I’ve been playing around with some ideas for Trek Tuesday, specifically in regards to fan films, or what I like to call Fan Trek. As usual, I’m late to the party. I came across, ‘Star Trek: New Voyages/ Star Trek: Phase II’ about a year a half ago. They’ve been in production for over a decade. Way to keep up, Stephe.
Anyway, late or not, I fell down the rabbit hole. Very soon I was watching ‘Star Trek Continues’ which, like ‘Phase II’, continues the 5 year mission of the Enterprise. Then its on to the fan film “Of Gods and Men’, followed by ‘The Red Shirt Diaries’, ‘Star Trek Abridged’ (I clearly don’t take this too seriously) and several others. I’ve even gone so far as to donate to several of the shows’ recent Kickstarter campaigns, notably ‘Axanar’.. If you don’t like some of these independent productions, blame me.
After watching several of these shows, and seeing the quality of program they create on the most shoestring of budgets, I’m convinced that ‘Star Trek’ could very easily return to television. After binge-watching a season and a half of TOS and DS9, I’m pretty sure that the best outlet is cable, where the seasons are shorter and the story arcs are longer. Those 20+ episode seasons are too long for the Planet of the Week storylines of TOS, and DS9 gets a lot better when the Dominion War kicks off and the storylines tighten up.
C’mon Paramount, make it so.
Oh...but you don’t know where to start, do you? How about here? (killer segue)
‘Star Trek: Renegades’
‘ST: Renegades’ is a full length feature, meant to serve as a pilot for a new series. It’s been in production for a couple year, and now they’re ready to show it off. I’ve seen the trailers for ‘Renegades’ online. The (super) quick hit synopsis is that Tuvok puts together a crew of miscreants to figure out why bad things are happening throughout Federation space. It has some potential. It’s made by the same team that put out ‘Of Gods and Men’ which I liked. I thought they did a nice job explaining the ‘Mirror/Mirror’ universe, so much so that I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt here.
The film debuts this weekend in Los Angeles. I think it’d be kind of a cool thing to go to, but I don’t live in LA. For any of you that do….GO! Then tell me how it was.
And here’s the press release:
“Star Trek: Renegades” Sets Its Phasers to Stun Audience at the Iconic Crest Theatre in Westwood for World Premiere August 1st
(Hollywood, CA) Monday, July 27, 2015 – From the award winning team that brought you the first independently-produced Star Trek film, “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men”, (co-written/produced by Sky Conway, which has been viewed by millions online) comes the new feature film “Star Trek: Renegades” (STR). Fans have been anxiously waiting for this soon-to-be cult classic feature by multi-award-winning director, Tim Russ, which will premiere on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the historical Crest Theatre in Westwood, California.
“Star Trek: Renegades” World Premiere
Saturday, August 1, 2015
The Crest Theater: 1262 Westwood Blvd; Los Angeles, CA 90024
Red Carpet at 7 p.m. Premiere at 8 p.m.
There will be a special fan screening at 4:30pm prior to the premiere.
Seating is limited. Doors open at 3:30pm
Stay Tuned for more info about “Star Trek: Renegades” as well as tickets to the screenings at: startrekrenegades.com and boldly go where no other Star Trek has gone before!
About “Star Trek: Renegades”:
“Star Trek: Renegades” is directed by award-winning actor/director Tim Russ, who also served as director for “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men”, as well as many other projects. STR is produced by Sky Conway, with screenplay by Ethan H. Calk, Jack Trevino, and Sky Conway. Produced by Skyway Productions and Distributed by Atomic Studios. “Star Trek: Renegades” is an independent online show that will be released on DVD/Blu-ray. STR is an exhilarating new adventure that boldly goes where no Star Trek has gone before!
Cast includes: Walter Koenig as Admiral Chekov (Star Trek Series – Pavel Chekov), Tim Russ as Tuvok (Tuvok from Voyager),Adrienne Wilkinson as Captain Lexxa Singh (Zena/Star Wars), Sean Young as Dr. Lucien (Blade Runner), Robert Picardo as Dr. Lews Zimmerman (Voyager), Gary Graham as Ragnar (Alien Nation), Richerd Herd as Admiral Paris (V), Manu Intiraymias Icheb (Voyager), Bruce A. Young as Borrada (The Sentinel), Edward Furlong as Fixer (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), and a galaxy of other stars.
Yeah, I know this is largely a cheat installment of Trek Tuesday, but cut me some slack. For those of us who would like to see Trek return to television in some fashion I think it’s important that fans support these independent productions to prove to the studios that the demand is there. Whatever the next iteration of Trek turns out to be, we gotta start somewhere. Here looks pretty good to me.
Go boldly, my friends.