173: The Man Who Saved Star Trek


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Remembering Harve Bennett.

Right off the heels of Leonard Nimoy’s death came the news that another Star Trek great, Harve Bennett, had passed on as well. Bennett was the man behind Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, a film without which the majority of Star Trek would not exist. Following the mixed reception of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the future of the franchise seemed in doubt. But thanks to his vision the second big-screen outing for Kirk and crew was a resounding success, and secured a long and fruitful life for Gene Roddenberry’s creation.

In this episode of The Ready Room, Christopher Jones and Larry Nemecek sit down for a special episode remembering Bennett and his contributions to Star Trek. Larry recounts his meetings with Harve over the years and we discuss the pivotal moments of his career both within and beyond Trek, and how, without him, TNG and everything after would not exist.


Christopher Jones and Larry Nemecek

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

Associate Producer

Renee Roberts

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen


Have Bennett’s Contributions to TV and Film (00:04:33)

A Pivotal Man (00:15:15)

Confusion About the Date of Death (00:20:33)

Talking with Harve (00:30:44)

Harve Bennett and Star Trek V (00:37:37)

…And Star Treks III and IV (00:47:02)

The Academy Idea (00:52:32)

Keeping the Memory of Harve Bennett Alive (00:58:46)

Closing (01:02:04)

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