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FanMade: Starship Farragut Releases Second Animated Episode May 11, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Fan Productions , trackback

Last year the Starship Farragut fan series went into the second dimension with their first episode of  Starship Farragut: The Animated Episodes, styled like the original  Star Trek The Animated Series. Today they have released the final act of their second episode, featuring guest voices of Trek vets Chase Masterson and Tim Russ. Watch it below.  

 

Farragut animates second episode: "Needs of the Many"

Starship Farragut: The Animated Episodes is a joint project of the Starship Farragut live-action team and NEO f/x. "Needs of the Many" was written by DS9 vet Jack Treviño and NEO f/x’s Michael Struck.

Plot Summary:

Carter and crew are on a missing back to Cestus III, the same planet Kirk encountered the Gorn. The original base was actually an observation point for a small orbiting wormhole, a fact that Kirk didn’t even know during his original mission. A new, cloaked base was established in orbit, headed by Dr Tumar (Tim Russ).

As fate would have it, Carter encounters the same Gorn as Kirk, and he is out for revenge. The Gorn begins attacking the base with a new weapon. The Farragut takes on a special passenger (Scotty from the Enterprise, played by Chris Doohan) before the destruction of the wormhole base. Unfortunately, the new weapon causes a problem with the wormhole, and it puts Farragut into a ‘bubble’ in space and time. In this bubble are snippets of time that isolated here. One of the ‘time bubbles’ has a descendent of the Farragut’s chief engineer Lt. Cmdr. Smithfield. Smithfield great-great grandmother, Carmen Renata (Chase Masterson) is badly hurt and is beamed
aboard Farragut.

We come to find out from a passing Andorian (Vic Mignogna) that in this universe the Earth was destroyed in the 21 century. This actually has to do with Carmen’s removal from the bubble by the Farragut. So now the question is, do they send her back to a certain death to save the universe as they know it, or allow her to live (i.e. The needs of the many outweighing the needs of the one).

Watch the episode:

In addition to the voice work of Russ, Doohan and Masterson, some fans may also have noticed a TAS Easter egg as "Needs of the Many" includes a cameo from Lou Scheimer, the co-founder of Filmation and producer of the original Star Trek The Animated Series. He plays a character that he played 35+ years ago.


Shots of STF: TAE voice recording sessions with Tim Russ (L) and Chris Doohan and Chase Masterson (R)  [click to enlarge]

The episode is only available on YouTube for now, but will be available on the official site tomorrow and on DVD by the end of the month. More information on this and the previous episode at farragut-animated.com.

Also keep in touch with the live-action series at starshipfarragut.com

SF: TAE Episode 1

If you missed it before, here is the first episode "Power Source"

 

 

 

Comments

1. Holger - May 11, 2010

I’ll be off trekmovie immediately to watch this! :-)

2. Nick Cook - May 11, 2010

Awesome! Nice work guys!

3. Dr. Cheis - May 11, 2010

I lost interest after 3 minutes. =\ Chris Doohan did a good job though from what I could tell skipping around in the timeline.

4. NX01 - May 11, 2010

Chase Masterson got hotter. I had no Idea she was Blond.
Oh yeah I can’t wait to see the episode.

5. Buzz Cagney - May 11, 2010

That is impressive indeed. Good job.

6. Stephan Mittelstrass - May 11, 2010

@ NX01
I don`t know if her current blonde Hair is real. I met her a week ago at FEDCon Convention in Bonn, Germany – got an autograph, too.

She had pictures with her as Xela, the green Orion she played in “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men”. On other pictures she was posing with various Flaggs – USA, white UFP (Federation Flagg) and German Black-Red-Gold Flagg. Since I`m from Bavaria, guess which photo I chose. :-)

I think her blonde hair is actually dyed right now

Chase Masterson is great! When we were screening a FanMade episode of STAR TREK: PHASE 2, called “Enemy: Starfleet”, we were a little late there to present our film. Chase was on the panel before us.

So instead of all people leaving the room, a lots of guys were gathering around Chase and had pictures taken with her. So Chase did help us a lot with her present.

Can`t wait to hear her performance in the final act of “The needs of the Many”. Hope to see her in a fanmade production again, in the future.

7. Will_H - May 11, 2010

The animation looked pretty ok but honestly I couldn’t get past the initial horrible voice acting. It screamed fanboy to me honestly. For those that can get past that, though, looks like it might be something cool.

8. The Geek that Gets Laid Often - May 11, 2010

The crew is a little too WASPy for my tastes. Seriously, with billions of people from various races living on Federation worlds, why is Starfleet like 90% American men?

You would think that being an animated series and all, they could have a little fun drawing some aliens, a few more women or an Aboriginal Australian.

9. Andy Patterson - May 11, 2010

Hey Doohan, you do a good job of doing your dad. I always really dug the Andorian character from the animated show. Glad to see that being used too. Fun stuff.

10. Andy Patterson - May 11, 2010

Oh and I know it’s off subject but somebody here’s got to appreciate this…Frank Frazetta died yesterday
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Frank Frazetta 1928-2010

11. Losira - May 11, 2010

I’ve never been dissapointed by Farragut. I’ve enjoyed their every adventure. Check out the comics too. I will tune in to the final act of this story. Thanks for all you do

12. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - May 11, 2010

The story line was GOOD the voices seemed monotone… They need some life in the words they are saying.

13. What Does God Need with a Honda Civic - May 11, 2010

This is, like, the best idea for a fan series so far. The guy playing the Captain needs to punch up his delivery though.

14. richpit - May 11, 2010

I didn’t watch the whole thing yet, but what I saw was very cool. I’ll watch the rest of it later.

I think the Captain looks like Jon Favreau.

I agree that the voice acting could be bumped up a few notches.

15. MikeTen - May 11, 2010

#10, I’m a big fan of Frank Frazetta’s work, I have alot of his old Warren Publishing work from the 1970′s and 1980′s. He will be missed.

As for Farragut animated story it was pretty good, the animation was perfect . I agree with another post that some of the voice actors need more emotion in what they are saying, it sounds too much like they are reading the lines. It would be nice to see animated stories set in different time periods. TNG or Titan animated anyone?

I have to say that was a good likeness of Tim Russ.

16. et - May 11, 2010

@7 – Yeah, the animation is fantastic, but the voice acting is… well… hard to listen to. (Sorry, guys.) I’d love to see the whole thing re-dubbed with some voice pros, or at least actors with more experience. It’s got some great potential.

17. Negelom - May 11, 2010

*7 .. I think you’re forgetting that this IS a fan film. Of course it’s going to be fanboyish, aren’t they all! Doesn’t mean it can’t be fun to watch. As for the voices, well since most of the people involved are not professional voice over artists, you should cut them a little slack. Did you ever see a fan film where the acting was actually brilliant? Neither have I. Most of them run the range from awful to just about passible but again that doesn’t mean you can enjoy it.

The point is that they tried hard and the Farragut animated show looks really great.

18. Chris Dawson - May 11, 2010

I like these! Great job Jack and Mike!

19. AJ - May 11, 2010

Nice job!

Brings back memories of cartoons that actually were good for a young brain.

Keep it coming!

20. Losira - May 11, 2010

#17 you said it well thank you! If you enjoyed this story check out their comics and “power source” I think you will enjoy thes

21. CmdrR - May 11, 2010

Hand check, Chris.

Nice.

22. Mr.Scotty - May 11, 2010

This ‘Fan’ stuff is not taking it in any new directions, its basically just trying to re-create things that existed in the 60s including the style and limited animation. Why??? Why not try to be original and not rigidly emulate the stuff you loved, bcus it comes off as boring, unspired and dull.

23. MorbidGorn - May 11, 2010

Just saw “Power Source” and I like what I saw. Very cool stuff.

One questions though, why is the Andorian on the bridge grey and not blue? Not ragging at all, but I am curious.

Kudos.

24. Rocket Scientist - May 11, 2010

That was VERY cool!

25. thisguy - May 11, 2010

Another goddamn fan-made starship captain with a goatee.

Either grow a full bear or lose it. It just doesn’t look commanding . Unless you’re The Sikso.

26. Allen Williams - May 11, 2010

#22 I think your missing the point. The point is the story. Some of the best “real” star trek episodes were made on very limited budgets (called bottle shows). They prove that special effects don’t make star trek work. In the end this episode had a good story. Personally, I actually liked the animation done in the classic way. Since these shows don’t come out all that often its kind of nice. If it were a regular TV show, then I would want to see something different.

27. Michael Hall - May 11, 2010

That was quite fun. It reminded me of watching the Filmation episodes back in the early ’70s, trying to convince myself those somewhat-crudely animated shows were worthy successors to the originals. Well, they weren’t, and neither is this, really–but the love is there, and that counts for a lot.

Not to mention, Lieutenant Moretti is a real cartoon babe. :-)

Congratulations on your fine effort!

28. dwnicolo - May 11, 2010

This reminds me of the early 70′s, watching TAS on Saturday mornings. Keep em’ coming!

29. Kenneth Thomson Jr. - May 11, 2010

Everyone who complains about acting should understand that not every PERSON in the real world appears to be a larger than life character. Look at the person next to you. The odds that they are a brilliantly charismatic shakespearean enunciator are low. Star Trek is about real people in unreal situations. Sure, some of the reality is a little bit fantasy, but why does everyone have to be William Shatner or Patrick Stewart to have command of a Starship?

Seriously…. The actors in this film do a fine job of portraying real people. And that’s plenty good enough for me. Acting is no walk in the park, and it is a lot easier to tear someone down than to say “thank you,” apparently.

I sit back sometimes and I read the extreme negativity toward something created with heart and love for the material, and I just wonder why people can’t accept a gift from the heart without tearing it up and spitting it out. Naysayers, I say this, “Do better if you can.”

My thanks to everyone who has been supportive of the project and who has voiced their feelings. We all live with criticism, it is part of the territory. But there is critique that is helpful and that which is hurtful. The difference is that one is designed to benefit and one is designed to destroy. Thank you to those who believe enough to understand that not everyone is an oscar candidate, but we all do our part.

People are who they are and attacking them because you don’t like their appearance, or the way they sound, is pretty low-class in my book. You might not like a person’s acting, but attacking them as people is sick.

Ask yourself, “What would Spock say?” Remember IDIC.

“How will they react in a stressful situation?” — Kirk

“Each according to his gifts.” — Spock

How about celebrating the good and the gift of more Star Trek instead of undercutting someone’s efforts?

Ken

30. DJT - May 11, 2010

Good stuff.

31. Trevok - May 11, 2010

Well I liked it, it’s great seeing fans producing something that profetional

32. G.S. Davis - May 11, 2010

#23, Thelin was gray in TAS mostly because the fellow who was in charge of color work at Filmation back in 1973 was color blind… We sort of reworked this little gaffe from 1973 into the story by saying he was Aenar (Whom were gray).

Regardless of what complaints people might have, it took us 2 years to do this with only a handful of artists (Whereas Filmation had an army in comparison), and not a dime for a budget. It’s really tough to do voice work, you almost have to have 1940′s radio training in order to do it right… so you add the complication of doing acting without expensive proper training and then add voicework without more expensive proper training… it’s just tough. I think the actors did an amazing job, all of them.

Heck, watching this, I totally see that I gaffed a shot completely… (We were rushing a little toward the end-no I won’t say which one… no need to make me look any worse than I am…) and I have a degree in animation…

–Guy

33. Phasers On Stun - May 11, 2010

Impressive, but way to much talking and not enough action.

34. K.S. Shao - May 11, 2010

So I guess all the telephone operators in starfleet are black women?

35. Pro-Khan-Sel - May 11, 2010

Well Done!

Very faithful to the Animated series.

Nice to see scotty again. Well done Chris!

Tim Russ looked like Tuvok..Duh..:)

Nice to see a woman engineer who isnt klingon.

As far as the action goes, This version of star trek was alot more talky. more action would also be welcome but not at the expense of faithfulness to the original.

36. jr - May 11, 2010

fantastic… keep ‘em coming!

37. demode - May 11, 2010

I am currently working on a HE-MAN animated fan film. Nearly finished all the vocals. It was quite the challenge casting actors, recording and re-recording voices. It’s not easy work – it fact, it’s taken about 6 months! Still mixing in effects,a nd need to find some suitable music.

I think the Farragut team have done a great job! It ain’t easy work… these films are by fans for fans. I hope to see more in the future!

38. =A= - May 12, 2010

thanks for set closed caption..

39. Balok - May 12, 2010

Nice to see Mr. Scott, pretty good voicing too Mr. Doohan!

40. P Technobabble - May 12, 2010

A terrific job, fun to watch!

41. Philip Dunlop - May 12, 2010

Good voicing Mr. Doohan? James Doohan had a terrible Scottish accent (especially in the later years), and the things he would come out with would make me cringe, and I’m sure a lot of Scottish people too. Being Irish, the whole leprechaun thing would really piss me off sometimes, so I can imagine that the stereotypical, whiskey-swilling, bad accented Montgomery Scott would rile some Scots as well. Without wanting to sound offensive, but Chris Doohan’s Scotty was appalling.

There is something flat about the voice work in general. I’ve heard a LOT worse, and seen a lot worse in fanfic without being just a voice over an animation. I think the big thing is that when two characters converse with eachother, it FEELS like one of them stood in the room, recorded their one line of dialogue, the other person came in, listened, recorded their reply, and so on. It probably feels like that because that’s how it happened. This makes any chemistry between two characters seem very forced (such as in the conference room when the captain and science officer were having a slightly less-than-formal exchange). This was a bit of a problem even in the original Animated Series: there was too much “dead space” between the end of one person’s dialogue and the beginning of another’s. Not helped by William Shatner’s truly awful read-out-loud renditions at times. I agree with those who suggest it was a little too wordy. Again, another foible of the TAS series. Especially considering it’s condensed 25-minute time.

The animation did bug me though. Some of it looked frame-for-frame, and I don’t use the word lightly, but STOLEN from the original Animated Series. I probably wouldn’t have noticed, only I’d been watching some TAS episodes recently. The only difference in some of the shots was that “U.S.S. Farragut” was written on the ship instead of “Enterprise”. The characters looked like they’d all been traced in Adobe Illustrator or Flash. That’s not a criticism necessarily. If I was to do something like that, it’s how I would do it myself, since it’s a good way to get a simplified likeness.

I’m glad you kept the music from TAS. It might be sacrilege of me to say so, but I think it’s better than a lot of the incidental music used on TOS. I’m sure I’m going to have many a fanboy jump down my throat at saying that. The theme tune, however, sounded dischordened and awful, without a hook.

Overall a good story, but relying too much on what fans are familiar with, which is a problem with a lot of fan fictions. I think a lot of these productions need to get over trying to cast past ‘Trek actors in roles we’re familiar with (Tim Russ, for example), or re-using familiar characters, such as Scotty, or even old scenarios, such as making this an indirect sequel to “Arena”. It’s something that’s endemic to a lot of fan fiction that’s out there, and while it’s nice to walk familiar ground, I do that by watching re-runs on CBS Action. Star Trek fans REALLY crave something new and original. The beauty about animation as a medium means it’s a lot easier to do this, yet here we are, on an old Constitution class ship, re-using a lot of the old animation, revisiting old planets and old foes, and even old characters.

And yes… the goatee – what’s up with that? Is it an in-joke or something?

42. NCC-73515 - May 12, 2010

“An error occured, please try again later.”

43. John Broughton - May 12, 2010

I just want to congratulate the NEO f/x team on completing the 2nd animated episode. A high-quality animated film done in the same FILMATION style of the 1970′s. Most folks will get it, some won’t – good remarks Ken (#29 above). Hopefully all will appreciate the time and effort spent on re-creating STAR TREK animation in the same look and feel as FILMATION’s version.

44. Romy - May 12, 2010

#40 – Chris Doohan’s Scotty was great, and you really need to lighten up. For your information, the Scots LOVE Scotty – that’s why several towns and cities were arguing a few years back over where his birthplace ought to be. If you’re so clever, perhaps you’ll volunteer to organise a future fan production, so you can show everyone how ought to be done?

I loved that this episode paid tribute to the original series – and long may that continue. Good job by everyone, and especially Chris. I thought he did well with Thelin in the first Farragut animated episode, but hearing him as Scotty was amazing. Kinda strange too, in a good way, as he sounds so like his dad.
Well done all concerned

45. KingDaniel - May 12, 2010

Can’t download the third act from http://www.farragut-animated.com – I get an error then am redirected to the neo/fx site.

:’(

I hope this episode has a better story and ending than the first did (“weird stuff happend. Why? Dunno. The end.”)
If Farragut ever do more animated episodes I’d love to see Mr. Arex, or even a Starfleet ship crewed entirely by Edoans.

46. Chris Doohan - May 12, 2010

#40

I was in Linlithgow, Scotland a few years back for the “Future Birthplace of Scotty” exhibit and had the pleasure of meeting the Provost, Mr. Kerr. He said that he heard I was trying out for the role of Scotty in the new Star Trek movie and asked “do you have a good Scottish accent?”. I told him that I wasn’t trying out for the role and that my accent was terrible. He replied, ” then you’d be perfect…your father’s accent was terrible”. He went on to say that regardless, he was loved by the Scottish people and found his accent endearing.

For all of you that like my attempt at Scotty (and Thelin), thanks. I had fun doing it.

47. Chris Doohan - May 12, 2010

43

Ditto

48. Michael Bednar - May 12, 2010

For those that liked our effort, Thank you!

For those that didn’t… Well, I’ll keep those words to myself and pray for you.

49. Admiral Archer's Prized Beagle - May 12, 2010

I liked it! Great story, and Chris did an excellent job playing Scotty. It’s true some of the voice actors weren’t that great, but this is a fan production and considering that fact I’d say they all did a wonderful job!

50. darendoc - May 12, 2010

Why is the female engineer referred to as “Mike”??

51. Hat Rick - May 12, 2010

The visuals are extremely faithful to the original TAS. Yes, it’s true that the voice acting is uneven (and I say this as a one-time nonprofessional actor) when considered as a whole, but that can certainly be rectified in the future.

I salute the makers of this film.

52. Scott B. here. - May 12, 2010

Having dabbled with animation for fun a few times, I’m mightily impressed with these Farragut episodes. Near spot-on homages to the original Filmation cartoons. Even the limited animation used is time-consuming and requires a great deal of skill. The whole NEO/Farragut team deserves nothing but high marks for their efforts.

As for the voice acting … have you critics listened to the TAS episodes lately? Even the fine original thespians of TOS sound a little flat and uninspired in their animated incarnations. Give these enthusiastic amateurs a break. I will say that the guy playing Thelin did a professional sounding job. Also, whoever voiced the Gorn did a swell job. I don’t know if any post-production work was done on the Gorn’s voice, but it sounded pretty darn close to Ted Cassidy’s original. Also, Chris Doohan does an excellent job emulating his father’s accent and inflections.

I hope everyone working on these is having a great time doing them. They’re fun and totally worthy. I hope to see more.

Scott B. out.

53. Scott B. here. - May 12, 2010

I just saw that Chris did the voice for Thelin as well as Scotty — dang! You’re good, Chris! Very natural, yet very … Andorian! :-)

Scott B. out.

54. Daoud - May 12, 2010

I just watched the whole opus, and find it to be excellently done.

Trevino’s story is pitch perfect to the TOS era.

The voice readings, actually are SUPERB matches to the style of voice acting done on TAS. I really don’t fathom the criticism. Do these dime-a-dozen critics forget the original TAS voice readings were rather… emotionless? I think some people need to read the history of TAS, and understand that the Farragut team not only was working to match the animation, but also to match the voice readings.

A crossover with the Enterprise of Phase 2 would be enjoyable. Here’s hoping. Why, as the Farragut coordinates the return of Mr. Scott, we could have a line “I think I’m going to grow a mustache on my way back.” Haha.

Thanks to the Farragut team. And especially thanks to Chris Doohan for bringing Scotty back. Too bad that there wasn’t a cameo for “STG” in Farragut, too. “Smilin’ Transporter Guy” is my favorite ST’09 background character, hands down.

55. Aldo F. Rodriguez - May 12, 2010

Mr. Broughton, Mr. Hildebrand, Mr & Mrs. Bednar, and the valiant crew of the Farragut: Congratulations, Well Done and Thank You!

(Looking foward to see more from JCawley, Nick Cook, DarenDoc, SGammans, TRuss, CDoohan, CMasterson and Johnson(Exeter, we miss you guys) brothers, etc.)

[Thank you all for keeping Trek Prime alive!]

56. trekboi - May 12, 2010

nice- how long are the episodes?

57. Ken Thomson - May 12, 2010

56. Go to http://www.starshipfarragut.com and you can see all their episodes, animated and live action. They have links to the downloads there although the animated ones are hosted elsewhere. — Ken

58. Benjamin Adams - May 12, 2010

Goatees = The New Mullet.

Make them stop, please. Full beard or no beard.

59. Ken Thomson - May 12, 2010

What’s the deal with people not liking goatees? Seriously? People have their own individual preferences and this kind of nitpicking is seriously lame.

60. Rich - May 12, 2010

I thoroughly enjoyed both of these episodes and appreciate all the hard work and love that went in to producing them! Thanks to all were involved for giving us a bit more of the Star Trek of yesteryear!!

61. Zebonka - May 12, 2010

“For those that liked our effort, Thank you!

For those that didn’t… Well, I’ll keep those words to myself and pray for you.”

What a bizarre attitude towards criticism … it’s not like people will go to Hell for disliking the voice acting, which is really the only weakness here. It’s a profound one, but as has been pointed out – the rest of the production is pretty sound!

62. Eli - May 12, 2010

Just gut done watching it. Create job!

63. OLLEY OLLEY OLLEY - May 12, 2010

nice show
going to watch the rest

lol @08:18 The Security officer appears to walking on a treadmill :)

64. Scott B. here. - May 12, 2010

It’s not a goatee; it’s a van dyke. I have one too. Full beards are for geologists and lazy guys. ;-)

Plus, it’s cool looking like my own evil twin.

Scott B. out.

65. HelenofPeel - May 12, 2010

It was a very nice episode. I like the little touches: the TAS music, Scotty’s voice by Chris, and the Gorn. Love the gorn!

Oh, while not trying to hijack this thread, I wanted to announce a small find… I was rummaging through my old boxes of data CDs and found my CD of Star Trek images from the 90′s Internet (“Star Trek Art Gallery” and “William McCullars IDIC Page”) I cannot claim and do not claim any authorship. But now that those sites are sadly gone, I will upload them gradually over time so that the imagery can be enjoyed once again.

Here’s an image I bet even JJ Abrams doesn’t have: the Reliant in the Tenneco shipyard.

I’ve emailed Anthony but have yet to hear back from him.

new-gallery-of-art[dot]com[slash]trek[slash]oldimages

Hope you enjoy!

Thank goodness for our Star Trek Internet pioneers!

66. Philip Dunlop - May 12, 2010

44. That’s the stock answer from anyone who doesn’t like a bit of criticism. “Why don’t you do better”? I’ve never tried voice acting. Wouldn’t be opposed to it. If anyone needs a character from Dublin, Ireland, i’d be happy to help. I’m not saying I’d be any better. But I wouldn’t mind giving it a go. As for Thelin, he was probably the best voiced character I’ve seen so far.

50. Michael is actually a girl’s name too. http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Michael
That’s assuming it’s short for Michael. My first thought was that it might have been short for Michaela.

52. the “Near spot-on homages to the original Filmation cartoons” as you call them are, shot for shot, IDENTICAL to those from the original Filmation cartoons, at least the ones of the Farragut herself are. The rest of the animation is, yes, very faithful, apart from the characters, but that’s not to say there’s anything wrong with how the characters are animated.

I did also mention the TAS voice recordings in my post at #41. But what’s the point in even being an “enthusiastic amateur” if you don’t get some criticism to improve your craft? I’ve gone on this rant previous times in relation to other fanfic films. Sometimes I wonder if the collective quality control of Star Trek fans is a little below par – a problem probably compounded by the fact that there’s no studio TV series on the horizon, so we’ll take everything we’ll get. This show has merits. It’s probably some of the best storytelling I’ve seen in any fan fiction incarnation (I’m not including Phase II in this because it’s several orders of magnitude more professionally done than a lot of these shows – plus they’ve got real Star Trek scripts that never made it to TV to call upon in some cases). I went back and looked at that Power Source episode and must say the story was excellent, aside from a weak ending, where I felt the situation resolved itself too easily and no questions were answered. Obviously it’s being left open for some kind of a sequel, but the episode’s conclusion didn’t satisfy me the way, say, a scenario on a studio produced episode would. It felt like the amount of time that was permissible for the episode was about to run out, so the crew decided to pack things up quickly. Anyway, I digress. The point in giving a critique is to be constructive and to give ideas on ways future episodes can be improved. Nothing is intended to be taken personally. I work in the creative industry myself and know all about criticism. Equally, it’s important to highlight the good points while also pointing out where things can be improved. If the makers of this show weren’t expecting some sort of criticism, and furthermore, can’t take it, then the really are in the wrong line of work, albeit as an enthusiastic amateur.

59: The goatee thing isn’t meant to be taken seriously, so lighten up! It’s pointing out the fact that in the last two fan fiction shows that have been posted on trekmovie, the captains of both shows have been depicted as having goatees. However, on a more serious note, it’s unlikely a military organisation would allow a goatee, unless it’s for religious purposes. Then again, Riker had a full beard, and Geordi dabbled with a bit of bum-fluff at some point too. Also, Ken Thompson, when we’re talking about goatees, “nit-picking” might be the wrong choice of wordage!

61: Agreed.

65: It’s only necessary to do the [dot] and [slash] thing with Email addresses to stop spam robots. Surely the point of having a website is to ENCOURAGE visitors rather than turn them away? Spam robots search for Email addresses, not website addresses. Just thought I’d mention…

67. Balok - May 12, 2010

Chris Doohan, as a long-time, now old time TOS fan, it thought it was great to see Scotty, and I’m sure it was great for you have the opportunity to fill your father’s shoes for a brief episode…

68. Jorg Sacul - May 12, 2010

Just as a historical note, William Shatner recorded lines for TAS in a mensroom stall on occasion. If you want amazing voice work, listen the the Star Wars NPR adaptations. THEY are vocal theater. TAS was not much more than one-off work for our intrepid heroes. A paycheck. While the writers may have offered serious stories on occasion, it was not considered “acting” by the actors. I take that information from interviews I recall from the 1970s with Shatner, and from personally asking Walter Koenig and George Takei. Only Majel mentioned that it was fun for her, as she was allowed to do multiple voices. Don’t know what James Doohan thought about it, as I never got to ask.

I give a hearty thumbs-up to the cast and crew of Starship Farragut. Their work is entertaining, and takes me back to those wonderful Saturday mornings of my youth.

69. darendoc - May 12, 2010

Michael may be a girl’s name… but the shortened “Mike” isn’t. It shouldn’t be jarring to me, but it is… lol

70. Michael-NEO f/x - May 12, 2010

All,

I wanted to send a ‘thank you’ to all of you that commented on these animated episodes. I realized fan productions are not everyone’s cup of tea, and I am not here to defend them…the same as I am not here to cram them down anyone’s throats. As many posters here have pointed out, the ‘goal’ of these episodes was to honor Filmation, Trek, and the live-action production of Farragut. As Anthony pointed out way back 2 years ago when we started this, we have gone to great lengths to emulate the original TAS, including some of the ‘cheese’ factor. We could have turned this into a grand 3D adventure with CGI characters, original music, and professional voice actors all around; however, it would not have the same nostalgic factor as seeing the familiar backgrounds and repeated musical cues as TAS.

Personally, this was a fun project to do. Working with folks like Chase, Chris, Tim, etc. was a blast. My biggest thrill was meeting Lou Scheimer himself and being invited to his house on numerous occasions just to talk about animation and what he has seen in his life. While making these cartoons was a realization of a dream, it is the personal interactions with the cast, crew, and fans that really made this worth it.

Michael

PS…Daren…”Mike” is a nickname Smithfield has from the live-action episodes. I understand it can be jarring for the casual Farragut fan.

71. HelenofPeel - May 12, 2010

Dear #66… I haven’t been able to embed a URL on my comments. I tried repeatedly and it didn’t take.

Give it a try and let me know if you have any success here doing that.

72. Pro-Khan-Sel - May 12, 2010

Yes please change the theme song…try without the marching percussion, the horns were fine.

73. Scott B. here. - May 12, 2010

Re: 65, 71 – Helen, I was able to view the images, and though they are a little primitive by today’s standards, they’re a lot of fun. Thanks for resurrecting them.

Scott B. out.

74. HelenofPeel - May 12, 2010

Scott #73: Glad you liked them. Yes, they are primitive by today’s CG standards, but remember these were likely done with models, airbrushing, and primitive photo manipulation software. Kinda nice to reminisce… like TOS! :)

75. Philip Dunlop - May 12, 2010

HelenofPeel – you can post a URL under “name/email/url” or just type a url, including the http, and as far as I recall this board will automatically turn it into a link.

http://new-gallery-of-art.com/trek/oldimages , for example

76. Kail Tescar - May 12, 2010

Everyone worked really hard on these episodes. To those who appreciated the efforts, I’m glad you enjoyed them. To those who didn’t like them, or were disappointed, sorry. At least your not out anything but some time.

But really, I don’t get the hate. I appreciate constructive criticism, but why go out of your way to tear us down and belittle the effort?

I spent two years working on this, it was a challenge, and it was fun. I did it for the same reason I work on my Star Trek comics and website, my love of Star Trek. Am I a great artist? No. I never claimed to be. I like to work in the TAS style because, one it’s easy, and two TAS has holds fond memories from childhood for me.

I salute the makers of Farragut, they put a lot of time, money, sweat, and love into their efforts. I feel privileged to be associated with their franchise.

77. Philip Dunlop - May 12, 2010

76. Who here has actually mentioned the word “hate”?

78. HelenofPeel - May 12, 2010

Philip #77 – Every time I tried to simply type in the URL my comment would NOT post at all. Repeatedly. Perhaps I’m on some type of temporary, super-secret probation? Even in my URL line of my contact info. Same thing. Repeatedly. So I gave up.

79. ChessMess - May 12, 2010

Animation and sound is top notch, voice acting is dreadful. I’m sorry but people don’t talk in a plodding cadence with little inflection.

The biggest problem here is that the ‘higher ups’ are the ones with the worst voice acting. Fix the voice acting, kill the captain and put in someone new if you have to, or just swap out the bad vo actors.

80. Ken Thomson - May 12, 2010

I’m going to apologize up front for this. I really mean no disrespect or animosity to anyone for their opinions, however, at the same time, some of us are going to be in disagreement so not much I can do about it. Such is life.

I want to say something about real people and real heroes.

Let’s take a look at Erin Brockovich the real person vs. Julia Roberts. I will say that this society is pretty damn shallow if they can only prefer the actress to the real person. I’ve actually met Erin when I lived in California and no, she’s not a gorgeous actress like Julia Roberts. But she was the one who did the real work that the film is about.

Plenty of people who are not the most attractive, the most charismatic, or what have you, are still heroes who do their jobs and their duty every day. Some die in the line of duty. That is reality. Hollywood is not reality. This project is also not anything of that magnitude or anything serious other than it is a piece of work. It is a thing done for fun. Done by real people. That’s all it is.

All of you who are bagging on the makers of Farragut for being real people trying to bring characters that they invented to life, really ought to step back and reconsider. Not because they are necessarily great actors. But they are great people. And they are my friends. Again, legitimate criticism of work is one thing, but flat out disparagement is really uncalled for. There would not be any fan film of Farragut at all without them in the first place. You say, replace the captain, but John Broughton is the guy behind the whole thing. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it, but don’t bag on him as a person. He doesn’t deserve the personal attacks. None of them do.

Of course, I will say that if you can disparage Jimmy Doohan, you don’t hold much credibility with me anyhow and the rest of the actors in this could easily not lose any sleep over that kind of criticism. If Mr. Scott himself doesn’t pass the muster, they would not have a prayer anyhow.

But hey, you can’t please everyone. :)

I watch people troll everything, so what the heck. Bring it on. I’m sure you’ll want to rip me apart when I get my shot, but I’m not doing it for you. I do it for my own enjoyment and if others enjoy, then wonderful. If they don’t, then unfortunately, it wasn’t for them or isn’t for you. Can’t help it. If you tell me it sucked, and say it sucked because I was in it, then, there is nothing to do about it, because then it’s personal. If you say, take some acting classes, well, that’s a fair statement. I could use them myself, no question.

Basically, if you have no room for real people, then you probably would never like anything I’d do anyhow, so what do I lose here? You take to a viewing of anything with cynicism and you can pick it apart. It is always easier to destroy than to create. This is the Kobayashi Maru scenario. There is NO WAY to win.

Ken

81. JimJ - May 12, 2010

Fun episode and story. If you look at it for what it is, a fan film, it’s great. People that expect it to be as top notch as a $50-200 million dollar movie need to live in reality.

82. Christian Fauteux - May 12, 2010

So….many….words…..so little….anything!

83. The Captain's Neck is Broken - May 12, 2010

Thanks for your time and hard work, I loved it! It truly captured the “feel” of the Anamated Series. And thank you Chris Doohan your contribution was outstanding.

84. Zebonka - May 12, 2010

I don’t see the cause for sensitivity re: voice acting … and I certainly, for my part, don’t “hate” on what you guys made.

I’ve made some dreadful crap in my day, but I did it for fun – and definitely not with the expectation that all of the feedback would be positive. Every now and then I get a pleasant surprise (like Spinal Tap using one of my videos on their Unplugged tour), which was nice. But I won’t pretend the video itself was anything more than quirky or amusing. I made it in my backyard for crying out loud!

Guys, I for one appreciate the effort and the quality of work here. It’s just a simple fact that not everyone is cut out for voice acting. With that in mind, your Farragut animation has loads of other stuff going for it.

Accentuate the positive!

85. Philip Dunlop - May 13, 2010

80. Again, where were there any personal attacks? Almost everyone has said the voice acting on the show needed a little work, so that, to me, would amount to pretty legitimate critique. You just aren’t far enough removed from the project to not take it personally, which would suggest to me you shouldn’t be involved in it at all.

Yes, the film is made by real people. Yes, it’s admirable. But you put real people in a situation where they’re, I don’t know, out of breath, in a fight; you expect their vocal inflections to change, not remain perfectly monotone. I haven’t seen any criticism here that isn’t legitimate, and you’ve just gone on a long-winded speech about all this hate that’s apparently about, even bringing Erin Brockovich into the equation, and I fail to see a single post on this forum which has warranted such a response. I myself watched the episodes. I thought the “Power Source” episode to be the stronger of the two. I gave my reasons why I thought some parts needed a little work. I gave my reasons why some parts were strong, and that good work being done in those areas should be kept up. Like I said before, if people take that kind of thing personally, from a fellow Star Trek fan that just wants to see more high-quality ‘Trek, then those people are in the wrong business.

And yes, I am a “real” person, and yes, I work in a job where I have to take criticism – constructive and destructive alike. If I don’t get some kind of critique on my work, then it becomes stagnant and has no chance of improving. That is all part of the nature of working in a creative industry.

86. Nivenus - May 13, 2010

It’s pretty high quality for a fan series, but I can’t help but notice how… American the crew is. Moreso than even the 1960s show. Not to mention the unoriginality in putting a black woman at the comm.

If I were running such a series (which I’m not) I’d up the original series by making the crew truly international.

87. PiperKev - May 13, 2010

There’s a big difference criticism and outright slagging, and some folks on this board need to recognize that difference.

Some examples of criticism:

“The story line was GOOD the voices seemed monotone… They need some life in the words they are saying.”

“The guy playing the Captain needs to punch up his delivery though.”

Some examples of slagging:

“I couldn’t get past the initial horrible voice acting.”

” Fix the voice acting, kill the captain and put in someone new if you have to, or just swap out the bad vo actors.”

See the difference?

88. Michael Bednar - May 13, 2010

The word “hate” doesn’t have to be mentioned to sense the tone of ones post. Some of these go beyond criticism and just sound bullying.

Obviously some did not get my initial post because they simply choose not to. I’m not saying you’ll go to hell. It just seems to me that those that have gone out of their way to heavily criticize and belittle the effort must have underlying issues. I could go on, but it really isn’t worth it.

Criticism is expected, warranted and valued. It is also something we hold dear to improve ourselves, production values, and story telling. Destructive criticism is just that, destructive and should never be offered. It only leads to beating someone down and does nothing to help them improve. Why would it.

Look folks, we do these episodes at great financial drain to ourselves. Why, because we enjoy doing them. We enjoy playing in the sandbox. I’d bet that everyone of you would love to sit in the Captains Chair and call out orders, or even grab a phaser and beam down to the planet’s surface. More to the point, if you want to really demonstrate that you have something to contribute to help the production effort. Sign up to volunteer.

Thanks for watching the episodes we produce and thank you for the criticism. We are listening.

89. Kelso - May 13, 2010

I loved it! Fun stuff! Well done, all around.

90. G.S. Davis - May 13, 2010

Phillip, re message 41: To some degree we did copy TAS, we had to. If we “Flew on our own” so to speak, it wouldn’t have looked right. we even had to copy the frame rate as a faster/slower rate would have looked different. As for me, though, every cel I worked on was done directly in Photoshop on a Motion Computing M1400 tablet PC… they were all hand-drawn at a huge resolution and then imported to Adobe After Effects for assembly. Anyway, we mimicked the poses so they would look authentic, but we hand- drew all of the artwork. Your critique is noted, though I’m not sure, given the constraints of our mission statement (Be as if this was TAS episode 23&24) that we could have helped the issue… I just didn’t want anyone thinking we simply ripped frames from TAS and ran with it. :)

As for “hate” I think any statement that says something like “The captain sounds stupid” or “The artwork is dumb” is hurtful, it’s like saying “Your mom is ugly!” you are just saying it to start a fight… I’ve seen Michael of NeoFX, Kail, Ken and I -most of the artists on this project (There weren’t many of us)- Chris (Scotty/Thelin), Michael Bednar (Tacket) and John (Carter) all posted on this thread… You really do have our ear, we really can hear you… I love the constructive critique, but just negative comments makes it sound like you hate everything that isn’t episode #16 of TOS… everything else is crap. And you lose all credibility.

A great critique tells us what you LIKED as well as what you HATED… It disarms us a little (We are working for free, we can’t go “Well, they hated it, but at least we got paid!”)… And no “Get a thicker skin” is not an appropriate response to this, everyone can be polite, refusing to be polite is anyone’s right, but it doesn’t command any respect.

-Guy

91. Kenneth Thomson Jr. - May 13, 2010

84- “You just aren’t far enough removed from the project to not take it personally, which would suggest to me you shouldn’t be involved in it at all.”

I don’t have to be removed from the project to give my opinion. I was a fan of Farragut before I had the opportunity to work on it. I’ve been in the creative industry as well for a long time with over 20 video games and contribution to a few films under my belt. I know how to take criticism. I also know how to dish it out if I have to. But really, the point isn’t that I don’t appreciate criticism, it is that when it is spiteful it’s pretty useless. Nobody is a bad guy here, and if I made you out to be one, I regret that.

I’ll say this…. Everyone has their own opinions and to them, they are valid and nothing will ever change that. Fair enough. I’m happy to leave it at that and call truce, okay?

Ken

92. NC Trekker - May 13, 2010

Personally, I am very impressed with this and thank everyone involved in the project. I dabbled in homemade SF film-making a few years back. See the below link if you dare but I wouldn’t advise it. Making a movie is a difficult process and it makes you appreciate the work the professionals and skilled amateurs do.

Anyway, kudos to the Farragut team!

93. starshipconstellation - May 13, 2010

I just finished watching it and enjoyed it very much as a work faithful to the spirit of the old Animated Series. Look forward to what comes next. My only request is that no one doing Trek anywhere does any more time line repair stories but having said that I have enjoyed very much what Phase II, Farragut and Exeter have done so far. Keep up the good work, all!

Chris Doohan is to be commended for not only doing his father’s accent well but also the way his father did it for the Animated Series. I was lucky enough to meet his father twice. The first time I gave him a relatively small painting of the refit Enterprise at a promotion for the Star Trek III video tape release and got the nicest autographed thank you. The gift of the painting was intended as my own thank you for all the fun and adventure he and Scotty had given us up to that point. He also upon finding out I was of Irish heritage did quite a lovely Irish accent and said that finally a fan had given him something small enough to take home. The second time he autographed my Starfleet Technical Manual being very careful not to write over any actual technical data. It was a distinct honour and pleasure to have met him.

94. Brett Campbell - May 13, 2010

68 – “Just as a historical note, William Shatner recorded lines for TAS in a mensroom [sic.] stall on occasion.”

Hmm … I guess that … might … account for … some … of the … dramatic pauses.

95. Christopher Doohan - May 13, 2010

93. Thanks

94. LOL

96. HelenofPeel - May 13, 2010

I enjoyed the cartoon. It IS a cartoon. And it IS a fan-made production. I think it compares favorably with TAS.

“Dammit Jim, I’m a fan-making-a-cartoon, not Steven Spielberg!” ;-)

Oh, and if you would like to see old Trek production models from the defunct but lovely William McCullars IDIC imagees, go here:
http://www.new-gallery-of-art.com/trek/idic/

(Here’s hoping the link shows this time! I swtiched browsers!)

97. Todd - May 13, 2010

Loved the final act!. Thought I was watching one of the TAS episodes. Keep up the good work Farragut crew.

98. Crewman Darnell - May 13, 2010

Excellent work in recreating the whole TAS feel. The “monotone” styles of the voice acting adds a perfect touch. In “The Needs of the Many” did anyone else catch the “Wilhelm Scream” during the crisis in Engineering? Gotta’ love it.

99. Jack Trevino - May 13, 2010

To All,

Thanks for all the comments. Having co-written stories for Deep Space Nine (Little Green Men, Indiscretion and Quorum * sold but not produced) and scripts for Star Trek: Phase II, Star Trek Of Gods and Men and now, Starship Farragut, it’s gratifying to know they’ve been received so well by you the fans. Keep the comments coming in, and please continue to voice your honest opinions (Constructive criticism is part of the game).

I would like to thank Michael Struck for allowing me to be a part of this new piece of Trek history. I was inspired by DC Fontana to write ever since I watched the fantastic episodes she did for the original series – they shaped Star Trek into a worldwide phenomenon, one that continues today and will continue for many years into the future.

I must acknowledge the excellent work of the cast and crew. I think, scratch that, I know they all gave it their best – because it certainly translates over to the screen.

When Michael told me he had acquired guest actors such as Chase Masterson, Tim Russ and Vic Mignona to work with the excellent Farragut cast (BTW, they all held their own quite well interacting with these seasoned actors), I was impressed. When he told me he had also acquired Chris Doohan, I was doubly impressed. I had read that Chris had auditioned for the role of Scotty in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek, so I knew he could do his father’s famous character. It then hit me that we had to include Scotty into the episode. But we wanted to add him in a logical manner, one that made sense to the story. I think we accomplished that. Anyway, one night, while reviewing one of the acts for possible trims, I heard only Chris’ voice (as Scotty). The hair on the back of my neck stood up, as I could not tell the difference between the original Scotty and his rendition. I said to myself, “My God, that’s Scotty talking! Chris is unbelievable!”

Chris, you have done an excellent job. I’m sure your Dad is as proud of your work in this episode as the many fans are, as evident by their many positive comments posted here on this forum. What a tribute to him and all those associated with the original series.

I am honored to have been a part of this project,

Jack Trevino

100. Chris Doohan - May 14, 2010

WOW, thank you so much, Jack. Actually, one of the main reasons I took on the role was because you were involved. It was a real honor to work with you on this project. Also, working along side such talented people as Chase Masterson, Tim Russ and Vic Mignona (Vic should get a Fan film Award for his role) made this a dream come true for me. I hope to work with all of you again.

Chris

101. Jefferies Tuber - May 14, 2010

What’s with all the white guys with Anglo-Saxon surnames? It’s one thing to sample all of Earth with members of its smallest ethnic group, but quite another to sample that group with people of English descent only. Just strange. And the black female Communications Officer?

102. Kenneth Thomson Jr. - May 14, 2010

101. Understand that when this show originated, it originated with a bunch of friends getting together. The animated piece has a core group of people who’ve been with them all along. I wouldn’t get hung up on who plays what role because it isn’t anything but that. If you are looking for more diversity in their casting, watch some of their live action films too.

Ken

103. HelenofPeel - May 14, 2010

101. – The diversity issue is a red herring. Friends got together and made a cartoon. Doubtless the cartoon is impacted by their unconscious collective social and cultural experiences. Are those experiences limiting? Of course, for all of us.

Perhaps you should make your own cartoon?

104. captain_neill - May 15, 2010

that was an excellent production. Top marks

105. Adam Freeman - May 22, 2010

Yeah so um I posted a comment here not so long ago but it must have been deleted so I’ll try again — Terrible production. If they wanted to make an animated series they could have tried rendering their own animation, rather than STEAL the work of others. Yet another fail from an increasingly long list for this team.

106. Kail Tescar - May 24, 2010

Adam, thanks for going out of your way to repost that inspiring review.

107. Kenneth Thomson Jr. - May 27, 2010

105. The purpose of making it look the same was so that it would look like it was done in 1974 by Filmation in their exact style. That was the intent, created with the blessing of the man himself, Lou Scheimer, who created the original animated series. You entirely miss the point. Or, maybe you don’t. You have no right to accuse anyone of stealing, though.

108. Ensign Sonwa - October 1, 2010

Oh what another wonderful piece of plagiarism. These guys are killing Star Trek. I hope Paramount close them down…

109. Red Wind - January 24, 2012

While Kenneth does make a valid point concerning the animation, I’m afraid that Farragut as already been accused of such a bad thing that Adam has posted. But only in another matter.

http://www.trekbbs.com/​showthread.php?t=133657&pag​e=53

http://www.trekbbs.com/​showthread.php?t=133657&pag​e=54

Farragut may have been fun at first, but after the incidents described on these two links above, it is no longer fun, period. Especially when being associated with someone who stooped as low as they could get.

I’ll just stick with Phase 2. At least they are honest.

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