Originally scheduled for October
The following is a review for a fan film, if you have yet to see it please click here now to prevent spoilers.
As much as I like the Kelvin Timeline movies, I wish the franchise would go back to the primary timeline, but thankfully thanks to the magic of head canon and fan theories, we get things like Star Trek Renegades, or just Renegades now (more on this later).
Ten years after the starship Voyager‘s return from the Delta Quadrant, the Federation is in a crisis. The Federation’s main suppliers of dilithium crystals (the primary catalyst for the fuel used in faster-than-light travel) are disappearing. Space and time have folded around several planets, isolating them from outside contact. The phenomenon is unnatural – someone or something is causing it to happen. The need to stop this necessitates drastic measures, some of which are outside the Federation’s normal jurisdiction. For this, Admiral Pavel Chekov, head of Starfleet Intelligence, turns to Commander Tuvok, Voyager‘s former security officer and current head of the newly reorganized Section 31, Starfleet’s autonomous intelligence and defense organization. Tuvok must put together a new covert, renegade crew – mostly outcasts and rogues, and even criminals. This new crew is tasked with finding out what is causing the folding of time and space, and stopping it at all costs.
There were plans to make this a full-on series, and Tim Russ launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for the second and third episodes. But then, production hit a major snag. As mentioned in the Starship Farragut review, there were some new rules issued by Paramount and CBS, but here’s the story of how that came to pass.
Around 2014, a fan film was made called Prelude to Axanar, but despite, Paramount and CBS filed a lawsuit against the creators of another Star Trek fan film/series “Axanar” for copyright infringement.
Thanks to some intervention from J.J. Abrams, the suit was dropped by the time “Beyond” hit theaters. Afterwords, Paramount released new guidelines for anyone who wanted to make Star Trek fan films, they ranged from something simple like adding the byline “a Star Trek fan production” to completely unreasonable like limiting the fan films runtime to just 30 minutes (two 15 minute segments).
Because of these rules, the second and third episode were reworked to completely remove all references to Star Trek. This also affected the other fan films/series, some films/series like Starship Valiant, Pacific 201, and Trek Isolation are going to continue while following the guidelines, others like Star Trek New Voyages and Star Trek Continues ended production, and some like Starship Farragut are up in the air.
The movie was actually pretty good, I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed seeing all these Star Trek actors from TOS to Enterprise coming together to do this movie. I really wish Paramount didn’t put limits on fan films, cause I would’ve loved to have seen what the actual second episode of Renegades would’ve been like. Overall, it’s a pretty great watch, check it out.
Next time, we end the year-long celebration of Star Trek by going back to the beginning, where the journey began.