Star Trek: Axanar
If your not a fan of the J.J. Abrams reboot and the last two movies, then here’s something you might be willing to sink your teeth into, but don’t get your hopes up as Axanar is in no way affiliated with CBS or Paramount.
Star Trek: Axanar is the story of Garth of Izar and the Four Years War. It takes place in 2245, 9 years before “The Cage (2254) and 21 years before “Where No Man Has Gone Before” (2266). Axanar takes place in the prime timeline.
Axanar is an independent film that shows a studio doesn’t need to spend millions of dollars to produce a good quality feature. Axanar will be the first non-CBS/Paramount produced Star Trek to look and feel like a true Star Trek movie.
Boasting an impressive cast and crew that includes Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica 1978 & 2004), Tony Todd (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Spance Nine), Kate Vernon (Battlestar Galactica 2004), JG Hertzler (General Martok, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Gary Graham (reprising his role as Vulcan ambassador Soval (Star Trek: Enterprise).
On Saturday July 26, Star Trek fans can see a 20 minute short film “Prelude To Axanar” that will give a historical look at the events leading up to the Battle of Axanar, with the central characters of Axanar giving a historical and personal account of the war. If your interested in seeing “Prelude To Axanar” you will have to be in San Diego at the UA Horton Plaza 8 Movie Theater.
A 90 minute film “Star Trek: Axanar” will be released sometime during the winter of 2014. No details of when or where you will be able to see Axanar is known at this particular time.
Axanar Story Line:
“Axanar” takes place 21 years before the events of “Where no Man Has Gone Before”, the first Kirk episode of the original Star Trek. Axanar is the story of Garth of Izar, the legendary Starfleet captain who is Captain Kirk’s hero. Kirk himself called Garth the model for all future Starfleet Officers. Garth charted more planets than any other Captain and was the hero of the Battle of Axanar, the story of which is required reading at the academy. This is that story.
“Axanar” tells the story of Garth and his crew during the Four Years War, the war with the Klingon Empire that almost tore the Federation apart. Garth’s victory at Axanar solidified the Federation and allowed it to become the entity we know in Kirk’s time.
It is the year 2245 and the war with the Klingons ends here.
For being an independent film produced and filmed on a low budget, I was very impressed with what I saw just from the trailer. One of the selling points of the trailer for me was when I realized they had actually gotten actors who at one time stared in the various Star Trek televisions shows.
For the makers of “Axanar” being able to get these Hollywood actors told me one of two things. The script for “Axanar” was that well written and crafted or these actors were looking for any kind of work and decided, what the hell. I somehow doubt the latter is actually the case.
Having only seen the trailer, I do know one thing; I like the timeline in which they’re telling this story. No, I don’t mean because it’s set in the prime timeline. I mean the telling of Klingon/Federation war.
As a fan of Star Trek, including the Abrams films, I have always wanted someone to go back and show me how and why the Klingons and the Federation went to war. How did the Federation, still being young, able to defeat a race of warriors and what if any kind of respect did the Klingons have for the Federation after the wars end.
In the last year or so there have been rumors of Star Trek possibly coming back to television or even Netflix. If Star Trek returns to television in some way and I think it should, then why not do one about the war with the Klingons.
I have said this once before if you bring back Star Trek to television it needs to be done in the correct way. The correct way being in the form of Showtime or Netflix, with ten to twelve episode runs per season. Keep it off the networks as they are way to quick to pull the plug on a show before it’s even had a chance to find an audience.
You do this with the write man behind the series like Ronald D. Moore (hint, hint) and you can have a successful return of Star Trek back on television.