Fan film reimagines 'Star Trek'

Trekkies couldn’t get UPN or Spike to save Star Trek: Enterprise, even after they ponied up production money, but a group of Trek fanatics is now trying to revive the original 1966-69 series by making the ultimate fan films. Wired has a terrific story about a the group of amateurs filming new episodes of the classic Trek. They’re led by Jack Marshall (who created the largely Jar-Jar free Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Edit), and they’re working with some professionals with real Trek credits, including Chekov himself, Walter Koenig. (Like he’s got so many better things to do.) You can see the fruits of their labor at As Spock would say: fascinating.

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  • Ian

    God, they are so awful. I mean, the FX are quite remarkable sometimes and the scope was only rarely outstripped by the actual shows, but the acting and writing is just abysmal. Of course you can’t compare it with a professional production that would have access to real money and real actors, but… it’s pretty painful.
    It’s a shame no one was watching ‘Enterprise’ in its last two years – a tightly-knit war storyline and then a season of great Original Series tie-ins (finally) realised the show’s potential too late in the game, but actually made ‘Star Trek’ fun -and- compelling for the first time in half a decade.

  • Ian

    …and I confused this with the ‘Hidden Frontiers’ fan effort. They do so few of these ‘New Voyages,’ I forget they exist. These are much more fun. My original comments still apply to ‘Hidden Frontiers’ though!

  • movieguy77

    Um…okay…I hate to be the one to break this to everyone but Star Trek was bad enough the first time around for those of us not interested in learning to conjugate the Klingon verb for “warrior love”…GRAR-OLI-RAR-OR-TA!
    Fooled ya…just typed random letters on the old keyboard. Ha.

  • Alan

    The last 2 seasons of ‘Enterprise’ were no better than the first two. Season 3 was the absolute worst.
    These fan films bring back the energy of the original series with the limited special effects and music. Sure the acting is horrible and the writing could use some polish but they do a great job at providing an exciting adventure that you stay to see finished. Unlike ‘Enterprise’ which plodded along with recycled plots and predictable endings.

  • Tracy

    I’ve seen them all. The original Star Trek, The Next Generation (my personal favorite), Deep Space Nine, Voyager and finally Enterprise. As with all the Star Treks, the first few seasons are crap. However, once the character building is over and you start to see how they all interact w/each other – that’s when things start getting good. I was extremely disapointed when they took Enterprise off the air…it was just really starting to get cooking! I’d love the idea of getting another show out on the air – or more movies. I’d hate to see the end of Star Trek. I know there are those of you who never got into it – but hey…they weren’t made for you guys!!!!!

  • EP Sato

    What I think is cool about the New Voyages, is that it’s one of the first (non porn) ventures into web based shows. Since they are using copyrighted material they can not charge for this, but it opens the door for a pay per episode science fiction show with real production values! Pay-Per-Episode web based shows could keep shows with strong fan bases (Firefly, Andromeda, et al) to stay on the air forever, being supported by their fans and niche based advertisements. Thanks to TIVO, these digital shows can even be downloaded and turned into DVDs. So what are ya’ll production companies waiting for? Get cooking!

  • Alex

    Yeah, it was Listen 2 This. I liked those, but then they started not being exclusively about music, (they started to include video games & comic books too) floral carpet undefined

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