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Fellow Trekfan Mefites: Exeter and STC fanthreads?

As some of you will know, I have a long fascination with Trek fanfilm, especially TOS fan productions. My particular favored works are one of the oldest, originally shot on VHS, Starship Exeter, and the just now, at the end of 2017, wound down Star Trek Continues.

Exeter is inteensely earnest and accomplishes impossibilities on zero budget, literally actually summoning a fan film genre into existence.

By 2017, when Paramount's erratic course with regard to recasting and fan film has appeared to have run its' course, STC, the possibly-final TOS fan film production crossed well into prospace, with impressive sets, fx, and guest stars. From time to time, the stories, acting, and direction are in the same league as the commercially-produced show. More often, they show the cost of limited resources via lost story opportunities and limited performances.

STC's episodes are flawed, and as one watches, once can observe the end product approaching and occasionally exceeding the production's own goals, and stumbling onto the terrain of the original show or successors, blinking unexpectedly. The episodes commonly mix and match indulgent FX shots and weak acting with remarkable, impassioned performances, factually jaw-dropping mimetic production design, and cinematography that both replicates and refers to TOS while occasionally building upon it.

I think both series are truly remarkable, and in the case of STC, I beleive the series occasionally rises to or exceeds the very best levels of other non-canon material. I propose a "rewatch" thread which is focused on these remarkable fan series.

If it goes well, I can easily visualize extending the threads to other ST fan series. My interest and expertise is in TOS fan series. There is no reason that other threads here could not focus on other series of origIn.

I intend to drop transponder bouys in the DISCO and VOY threads.
posted by mwhybark (6 comments total)
This sounds like a great idea. Other than the Star Trek New Voyages episode with Takei as a guest star I haven't watched any Star Trek fan projects. This is probably because of the daunting variety and quality of the shows, so I'd appreciate this kind of narrowed approach. I'm totally down to watch and participate in whatever discussions arise.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 6:09 PM on December 22, 2017 [1 favorite]

STNV is in direct lineage from Exeter to STC, so it's worth considering as well. Unfortunately, their episodes tend to be indulgent messes. However without STNV it is unlikely, in my opinion, that either the recast ST TOS nuTrek movies or STC would have occurred, so it's definitely worth an examination.
posted by mwhybark at 6:32 PM on December 22, 2017

I assume they're both viewable free online? If so, I say go for it. I started STC back when there were only about three episodes, and the waiting caused me to forget to go back to it. But I was into it—and fanfilms are generally not my thing.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 6:58 AM on December 31 [1 favorite]

ok, I'll move toward this in 2018. I am unsure about Exeter's availability online at the moment. They ran aground after an ambitious shoot that involved the first accurate fan-constructed bridge set. I'll use this thread to drop reference and planning links in.

Here's a few:

Star Trek Reviewed, major hub for listing these projects.

Starship Exeter, appears to link only to the second episode. Originated and led by Jimm and Joshua Johnson.

Star Trek New Voyages Phase II. Originated and led by James Cawley. Cawley and the Johnsons worked together during the earliest phases of this project, but iirc the Johnsons were dissatified with the experience.

Star Trek Continues. Now concluded, led by v/o pro Vic Mignona.
posted by mwhybark at 1:13 PM on December 31

By way of coincidence, I wrote a paper in grad school that compared Exeter and another fan production, the name of which currently escapes me (but unlike Exeter it was set in the post- VOY era and shot entirely on green screen). I haven’t watched Exeter since I wrote that paper, circa 2004ish.
posted by DiscourseMarker at 1:27 PM on December 31 [1 favorite]

Just wanted to say this is interesting to me.
posted by mordax at 1:55 PM on January 2

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