Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar short is online, and better than anything Abrams is doing

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Aug 15, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT (Updated)

The incredible fan film that finally reveals the details of the four-year war between the Klingons and the Federation is online, and you need to see it right now.

We mentioned Axanar a little while back, when just a small preview of the prelude was available. To recap, Christian Gossett and Alec Peters have been diligently working to get Star Trek back to its roots by putting together a film that would show us what really happened during the four years the Federation and the Klingon Empire went toe to toe.

At the time, we only had a few minutes of footage to recommend what they were doing, but now the entire prequel, Prelude to Axanar, has been made available, and it will make you a believer in what they're trying to accomplish.

It's phenomenal to see a fan effort already manage to both completely grab this bold narrative by the horns and garner a real cast of incredible sci-fi actors while they do it. Getting Gary Graham to come back and play Soval alone is exciting, but to have Richard Hatch, Tony Todd, Kate Vernon and J.G. Hertzler all in there, too, is just mind-blowing.

Of course, fan efforts based on existing properties aren't going to be bankrolled by stereotypical executives in suits. And while the production crew has already done a lot, to make a full-length film about an epic space war isn't cheap.

Axanar Productions is looking to raise a total of $650,000 for the full film. They're raising the money piecemeal through Kickstarter. Right now they're trying to put together $100k for soundstage and set construction. So far, they've already garnered more than $225k!

It's undeniable -- Trek fans want to get back to the Trek they know. Say what you will about the reboot movies - they may look pretty, they may have a good cast and crew behind them -- but they bear very little resemblance to what came before.

Axanar is the real deal. It's got fans who know the history of the show, actors who were a part of that history, and an aesthetic that drips classic Trek.

We're in. Are you?

(via Kickstarter)