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Cripes! Who are these dorks?

New Star Trek Episodes, but there’s a catch… — The catch is that these fanatics will do anything to extend this franchise.

Although there are no TV shows currently on the air and a new movie is at least a couple of years off, the “Star Trek” universe keeps expanding.

The latest incarnation of the four-decade-old franchise is a Trekkie-created Internet-only series, which logs upward of 40 million hits per episode. Boldly going where no fans have gone before, “Star Trek: The New Voyages” programs are written, acted, produced, bankrolled and beamed onto the Web (newvoyages.com) for free, simply for the fun of it.

Webisodes, which cost around $70,000 each to produce, follow the continued adventures of James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock and the crew from the point the original series left off in 1969, beginning in the fourth year of the Starship Enterprise’s “five-year mission.”

Websites:
New Voyages Main Site
Currently Available Episodes



  1. Mark says:

    Wow. All this from a cheesy 60’s sci fi show that was mediocre at best. I hope the Shat is still making something from all this. I think it pretty much ended his carreer as a (serious?) actor.

  2. Mark says:

    Didnt do much for his singing career either. if you havent heard Shatners rendition of the Beatles “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, you havent lived.

    http://www.pathcom.com/~boby/lsd.au

    Warning: You may have to empty your bladder first.

  3. Max Bell says:

    Forget that you’re looking at a Vulcan who utterly screams pre-op, part-time furry and writer of Mark Foley/Rick Santorum slash.

    If the uniforms don’t jump up and down on your retinas while shrieking that somebody is pouring beaucoup dollars into a self-destructive lifestyle tragically wasted on THE WRONG SERIES…

    Still. It’s a good time to be alive. You could assemble the officers and hangers on from the original series and each spin off, beam the lot off to that planet with the Gorn skeleton on it, and all you’d need were Bill Adama and Saul Tigh and maybe a simple melee weapon to serve as an equalizer, spork, maybe. Yep. Dead, Jim. 36 years of cult space opera tragically cut down in the prime of it’s merchandising.

    Gives a man hope to think he might live to see someone reprise Martin Landau’s role as Commander John Koenig before he dies.

    To paraphrase a summary of this phenomena I saw on metafilter yesterday, though?

    “Your iconic star ship captain sucks!”

  4. Mark says:

    Then there is Mr. Spocks rockin “Bilbo Baggins”.

    Rock on Mr. pointy Ears.

    http://www.bofunk.com/video/2274/spock_sings_hobbit.html

    OK I’ll stop now.

    Happy T’giving.

  5. Tom says:

    I think spock is wearing lipsick, and the outfits are from the old season not the picard generation which was the less lamest out of the whole series.

  6. Milo says:

    TV is dead, it’s just forgotten to lie down.

  7. rctaylor says:

    If they’re having fun, good for them. I have sit through many amateur theater productions. You have to adjust your expectations. If you attend a high school basketball game you don’t expect NBA moves.

  8. Abram Cove says:

    It’s good to see James Timothy Kirk again.

  9. Milo says:

    TV is dead, it just forgot to lie down.

  10. Angel H. Wong says:

    What’s the difference between a gay trekkie and a straight trekkie? A gay trekkie is virgin by choice.

    Give me a fan made Star Trek any day, I prefer that than endure an episode of the soap opera in space known as Battlestar Galactica.

  11. Mark Derail says:

    Microsoft at work here !!! INTENTIONAL exploiting IE against Firefox.

    Site doesn’t work properly with Firefox – like displaying the list of mirrors to download a show.

    Works fine with IE. This is thanks to a well known bug amongst web developers. If a TABLE is not closed, Netscape/Mozilla doesn’t display the table.

    With IE, ever since as far back as I can remember, you can open HTML tags w/o ever closing them – they auto-close.

    Microsoft never fixed – corrected this, because millions of improperly designed webpages would have stopped working.

    Yet to fix a non-issue in a HTML header in .Net 1.1, in a critical security update, they changed a META TAG so that META-TAG (with a dash) creates a Exception (critical error) in all SOAP programs, written in .Net with Microsoft’s very own code.

    Yet since IE 4, unclosed TABLE’s still display anyways !!!

    Ironically, though sponsored in part by Microsoft, the site runs PHP

  12. I had zero trouble downloading with Firefox.

    Upgrade!

    As for the show, the sound quality sucks and I swore it was an Elvis impersonator playing Kirk. They need to find a Hollywood sound guy to get the sound to have that “network” quality.

  13. Greymoon says:

    #11
    Paranoia will destroy ya. Site works fine with Firefox.

    The show is a low grade weapon of mass destruction.

  14. Milo says:

    Star Wars fans have done something similar.

    http://www.panicstruckpro.com/revelations/

  15. Angel H. Wong says:

    #14

    And George Lucas’s lawyers hasn’t sued them for an obscene amount of money?

  16. Julie says:

    Funny, your caption says “Cripes….” and that’s the episode of TWIT I listened to at work today. Gotta go check out the trektv now…!

  17. Milo says:

    #15 Lucas is cool with it as long as they don’t do any merch or put it in any theatre. Amazing isn’t it? Someone with a sense of proportion in the movie biz.

  18. There’s an essential missing piece that prevents this series from being a huge success. The main characters have to be impersonators of the original actors. It’s not enough to have recreated the original Enterprise. The familiar personalities that Trekkies love have to be duplicated also. The fact that the main characters have assumed the right names is irrelevant.

  19. AB CD says:

    >I think it pretty much ended his carreer as a (serious?) actor.

    After Star Trek in the next ten years he appeared in 55 TV shows including Ironside as well as the animated Star Trek show.
    In the next ten years he appeared in 10 more TV shows including his starring role as TJ Hooker. In the next 10 years he appeared in 10 more TV shows, and directed an episode of Kung Fu, and wrote and directed the TV series TekWar. In the ten years after that he won 2 Emmys.

    He only won 2 Emmys since then.

  20. AB CD says:

    I don’t think I’ll ever download these, but that old Chekov looks really good.

  21. Dave Gibbons says:

    A decent attempt, I just can’t accept these unknown actors in the roles.
    What was up with Kirk’s hair?

  22. sdf says:

    “…Trekkie-created Internet-only series”…Zzzzzzzzzzzz

  23. Thomas says:

    Let’s see, Elivs is definitely playing Kirk, Scotty looks like he just woke up from a hangover and the acting is dreadful. Really, really awful. The original series was Emmy winning in comparison.

  24. Todd says:

    #10 – Your ‘joke’ made no sense at all.

  25. Milo says:

    Does anyone read between the lines anymore? This is a fan tribute, not a serious show. Of course to get that you’d have to pick up on the little things like ‘Kirk’s’ hair. You’d have to know that they could have made his hair look subtle yet they didn’t, then you’d have to notice the hair of the other 2 is also deliberately a caricature of the TOS hairstyles. Then you’d have to get a sense of humour or at least aesthetics! Do you dumbasses need everything spelled out? Do you criticize Sponge Bob because real ocean sponges don’t talk and aren’t square?

  26. Thomas says:

    Even considered a farce it fails miserably.

  27. Heimo says:

    Well. I love ’em. And I’d really like to see more. How much? I’d pay $100.
    http://www.pledgebank.com/NewVoyages

  28. Jerry says:

    I’ve been a Trek fan for decades and have seen all the episodes made by the fan productions of “Star Trek New Voyages..While Special effects are much improved over the old show, and I thoroughly enjoyed Walter Koenig’s return as a “dying Chekov” in “To Serve All My Days”, I just can’t get past the horrible acting by the Elvis Impersonator/Captain Kirk.
    I understand this is a fan made production by a bunch of people playing Star Trek in their house, I don’t expect a lot of acting talent to be exhibited..But this guy is horrible.
    Most of his acting effort is focused on either looking pissed off while sitting in the Captain’s chair, or delivering his lines as if he’s pissed off. You wonder if the guy is suffering with hemorroids and acting accordingly ..When he does break with the “anger” mode and smiles, it kind of puts you off and catches you off guard. I just hate this guy as Kirk.

    Another major fault with these home grown episodes is no attempt whatsoever to re-capture and display the chemistry and relationships between Kirk, Spock, and “Bones” that made Trek, TREK!..

    I think these home made efforts are laudable, but don’t intend to download any more of them..Not even the involvement of Star Trek veterans like DC Fontana or Walter Koenig can overcome the horrendous on screen effect the Elvis/Kirk has on these productions.

  29. Casey says:

    Well, don’t expect the guy playinhg Kirk to be replaced. It’s his production company, so to speak, that produces the show.

    As for quality, these people try to do a good job. A lot of time and effort goes into these shows and it’s purely for the fan’s enjoyment. They don’t do it for the money, that’s for sure, so why bash them. God forbid someone does something for the fun of it and maybe so others can watch and enjoy it too. And frankly, they must be doing something right. They have attracted writers from the original series DC Fontana and David Gerrold. Plus, getting orignal cast members such as Walter Koenig, George Takei, Nichel Nichols, Grace Lee Whitney, William Windom, and Denise Crosby (from TNG) lends quite a bit of clout that I’m sure others doing webisodes do not see.

    So give these people a break. If you don’t like what they do then left click on a different website.


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