This came out a few days ago, so I’m a bit remiss in posting. Doubly remiss since we donated to the Kickstarter campaign to help get Star Trek: Renegades off the ground and keep it in the air.
My lovely wife has been involved in Star Trek for many years, both as a fan, a contributor, as well as appearing on screen. She had a small part in Tim Russ’ previous production Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, as well as having a walk on part in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. She’s met and interacted with most of the cast members of the various shows. And by proxy of having her in my life I’ve also had the opportunity to meet some of the same individuals. But more on that later as I’ve asked her to write some articles about those experiences.
That’s why we felt an obligation to support Star Trek: Renegades, which eventually went on to secure approximately $350,000 to complete the production process. The film has been a labor of love for Tim Russ and everyone involved. “With a huge ensemble cast that includes 61 actors, numerous new alien species, 26 different locations, incredible elaborate multiple sets (including several new ship designs), and a crew of 170 professionals and enthusiastic volunteers. All this with a budget that is .002 (1/4 of 1%) the amount of the JJ Abrams Trek films!”
It’s Russ’ hope that this effort spurs the interest in a new television series. And who wouldn’t want to see Trek back on television!
Here’s the synopsis of Star Trek: Renegades:
Star Trek: Renegades
It is ten years after Voyager’s return from the Delta Quadrant, and the Federation is in a crisis. The Federation’s main suppliers of dilithium crystals are disappearing. Space and time have folded around several planets, effectively isolating them from any contact with outside worlds. And this phenomenon is not natural – someone or something is causing this to happen. 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. Tuvok must put together a new covert, renegade crew – mostly outcasts and rogues – 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. But will they be able to put aside their differences and stop trying to kill one another in time to accomplish their mission?
It has been more than seven long years since “Enterprise” left the air, and though we’ve had the recent big screen adaptation of Gene Roddenberry’s futuristic vision (and the sequel coming this year), we feel the true home of Star Trek is as a continuing episodic series. The goal of this project is to make that happen.
We, the team who brought you Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, are proud to announce Star Trek: Renegades, a professionally produced television pilot to be presented for a possible online series.
More info at: http://startrekrenegades.com/