Saturday, June 27, 2009

(24) Star Trek: Of Gods and Men

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Renegades Productions has produced two major productions, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men ("OGAM") and Star Trek: Renegades ("Renegades").   Star Trek Renegades is Silver Age, and has been moved to http://startrekreviewed.blogspot.com/2009/06/83.html

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men is a 40th Anniversary tribute to the entire franchise including many cast members from The Original Series as well as a few from Deep Space Nine and Voyager, and a couple of characters from Generations, which included the crew of The Next Generation cast, and one from Enterprise. It also includes the star of Star Trek Phase II, James Cawley, who worked on The Next Generation behind the scenes. The website contains a single feature-length film in three parts.
http://startrekofgodsandmen.com/main//
Or watch it on You Tube with a trailer for their upcoming film, Renegades:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFqAME7dx58 (1:28:31) (Renegades is discussed below OGAM, on this page)
Podcast Discusses both of these here:  http://priorityonepodcast.com/po164/

Spanish subtitles available at: http://sites.google.com/site/startreklatino/ofgodsandmen
Portuguese subtitles available at:  (was deleted from web.  Will seek new listing)
This is also available in with Russian subtitles.  Here is the information I was given by Mr. Denis Melnikov, the gentleman behind the translation:
Torrent (registration required): http://rutracker.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2194266
FTP: ftp://files.startrekftp.ru/1/STARTREK/films/Star_Trek_Of_Gods_And_Men.avi
HTTP (registration required): http://rsfdrive.com/ftp/download/5180-zvezdnyy-put-filmy-season-0-rip.html
E-mule: http://netlab.e2k.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=94932
It could as easily have been titled "The Wrath of Charlie X." It bookends The Original Series with the Movie Generations.

Good watching.

The writing, acting, and production quality are all professional, if inexpensive. It builds on concepts and ideas that begged to be returned to in prior Treks, but never were. I think it would be a fine first fan film, and anyone could enjoy it. Nevertheless, it is probably a production best appreciated by fans because of how much it draws on from past TV shows and films, bringing things together in ways that make sense. These two characters HAD to meet... they never did.

It reminds us that some of the shows greatest fans were it's actors. I particularly appreciated the scenes where an aged Uhura and a young Tuvok speak. Nichelle Nichols famously wanted to quit Star Trek, and no less a figure than the Rev. Martin Luthur King, Jr. kept her with the show. Whenever people accuse Barak Obama of being a Vulcan, I think of Tim Russ. I refer to Obama as "Tuvok Obama" in my review of Star Trek XI (See Blog 211). This film left me with a renewed sense of gratitude to both the fanatics who keep this show alive and the cast members who cooperate.

The website's own review thread is
http://startrekofgodsandmen.com/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=141&Itemid=187/
And other reviews:
Fan Film Friday: http://www.axanarproductions.com/fan-film-friday-star-trek-of-gods-and-men/

Part 1:  The Logbook
Part 2:  The Logbook
Part 3:  The Logbook

Another Review: Part I: http://trekweb.com/stories.php?aid=47d5ff8f5ef11
Part II:  http://trekweb.com/stories.php?aid=47dcbe0a498e1
Whole DVD:  http://trekweb.com/stories.php?aid=4a1178f9bb320
Hidden Frontier has a website review thread on this film which is pretty negative:
http://forums.hiddenfrontier.com/index.php?showtopic=12012&st=0
Review in Hebrew: http://www.starbase972.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=534
Discussion: Of Gods and Men

Facebook Pages:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2211672612
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Star-Trek-Of-Gods-and-Men/108067635881192


2 comments:

  1. This is what Star Trek-Generations should have been about. In a few words, I like this entry in the original series.

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  2. The film was OK, but I felt that the editing wasn't very good. This is a film that should be revisted and gived a good re-edit. It also wouldn't hurt to redo some of the FX during the space battle, which is very hard to follow.

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