Is Rod Roddenberry kind of a douche?

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  1. RAMA

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    I give him the benefit of the doubt...taken at face value he admits to not caring about Trek for a long time and was interested in other things (not surprising or a crime), I don't recall him saying he dislikes his dad only that they didn't always get along. Is it impossible that someone discovers something years after the fact? I don't think so. Also documentaries especially "personal journeys" are really not big money makers, if he had wanted to make money he'd have gotten his name on production credits of something the family name produces.

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  2. OmahaStar

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    Who is "Luxwana Troi?"
     
  3. The Mirrorball Man

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    Yeah, that's a real head-scratcher, that one. Who could he be talking about?
     
  4. Avon

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    she's the holder of the sacred chalice of pedantic misery
     
  5. RandyS

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    Not to mention a voice that grates on you.
     
  6. RandyS

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    Deanna's mom.

    Until the creation of Trip Tucker, she was the most annoying character in Star Trek.
     
  7. doubleohfive

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    I've met Rod a couple times, and some good friends of mine know him very well. Based on my (admittedly) limited first hand interaction with him and the much more informed opinion of my our mutual friends who do know him much better than I, I would have to say Rod is not a douche at all.
     
  8. bullethead

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    Having seen a bit of him in that Geek round table video TrekMovie posted a while ago, I don't think he's a douche but I can see how someone could get that impression. There's something about his voice and hearing him mention "my dad" a lot that just wears on certain nerves.
     
  9. Avon

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    maybe we should take the question literally and discus whether rod-rod leaves your vagina sparkly-fresh
     
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    He can buy a license like any licensee.
     
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  12. The Wormhole

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    It probably feels awkard to hear him talk about "his dad" as though we shouldn't know him, even though everyone knows who his dad is.
     
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  14. RandyS

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    I was being deliberately facetious.

    I thought that was obvious.

    Oh well.

    :shrug:
     
  15. mos6507

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    I think maybe a more accurate term would be poseur. In other words, he presents himself as someone with higher credentials than he has. His brand is his name (hence the domain name) and his product is to milk the last vestiges of the Roddenberry empire rather than doing something that he can truly call his own. Doing a documentary about his dad surely is not striking out on your own. It's fine to get that out of his system, but if he wants to hang out with sci-fi nerds and present himself as "important" he should have more to show for himself besides a bunch of anecdotes about growing up.

    People should realize that Gene himself never wanted to be limited to just Star Trek. He struggled to find another vehicle in the 70s. He kind of fell back on Trek as Plan B. But at least he tried to branch out. I don't think he would have wanted his son to flog old props for a living. He basically embraced the worst qualities of the Roddenberry family, namely the emphasis on direct merchandising (the Lincoln Enterprises thing) and did not try to think or be creative.
     
  16. Avon

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    maybe growing up rich then being overshadowed by your father makes it hard to do something worthwhile
     
  17. BillJ

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    Maybe he should use the unearned celebrity for something constructive?
     
  18. Avon

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    ok, overshadowed + laziness = rod

    but still don't think calling him a douche is warranted
     
  19. BillJ

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    He reached douche status for me when he said he was glad his dad cheated on his mom because it made him more human.
     
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