The True Story: Star Trek

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 7.30pm, ABC2 This se­ries looks at the lives and sto­ries be­hind Hol­ly­wood block­busters. Tonight it fo­cuses on this sci-fi phe­nom­e­non and the most suc­cess­ful fran­chise in his­tory: Star Trek. The ori­gins of this multi-bil­lion-dol­lar busi­ness and cult phe­nom­e­non can be traced back to one man — Los An­ge­les cop Gene Rod­den­berry. As the world of tele­vi­sion blos­somed in the 1950s, Rod­den­berry be­gan writ­ing scripts for po­lice dra­mas, be­fore hit­ting on a ground­break­ing new idea: Star Trek. Pro­ducer Herb Solow, Rod­den­berry’s son, Rod, and the orig­i­nal Mr Spock, Leonard Ni­moy, chart the se­ries’ me­te­oric rise to fame. A must for all Trekkies.

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