The Creators of Star Trek the Next Generation Copyright Paramount / CBS
06 – Gene Roddenberry
You’re thinking this is a list of character deaths, what the heck is Gene doing on it, he was never a character!
And you’re right, Gene was never a character on his own show, though he was once a voice in the original series, and his picture appeared in a database on a screen in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
But the truth is his death had a huge impact on the characters of the Star Trek franchise, while he was the visionary who created the first two series, and was behind the scenes throughout the first six movies, Gene in some ways held Star Trek back.
His recycled stories, and characters and strict non-confrontational rules during the first seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation were in some ways holding the series back from the greatness it would achieve later on. While he deserves all the credit in the world for what the franchise has become sometimes the best thing a creator can do is step away and let their creation grow which is the impact his death ultimately had on the series.
Had Gene lived he likely wouldn’t have allowed such things as The Best of Both Worlds, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager, or Star Trek Discovery, Each is in some way built on a conflict between the crew, something Gene was strongly against, and each has its own important place in Star Trek history.
We may never have known what his ultimate vision would have led us to but his death impacted the characters we know and love in a deep and profound way.