Independently produced Star Trek episodes and movies are quite the rage. At first they were very cheaply produced “webisodes” made purely for the personal enjoyment of those people who wanted to continue living in that universe created by the late Gene Roddenberry, and to be watched by those Trek fans who were thirsty for more stories. However, times have started to change and the bar has been steadily raised as more and more professional actors and filmmakers have dedicated their time and talents to creating the type of stories that they feel Paramount and CBS should be making, and now the latest entry was just premiered and it is Star Trek: Renegades, produced by the same team behind Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.
This latest production was entirely funded through Kickstarter, and in each funding request the production team saw the goal exceeded thereby allowing them to complete the project with the cast they desired.
The synopsis for Star Trek: Renegades is as follows:
It is ten years after the starship Voyager ’ s return from the Delta Quadrant, and the Federation is in a crisis. The Federation’s main suppliers of dilithium crystals (the primary catalyst for the fuel used in faster-than-light travel) are disappearing. Space and time have folded around several planets, effectively isolating them from any contact with outside worlds. The phenomenon is not natural – someone or something is causing it to happen. This necessitates drastic measures; some of which are outside the Federation’s normal jurisdiction. For this, Admiral Pavel Chekov, head of Starfleet Intelligence, turns to Commander Tuvok, Voyager ’ s former security officer and current head of the newly reorganized Section 31, Starfleet’s autonomous intelligence and defense organization. Tuvok must put together a new covert, renegade crew – mostly outcasts and rogues – and even criminals. This new crew is tasked with finding out what is causing the folding of time and space, and stopping it at all costs. But will they be able to put aside their differences and stop trying to kill one another in time to accomplish their mission?
The project, starring Walter Koenig as Admiral Pavel Chekov, and Tim Russ reprising his Star Trek: Voyager role as Tuvok, also has some notable cast members such as Sean Young (Dr. Lucien), Richard Herd (returning as Admiral Paris), Manu Intiraymi (also returning from Star Trek: Voyager as Icheb), and Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgment Day).
The film was entirely funded by fans from around the world in the hopes that CBS might deem it to be a worthwhile endeavor and continue it as a regular Star Trek series, either online or one of their own broadcast or cable networks.
The trailer for Star Trek: Renegades is below: