There are several independent Star Trek productions of varying quality, and they just seem to be getting more and more impressive. This concept has completely changed my vision of the future of media. We're not going to need top-down production companies to make entertainment in the future, as fans of a concept can simply use crowd funding to commission the works they want. I generally dismissed and scoffed at such endeavors as amateur and lacking until I watched "Star Trek Continues". With that experience, I realized that the talent to produce top-notch stories is abundant, and that the future is bright for anyone to be the storyteller they wish to be. Here are just a few of the stories ongoing in the 'unofficial' Star Trek universe:
Star Trek Continues is an attempt to pick up the Original Series where it left off. Yes, it is an entirely new cast, but they represent all of the original characters especially well. Their set design, musical score, and special effects are SPOT ON to the original. Nobody has captured the feel and tone of the original Star Trek better than these fellas. They currently only have two episodes released, with a third coming this weekend.
Their second episode, Lolani:
Another production in the works is Star Trek Renegades. This show, set in the prime universe after the end of Star Trek: Voyager, features Walter Koenig and Tim Russ reprising their roles as Chekov and Tuvok, as they lead a renegade crew into the darker side of the Trek universe. This ambitious project has attracted the attention of a lot of former Trek talent, and will advance the prime universe into uncharted territory.
The latest Renegades trailer:
And the last production I want to highlight is Star Trek: Axanar. Axanar might be the most exciting of the group, as the special effects look amazing, and the talent shows a lot of potential. This feature will begin as a History Channel style documentary, featuring Starfleet and Klingon leaders being interveiwed about a historic watershed battle. Taking place shortly before the Original Series, this looks to bridge the gap between Enterprise and The Original Series, and seems to have the look and feel very well in hand.
The latest Axanar trailer:
Now, with each of these, I only ask that you approach them with an open mind. I was won over after expecting shortcomings. Of course, this concept can't go from zero to sixty overnight; but the steps they have taken have left me with a sense of wondrous awe. I am very, very inspired by these people's accomplishments as independent producers. Give them an honest chance, and if you like what they're all about- look up their kickstarter pages, and pitch them a little coin for their work!
Edited by KenJennings, 12 June 2014 - 05:07 PM.