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RR44: Star Trek Generations Review

RR44: Star Trek Generations Review
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We’re back! We’ve been away for a bit but return with two special guests to review the first of the TNG era Star Trek films, Star Trek Generations. Now, Greg is still on his away mission, so Derreck takes the reigns with two Heroes Podcast Network veterans, Rae and Zach. We also talk a little Trek news including Discovery Season 2 premieres and details on the Short Treks.

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RR08: Cloaks, Jumps, and Doug Jones

We’ve got a special interview with Doug Jones, the man behind Saru as well as many other incredible creatures and characters! The interview comes from Kansas City Comic Con and Doug Jones was gracious enough to talk with us on the convention floor about his upcoming projects and his thoughts on Star Trek: Discovery!

Then, it’s back to the show as we break down and discuss “Into the Forest I Go”, the mid-season finale for Star Trek: Discovery.

Join our three-man crew for a journey that will span decades, every episode, every series, every movie, and every possible timeline no matter how small.

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Star Trek: Discovery First Look

It has been a long time coming, nearly a year. Last summer Star Trek: Discovery was announced. We received a title, logo, and a simple test flight video that many mistook for a final ship design. We were also given a premiere window of January 2017. Well, it’s mid-May and obviously that didn’t happen. The second premiere window of May is also being missed for a goal of Fall 2017.

This has made many fans skeptical of the show and the support CBS was or was not giving it. Well, I think many questions were answered today as CBS released official production stills and a first look trailer, in addition to adding two more episodes (15 instead of 13) to Discovery’s first season. To top that, they even announced Talking Trek, which will be a Talking Dead style talk show that also premieres this Fall.

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Of course, many questions remain and there are some concerns from die-hard Prime timeline (pre-2009 movie) fans. For example, why do the Klingons look like that? and why do the interior ship and uniform designs look like the new movies? All good questions, especially given that CBS originally stated that Discovery would take place in the Prime timeline like all previous TV series, and not the Kelvin timeline where the three latest movies take place.

I want your thoughts! Watch the trailer below. Check out the images and then comment!

So what did you think? Are you excited for Star Trek: Discovery? Pumped? Bummed? Meh? Will you watch Talking Trek?

Let us know!

Star Trek: Discovery will premiere in the US on CBS and all remaining episodes will stream on CBS All-Access. Discovery will be available on Netflix in other territories.

Oh and live long and prosper. \\\///

Star Trek: Discovery First Look

SH S2E17: Pitching a DC Comics CW Series

This week, each of our three hosts pitch their own TV series for The CW that exists in the DC Comics and DC Entertainment universe. The show can include any DC Comics character, but hopefully some that The CW could actually get their hands on. That’s about it for the rules. The shows can exist on Earth 1 with Flash and Arrow, Earth 2 or 3, or even whichever Earth (maybe 4) that Supergirl lives in. One thing we do is take the whole DCEU into account. While Barry Allen’s Flash exists in both The Flash TV show and in the movies, with different actors, we tried not to take advantage of that too much and focus on more DC Comics characters.

So, sit back, listen in, and let us know what you think of our DC Comics TV series pitches for The CW!

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Renegades Without the Trek

As many might know by now, CBS and Paramount finally released official fan film guidelines earlier this week. While this was something many Star Trek fans wanted for a long time, the guidelines we received appeared to take aim at the bigger productions currently in-progress. You can find out more about this in my analysis article here. Just this morning, the crew of Star Trek: Renegades announced that they will not stop production on their current project Star Trek: The Requiem, instead they will be dropping all references to the Star Trek universe all together, making a brand new and original universe.

We, at Renegades, have nothing but the utmost respect for Star Trek and its IP holders, CBS and Paramount. Everything we have done has been because of Gene Roddenberry’s vision and creativity. Star Trek is their property and we will absolutely abide by their rules and guidelines.

That being said, we do have an obligation to our donors and fans, and we have every intention of fulfilling it to the best of our ability. So, we will continue to make “The Requiem” as promised, but without any Star Trek elements.

As you know, we’ve already begun filming “The Requiem” so we cannot halt, suspend, or postpone production. Renegades, from the get go, was designed to be transformative… not derivative. Thus, with very minor changes to our script, we have eliminated all of the Star Trek references. The good news is that Renegades is now a completely original and ongoing series.

We would like to take this time to thank CBS and Paramount for letting us play in their proverbial sandbox for as long as they did. And we’d also like to thank our loyal, creative, and passionate fans for their unending support. We truly appreciate it.

For those who don’t know, Renegades was a Kickstarter that produced a feature length film staring many previous Star Trek actors including Tim Russ and Walter Koenig with many more veterans slated for the sequel including Robert Beltran and Nichelle Nicoles. Now, going to the production’s website brings you Renegades: The Series and a new URL. The crew has worked very quickly to step away from Star Trek and seems to have done so in the hopes of providing their donors with the experience they were hoping for as best as possible without provoking the legal brass at CBS or Paramount.

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So far, we have no official word on what other productions like Axanar or Star Trek Continues intend to do but the people behind Pacific 201 spoke out the other day with this to say:

The new fan film guidelines certainly limit exactly how we wanted to tell the Pacific 201 story, but we are committed to making this a virtue for our film. We’re confident that Pacific 201 will survive and thrive within these guidelines (even if it’s a little shorter and more to-the-point than we intended)!

What are your thoughts on how these productions are moving forward? Would you rather The Requiem cease production or are you glad to see something come from all of their effort? Comment below.

Renegades Without the Trek

Official Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines Aim at Current Projects

For those who know me, I’m a Trekkie. I’m The Star Trek Dude on Twitter and Facebook and I do tend to bring in Trek examples more often than I probably should. That’s why this issue is near and dear to my heart. On Thursday, June 23rd, Paramount and CBS announced via StarTrek.com the first official Star Trek fan film guidelines. Of course, I jumped on quickly to review these and see what the situation was. Now, I was feeling very optimistic after everything Justin Lin (Director of Star Trek Beyond) and J.J. Abrams had said specifically about fan films and the Axanar lawsuit. Unfortunately, my mood has since changed.

For a full explanation of these guidelines, please check them out here but I’m to highlight a few and talk about my thoughts.

Analyzing the Guidelines

I don’t hate all of these guidelines. Some make perfect sense like:

2. The title of the fan production or any parts cannot include the name “Star Trek.” However, the title must contain a subtitle with the phrase: “A STAR TREK FAN PRODUCTION” in plain typeface. The fan production cannot use the term “official” in either its title or subtitle or in any marketing, promotions or social media for the fan production.

I totally get it. They want everyone to know exactly what is and is not a fan production. There is nothing wrong, in my opinion, about this one. It’s straight forward and reasonable. The very next point is just as reasonable:

3. The content in the fan production must be original, not reproductions, recreations or clips from any Star Trek production. If non-Star Trek third party content is used, all necessary permissions for any third party content should be obtained in writing.

Again, yes, we don’t want fan films literally ripping off content from licensed official episodes, movies, etc.

If the rest were like this, I wouldn’t even need to write an article but things just blow up. Let’s start with the very first point:

1. The fan production must be less than 15 minutes for a single self-contained story, or no more than 2 segments, episodes or parts, not to exceed 30 minutes total, with no additional seasons, episodes, parts, sequels or remakes.

Out of the gate this means that Star Trek Continues is basically dead in the water. They produce nearly hour long episodes following ongoing missions of The Original Series Enterprise and crew under Kirk’s command. Each episode would break this rule not to mention every other fan film that is well over 30 minutes in length like Of Gods and Men and Renegades. In fact, Prelude to Axanar is over the 15 minute mark and would need to be broken into two just to fit this very rule. The short segments could be dealt with in a serialized web format much like Red vs Blue or something to that affect BUT “no more than 2 segments” and “with no additional seasons, episodes, parts, sequels or remakes.” That means you get 30 minutes to tell your story with your characters and then they are gone forever. I don’t know about you but one of the things I loved about Trek in the 90s was how characters’ lives continued. They grew older, got promoted, and showed up on different shows. It was a connected and evolving universe. Fan films can kiss this goodbye.

4. If the fan production uses commercially-available Star Trek uniforms, accessories, toys and props, these items must be official merchandise and not bootleg items or imitations of such commercially available products.

That point focuses on props and costumes. Now, if I’m understanding this one wrong, let me know. It sounds to me like fan films that use existing styles (i.e. uniform designs from TV series or movies, props from the same) they must use officially licensed products. Does this mean fan films can make their own? What about costumes made from officially licensed costume patterns? And how is this going to be enforced? This one is tough and a little nebulous to me, so I’ll move on.

The big one I want to talk about is #5 which focuses on the actors and crew allowed involvement in fan films.

5. The fan production must be a real “fan” production, i.e., creators, actors and all other participants must be amateurs, cannot be compensated for their services, and cannot be currently or previously employed on any Star Trek series, films, production of DVDs or with any of CBS or Paramount Pictures’ licensees.

So this means that ANYONE who has ever worked on Trek in any official capacity or any other CBS or Paramount product cannot legally be involved in a fan film. No one. No actors, lighting guys, DVD art designers, maker of t-shirts. Even a person who does graphic design work for Star Trek Online said he has to drop off a fan films he was planning to work on. This immediately means that Star Trek: Renegades and their upcoming project Requiem is a no-go from the start since it includes legacy actors like Walter Koenig, Tim Russ, and Robert Picardo just to name a few. It also means that anyone who might have helped with ship design back in the 90s is a no-go too.

What does this mean?

From my perspective it’s simple. This is a direct reaction to the events around Axanar, its lawsuit, and the other popular fan productions, specifically Star Trek Continues and Star Trek: Renegades. Paramount and CBS have a new movie and TV on the horizon. While we don’t know the details on the show, we know that Beyond continues the JJ-verse with Kirk and company. Meanwhile, the fan productions focus on the Prime universe in the old TV show era, before that, and in the future after Nemesis. These things don’t clash yet Paramount and CBS seem to take issue with them. Now, maybe this is more personal and just about Axanar or maybe it’s less personal and it’s about all fan films. I don’t know but I can say that these new guidelines appear to take aim at the big three.

As a lifelong fan, I’m disappointed. I love Star Trek and I enjoy the fan productions. They get me through the empty time Paramount and CBS have left in addition to telling stories those companies have no interest in telling. The fact that everything is coming to a head on the 50th anniversary of the franchise is both disappointing and disheartening. For us fans, it was supposed to be a year of celebration and excitement. Instead, there is a lot of tense, hurt feelings, and distrust.

Since the news is still young, I’m curious to see what these fan films have to say in addition to others I have not mentioned. In fact, we’ve published at least five other articles about Star Trek fan films. Check them out below to see some of what we might be missing with these new guidelines.

Star Trek Horizon

Star Trek Progeny

Star Trek Renegades

Pacific 201

Axanar

What do you think of the new fan film guidelines? Comment below or hit me up on Twitter @griddaily!

Official Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines Aim at Current Projects

SH S1E26: CW’s DC-verse + Supergirl Season Recap

A power outage won’t stop us! For those watching the live stream, we kicked off a few minutes late but things eventually settled down. This week was recap The CW DC TV shows which include Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. We also talk about CBS’ Supergirl which is set to move to The CW for its second season this fall. We discuss everything from season finale plots, best and worst moments, character deaths, and expectations for next season. So with that in mind, we have tons of spoilers for both shows! You have been warned.

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Finally, we are off next week. This episode marks the end of Season 1 for Screen Heroes. We’ll return in two weeks with our fan casting of a live action Super Mario Bros movie! See you then!

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How Supergirl Can Join the CW-Verse

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a young twenty-something girl who clearly doesn’t look like either of those things. CBS’ Supergirl is changing homes, moving to sister (or is it cousin) network The CW. For those who think that might be an odd move, you’re probably not aware that The CW is currently home to four different DC Comics TV shows: Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and iZombie. They even have a fifth show in the form of a web series on CW Seed, Vixen. The CW is no stranger to bringing the DC universe together either. In fact, they put the first live action Justice League together on Smallville ages ago. After NBC cancelled Constantine, Stephen Amell (Arrow), lobbied to get the character’s rights to The CW so they could do a crossover and not only did Matt Ryan show up on Arrow, he is lined up to be a recurring, if not regular character in the second season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

So, The CW, it seems, is building its own DC Universe and with the exception of iZombie, it’s all deeply connected. Characters crossover all the time and the animated Vixen even showed up in live action form on Arrow already. Say what you want about the DCEU from a film perspective, The CW has pulled out all of the stops by introducing crazy characters, intense stories, and even the Multiverse in just the second season of The Flash. The network isn’t hesitant to go full comic book and I love that!

Alright, but what does that mean for our Girl of Steel? I, for one, love the show. It’s bright, fun, motivating, and hopeful. Now, there will be some spoilers after the image break pertaining to the March crossover with The Flash. You have been warned.

Supergirl - Kara Danvers - The CW

Still here? Cool. So, back in March CBS and The CW decided to join forces and bring Flash to Supergirl. This was perfect for two main reasons. First, the tones of the show are very similar. The Flash is bright and fun just like Supergirl and definitely not the depressing, teenage angst-filled soap opera Arrow has become in recent months. Second, Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin are old friends from Glee and love working together. That is evident in their promotional photoshoot pairing the two characters together, spurring rumors of a crossover. While the writing for that particular episode may not have been the best either show has seen, the chemistry between Benoist and Gustin was clear and exciting. I wanted to see more of them together and the episode left me wishing Supergirl was a CW show because that network has earned my trust when it comes to DC shows.

The crossover was able to occur because Barry Allen can pass between universes and is specifically trying to do so at the time to defeat Zoom. The Barry Allen character has been able to do similar things in the comic books for decades and in the classic graphic novel Kingdom Come by Alex Ross, Flash has become so quick in his old age that he can literally walk between universes and dimensions.

Now the question The CW has to answer is, will Supergirl stay in its own universe or will something change? Options include keeping the show in its own universe, merging the two universes in a major cataclysmic event, or pulling Kara from her universe to The CW’s permanently. The safe, easy choice is the first one. Let things continue as they are and do a crossover when it’s convenient or organic. The third option would be difficult to pull off. Kara would never be okay with leaving her world behind, so they’d need a really good reason she sticks around. That leaves us with the middle option: major cataclysmic event. Now, these things have happened before… in the comic books. In fact, DC did something like this recently with their “Convergence” story line that spanned the entire DC universe and made basically anything published by them official canon. Now we have two different Superman characters from two different universe, for example.

The CW could do something basically unheard of in the TV world and go down the path of a universe merging event (yes I know this kind of happened in Fringe and I loved that show). Imagine if the Flarrow-verse’s National City was wiped out and replaced with Supergirl’s? It’d be epic. The consequences of such a disaster, dealing with a whole new population that might have doppelgangers around the world is complex, potentially dark, and definitely heavy. Now, something like this could easily be a season spanning arc or at least half a season between setting it up and coming to some kind of resolution. A man can dream but I doubt something like this will happen.

What I expect is that The CW will keep Supergirl in its current universe and provide more crossovers at times, maybe even with doppelganger characters with all the other actors being on the same lot now. We can see Supergirl’s Barry Allen and Oliver Queen pretty much any time now. Like we see Arrow and The Flash characters crossover frequently, we can now see those actors play different versions of themselves much like Earth-2. Does that make Supergirl Earth-3? Those who read the comic books know Earth-3 is not really a good place but The CW-verse is not the comic books.

One final possibility is the inclusive of Legends of Tomorrow crossovers. While the show centers around time travel in the first season, the sky is the limit with such a flexible cast and advanced technology. Crossing between Earths wouldn’t be too difficult to explain.

What would you like to see? Are you excited for the move? Comment below with your thoughts!

How Supergirl Can Join the CW-Verse

I Ship It Ep. 04 – The Flash & Supergirl

In episode 04 of I Ship It, I ship two more DC Comics character who have broken into the spotlight with their recent live-action TV series on The CW and CBS, Flash and Supergirl. Flash, being a founding member of the Justice League, has been around for decades and have a strong, complex history that includes several different people dawning the Flash cowl, most prominently, Barry Allen. Meanwhile, Supergirl’s popularity seemed to peak in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon as Kara Zor-El, “older” cousin of Superman. How she can be both his big cousin but younger is some great sci-fi, timey-whimey stuff but that’s beside the point.

In this episode, I take a look at why now is the time for The Flash and Supergirl to come together as a couple. They are both seeing their highest level of popularity with two very successful shows in The CW and CBS respectively and they even have a crossover episode scheduled for this month! How cool is that?

Alright, that’s enough for the intro. Check out the video below for my thoughts on the two characters and why I think they make a great couple.

What did you think? Do you Ship The Flash and Supergirl like I do? Let me know in the comments if you’d Ship them and also make some suggestions for fictional couples you’d like to see get together. Don’t forget, season 1 focuses on comic book characters but this goes beyond just DC  and Marvel.

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Star Trek in Right Direction with Nicholas Meyer

Nicholas Meyer is joining the new Star Trek TV series.

Most Trekkies, myself included, were elated at the news that Star Trek was returning to TV on CBS in early 2017. We’ve been without a Star Trek series since Enterprise went off the air in 2005. Since then, we’ve had nothing set in the Prime universe and only two films in the form of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness. That’s not much for a franchise that had running TV series from 1987-2005 which included four different series plus six motion pictures. The announcement of Bryan Fuller as the show-runner was great news. Why? Well, he’s been involved in Star Trek before, writing over 20 episodes across multiple series, mainly Voyager. He’s also been involved with very successful series like Pushing Daises and Hannibal.

Today, another great thing happened. Bryan Fuller announced one of the writers for the upcoming series, Nicholas Meyer. Sound familiar? If you’re a Trekkier\Trekker, it should. Nicholas Meyer has been responsible for three out of my top four Star Trek films. You can catch my full ranking here. Check out the official press release below from StarTrek.com:

It’s official. Bryan Fuller, who will co-create, produce and serve as showrunner of the upcoming Star Trek series, has just announced the news that Nicholas Meyer has joined the show’s writing staff.

“Nicholas Meyer chased Kirk and Khan ’round the Mutara Nebula and ’round Genesis’ flames, he saved the whales with the Enterprise and its crew, and waged war and peace between Klingons and the Federation. We are thrilled to announce that one of Star Trek’s greatest storytellers will be boldly returning as Nicholas Meyer beams aboard the new Trek writing staff,” said Executive Producer, Bryan Fuller.

Meyer, of course, is beloved by Star Trek fans worldwide for directing (and co-written, uncredited) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, co-writing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and co-writing and directing Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

The new Star Trek series, produced by CBS Television Studios, will launch in early 2017. In the U.S., a special premiere episode will air on the CBS Television Network and all subsequent first-run episodes will be available exclusively on CBS All Access. The series will also be available on television stations and platforms in local countries around the world.

So there you have it. Meyer directed both The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country in addition to being involved in writing both of them PLUS co-writing The Voyage Home.

Bryan Fuller Meyer Tweet

This is very exciting news because the two biggest hires that CBS has made to this point include two major Star Trek alums who have a passion for the franchise and were involved in what many of us call the Golden Age of Trek. Meyer was even involved in the film that brought the franchise back from the dead after the lack of success The Motion Picture had.

Many people, myself included, have not fully enjoyed what is called the JJ-verse. Many felt that Abrams was not right for the job, having been quoted saying he didn’t watch or like Star Trek but was instead a Star Wars fan. Now, I also love Star Wars and think Abrams was perfect for The Force Awakens and I think most would agree with that. But, I want someone passionate about Star Trek. This franchise means the world to me and to see CBS take it seriously and bring in two alums right off the bat makes me optimistic.

There have also been rumors that Tony Todd might be joining the cast. For those who don’t know, Tony Todd is also a Trek alum, having starred in 6 episodes between Voyager, Deep Space Nine, and The Next Generation as Worf’s brother Kurn, a future Jake Sisko, and the Hirogen Alpha. He’s also been in such shows as Chuck and The CW’s The Flash as the voice of Zoom. He was also involved in the Prelude to Axanar short fan film that leads up to the Axanar movie currently involved in a lawsuit with CBS. Tony Todd is no longer associated with that project.

So there you have it. CBS has added Bryan Fuller and now Nicholas Meyer to the upcoming Star Trek TV series. How do you feel about this? Are you excited? What is your favorite Nicholas Meyer Trek contribution? How about Bryan Fullers? Would you like to see Tony Todd return to the franchise? Comment below!

Star Trek in Right Direction with Nicholas Meyer

Supergirl Casts Another Supergirl

The new CBS Supergirl comic book drama is becoming very popular, taking home awards (Most Exciting New Series at the Critics’ Choice Award) and winning over many who thought the show looked a little too cheesy in the pre-premiere promos. As the second half of the first season is set to air, we are getting more news for the upcoming episodes. While we will be seeing Supergirl fight her Bizarro self in Episode 10 of this season, we have new casting information.

Laura Vandervoort has been cast as an upcoming villain for the CBS series. Who is Vandervoort? Well, she actually played Supergirl back on The CW’s first attempt at a Kryptonian hero series, Smallville. In fact, she appeared in 23 episodes of the series and while the show has been off the air for several years, people still think of her as a solid choice for the Supergirl character.

Laura Vandervoort - Smallville Supergirl - Indigo

Indigo - DC ComicsSo, who will Vandervoort be playing on the CBS Supergirl series since Melissa Benoist is doing such a fantastic job? Turns out, the character is Indigo. She is a slightly obscure DC character but she is canon. While more information is available on the character’s Wiki page here, let me give you a quick rundown. Indigo, was a member of the Outsiders under Nightwing but turns out to be a tool used by Brainiac. Her first appearance was in Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day #1 in 2003. She also has some impressive powers that include flying and the power to shoot energy beams from her hands and eyes, among other things. Clearly, she is a force that can match up with Supergirl.

While we don’t know when Indigo will first appear in the series, it’s an exciting prospect that CBS is looking to established characters and fan favorite actors to portray them.

Also in Supergirl news, we are running out of time for a Season 1 crossover with The CW DC shows, specifically The Flash. While many people involved, including the lead actors and executive producer, have expressed interest in a crossover, the major complication actually comes down to physical location as The CW shows and Supergirl film in completely different cities. We’ll find out soon though since we have less than a month of filming left for Supergirl’s 20-episode first season.

What do you think of the Indigo news? Are you excited to see Laura Vandervoort return to the DC universe? Do you want to see a Supergirl\Flash crossover? Comment below!

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AXANAR: CBS Suit and Star Trek Fan Films

Axanar is attempting to boldly go where no Star Trek fan film has gone before. Over the course of three crowdfunding campaigns between Kickstarter and Indiegogo, they have raised about $1 million in funding for their Prelude to Axanar short film and Axanar full feature film. While their process has been ongoing for well over a year and production is set to begin on the feature film in February, CBS and Paramount, the owners of the official Star Trek TV and movie rights, have decided to file a lawsuit against Axanar Productions.

For many in the Trek community, this has been taken as a serious blow to the fan base. For decades, CBS and Paramount have allowed fan films to continue with little to no intrusion. Some of these productions have been incredibly popular like Star Trek: Continues which continues The Original Series story and format, leveraging new actors to portray Kirk, Spock, Bones, and the rest of the Enterprise crew. They currently have six episodes available on their website. Additionally, Star Trek: Renegades leveraged previous Trek actors in their original roles continuing on a more dark theme. The actors included in “Episode 1” are Walter Koenig (Chekov), Tim Russ (Tuvok), Robert Picardo (Dr. Lewis Zimmerman), and Manu Intiraymi (Icheb), among others. In fact, they’ve even boasted bigger Trek names for future episodes including Nichelle Nicoles (Uhura), Robert Beltran (Chakotay), Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), and Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax). So, people want to know why Axanar is any different.

In their defense, they are using a new story with primarily new characters and have even taken Star Trek out of their title. They are using new ships and covering a time period not used in previous Trek. The characters they are leveraging were minor and not star or leading roles in the various TV series or movies. With that said, yes, they are using Klingons, Vulcans, and other Trek-specific species. But, what is the difference? This is something I suppose that Axanar Productions and CBS have to figure out together but many people think it’s the money involved. While arguing quality is something subjective, money is not. The amount of money raised by Axanar Productions is significantly higher than any previous Star Trek fan films and might even take the crow for fan films in general.

What do I think? Well, I think that CBS and Paramount have a vision for Star Trek with the upcoming Star Trek Beyond film and untitled TV web series set to hit in the next 13 months. CBS has a vision for these official productions and it’s possible that Axanar does not gel with these concepts or ideals and due to Axanar’s popularity, CBS wants to down-play their story. With that said, this is poorly timed by CBS. Star Trek is a complicated franchise, one that has a complex fan base that is willing to be very vocal about their passion of Trek. While the announcement of a new TV series was very exciting, many (not myself, by the way) were disappointed and down right angry that the series would only be available on the CBS All-Access paid subscription network (the pilot episode will air on CBS directly though).  Things continued on the downward trend with the release of the first Star Trek Beyond trailer which many (again, not me) felt did not feel Trek. In fact, it prompted Simon Pegg to make statements about how the trailer didn’t truly depict the message and tone of the film and that he was unhappy with said trailer. Thirdly, Creation Entertainment tried to pull a fast one on passionate fans by price gouging the General Admission tickets for the 50th Anniversary Star Trek Las Vegas convention, causing a retraction and reversal of the price increase within 12 hours.

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For CBS and Paramount to file suit now, after Axanar Productions already met with them as recently as August, seems confusing and in poor taste. With that said, since I am not a lawyer, CBS and Paramount may be completely in the right here if Axanar Productions is making a profit from their crowd funding or breaking other aspects of copyright law. For now, we’ll have to wait. Below is the official response from Alec Peters of Axanar Productions:

STATEMENT FROM ALEC PETERS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF AXANAR

December 30, 2015

This morning, I was greeted with news that our production company, Axanar Productions and I, personally, am being sued by CBS Studios, Inc. and Paramount Pictures Corporation for copyright infringement of Star Trek.

First of all, I was disappointed to learn about this through an article in an industry trade. For several years, I’ve worked with a number of people at CBS on Star Trek-related projects, and I would have hoped those personal relationships would have warranted a phone call in advance of the filing of a legal complaint. Nevertheless, I know I speak for everyone at Axanar Productions when I say it is our hope that this can be worked out in a fair and amicable manner.

Axanar is a fan film. Fan films – whether related to Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Power Rangers, Batman or any other franchise – are labors of love that keep fans engaged, entertained, and keep favorite characters alive in the hearts of fans. Like other current fan films, AXANAR entered production based on a very long history and relationship between fandom and studios. We’re not doing anything new here.

Like all fan films, AXANAR is a love letter to a beloved franchise. For nearly 50 years, Star Trek’s devotees have been creating new Star Trek stories to share with fellow fans. That’s all we’re trying to do here.

Since the original Star Trek TV series, when the letter writing campaign by fans got NBC to greenlight a third season of Star Trek, fan support has been critical to the success of the franchise. It is the Star Trek fans themselves who are most affected here, for by suing Axanar Productions to stop making our movie and collect so-called damages, CBS and Paramount are suing the very people who have enthusiastically maintained the universe created by Gene Roddenberry so many years ago.

The fact that many of the fans involved with Axanar Productions are also industry professionals speaks volumes to the influence of Star Trek in the entertainment industry. Not surprisingly, these fans want to give something back. We’re very proud that the work we’ve done to date looks so good. That is also a reflection of the devotion of Star Trek’s fans.

Like everything related to Axanar Productions, we take this matter very seriously and remain open to discussing solutions with all parties that can be mutually beneficial.

Alec Peters

The official statement can be found on the official Axanar Facebook page here.

The full complaint (via Hollywood Reporter) is available here.

Many people have taken to the Internet with a hashtag supported by Axanar Productions #IStandWithAxanar which is paired with various images, profile photos, cover photos, etc. Additionally, Change.org is being leveraged for petitions supporting Axanar, like this one.

Others are concerned about their connection to the crowdfunding efforts. As contributors, our money is already gone. If production is shut down, what happens to our money? Additionally, are we liable for any damages as contributors? Again, while I’m not a lawyer, I do not think that CBS and Paramount are out to get any of the fans involved and are directly interested in Alec Peters and the rest of Axanar Productions. So, I don’t think we have to worry there. In the end, our money is likely lost but the show might go on. A couple years ago, a Kickstarter funded card game, Redshirts, was put on hold for about a year due to a copyright lawsuit with CBS. Eventually, an agreement was made and the game was altered and is now sitting in my basement. Perhaps an agreement can be made. For now, we’ll have to wait.

 

 

AXANAR: CBS Suit and Star Trek Fan Films