In this new era of Star Trek, we’ve seen much attention paid to the original series cast specific to the J.J. Abrams universe. While this is great, and I love the new films and the attention it’s brought to the franchise as a whole, this new universe and timeline has left little room for any mainstream growth of the so-called, ‘Prime’ universe that we have all grown to know and love over the past nearly 50 years.
Enter the team behind Star Trek: Renegades. Renegades is a new project being put together by several Trek alums, including Tim Russ (Tuvok) and Walter Keonig (Checkov), and aiming to serve as a possible pilot proposal to CBS as a new television series or potential web series.
Synopsis (from indiegogo):
Ten years after Voyager’s return from the Delta Quadrant, the Federation is in crisis. Someone has caused space and time to fold around several planets, all of which are the Federation’s main suppliers of dilithium, essentially cutting off the supply for several millennia. Starfleet’s methods to stop those responsible have been ineffective. This necessitates more drastic measures, some of which are outside the Federation’s jurisdiction. It now falls to Admiral Pavel Chekov, head of Starfleet Intelligence, and Commander Tuvok, Voyager’s former security officer and new head of the clandestine Section 31, to put together a new covert, renegade crew – primarily comprised of outcasts, rogues and even criminals. But can they refrain from killing each other to accomplish their task? That may be the bigger question…
This is the same team that put together the film, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, a couple of years ago, starring Walter Keonig, Nichelle Nichols, and Alan Ruck, and set a few years after the opening scenes of Star Trek: Generations.
If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it on youtube here. This film is just an awesomely nostalgic, well-done yet unfortunately underfunded, little project that won several online and independent film awards.
I love the fact that this group truly has a love for Star Trek. You can see by the time and effort they put into these projects that provide virtually no returns that they are definitely working for the fans. They have already exceeded their fundraising on Kickstarter, raising over $240,000 and are currently working on an indiegogo campaign to raise more to try and put out the best product possible. They’ve already surpassed their $20,000 initial goal, but are looking to raise as much as possible to build extra set and add more shooting time. They have some pretty cool deals for supporting too, including digital downloads, DVDs, Blu Rays of the final product, prop replicas, autographs, posters, name in the credits, etc. Check out their official website here and consider supporting their indiegogo campaign here. Help keep the independent spirit of Star Trek alive!