Star Trek Continues: Fan-based Series


Star Trek

As a geek, it is likely that I would be a science fiction fan of some sort and that fanaticism manifests itself in my appreciation of the space series; Star Trek. I mainly prefer television series' starting with The Next Generation (TNG), which is the one with Captain Picard. This preference extends to all the franchise since; including Deep Space Nine (DS9), Voyager and Enterprise (the prequel). But when the last spin-off aired in 2005, fans like myself were left hungering for other outlets. Star Trek movies aren't really made for us and other space-based television shows don't seem to have as rich a plot or character development.

I did a little digging and found out that a fan-based continuation of the series exists. In 2000, producer Rob Caves began work on Star Trek: Hidden Frontier. Hidden Frontier (HF) takes place immediately after the ending of DS9 and features another space station called DS12. HF ran for 7 seasons, from 2000-2007 but only online. The backdrop of the set was entirely a "green-screen" and was of very poor quality in the initial seasons. You can often see a glow around the heads and body of the actors. The acting was also poor and seemed more as if they were reading from a script. Despite these flaws, I stuck with it because I wanted to give it a chance. By the time I reached season 7, the glow around the people was cleared up, there was added depth perception, even if the scenes often repeated, and the acting had greatly improved.

One element that made me uncomfortable, perhaps more because it was obviously meant to be in your face rather than matter-of-factly is the blatant homosexual relationships. Even the televised series didn't highlight sexuality during almost every episode. However, Star Trek was often used to push subtle social agendas. HF just wasn't so subtle.

After HF, Caves continued his work with Star Trek: The Helena Chronicles and Star Trek Odyssey produced 2007-2008 which continue where HF left off. These series further develop the plot lines of HF. While the homosexuality is still prevalent in these series, it seems less blatant as in HF. In Odyssey, there is a situation where a mother carries on a long term sexual relationship with her son, however the son is unaware he is related to her.

It appears that Caves is producing a new series in 2013 called Star Trek Equinox.

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