In 1966, the international phenomenon known as Star Trek made its way on to television. Today, forty-five years later, Star Trek still proves to be one of the most beloved franchises in the star system world. In celebration of Star Trek’s galactic influence, SCIENCE (formerly The Science Channel) is exploring the legacy of Star Trek with a two-hour television event, Trek Nation.

Through interviews with fans and former cast members, as well as never-before-seen videos from the Roddenberry family collection, Trek Nation follows Gene Roddenberry’s son, Rod, as he attempts to understand the immense impact that his father’s work has had on the rest of the world.

When it first premiered, Star Trek was described as a western set in space. However, as the series progressed, Roddenberry brilliantly began mirroring societal issues of the time, and was able to translate groundbreaking social commentary into an entertainment medium. Described as one of the most influential television series in history, Star Trek has helped push boundaries in the real world of space travel, politics, electronics and much more.

Joining Rod on his journey of paternal understanding, George Lucas (Star Wars), J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek), Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy), Stan Lee (Spider-Man, X-Men) and Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) not only reveal how Star Trek has influenced them, but also discuss the importance of Star Trek’s role in the world.

You can view the trailer below:

As you can see from the trailer above, Trek Nation is not only about celebrating the phenomenon that has become Star Trek, but also explore its famed creator Gene Roddenberry. For Rod Roddenberry, it’s about better understanding the man behind Star Trek – the man he called “Dad.”

With 45 years of Star Trek creeping up out of nowhere, we now sit five years away from the 50th anniversary in 2016. Which, interestingly enough, will come 3 years after Doctor Who celebrates its own 50th anniversary.

While no plans have been made yet, one can only assume that the next fve years will be rife with science fiction revelry. If that’s too long to wait, you still have Star Trek 2 in 2013 to look forward to.

Of course, If 2013 is still too far away (or you’re worried that the John Cusack movie 2012 will be accurate), you can watch Captain Sulu, George Takei, next year on Celebrity Apprentice.

Trek Nation airs Wednesday, November, 30 @8pm on SCIENCE

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