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