Star Trek fans don’t just sit around and wait for the next thing to come from CBS and Paramount, many of them like to ‘roll their own’. Today TrekMovie picks our favorite audio and video Star Trek fan productions of 2009.
BEST STAR TREK FAN PRODUCTIONS OF 2009
Fan Production of the Year – Star Trek Phase II "Blood and Fire Part 2"
After a year-long wait, the Phase II team finally delivered a very satisfying conclusion to David Gerrold’s "Blood and Fire". Updated from a TNG script to fit with the Original Series crew, Gerrold told an emotional yet exciting story, complete with the excellent production values and effects that we have come to expect from the Phase II team. [see TrekMovie review].
Best Audio series – Star Trek Defiant
Fans of Star Trek audio books have not had much to be happy about since the output from Pocket Books slowed to a trickle, but there are a number of interesting audio productions from fans to chose from. This year we have been impressed with the folks from Pendant Audio, who have been producting "Star Trek Defiant", a full cast audio set in the DS9 universe for the last three years. With interesting stories and strong voice acting, it is worth checking out at pendantaudio.com/defiant
Best Fan Animation – Klingon Propaganda
In October TrekMovie first reported a mysterious new video on YouTube called "Klingon Propaganda", which ended up being shown all over the web. It was so well-made that many thought it was the beginning of an official viral campaign. After a week or so the creator, Mark Farinas came forward and revealed the animation was a labor of love, and proof of concept that animated Star Trek could live again.
Best Podcast – TrekCast
There are a lot of Star Trek related podcasts, but the favorite for 2009 for TrekMovie is TrekCast. Broadcasting out of Las Vegas, the TrekCast is headed up by David Ivy and Darren Benjamin (who used to be a bartender at Quark’s at the Star Trek The Experience). The show debates the Trek issues of the day, includes guests, and mostly has a lot of fun. Check it out at trekcast.com.
Best Mashup – Star Trek Torch (by Spockboy)
Our old friend Paul ‘Spockboy’ Sibbald put this amazing video together to commemorate the passing of the torch in 2009 and to remind everyone where Star Trek began.
Best Mashup (humor) – Happy in Paraguay (by Day Job Orchestra)
This totally not safe for work video takes clips from the Next Generation and adds new audio that matches the lip movements, but doesn’t make a whole lot of sense…but it is still pretty funny! [Warning: contains adult language]
Best Viral Video: Kirk vs. Spock Dance Off (by WickedAwesomeFilms)
The folks at Wicked Awesome Films were insprired by the new Star Trek movie and Spock and Kirk going head to head, but they really wanted to know…who is the better dancer?
TrekMovie is looking back at the year that was. In the series so far: