Fan films are sophisticated enough that they now rival television shows in terms of acting talent and special effects. The most recent fan-tacular Star Trek film, Star Trek: Renegades, which hit YouTube today, is no exception.
According to Trek Renegade’s YouTube channel, below is the pilot episode in what producers hope is an ongoing series. Walter Keonig (Chekov) has signed on as a member of the recurring cast, and the episode contains Star Trek: Voyager alumni Tim Russ (Tuvok), Robert Picardo (the Doctor), Manu Intiraymi (Icheb) and Richard Herd (Admiral Paris).
In addition, Renegades includes other recognizable names such as Edward Furlong (Terminator 2), Sean Young (Blade Runner, Dune), Adrienne Marie Wilkinson (Xena: Warrior Princess), Herbert Jefferson Jr (original Battlestar Galactica), Gary Graham (Alien Nation) and others.
So, what’s it all about? In 2388, it seems that the dilithium-crystal-producing planet of Reuel Seven had been folded into the fabric of space-time, as has a planet in the Gamma Tauri system. To quote one Lt. Masaru, “These are not natural phenomena.”
Admiral Chekov pins the blame on an alien named Borrada. But for some reason, the council isn’t calling the hue and cry. Perhaps because one of Borrada’s allies sits on the council? It’s up to Chekov to gather a ragtag band of outsiders to do what the Federation will not -- and learn who's behind Borrada's machinations.
The fan film suffers from some extreme closeups and lighting that’s just a bit too harsh. But the makeup is spectacular, the protagonists are engaging, and the antagonists are nicely threatening.
We’re looking forward to seeing more from the Renegades team. Check it out: