I’ve followed Star Trek Renegades on social media for some time, and it was well worth the patience! The poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley weaves itself throughout the script and reflects in the attitudes of the characters, especially the Renegades’ Captain lexxa Singh.
Sky Conway and Tim Russ deliver a rousing adventure into the seedy underbelly of Star Trek. With an all-star cast of Star Trek’s cast, starting with Walter Koenig reprising his role as now Admiral Pavel Chekov. Tim Russ reprises his popular role as Tuvok from Star Trek Voyager. Another welcome edition from Voyager is former Borg, Icheb, played by Manu Intiraymi. I won’t list the entire cast, but I had to give a shoutout to Adrienne Wilkinson who plays a bad ass Captain Singh. You kicked that ass!
A brief summary of the pilot for those who have not watched it: Dilithium crystal supplies are disappearing from space and time on various planets, and someone on the inside knows about it. Admiral Chekov has Tuvok assemble of crew of rogues and outcasts to assess the situation and handle it. The bad guys are Syphons, big blue hunter-killers with a mouth full of fangs and chips on their shoulders. The Federation is hot on their trail as they have to outsmart both the good and bad guys to win the day and save the universe.
Now this film/pilot succeeded in reigniting a passion within me for Star Trek. The blockbuster reboots/alternate timelines of the cinemas current franchise only briefly appease a sore longing I feel for the character development a TV series can offer. I can still remember watching Star Trek TNG with my Mom and going back even further to enjoy the orginal series. The Star Trek movies through the 80s, Star Trek TNG and films, Star Trek DS9, and Star Trek Voyager all paved my way to being a self-proclaimed Geek dad and enjoying every minute of it.
The only fallback I could offer is one that can be easily remedied through continued support of this franchise. As web series, individual channels, and streaming services all invest in alternative forms of formats, the quality has competed with high budget film franchises. We expect that quality with the names attached throughout this film and on so many levels it delivers, especially for hard core Trek fans like myself who can recognize a truly Trek story that would do Gene Rodenberry proud. Consistency in production shots may be considered kind of nit picky, but sometimes inconsistent production is like an itch you can’t quite scratch.
You should watch the a pilot episode and make your own decision though. Live long and prosper.
By William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
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