According to Rod Roddenberry, Gene Roddenberry would give Star Trek: Strange New Worlds the thumbs-up.
William Shatner caused quite a dustup in the Star Trek community when he told San Diego Comic Con attendees at his “Shatner on Shatner” panel that Gene Roddenberr would be turning over in his grave at the direction in which Star Trek had gone. And while many fans of the older series agree with Shatner, Roddenberry’s son, Rod Roddenberry had something different to say, especially about the newest series, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
In an interview with Screenrant, Roddenberry said he thought his father would be very proud of the new series. He said he himself was a bit surprised at the “uniqueness of each episode,” but the producers and creators have “nailed it.” He added that they’re doing an incredible job on Strange New Worlds, and he is thrilled for them.
Gene Roddenberry didn’t always agree about the ways things were going on other Star Trek series.
Rod Roddenberry knows his father better than anyone so when he says his father would have bee proud of Strange New Worlds, that’s easy to believe. Are there things the original creator of Star Trek might not agree with nowadays? Possibly, but there were many things he didn’t like about the Star Trek movies, and he even had issues with Star Trek: The Next Generation. (He didn’t even want a Klingon on the bridge of the Enterprise in that series.)
The direction Trek hasn’t taken these past few years isn’t for everyone, but there’s something good in all of them. And rather than focus on if Roddenberry would like the current series, I’d like to think that he would be thrilled to see his vision continuing after all these years. After all, what he started over fifty-five years ago shows no signs of burning out.