Saturday, June 27, 2009

(85) Star Trek: Metrensky Incident

85  NOTE BENE:  This group is now working on a second film, "Between the Lines".  Details at the bottom of this page!

Star Trek: Metrensky Incident (56 minutes, 22 seconds)
This is A Czech Fan Film which offers English Subtitles. Links:
http://www.kontinuum.cz/
Download Film and Subtitle Files  Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Norwegian.
Order the DVD with an assortment of Subtitles
Subtitles also available at Star Trek Latino: http://sites.google.com/site/startreklatino/star-trek-cz-kontinium

CZ Kontinuum Pictures Presents
Rating: 5.  The show is well written, well timed, makes an enjoyable use of green screens and sets.  The CGI is a little weak, but does the job.  It’s well directed and pretty well edited.  It includes some data collection which lets us know at the end Section 31 is blocking, and shows a Stargate which is taken from the TV series, not the Iconion Stargate, but this is not relevant to the story.  It is entertaining and engaging, and well directed.  It doesn’t drag.  The mixture of serious and parody/comedic elements took a little getting used to, but I have to say, overall, well edited.  And it makes an entire series of points.  The planetary government keeps doing things and then denying them or blaming the Federation or both, including degrading their planetary environment to the point where it threatens their existence.

A gentleman whose web name is 'Blackhawk' (and can also respond to "Dan") has been kind enough to offer these instructions on how to run this on Windows Media Player:

Directions for watching the video with subtitles are not difficult. The problem is that the Czech site has different file names for the AVI file and the SRT file. If you change the name of one or the other so they match and have them both in the same folder, you should see the subtitles when you play the AVI file with Windows Media Player or Media Player Classic (my preferred viewer and a free download). Those are the only two viewers I've tested but I'd guess it will work for almost any viewer.

Do you use a Mac or a PC? If you use a PC, you should have everything on your computer already to watch the video with subtitles. As I said, just put both the AVI file and the SRT file into the same folder and make sure they have the same file names (not counting the extensions, obviously). Open the AVI file in Windows Media Player, which is loaded on every PC, and you should see the video with subtitles. If you have a Mac, then I can't help. I know nothing about them.

Ok, here's step by step instructions:
1. Download film file, Metrensky_Incident-[www.kontinuum.cz].avi, from website (http://www.kontinuum.cz/).
2. Download compressed subtitle file, Metrensky_Incident-[www.kontinuum.cz].English.zip, from website.
3. Extract the subtitle file, Metrensky_Incident-[www.kontinuum.cz].English.srt, from the ZIP file.
4. Insure both the AVI file and the SRT file are in the same folder.
5. Rename the files to: Metrensky_Incident.avi and Metrensky_Incident.srt
6. Start the AVI file by double clicking on it. It should open in whatever media player you have installed on your system and play with the subtitles visible.















Sorry to hear that your Windows Media Player is not playing the file. It may be that you don't have a necessary codec. Get this codec and install it: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/DirectVobSub.htm
You probably also need the XVID codec. You can get it here: http://www.koepi.info/xvid.html
Sorry, I am so used to keeping all the different video codecs updated on my system that I forget that not everyone knows about them.
I'd say the Czech film is silver age. The uniforms and ship are in the style of TNG and later series. There is nothing in the story or characters to make it one era or another. You are welcome to use my instructions anyway you think useful. You may want to add a caveat that necessary codecs have to be installed. I don't need any credit but if you want to include it, just use "Dan".

A gentleman whose web name is zache_ and also identifies himself as Kimmo Virtanen ( http://www.blogger.com/profile/02784637418765658774 ) sent me the following comment on this film:

Star Trek: Metrensky Incident's english subtitles can be found here:

- http://www.kontinuum.cz/index.php?location=/fanfilm/en_download.php?

I just watched the film and i think that it is one of the most well balanced star trek fan films what i have seen. Interesting script, reasonably good acting and even though it's CG doesn't match with best fan films it is still good enough to be enjoyable.

I liked it very much so thanks for founding it.

He also was kind enough to send me the following instructions on how to get it to play with English subtitles using VLC Media Player:

Hi

O would like to also try to guide you to howto watch movies with
subtitles. In generally it should work pretty much with that you have
subtitle files in the same directory than the movie and then media
player auto-detects them.

1.) First you need video player which can show subtitles. In example
VLC is good cross platform media player which shows almost everything.
- http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

2.) Download Star Trek: Metrensky Incident -movie to somewhere.
- http://metren.pocitac.com/Metrensky_Incident-%5Bwww.kontinuum.cz%5D.avi

3.) Download unzipped Star Trek: Metrensky Incident's subtitles to the
same directory as the movie.
- http://paw.nu/subs/Metrensky_Incident-%5bwww.kontinuum.cz%5d.English.srt

4.) Open Star Trek: Metrensky Incident -movie with VLC and it should
automatically detect the subtitle file in the same directory than the
movie.

5.) if It it doesn't detect subtitles automatically then go to
Video/Subtitles Track/Open Subtitle (in toolbar menu) and open
Metrensky_Incident-%5bwww.kontinuum.cz%5d.English.srt -file and you
should have video with subtitles.

Just ask if you have still problems and you can copy the comment to
the body of the blog if you like. :)

-- Zache / Kimmo Virtanen

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Spoilers and Plot Summary follow:
Metrensky Incident

Credits:

CZ Kontinuum Pictures Presents:

List of Characters:
position, name, species
Scientist T’Prill, Vulcan (Professor, Vulcan Science Academy)
Captain of the USS Avatar Talisa Ren, Trill, (Captain, Commanding Officer)
First officer of the USS Avatar, Min Doomer , Human (Commander)
Doctor of the USS Avatar, Zayra Mirat, Bajoran(Lt. Commander)
Engineer of the USS Avatar, Philips Brown, human(Lt. Commander)
Operations Officer, USS Avatar Joshua Pierce, Human(Lt.)
Chief of Security, Adrian T,. Shepard III, human (Lt. Commander)
Security Officer, Sayako Sulu, human, (Ensign)
Helmsman, Talvin Tos, Trill,(Lt.)
Helmsman, Toran Irat, Bajorian (Ensign)
Ships Counselor, Dyan Azar, Betazoid/human (Lt)
Engineer, Michael Schmid, Human, Ensign
Operations, Lucie Schmid, human, Ensign
Admiral, Admiral Jirkovsky, human, Admiral
Admiral, Admiral H, El-Aurian, Admiral

Metren’s
Governor of Planet Metren, Garzon, Metren,
Chief Commander of the Metren Elite Squad, Goreth, Metren
Member of the Metren Elite Squad, Garogh, Metren
member of the Metren Elite Squad, Giral, Metren
Member of the Metren Elite Squad, Gertos, Metren.

Woman in Sphere: Nothing known.
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The film opens with a Vulcan woman in mediation riding in a small, one-person spacecraft.  We later learn her name is T’Prill.  Her ship is chased by a larger ship.  She tries to hide, unsuccessfully in a dense asteroid field, but a tractor beam grabs her ship and takes her inside.

We see the opening credits for Metrensky Incident.

We are on a 4-nacelle spacecraft later identified as the Avatar.  A group of people is gathered in Engineering, bent over something, and calling out engineering–sounding stuff, including coils and reboot.  But it’s a touch of parody... just ‘the captain’s favorite toaster.’

Captain Talisa Ren, A Trill, calls them.  They have to leave their current mission of ‘classifying Horgans’ (another joke).  She has received a communication from Starfleet.  Admiral Jirkowsky tells her that T’Prill, a Vulcan scientist, an expert on terraforming, has disappeared, and that scans show no debris field from her spacecraft.  An ion field leads to a non-Federation M class planet, Metren.

Captain Talisa Ren orders that they go to that scene at maximum warp.  She reviews the files, and agrees with the Admiral’s assessment.

Metren has 12 fighting spaceships, the Avatar could handle up to three of them, but probably not more.  They are usually a reasonable and non-aggressive species.

Captain Talisa Ren hails the planet.  The first call is to an official who is not appropriate... the computer is not responding appropriately.  The Captain gives more exacting instructions and the computer now calls a more appropriate official.

The Governor of Planet Metren, Garzon, says they don’t have the Vulcan.  The Captain explains they may not know they have her, but she is on the planet.  He still refuses to let them search for T’Prill.  The Captain explains that the Warp signatures of the ships are those of the Metren Fleet government ships.  The Captain points out that, under the Treaty Metren has with the Federation, she has a right to do so.  Garzon cites both a part of the treaty that permits him to ban them from coming during an emergency, and a part of the treaty that permits him to end the treaty and invokes that, terminating the treaty.

We are looking at T’Prill in captivity.  She is being told by a member of the race on the planet, later identified as Chief Commander of the Metren Elite Squad, Goreth, that she has to help them.  Her research can save their planet.

Back on the Avatar, the Captain asks for No. 1, Min Doomer.  No 1 doesn’t respond, so the Captain has her located... she was in a holodeck with a Risa program wind surfing.  She appears in the meeting room dressed for wind surfing.  Once the senior officers are assembled, the Captain asks the computer to summarize the rules on unilaterally ending the treaty.  The computer says it can be done, but requires a prior notice of 32.37 hours... the local time of one day.  Asked why the computer didn’t give that information initially, the computer expert explains the computer has a software virus which effects it\s fuzzy logic ability so it only answers exactly what it’s asked.  The Captain wants both the virus and her toaster fixed.   She asks for volunteers for the away mission, and several officers do, but she holds back the Engineer, saying she wants him there to fix the toaster.

They decide to send an away team into the atmosphere to scan for T’Prill with their shuttle craft, which they call the ‘Snail.’  To distract the fighters the main ship will also pull in an start scanning the planet.  Unfortunately, once the Snail enters the atmosphere (which we later find is the extent of certain planetary shields) it will lose communications with the main ship.

There are 11 government installations which would be likely places for them to be hiding T’Prill.

5 fighter ships approach the Avatar.  They don’t respond to the Captains hails, they just accuse of her attacking and attack.  The Captain scans the fighters for T’Prill, who is not on board.  Then she returns fire, but not effectively.   Now, there are 9 fighters after the Avatar.  There is an explosion in a panel display, and the Engineering staff notices there Is no hole in it.  Joke, Did you ever see a hole on the Enterprise after its panels exploded?

Scanners on the Avatar scan four possible bases and show no Vulcan lifesigns.  But they find one at the fifth base they scan.

We see that things are OK on the Snail, but then five of the fighter craft go after it, and the Snail is in trouble.  They try to dive quickly, since they are below the planetary shields and can’t transport back to the ship.  They transport to the ground in two groups, one of four people, then the pilot, later, just moments before the fighters destroy the Snail.  The group of four see the Snail explode above them, but don’t know if the pilot escaped, and if he did, where his transport landed him.   He lands somewhere in the rain.  He tries to use his communicator, but it’s useless.

The larger group try to use their communicators to raise the captain or the pilot, but they are useless.

T’Prill’s captor explains that they need T’Prill to help them with a planetary climate emergency.  When she suggests he could have just asked the Federation, he says he knows from discussions with the Ferangi that the Federation would have first made a deal to help them, but would have then occupied their planet.  T’Prill tries, without success, to tell him he has been misinformed, then explains she needs access to her data at the Vulcan Academy of Science or she can’t help them.  She is in front of machines that resemble 1960s and 1970s main frame computers.  She agrees that they have assembled adequate equipment, so she will try to help them.

On the ship, the Captain learns that the away team has transported to safety, but they have no communications with them and don’t know where they are.  Ensign Sulu (An Asian Czech!) reports on damage around the ship .  The Captain asks that they file a report on all of it.

Engineering reports that a panel exploded but without consequential damages.

Governor of Planet Metren, Garzon claims that the Federation was attacking him (which of course is not true, he sent ships to attack the Avatar) and demands that the Avatar leave orbit.  He says he’ll send fighters if they are not gone in two hours.

Chief Commander of the Metren Elite Squad, Goreth,  updates Governor Garzon about his progress with T’Prill, and also that the landing party is nearby.  Governor Garzon tells him to NOT tell T’Prill of this.

The Trill pilot sees a metal-like globe grow in front of him.  He hides behind trees, and crouches.  A woman emerges from the globe and asks for his name.  She does not look like the species from that planet.  There is an interaction, and the globe, the woman, and the pilot’s clothing are all gone.  I have been told via e-mail that the music is from Terminator 3, and this is supposed to connect to that franchise. (A violation of canon, but not essential to the story).

Two uniformed natives of the planet transport to a location near the other four members of the landing party.   They fire on the landing party, which takes cover behind rocks, and returns fire.  One of the native men fall, but also Ships Counselor, Dyan Azar, one of the landing party who had been among those advising the Captain earlier in the show, is reduced to a puddle.  A survivor who is Bejoran, takes a sample from the puddle remains after recommending her deceased friend to the Prophets. They have to move on, they cannot take the time to deal with their grief.

The local who was shot behind the rock is alive, and they work to keep him alive.  They find that his tricorder can be used to cut through the atmosphere and communicate with their ship, also to scan on the planet’s surface.  It needs adjustments to work.

Meanwhile, the stripped Trill pilot sees and follows a local in a uniform.  He knocks out the uniformed local, and the Trill tries to steal his shoes, but his feet are too small.  Nevertheless, the pilot finds the other surviving three members of the landing party.  They head across the land but have no idea what to do if they find something.  The pilot working on adjusting the Metren tricorder to scan and communicate for them.   They come across what looks like a Stargate (It is from the TV show Stargate not an Iconian Stargate, and uses the music from the TV show, and therefore violates canon.  However, it is not essential to the story.).  They also find a dead individual with a symbiant who is not a Trill.   They take samples from nearby rocks and record their findings for later analysis.

Back on the ship, they have been scanning the planet and interpreting the data, and they discover that Metren’s ecosphere is in severe turmoil.  They realize that T’Prill was kidnapped because of her work on terraforming.  But that is done on dead worlds, it would be very dangerous to try it on a living planet.

On the planet, the pilot is working to readjust the communicator to work on this planet.  He succeeds, and in minutes the Avatar is downloading data about climate change on Metron to the away team’s tricorder.

There is interaction in which discussion about how Metron has only days to save itself.

Governor of Planet Metren, Garzon attacks the Avatar again, this time with six ships.  He interrupts the captain, not giving her time to offer him her help.

Below, the Away Team has located a hidden complex and is making its way through the halls looking for T’Prill.  They win a fight with guards, but the fight sets off an alarm.

Above, the Avatar is now fighting 6, then 9 Metren ships.  Sulu figures out that the ships are not effected by direct hits on their shielding, but can be harmed by the shock waves set off by indirect hits.

T’Prill works on a bank of what looks like 1960s or 1970s main frame computers.  She is almost done with a step of her work when her primary captor, Goreth, tries to get her to leave before the Away Team finds her.  She tells him she must finish to save Metren, and refuses to go.

Avatar’s shields are down to 63 per cent.

The landing party finds T’Prill. When they arrive, Goreth uses T’Prill for a shield, but the Away Team shoot anyway, knocking him out and saving T’Prill.   She does what she must, and agrees to continue her work from the safety of Vulcan.  The Avatar, in spite of battle issues, lowers their shields for a moment to beam her up along with the away team.

T’Prill discusses matters with the Captain.  She needs to go to the Vulcan Academy o f Science.

Credits begin to roll, but are repeatedly interrupted with shorts which wrap up issues in the film.

The Avatar tries to order a new shuttle, which is of a type no longer made.  The Admiral comments that they are lucky money isn’t used anymore, or they’d be docked for the loss.

The away team tries to do an analysis of their data, but is blocked by Section 31.

T’Prill finds she has given Metren stability for five years, and that’s the best she can do at this time, but they can work to make adjustments and she can try to improve and continue her own research.

On the Holodeck, the pilot repeats his experience with the Sphere.

Two officers use phasers to shoot balls of light flying around them.
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SECOND FILM (or possibly a series, I'm not clear) IN THE WORKS.  Star Trek: Skryte hry (Secret Games)
Kickstarter campaign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLno-Sgve7Y&feature=youtu.be (4:02) has English subtitles.
Teaser: (Nov. 16, 2013)  : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkCQ49N-s1Y (1:10)
Website: (July 2014) http://startrekfanfilm.cz/index.php/en/home
March 7, 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehlc_v5baPo (6:14)
April 28, 2015:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No3ITZUbZwk (1:28)

As of 1/27/2017, Their You Tube channel has the following up:

You Tube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg6JB8rDVOnKXNN-u9HvXqA

Star Trek: Skryté hry
Vítejte na našem video kanálu fanouškovského fan filmu Star Trek: Skryté hry. Jedná se o první díl mini série s názvem Chybějící příběhy. Všechny scény jsou již natočené a film právě prochází post produkcí.

ENG: Weclome to our channel about new amateur film Star Trek: Secret Games produced by Czech fans of sci-fi series Star Trek. Secret Games is first episode of a mini series Between the Lines.
Currently, all the scenes are shot and we are working on postproduction of the film.

To view English subtitles, please click on the subtitle icon.


Secret Games Trailer: (click to get English subtitles) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6uW6ASwh-E(1:29) (April 3, 2016)

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