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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!

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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!

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Just the thing for lovers of Trek trivia!

By ajrjaneway - Mar 14 2018
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Love hearing stories from the beginning of Star Trek and seeing these amazing documents. Thanks!

A must for any Trek fan

By BigCoz - Jan 25 2018
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This is a very fun podcast. Deep dive into some behind the scenes documents.

iTunes Ratings

65 Ratings
Average Ratings
60
2
1
1
1

Just the thing for lovers of Trek trivia!

By ajrjaneway - Mar 14 2018
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Love hearing stories from the beginning of Star Trek and seeing these amazing documents. Thanks!

A must for any Trek fan

By BigCoz - Jan 25 2018
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This is a very fun podcast. Deep dive into some behind the scenes documents.
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The Trek Files: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast

Latest release on May 26, 2020

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Rank #1: 1-03 Star Trek Lives Draft Introduction (January 1975)

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When the rest of the world started to take Star Trek fandom seriously, Gene Roddenberry was asked to provide an introduction for the book "Star Trek Lives" in 1975. Here we present an early draft with many of Gene's thoughts on Trek fans and forward-looking comments about the state of mass media.

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Feb 06 2018

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Rank #2: 3-9 TNG Weapons and Tactics - January 30, 1987

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Rick Sternbach comes back to The Trek Files to discuss his first TNG technical memo. How would the shields on the new Enterprise work? Rick lets us know how he balanced science and science fiction in the early days with plausible explanations for complex ideas.

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Apr 16 2019

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Rank #3: 2-18 Bob Justman Noah's Ark memo - October 17, 1986

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Families on the Enterprise? This was a big question among the producers who assembled in the early days of The Next Generation, well before the show's first bible had been written. In this memo, Bob Justman makes a case for dealing with relationships, kids and what the crew is doing when they are off duty. Larry is joined this week by special guest Lisa Klink!

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Nov 27 2018

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Rank #4: 3-14 Sam Peeples notes on The Cage - April 1965

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After NBC rejected Star Trek's first pilot "The Cage," Gene Roddenberry reached out to his friend (and later Trek contributor) Sam Peeples for notes that could possibly salvage the show. Sam offers up his ideas, and we have a TOS insider and friend of both, Dorothy Fontana, this week to discuss Peeples and Trek's early years.

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May 21 2019

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Rank #5: 3-21 Michael Piller TNG sex memo - February 1991

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Concerned about encroaching sexual content on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Rick Berman instructed Michael Piller to send out a memo to the writers with guidelines on what was acceptable and what was not. Were the Trois going too far? Was it Picard's relationships? "Dr. Trek" Larry Nemecek and John Champion pick apart TNG's "sex policy."

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Jul 09 2019

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Rank #6: 2-24 Save Star Trek - 1967

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The letter-writing campaign that saved Star Trek for a third season kicked into high gear in late 1967. What was the best way to approach the network, and how many letters were really sent? And what role did vodka play in getting Star Trek to pass its syndication threshold? Find out when John and Bjo Trimble join Larry again this week for a deep dive into 1960s fandom!

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Jan 15 2019

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Rank #7: 3-4 Assignment Earth extras casting - January 5, 1968

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This week, The Trek Files solves a mystery 50 years in the making. Ever since Gary Seven's cat "Isis" took human form in the episode "Assignment Earth," fans have wondered who it was on screen for just a few seconds. Rumors swirled, and as is often the case, they were wrong. Meet the newest member of the Trek family, April Tatro.

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Mar 12 2019

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Rank #8: 3-5 Piece of Mind story draft - January 17, 1990

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The episode that would become "Menage a Troi" started as a pitch called "Piece of Mind" from Fred Bronson to Gene Roddenberry. Having already scripted one episode of The Animated Series, Fred had an "in" with the TNG production staff and knew that a Lwaxana story would be needed. Our special guest this week is Fred Bronson himself with tales of rewrites, rejected ideas and the importance of work lunches.

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Mar 19 2019

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Rank #9: 2-07 Bob Justman holodeck memo - October 17, 1986

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Bob Justman shares an idea with Gene Roddenberry for a potential new piece of hardware on the Enterprise. This week, The Trek Files welcomes back Paramount executive Dave Rossi to get to the bottom of the holodeck and how part of the inspiration comes from the sci-fi classic Soylent Green.

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Sep 11 2018

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Rank #10: 4-9 Gene Roddenberry interview transcript - 1974

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The transcript of an interview reveals so much more than merely the questions and answers within. In 1974, Steve Reed from the Atlanta-based magazine Pulse interviewed Gene Roddenberry, but it seems like Steve was a fan who saw the opportunity to get some insider information. What happens when the dog catches the car? Find out on this week's Trek Files.

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Nov 05 2019

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Rank #11: 2-23 Assignment Earth story ideas - January 1967

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In a parallel universe, Gene Roddenberry successfully used the Star Trek episode "Assignment Earth" as a backdoor pilot to launch a brand new series in the fall of 1968. With episodes needing to be produced, Gene would rely on story editor Dorothy Fontana to narrow down suitable stories and, like Star Trek, draw from existing science fiction authors. The Trek Files welcomes back Rene Echevarria to discuss a TOS favorite and what could have been.

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Jan 08 2019

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Rank #12: 2-04 Gene Roddenberry letter to Norman Felton - October 1965

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Norman Felton had a hit on his hands with "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." when Gene Roddenberry reached out to him about possibly mentoring a young actor interested in directing - Leonard Nimoy. Gene and Norman sparred a little in this 1965 correspondence, and to give it some color we brought in U.N.C.L.E. expert Robert Short who also has quite a bit of Trek experience himself. Hailing frequencies are open... Open channel D.

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Aug 21 2018

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Rank #13: 4-12 10101001 first draft memo - October 1987

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Andre Bormanis joins The Trek Files again to talk about the Bynars and keeping computer jargon believable in science fiction. Our document centers around the development of the TNG episode "11001001" (when it was known as "10101001"); elements that stayed like the holodeck and elements that were nixed like a visit from the Klingons!

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Nov 26 2019

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Rank #14: 3-8 Corey Allen - Farpoint director notes - April 26, 1987

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Bob Justman sends a memo to Gene Roddenberry just before TNG's "Encounter at Farpoint" goes in front of the camera. Director Corey Allen has his own approach which Bob reminds Gene may need some oversight. Talking more about director quirks with us this week, returning guest Dave Rossi!

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Apr 09 2019

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Rank #15: 4-17 Picard-Crusher Relationship memo - November 1986

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In the early days of The Next Generation, "Crusher" meant Wesley and his mother would likely have not been seen after the pilot episode. A memo from Bob Justman to Gene Roddenberry suggests ways to develop the boy's relationship with Picard and what might have been between the Captain and Beverly.

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Jan 07 2020

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Rank #16: 3-13 STAB Paramount letter - July 1973

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In the 1970s, Star Trek fans anxiously awaited news about the return of Trek, whether as a feature film or a revived series. Some fans even called for a boycott of Paramount until such time that an announcement was made. What did Gene Roddenberry make of this? Find out on this week's Trek Files.

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May 14 2019

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Rank #17: 2-12 Richard Arnold office memo to GR - May 1986

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Working out of the Star Trek office on the Paramount lot, Richard Arnold fielded a number of questions and requests from fans and professionals alike. In this memo from 1986, Richard outlines to Gene Roddenberry the types of requests he handles on a regular basis. Joining Larry this week to dive into fandom, behind-the-scenes and working for Gene, none other than the document's author, Richard Arnold himself!

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Oct 16 2018

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Rank #18: 4-24 Star Trek Phase II Daily Production Report - Part 3

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Closing out our fourth season on The Trek Files, we welcome back David Gautreaux for an in-depth interview about the Zen of Xon, how he got the news he wasn't going to be Star Trek's new leading Vulcan, and the powerful influence Gene Roddenberry had on his life.

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Feb 25 2020

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Rank #19: 3-24 The Icarus Factor distribution list - 1988

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We welcome back TNG second season producer Robert McCullough to talk about the production staff during his ten-week run on the show. Who wrote scripts from the ending first? Where did Klingon pain sticks come from? What was his very first convention like? A little more chaos on the bridge plus a peek back into life on set at the end of TOS.

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Jul 30 2019

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Rank #20: 3-16 Convention Profits Letter to Gene Roddenberry - 1972

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From the very first Star Trek convention in 1972, the prospect of commercial exploitation rubbed some fans the wrong way. In an exchange between Gene Roddenberry and one fan, Cole Whiteman, the economic realities take center stage.

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Jun 04 2019

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