Prelude to Axanar

USS Enterprise under construction

It’s not a big secret to the world in general that I’m a Trekkie. I’ve seen every series except for Star Trek: Deep Space 9.

Recently, Star Trek is back in the public eye thanks to J.J. Abrams and his take on the beloved franchise.

While Abrams sits on the stacks of money he’s made from the franchise and he’ll soon be sitting on even bigger stacks of money thanks Star Wars: Episode VII, us Trekkies have fan productions to keep us occupied and happy. And our fan productions are great.

Kharn the Undying, Klingon leader during the 4 Years War
Kharn questions the might of the Galactic Empire.

The first one I want to cover is a 20 minute short film called Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar. It has Star Trek alumni J.G. Hertzler—best known as the Klingon Chancellor Martok from Deep Space Nine—and Gary Graham, who reprises his role as Soval from Star Trek: Enterprise. The film also brings in characters from Star Trek, such as Garth of Izar (from “Whom Gods Destroy”) and narration by John Gill (from “Patterns of Force,” voiced by voice actor Orion Acaba).

The film is a testament to what passionate people with a small budget can produce. The original working budget was $10,000, but they gained ten times that amount through crowd sourcing. Go Trekkies.

Klingon ships in formation
Nothing’s scarier than Klingon ships in formation.

Prelude to Axanar is the lead up to a full, feature length film about the Battle of Axanar, which was the final battle in the Four Years War between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. It’s done in a documentary style, but we don’t just get to see talking heads. We get to see plenty of starships.

When I first heard about the project, I instantly watched it. And I fell in love with Prelude to Axanar fast and hard. The acting is great. The special effects and CGI animations are equal to, if not better, than some of the stuff larger studios and Hollywood churn out. It’s engaging and exciting. And this short film is just a preview to a bigger film, which I cannot wait to see.

USS Ares rising from clouds
The Ares is the Federation’s first warship, and it means business.

This isn’t so much a review as it is a fan splurging about something cool. I’ve always had a fondness for fan films because they’re projects made from love and joy. I’ve only seen one or two fan films that left a bad taste in my mouth, but that’s out of the dozen or so films I’ve seen that within the “fan produced” genre…even ones produced by college students and high school kids with little more than a camcorder and cheesy special effects.

Prelude to Axanar can be viewed on Youtube. It’s well worth a watch if you’re a Trekkie, young or old. It’s fun, it looks cool, and if this is the appetizer to what we can expect from the feature length film to be released, I’m entirely sold on the concept.  You can also visit their official site to see how the final film is coming along, and maybe donate to them. After all, we get superior films through superior funding and allocating said funding properly.

Federation Ship Debris
The consequences of making a joke about fandoms at the Star Wars fandom’s expense.
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