The only thing we were doing that impressed the Klingons was dying well
July 8, 2015 6:33 AM   Subscribe

Star Trek: Axanar - Prelude to Axanar is a documentary style prelude to Star Trek: Axanar the upcoming (2016) fanfilm about the story of Garth of Izar during the Four Years War between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.
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posted by Wretch729 at 7:47 AM on July 8, 2015

I watched this yesterday and was impressed. It starts off a bit cheesy but hooked me pretty quick, and I would up thinking it was over way too soon. Looking forward to the full movie, for sure.

Also, io9 recently posted a brief interview with the director of the upcoming film.
posted by mediareport at 8:03 AM on July 8, 2015

I was impressed too but I wish it would focus on a less action-y aspect of the Trek universe. Lots of sci-fi franchises have great dramatic big-war-in-space storylines, what sets Trek apart are the sober big-question themes and the long discussions, the deliberate pacing, the political optimism/utopianism, sometimes the goofy humor. If you're going to be doing Trek in a not-JJ manner, why not focus on what really makes it special?
posted by tempythethird at 8:43 AM on July 8, 2015 [5 favorites]

That was pretty damn good. What's the legal status of this project?
posted by Paul Slade at 8:52 AM on July 8, 2015 [1 favorite]

why not focus on what really makes it special?

Couldn't agree more. It's not as if militarism were ever completely absent from Trek, but it was initially kept in service to a social-science-fictional agenda and a set of actual ideas being developed, and that's fallen almost completely by the wayside as the generic Hollywood "action" ethos has taken over. I can't remember the last time I saw a new Trek thing or Trek pitch or Trek idea and it was less militaristic than the last one.
posted by RogerB at 10:12 AM on July 8, 2015 [2 favorites]

We get the Star Trek we deserve.
posted by the bricabrac man at 11:45 AM on July 8, 2015 [1 favorite]

I get what people are saying about space militarism but I think it's a good thing that they frame the big speech by the Federation guy (Ramirez) as being about how to "preserve the dream of the Federation" and not just "rah Spartaaa!" The hero captain whose name is escaping me is described by at least one of the interviewees as a great explorer. I like that this is a story that actually values the utopian side of the Federation (unlike Abrams' most recent version, which seemed like it was trying to actively undermine it). Possibly the film will also include something about how the Klingons were eventually persuaded to join the Federation, (the fact that the documentary team is able to interview a Klingon commander would support this). Wonder if they'll take it in a different direction than Star Trek VI did.
posted by Wretch729 at 7:56 AM on July 9, 2015

I was willing to be impressed. I enjoyed the TOS Season Four project someone posted here a year or so ago. The format is clever, in a way. It lets you do what fans have access to: green-screen talking heads and CG shots without any people.

But then they did the thing that makes me want to walk out of any cinema when I see it:
dramatic pause... "Hope!"
In conclusion, Trek is a land of contrasts, and children are our future.

Just... no.
posted by rum-soaked space hobo at 2:26 AM on July 11, 2015

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