberry often put humans, or even aliens, in situations that challenged their morals, tested their beliefs and shined a spotlight on their shortcomings. In Star Trek, Roddenberry dared to imagine humanity rising above greed, materialism and racism.
Forty-five years later, his influence continues. The Science Channel is paying tribute to Roddenberry in Trek Nation, a documentary airing Nov. 30th that follows Roddenberry's only son, Rod, as he "explores his family legacy and the crusade his father’s passion and curiosity for exploration."
Here's a sneak peek:
And because we can never get enough, here are three of my favorite scenes. Enjoy!