Sunday, February 16, 2020

More Star Trek is ALWAYS a good thing!

Whilst all of you, and I, await the stirrings of my Muse to get me going on another adventure, I thought I would share with you some more of my absolute favorite Star Trek fan films. This time, I encourage you all to take a look at Star Trek: Intrepid (under the username StarShip Intrepid on YouTube and Starship Intrepid Films on Facebook). The main premise is that the U.S.S. Intrepid was assigned to provide security for a new colony in the Charybdis Sector, but the colonists and Starfleet don't always get along.

The Intrepid gang (no pun intended) began filming their stories more than a decade ago, making theirs one of the longest-running fan film series on the internet. They even did crossovers with other fan film series, such as Star Trek: Hidden Frontier (whom I will spotlight another time). I've had the great privilege of connecting with lead actor/writer/producer/director Nick Cook on Facebook more than once, working out the timeline of the series -- which I believe begins in 2383 -- or simply just showing my love for their work.

And wishing I lived in Scotland, where all the actors are from, so that I could be a part of the team.

Production value has most definitely increased over the years, leading to vast improvements in video, sound, and prop quality. So even though earlier vids aren't as great to look at as more recent ones, they're still very much worth watching and definitely still enjoyable. So please, do give them a chance and enjoy their take on the Star Trek universe.

Below is a list of their episodes in viewing order. They also have links to interviews and behind-the-scenes work on their YouTube channel. 

"Heavy Lies the Crown"
"Transitions and Lamentations"
"Where There's a Sea"
"Turning Point"
"Dissonant Minds"
"Confessions by Firelight"
"The Stone Unturned"
"Nemo Me Impune Lacessit"
"Orphans of War" (references incidents in Star Trek: Hidden Frontier)
"Operation Beta Shield" (crossover with Star Trek: Hidden Frontier)
"One of Our Own" (crossover with Star Trek: Hidden Frontier)
"Duty of Care"
"The Story"

I'm also including a link to their first Indiegogo campaign, in which they are hoping fans of their work will help support the production of their latest project. Even fan films cost money -- they have to pay for filming permits in public places, food for everyone to eat, costumes for the actors, materials for props, cameras, post-production work... A lot of the same things that big-budget films need money for, except all funds from this donation drive will go to production of the film. None of it goes into the actors' pockets. So please, donate if you can, or at least help spread the word to other fans of Trek fan films.

Help fund "Echoes" at Indigogo!