Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Franchise That Would Not Die...

...or even rest for a little while.

Unhappy with recent Star Trek product (and who could blame them?), or the lack thereof, Trekkies are doing it for themselves these days. Fan fiction isn't enough for some folks though, the producers of Star Trek: The New Voyages are actually putting out an episodic show with the goal of finishing the tale of Kirk and Spock's initial five-year mission.

My first impulse (as it is anytime I discover fans more hardcore than myself) is to mock, but I have to acknowledge the guts of these folks to not just put this stuff out, but to try to replace Shatner and Nimoy in the process. And not only that, but George Takei and Walter Koenig have volunteered to play Sulu and Chekov in a couple of episodes and David Gerrold, who wrote for the original series, is now writing for this one.

I'm afraid to even try to download episodes over my crappy dial-up connection, but whether the show's any good or not is isn't that important to me. I don't write fan fiction and I don't enjoy reading it, but these guys have taken it to such a different level that I have to clap just for the effort.


Annette said...

I usually cringe at the mention of fan-fiction but I thought I'd take a quick look at this. If nothing else it could have been incredibly funny. It's really well done though. The graphics, special effects, and the set are amazing. Kirk sounds like he's talking from inside a big can or something and I'm not sure I like Bones, but perhaps he'll grow on me. Spock and Scotty are pretty good, judging from the half episode I watched. I can't comment on the storylines yet, having only seen the half episode but, over all, it held my interest and as soon as I've finished a couple of assignments I'll try to finish watching the premiere episode "Come What May".

Michael May said...

Let me know what you think of the story once you've finished it. I'm really curious.


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