An independent, fan-funded and supported Internet television series, executive produced by Sky Conway, Star Trek Renegades features an all-star cast drawn from the various canonical Star Trek series, as well as many up and coming actors as well. Their first crowdfunding campaign was successful enough to fund the first installment and now they are ready to expand their own little corner of the Trek Universe!
Episode one, is set 10 years after Voyager returns from the Delta quadrant and sees a now Admiral Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig) as head of Starfleet intelligence working with Tuvok (Tim Russ) to protect the United Federation of Planets from all threats internal and otherwise. They assemble a special team of rogues and criminals to carry out this covert work. The team lead by Lexxa (Adrienne Wilkinson), the alleged daughter of Khan Noonien Singh, and also features some very familiar faces in: Manu Intiraymi, Gary Graham & Robert Picardo. You can watch the feature-length pilot episode HERE. It has now been viewed over three quarters of a million times!
It is interesting how this production has so many well-known faces from the Star Trek universe not only on screen but behind as well. They have recently added Trek Icon Andrew Probert to their creative team. Probert is responsible for the design of not one, but THREE Enterprises. He designed the Constitution class refit Enterprise from Star Trek the Motion Picture–Star Trek VI, as well as The Galaxy-Class Enterprise-D we all know and love from Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was also responsible for the Ambassador class Enterprise-C from Yesterday’s Enterprise. Also newly added to the Renegades production team is Dennis McCarthy, who composed the Scores for Star Trek Generations, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. McCarthy was also responsible for contributing music to Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise as well.
There are some new characters from Trek series coming to Episodes 2 & 3 as well. Nog (Aron Eisenberg), Jake Sisko (Cirroc Lofton), Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell), Chakotay (Robert Beltran) and Molly O’brien (Hana Hatae) will all be coming on board for the new episodes.
It has been announced that episodes two and three will be the final performances of Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov. The cast and crew are hoping to use the funds from this Kickstarter campaign to fully produce episode two with stretch goals to go to episode 3. As a fan-produced project they are prohibited from making a profit on the project, and cannot approach traditional investment groups as in the traditional manner, so they in turn, like so many other fan productions, turn to crowdfunding on the internet to get the results they seek. It’s interesting to note that with the announcement of a new Star Trek Series from CBS in 2017 (See: CBS Announces New Star Trek Series in Development!) the future of Trek canon lies in the internet as well. The new Series will be broadcast on CBS All Access, the networks on-line Streaming service. CBS’s answer to Netflix will require subscribers to pay $5.99 per month to tune into new episodes of Star Trek.
There is a plethora of perks to choose from when you donate to their campaign ranging from a thank you in the credits, to props from the show, comm-badges, set visits and even being cast as an extra in the show. You can visit Star Trek Renegades’ Kickstarter campaign page by clicking here.
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