Star Trek: Renegades Update

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There was a wonderful little surprise awaiting me in my inbox this morning, as I checked my e-mails after staggering out of bed and fortifying myself with some coffee:

Nichelle Joins Renegades

If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ve probably caught onto the fact that Uhura (alongside Doctor McCoy and Sulu) is one of my favourite Star Trek characters, and that Nichelle, in particular, is a personal hero.

Finding that e-mail this morning was like having someone drop a beautiful early Christmas present in my lap.  Having the first lady of science fiction join the cast of Star Trek: Renegades just feels right – and it’s wonderful to see that every Trekker’s favourite Communications Officer is now an Admiral.

If you would like to read the official announcement, visit the Renegades Kickstarter page here, and as well as that announcement, you’ll also see that the Renegades team have surpassed their funding goal of $350,000 and are sitting pretty on $378,181.

Nichelle’s return to the Star Trek universe is something to be excited about, though I admit I am also a little worried.  The e-mail suggests (it doesn’t clearly say) that the next two episodes won’t just be Chekov’s swan song, but Uhura’s as well.

I can (just barely) deal with losing one beloved TOS character, but two?

All I can say, is that the Renegades guys had better send me tissues along with my reward for helping to fund episode two if they kill off both characters, because there will be tears if we lose both Admiral Chekov and Admiral Uhura!

If you haven’t yet become an investor in Renegades, I encourage you to do so.

Why?  Well… apart from it being Star Trek that actually takes place in the prime universe, and apart from the fact it’s REALLY good, there are 16 words, or eight names, that should convince you:

Terry Farrell
Robert Beltran
Nichelle Nichols
Cirroc Lofton
Aron Eisenberg
Hana Hatae
Tim Russ
Walter Koenig.

Not since Star Trek: Of Gods and Men have we had such a stellar cast of Trek characters all appearing on screen together.

It’s phenomenal.

If that’s not worth a few dollars, then I do not know what is.

My heartfelt thanks to the Renegades team for bringing such an outstanding cast together.  I do not know how they’re going to give all of these amazing characters the screen time they deserve, but I’m looking forward to finding out.

Here’s to “Requiem” parts 1 and 2.  THESE episodes will be a 50th Anniversary gift worth celebrating.

As much as I’m looking forward to Star Trek Beyond, I’m looking forward to Star Trek: Renegades “Requiem” more.

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Star Trek: Renegades Update

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The team behind the independent new web series, Star Trek: Renegades, have released the title of their second episode… “The Requiem”.

Along with the title, they’ve also released some special art work for the episode.

STREN The Requiem

All of this can be found on their Kickstarter page, where they have now raised a little over $248,000 toward the production of episodes two and three.  They need $350,000 to start production.

Also on their Kickstarter page are images of the new comic being developed that we, as fans, can appear in if we make a certain donation.

To see the new poster and the comic, and to read about the development of the series, click here.

Still no word on when episode two will be filmed, edited and ready for us to watch, but it is finally getting some mainstream sci-fi website love.

Blastr have a feature on Walter Koenig and his intention to kill Chekov off in episode three of Renegades.  To read it, click here.

This is the first time we’ve had absolute confirmation that Chekov will die.  Previously, we’d been told it was Admiral Chekov’s swan song – which could have just meant he was retiring.  I think we all knew the Admiral was going to die, but now it is definitely official.

I’m not happy about it, but I get it.  With Gene gone, it feels right that Walter make that decision.

If you haven’t tossed a few dollars at the Renegades team yet, give it some thought.  Episodes two and three are going to be incredible, if the guest cast has anything to do with it.

Star Trek: Renegades episodes two and three guest star Terry Farrell as Jadzia Dax, Robert Beltran as Chakotay, Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko, Aron Eisenberg as Nog, and Hana Hatae as Molly O’Brien.

If you haven’t watched the pilot yet, head over to their Kickstarter page and take a look.

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Star Trek: Renegades Update – Another Alumni Joins the Team

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I feel like my blog is fast becoming the number one Star Trek: Renegades fansite!

Which isn’t so bad.

As you might guess from the title of this entry, another Star Trek alumni has joined the growing ranks of the Renegades cast.

Who have they attracted this time?  Well, it’s not a well known face from Star Trek: The Next Generation, as I’d hoped, but it is a well known face from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Aron Eiseberg, who played Nog in all seven seasons of DS9 has signed on to star in one of the upcoming episodes.

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Aron will be reprising his role as Nog, which brings a nice bit of symmetry to the show with Jake also being in the new series.

So that’s Terry Farrell (Dax, ST: DS9), Robert Beltran (Chakotay, ST: VOY), Cirroc Lofton (Jake, ST: DS9), and now Aron Eiseberg.

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I have no idea how they’re going to fit all of these guys into one episode – or even if they’re going to try, but I hope they do.  They’re probably going to spread their appearances out, but it would be really good to see Jadzia, Chakotay, Jake and Nog all on screen together with Chekov and Tuvok.

That would be a little bit of a geekgasm!

Spoiler Alert

I’ve been wracking my brain trying to think of how the Renegades writing team are going to pull all of this off, especially the return of Jadzia Dax.  The only conclusion I can come up with is that they’re going to have to bring an alternate reality Jadzia into the series because Jadzia died at the end of season six of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and her Mirror Universe counterpart is also dead.

The Renegades website says Terry will be playing Jadzia, so unless that’s a typo or a mistake, it’s going to have to be a clone, or a flashback or some other sci-fi twist.

It’s no surprise that Terry is coming back to Star Trek.  She has said, on more than one occasion, that she did not want the producers and writing staff to kill off Jadzia, as she had hoped to have the option to return at some point, but the powers-that-be chose a more dramatic end to her story arc.

As much as I’m looking forward to Renegades, I’m perhaps most interested in how they’ll bring one of my favourite characters back from the dead.

The only thing I know for certain is that I’m looking forward to the next installment.  I’m really happy with the supporting cast they’ve pulled together, and I’m thrilled that the creative team have given some thought to an arc (across five years) for the main characters.  I’d love to know what it is and how it all plays together with the hints dropped in the pilot.  I just hope they can pull off the funding they need.  It would be incredibly disappointing if this series died because of the financial constraints of putting up an independent series without the backing of a major studio.

As always, as more news on Star Trek: Renegades comes to light, I’ll post it here.

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