Star Trek Week: Of Gods and Man

I was vaguely aware there were people out there with enough funding, creativity and chutzpa to create new Star Trek adventures based on the original series. These writers, actors, directors and special effects people were actually putting together their own episodes and doing it for about what it cost in 1967 with much better special effects and make-up.

Remember in Galaxy Quest when Tim Allen’s version of William Shatner thinks he’s been roped into doing a “fan production?” Well, these people are actually doing fan productions and have actually gathered some relatively high profile Star Trek alums to take part.

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men stars Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols (Uhura and Chekov from original Star Trek) along with Alan Ruck (Captain John Harriman of the seventh feature film, Star Trek Generations). Joining them are Grace Lee Whitney (original Star Trek ); Garrett Wang and Ethan Phillips (Voyager); Cirroc Lofton, Chase Masterson and JG Hertzler (Deep Space Nine), Gary Graham and Crystal Allen (Enterprise), Herb Jefferson (Battlestar Galactica) plus Tim Russ (Voyager), who also directed.

I watched the first two installments of the episode and was suitably impressed. The special effects and make-up are top notch and the acting is what you’d expect from seasoned professionals. The best part is the story, which was written by Deep Space Nine freelance writers Jack Trevino and Ethan H. Calk.

For far too long, Star Wars has been the apex of fan made productions. Well, this blows everything that has come before out of the airlock.

You can catch Parts 1 and 2 (and soon Part 3 on June 15) of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men on the official STOGM website. I look forward to actually owning a copy of all three parts on DVD sometime in the future.