Rod Roddenberry and William Shatner both think Gene Roddenberry would react differently to the new Star Trek.
Since the launch of Star Trek: Discovery, fans have been very divided over most of the new Star Trek content. The content has largely been hit or miss for many fans, with too much of it straying too far from the core convention of what made Trek what it is today.
This has changed recently with the releases of Star Trek’s Prodigy and Strange New Worlds, both shows that have returned to the idea of comradery, exploration, and a better tomorrow. Not every show has embraced those tenants, however, which have upset fans and stars alike.
William Shatner believes that series creator, Gene Roddenberry, would “…be turning in his grave at some of this stuff,” at the newer Star Trek. To be fair, he probably would be as Roddenberry hated most of the franchise. Wrath of Khan? Roddenberry didn’t only hate it, but he actively tried to sabotage it.
Roddenberry’s son, Rod, however, believes his father would love the newer Trek series, well at least Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. He told ScreenRant that he believed his father would be “…very proud of it.”
Honestly, both men are probably right.
William Shanter and Rod Roddenberry are probably right about how Gene Roddenberry would feel about the new Star Trek.
It’s hard to argue either man’s point. I mean, Gene literally tried to sabotage Wrath of Khan because of how much he hated the film and the lack of involvement he had in it. His ideas were considered persona non grata and were rarely used. Leaving Gene to leak the death of Spock to any and every person he met.
So yeah, Shatner is dead on, Gene would hate shows like Discovery and Picard.
Yet, Rod is also right, that his father may love Strange New Worlds. Unlike the other shows in the series, Strange New Worlds is actually embracing the classic Trek formula to rave reviews. Not just from critics, which isn’t a strong sign of anything, but fans too.
it’s universally loved. Sure, there are outliers, but the fans love it and the critics love it. So there’s every chance that Gene would love it. Even if he did hate everything else.