Mania Interview With Gene Roddenberry Comments -


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Dazzler 12/4/2008 4:41:16 AM

Pretty cool interview.  Was that cinescape?

I wonder if Gene did get the payday he deserved.  I guess he would have with Next Gen and the movies he was around for. 

Spock as a midget would have been groundbreaking.  They did a good job with that dwarf with that tk old ep with the first interracial kiss. 



monkeyfoot 12/4/2008 7:23:18 AM

"I know that humans, even today, capture and torture people and commit war and all of that. But that’s because they are still children and children are violent. But I refuse to think any other way about the human race but that they are beautiful children. They will, in the end, persevere."

"I think perhaps the best piece of advice I’ve had came from my grandmother who told me to believe in myself, to believe in humanity, and to be patient and give them all the chance to realize what they are."

Two great quotes that the world should still live by.

michaelxaviermaelstrom 12/4/2008 8:33:03 AM
That's gotta be Dan Madsen founder of the original Official Star Trek Fan Club? ^Raise-Eyebrow. If so, oh hell yeah. Good to see ya 'mate. Ace interview session, you nailed the right Qs to elucidate Gene's philosophy. When is Mania going to put an American monthly magazine out again? The only print zine out here worth reading (and paying for - Ed) for the informed opine is Starlog but last time I checked they were in old fart mode, restin on their laurels and not moving one nanometer to embrace the growing new gen fandom we have now for genre. And now they've filed for bankruptcy protection. uhg. I miss Cinescape Magazine. It had the balance right, informed opine meets next gen appeal. (ask me magazines, like evolution, work best when they're grounded in history but reach for the stars -Ed) Yeah Ed, and Cinescape had a good price. It was worth MORE than you payed for it. Back on topic, Roddenberry's right. We all screw up sometimes, but we don't have to define ourselves or define others by those moments, so long as we continue to strive to be better, we become better. I miss that man's optimistic realism. Here's to hopin his legacy and vision are in good hands. mXm
almostunbiased 12/4/2008 1:19:47 PM

When I first read the title, I was thinking "what the hell, he's dead," but this was cool.

Dartter 12/4/2008 1:36:40 PM

This is what we are missing today not in just sci fi but in all genres as a whole, a true visionary like this man. Now I'm not a trekkie or what ever the term is you call the die hard fans, because I was born in the late 70's and was a Star Wars kid. Not to say I hated the OS but I laughed at it everytime watched it because of dated production values. It was difficult to take it seriuosly. But the first couple of movies I loved because you really got to see Roddenberry's true vision and when Next Generation came out my entire family and I have seen nearly every episode togather, and my mom is a bible thumper not a real sci fi person. But by the middle of DS9 I started to loose interrest and Voyger was ok but no Next Gen which means once Roddenberry was gone it was evident in the shows, kind of like Cameron's abscence from the Terminator series.

Point is after reading this enterview the reason for the complaint of Hollywood's product  and lack of originality in the last decade and half is because they are preventing people like this from entering the business. This man is essentially the father of modern science fiction look at everything that has spawned after Star Trek: 2001 and Star Wars, I talking the rooted ideas. It's like minorities complaining about the lack of strong civil rights leaders after MLK and Malcom X died. GENRE FANS WANT A NEW LEADER!!! A leader of pure qualities. Hollywoods only concern is of MONEY now and of course movies are a business but it was an ART FORM first and the people incharge of the studios have forgotten that and don't know how to make movies they come from other corporations in other industries whos only concern is profit and numbers and their making the audiences forget aswell.

The only hope I see now for original imaginative story telling is James Cameron and his film Avatar which seems to be the most groundbreaking NEW idea to come out of the industry in years. In the end you can really see how Roddenbarry's influence and absence has affected so much.
Rant over.

mrcanoehead 12/4/2008 7:44:06 PM

 We need more people like Gene in the world. But just like he invisoned for Trek, the world will get worse before it gets better.

Here's hoping first contact takes place in my lifetime.

StarlightGuard 12/5/2008 5:14:03 AM

see? this is the difference between a Roddenberry trek and an Abrams one

they're just not coming from the same mind-set

thank you Gene Roddenberry

thank you very much

todd890 12/5/2008 8:11:25 AM

Gene didn't open my eyes until late in the 70's. I was only 9 at the time and I was a Star Wars fan, my sister insisted that I watch the first series. I hated it for six episodes, but it grew on me. It opened my mind and now I'm still loyal to it, it has enriched my life and it also sparked an interest.

From Star Trek and so many other series, I finally became a writer a past hobby of mine and I finally embraced years ago. Now I have a book out and I haven't looked back.

thanks to Gene. A man that inspired me to look deep into my own heart as others before me all ready have. I know it's too late to say thank you, but I hope that one day I can become as much an inspration as he has to me.

domino2008 1/26/2009 10:43:58 PM

As a young kid i remember watching Star Trek , . then in the 70's they  reran it so many times on tv . it was alway my favorite show . it gave hope and understanding ourselves as universal human beings , that one day we would unitfy and get our crap together and explore space . now with the new HD verisons of the tv show  on DVD i was talking to a dude who was like 18 yrs old and never saw the original show . with the new effects a new generation can watch and perhaps get something outta it .Gene was a smart guy with a vision that lives on.



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