Star Trek: Of Gods And Men
Not paying attention to Star Trek in the naughties, I wasn’t aware that a 3-part mini-series (released in 2008) set in a time after TNG was being produced independently. Tim Russ (Tuvok in Voyager) was running the show and the mini series starred Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols and Alan Ruck who all reprised their respective roles from TOS, Voyager and Generations (Ruck was Captain of the USS Enterprise-B in that movie).

The mini series was released as a feature-length movie in 2011, which you can watch below. I couldn’t find a better quality copy of the movie.

The mini-series was shot on Star Trek: New Voyages sets in Port Henry, New York. Scenes were also shot around the Los Angeles, California area, including at the iconic Vasquez Rocks. The San Fernando Valley was the setting for scenes set at the Vulcan Science Academy.

While the actors were paid according to Screen Actors Guild guidelines, others involved in the production provided time and services as a labor-of-love. Total budget for the mini-series was $150,000.

Several Star Trek actors also popped up in various roles, including Garrett Wang (Harry Kim in Voyager) and Ethan Phillips (Neelix from Voyager), J. G. Hertzler (Martok in DS9), Cirroc Lofton (Jake from DS9), and Chase Masterson (Leeta from DS9), along with Gary Graham (Ambassador Soval from Enterprise). The series was written by DS9 writers Jack Trevino and Ethan H. Calk.

The mini-series was conceived as a 40th anniversary gift to fans of Star Trek.

I found the feature-length movie version to look and feel amateurish. Better than fan productions but worse than what studios can put together. The low budget certainly played a part there. But the acting isn’t great. Still, if you want to see some real Trek (as opposed to JJ Abrams nuTrek nonsense), then do give this a look. Fan productions is where it’s at for anyone looking for new stories in the original Star Trek universe.

Enjoy (watch it in full screen)…

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