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Watch: New Episode From Fan Series Starship Farragut – ‘Price of Anything’ December 26, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Fan Productions , trackback

It has been two years since their last outing, but now the Star Trek TOS-era based fan series Starship Farragut has just release a new episode, "Price of Anything." This third episode finds the crew of the USS Farragut facing off against Romulans. You can learn more about it below an watch the entire episode. 

 

Starship Farragut Episode 3: "Price of Anything"

Starship Farragut takes place in the same time period as the classic Star Trek series, but with a different ship and crew. The show is set on board the USS Farragut, which is a Constitution Class starship (like the USS Enterprise).

Here is the official plot summary for "Price of Anything."

Captain Carter is reunited with his estranged father for an important mission to secretly transport a plant that holds the vaccine for a disease hit hard by the Federation. While en route to Cerronos IV, their shuttlecraft collides with a Romulan scout vessel and crash lands on a deserted planet — while Captain Carter and his father are working to survive on the planet, the Farragut gets attacked by another Romulan vessel. Can the Captain make it off the planet with the valuable Nektoss plant? Will Commander Tacket defeat his Romulan adversary?

Watch the episode

About Starship Farragut

The series was created by John Broughton who also stars as Captain John Carter. "Price of Anything" was written by Paul Sieber who has worked with both Starship Farragut, Star Trek New Voyages/Phase II and other film projects. It was directed by Vic Mignogna who also appears as Capt. Kirk, which is sort of a crossover from his upcoming fan series Star Trek: Continues. Starship Farragut and Star Trek: Continues are both produced by Farragut films. Star Trek New Voyages co-founder Jack Marshall is a Supervising Producer. NEO f/x co-produces the series and creates the visual effects. 

The series is shot in Georgia. According to Farragut Films, they have their 10,000 SQ FT stage is the largest free-standing Star Trek set. They have faithfully recreated the sets in the same original configuration as depicted on the Paramount Lot from the 1960s.

Farragut Films is currently in production on the first episode of Star Trek Continues, a new TOS-era series set on board the USS Enterprise and starring Vic Mignogna as Kirk (and Chris Doohan as Scotty). They will then shoot the next Starship Farragut episode ("Conspiracy of Innocence") in April.

More on Starship Farragut at www.starshipfarragut.com.

Comments

1. Lt.LanaShelby - December 26, 2012

I have been enjoying these shows. Keep up the good work!

2. Flaming Nacelles Forever - December 26, 2012

These are my favourites of the fan episodes – best production values and acting going ;)

3. Red Dead Ryan - December 26, 2012

Well, this was pretty good. The only problem is the out-of-shape cast members. Takes away some of the believablity of this production.

4. Thomas - December 27, 2012

3. Red Dead Ryan
“Well, this was pretty good. The only problem is the out-of-shape cast members. Takes away some of the believablity of this production.”

That’s why I won’t wear a TOS uniform costume. They’re designed to be worn by people in good shape, and as such, are rather unflattering to most people who wear them. If you’re not that fit, having to size the uniform tunic upward just makes look like you’re wearing a brightly-colored, ill-fitting sweater.

5. Worf's Ham Sandwich - December 27, 2012

This is good stuff. My only problem with it was the midi-tastic score. I know music is likely to be tough to do on a small budget but this kind of took away the ‘Trek’ feel…

6. Sebastian S. - December 27, 2012

Always loved the name “Captain John Carter”; a nice nod to the original ‘space hero’ of 1912. The one that inspired Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and even Star Wars and Avatar.

Too bad the 2012 movie (which I loved, BTW) didn’t fare as well as it’s progeny….

7. Jonboc - December 27, 2012

Nice job, enjoyed it. It was well executed on all levels, from direction, editing and sound to FX and acting. Some was just a bit better executed than others. My only quibbles, and they are minor, are few. I think they needed an older man to play Carter’s father, they never really connected as father and son. The female romulan needed pointed eyebrows and the gentleman playing Kirk seemed too old to be TOS Kirk. Having said that, I understand the limitations of a fan made project and, especially within those constraints, this was very entertaining!

Highlights, for me, would be the planet sequences, the space action and the direction and editing, which were quite good throughout. Nice pacing and writing as well. I look forward to the next entry!

8. John Broughton - December 27, 2012

Thanks Anthony for the kind article. Farragut Films looks forward to continuing to bring both “original” TREK and “iconic” TREK to the world.

9. The Last Vulcan - December 27, 2012

I know I may be dense as it’s very obvious that these fan Treks are done for the love of the show and to stuff the cast and crew’s resumes BUT can anyone enlighten me on the economics? I’ve been racking my brain for years to try and figure out where the money comes from since there is no direct financial income permitted by the studio. Who puts in money in a total loss situation unless you can get a tax receipt for it? I’m not trying to be flip, I really am curious!

10. Steve J. - December 27, 2012

Huh?

“a disease hit hard by the Federation”…?

11. New Horizon - December 27, 2012

> 7. Jonboc – December 27, 2012
… the gentleman playing Kirk seemed too old to be TOS Kirk.

That is Vic Mignogna. He’s playing Kirk in the new Star Trek Continues web series. It also happens to have Chris Doohan as Scotty.

12. Dennis Bailey - December 27, 2012

#9 The Last Vulcan:

All I can tell you from my own experience is that I decided to produce one of this sort of thing in 2008 and it delayed my purchase of a new car until 2012. LOL

IOW, it’s sort of a very expensive hobby.

13. johnnyb807 - December 27, 2012

The red shirt is hella sexy. Died in spectacular red shirt fashion, but still. I’m a little upset. Stupid Star Trek. Ugh.

14. BulletInTheFace - December 27, 2012

Great production value, but wow, that’s some bad acting, right across the board.

15. NewTrek - December 27, 2012

Farragut production value gains each and every episode, How can anyone complain when all they have to do is enjoy what hard work is put into these productions. I dont see alot of individuals being able to produce these or even attempting so the haters should just stay silent and dont watch if they dont want. Nobody cares what your unconstructive critisisum is. Those who can do those who cant just “Think” they know how. Great work to John and the team.

16. I'm Dead Jim! - December 27, 2012

“Dad, I don’t know! Shut up!” – Capt. Carter

I enjoyed this overall but I laughed out loud at that line, something a child might say to his father but not a Starfleet captain. But keep up the good work. I look forward to more!

17. Hey Mo! - December 27, 2012

Far better acting, camera work, lighting, production design, and editing on this and Star Trek Continues than…(ahem) certain other Trek fan film productions.

18. CAPT KRUNCH - December 27, 2012

Agreed #4…did you see the farra GUT on that Romulan standing behind the commander??!! LOL…anyway I also agree that the production value on this is awesome! You can see all of the hard work that has gone into making this..GREAT WORK!!!..and the acting isn’t nearly as bad as some I v’e seen. And hats off to the Van Dyke beard worn by most of the male actors aboard!.. Of course a VanDyke, unlike the goatee is goatee with a mustache!…..Bazinga

19. Dr. Image - December 27, 2012

Have to finish watching later, but one thing that bugs me is that the light-blue borders on the screens surrounding the bridge are TOO WIDE. Fix ‘em, guys! Minor quibble, I know… enjoying the overall production very much though!

20. Michael Askounes - December 27, 2012

Another great one from the John and Co. at Farragut. I know how passionate John B. is about Star Trek, and it really shows.

21. Matias 47 - December 27, 2012

@9

Agreed. An article or a detailed response about how these are funded, who gets paid, etc., would be very appreciated.

22. Lt.LanaShelby - December 27, 2012

IDIC – something to remember before making comments about people’s weight. ;)

It’s great to see fans keeping trek alive in this way. During the 70′s it was short stories in FanZines like Enterprise and then the Bantam Books and Fotonovels.

Yay for Star Trek!

23. WVTreker - December 27, 2012

Another good story. I wish the acting were up to par, but being an fan production I understand. Too bad the hot red-shirt got killed. :(

I am confused, according to the description the Federation attacks the disease. Call the grammar police!

24. Robman007 - December 27, 2012

Cool stuff. I love these fan films.

Looks like a new Into Darkness Poster was released today. hmm….

25. Doug - December 27, 2012

Nice work. I think it holds up better than some of the episodes from Enterprise, which was a professionally produced and acted series. I would have liked to see the father sacrifice himself to save his son and the plant..maybe even the romulan, but that’s a small story issue and only a personal preference.
It’s clear that the people involved have put a great deal of time, energy, passion and money into this, so I have nothing negative to say about any of the contributions.
I might suggest, though, that you get some younger folks integrated into the cast if possible.
Thanks for all the work, and a chance to watch some “old school Star Trek”. I hope you keep it old school and don’t feel the need to move into any of the “phase 2″ stuff.
I

26. The Keeper - December 27, 2012

Isn’t always nice that obsessed fans can keep themselves away from the general population and busy themselves with play Star Trek?

While slightly better the stiff unrealistic James Cawley Star Trek interpretations (man, does that guy have Star Trek all wrong!!!), it’s still only fan boy bunk that a complete waste of time and money.

Hey, you guys do know there’s a real world out there that can use the monies you spend on these horrid productions to benefit the needy?

Just saying…

27. Moriarty - December 27, 2012

Fantastic cinematography, the light in the planet scenes was feature-film quality at times, and really contributed to some emotional moments. I love the use of NASA imagery for planets and space; it adds that layer of realism. Good FX work too. Vic Mignogna’s cameo, brief as it was, was pure old-school Kirk energy. Eager to see more.

If I have one complaint, which pertains to many fan productions, is that the acting is flat and low-energy which breaks the ability to suspend disbelief. I would rather see a fan production that focused on character and acting first and the FX second. Get these guys to a Meisner class! (So many TOS episodes reused stock footage anyway; do we need to spend time doing a full CGI space battle when ‘synchronized leaning to the left’ worked fine?)

28. Vorus - December 27, 2012

@ 26

Is that what you spend all your money on? You don’t have ANY hobbies you spend some cash on?

And it’s not even about just the money, what gives you the right to judge if a person’s hobbies are worthwhile or not? Sure, if you don’t like the production, that’s your opinion, but you have no right to tell others that they are using their time any more foolishly than anyone else, yourself included.

They’re having fun, and sharing their work with others that also enjoy it. Your ranting isn’t going to change that, and just makes you look foolish.

Keep flying, USS Farragut.

29. The Last Vulcan - December 27, 2012

@ 21. Matias 47: Well, when you have an actor who is in the SAG as the Trek vets have to be they can’t work for free (according to union rules… but many do so anyway), so I think that there is some form of compensation somewhere. Furthermore, cameras, lights, sets, etc.: Those cost BIG bucks. I’m an infomercial producer so I can tell you that shooting a half hour in one day in a fixed studio setting costs no less than $20K and that’s just the bare minimum.

30. Kail - December 27, 2012

Wow. Some people are just haters. I thought it was pretty darn good!

31. ug - December 27, 2012

Great production values, but some of the acting is painfully bad. The guy who took over the conn seemed to have laryngitis and he was mumbling his lines so badly he almost seemed like he was falling asleep. I know the acting isn’t going to be perfect, but I have a hard time believing that whoever was directing didn’t see fit to coach their delivery more.

32. Dennis Bailey - December 27, 2012

“I’m an infomercial producer so I can tell you that shooting a half hour in one day in a fixed studio setting costs no less than $20K and that’s just the bare minimum.”

You can produce a number of fan films for that amount. LOL

33. Uberbot - December 27, 2012

Series looks great! Very nice production values, visual effects and I particularly like the original musical score. The score is very much in the style of the original series, but new — I like that!

Acting could be better, but hey…it’s a fan film.

Love it!!

34. MJ - December 27, 2012

“Well, this was pretty good. The only problem is the out-of-shape cast members. Takes away some of the believablity of this production.”

Agreed. It just took away the credibility for me. Very distracting.

Special effects and music were good. The Farragut captain should lose the silly fu man chu beard thouugh.

35. AJ - December 27, 2012

Nice work!

I thought the random stop to have a father to son chat while being chased by a cloaked Romulan super-soldier was somewhat out of place, but otherwise a great looking and entertaining piece.

36. BeyondtheTech - December 27, 2012

Well done.

37. Matias 47 - December 27, 2012

@29

Yeah, I know what stuff costs. I’m a make up effects guy and a SAG puppeteer, so I’m familiar with SAG rules, too.

That’s why I’m curious about how these are funded – who gets paid, who donates time and or money — I know Tim Russ went to Kickstarter for his latest. But if Paramount allows these to exist as long as they they don’t make profits, do they allow these productions to earn enough revenue to break even? I still think it would make for a good article. Obviously, these guys have tapped into some sort of revenue stream to be able to afford such a large soundstage, build sets, have effects and decent cameras and lights.

PS: If you need any creatures for your infomercials, let me know;)

PPS: Think these productions could use a multi-emmy awaed winning make up effects guy? I’d be willing to do a bad ass creature/alien.

38. Thomas - December 27, 2012

I appreciate the efforts of the makers of these fan productions, but I don’t think the amateur nature of these films protects them from criticism. If you’re putting it out for public viewing, you’re opening yourself up for scrutiny whether you like it or not. That doesn’t mean having to use hurtful or abusive language in one’s criticism when a clear, honest assessment is enough.

That said, having watched some of these films, I agree with the general criticism that the acting could be stronger.

39. TrekMadeMeWonder - December 27, 2012

Awesome.

40. Michael - December 27, 2012

As one of the Executive Producers, let me start by commenting on a few items.

First and foremost. It’s our money. Not yours. Don’t tell us or preach to us how to spend it. It’s none of your business.

If our cast offends you, don’t watch it.

These are all volunteers. Can you assemble the talents to pull something like this off? Give it a try. I promise I’ll keep my mouth shut.

41. MJ - December 27, 2012

@40. I hope your petty and overly defensive attitude is not indicative of the entire production team aand cast? As Thomas is @38 said:

“I appreciate the efforts of the makers of these fan productions, but I don’t think the amateur nature of these films protects them from criticism. If you’re putting it out for public viewing, you’re opening yourself up for scrutiny whether you like it or not. That doesn’t mean having to use hurtful or abusive language in one’s criticism when a clear, honest assessment is enough.”

Constructive criticism means that we cared enough to watch it dude and that we actually want to give you some pointers to help you improve the effort. I am saddenned that your very negative response to some legitimate criticism is embarassing to your entire effort.

42. Jorg Sacul - December 27, 2012

I like Farragut and their adventures- sure, they aren’t “canon”, but these days, with all the time travel, what is? And as to the hottie redshirt co-pilot- yeah, she died, but the beauty of Star Trek is that she could come back as another character (please?!!) More adventures, we want more!

Regarding the “better spent money”… every penny used on these shows employs SOMEBODY, whether it is at a power plant, water company, fabric producer, hardware store, coffee vendor, or internet provider… Not like it’s just gone in a puff of smoke. So get off your higher than thou horse, and quit being a Hater-Tot. Farragut, and other fan-films, make people happy. They inspire other people to be creative. There is your bang for the buck.

43. HubcapDave - December 27, 2012

I found this quite enjoyable. love the OG Battlestar Galactica Cylon sound effects being used for the Romulan disruptor fire!

44. MJ - December 27, 2012

@42 “So get off your higher than thou horse, and quit being a Hater-Tot.”

Come on, the guy just had a question and was curious??? Are you all a fan production team or a cult? The level of defensiveness and nasty responses is completely uncalled for. Sheesh!!!

45. Michael - December 27, 2012

@ 40, Valued criticism is one thing as @38 said. But there are some here that take it to an extreme. Perhaps you are reading more into my response than is there or you simply want to stand on your soap box now.

We are not actors, we have never professed to being actors. Also, how many would actually say those things directly to someone. Instead our society hides behind a keyboard and makes assessments that do have hurtful connotations. Why, because the keyboard hides them. Cowards.

So what if someone has facial hair. So what if someone has gained a few pounds. They have more guts than most of you. Come in for a screen test. We’ll see how you do.

46. MJ - December 27, 2012

@45. Wow!!! Disappointing.

“I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to. ”

– A Few Good Men

47. Jeff O'Connor - December 27, 2012

The special effects and score were outstanding. And for my two cents, much of the acting was rather decent indeed for not being professional. For what it’s worth I’m a local actor in the Ybor, FL circuit so I’ve seen extraordinary efforts in both the positive and negative definitions of the term.

The directing was generally strong as well. The writing felt hit-or-miss for me; unlike some, I actually rather enjoyed the “shut up, dad!” from the captain because it felt like after so much time has transpired between father and son, the son is subconsciously reverting to a spur-of-the-moment petty-response kind of state when faced with a major crisis. That kind of thing happens often.

An instance of the writing not really working quite as nicely as it could have for me, though, would sadly be in the final moment. The denouement is touchingly directed and the spirit of the dialogue is definitely in the right direction, but I found the scene’s line delivery pacing took away from the impact of the words themselves, and some of the words came across as a bit hamfisted for such an emotional concept. That said, admittedly if William Shatner were delivering those lines I think he could have made them work, so maybe my issue is simply with what I thought was a bit too awkward a performance from a couple of the actors there.

Good job with the Romulans by the way.

Overall it was a tremendous success for the fandom. I wish I could magically make fan productions run on the same schedule as professional productions; I’d love to see this show grow into a long library of episodes.

48. Anthony Pascale - December 27, 2012

MJ Enough. Now your just trolling

Everyone else stay civil and keep perspective

49. Moriarty - December 27, 2012

40/45 Michael – It is amazing that something like this gets made at all, and indeed to such a high level of visual polish.

Have you ever read Scott McCloud’s book Understanding Comics? Towards the end is an interesting meditation called the Six Steps. Most people are attracted to an art or craft because they see the shiny, finished product and say ‘I want to do that.’. But that’s the final, 6th step; the polish on the commercial apple, vs. say, the duller shine on the organic apple that might taste better.

One has to work their way back to the first steps; putting in the 10,000 hours of apprenticeship and work to get to the level of craft needed to master their chosen medium.

At the workaday level you might have art, pacing and storytelling down; then you need to go deeper. At the first and second steps, you are faced with the deeper question: do you want to say *something* using the chosen medium, or do you want to say something about *art itself?* (Which leads all creative people to ask: Do I have anything to say at all?)

When I look at fan productions I see people who have mastered certain aspects of TV production – but it’s very close to that shiny surface. The look is there, the VFX are there, the costumes, sets and lighting are good; the cinematography is getting better all the time, and certainly, the range of tools available to the semi-professional is more affordable every year. Surface, form and structure are all within reach.

But at the core is storytelling. Part of that is the script, but to a great degree it’s about bringing that story to life using the body, the voice, stagecraft, the interplay between actors, and the sure hand of a director and editor. Saying you’re not professional actors… it doesn’t matter if you’re not ‘professional’ – TS Eliot worked in a bank all his life and turned out epic poetry. It’s about the time you devote to the craft.

Do more takes. Work out bits of business that make things come alive. Break out of your own physicality and become someone else. That’s what acting *is*.

Why go to all the lengths that you and your team do, if at the core you’re going to back down at the last minute, and tell us you’re just kidding around and doing Trek karaoke, for lack of a better word, and that we shouldn’t tell you what we really think?

What respect does that show for your audience?

It’s OK to not be professional. It’s another thing to be defensive, and make excuses for something that noticeably needs work – the thing that everyone comments on, time and time again. One must take one’s lumps graciously. It’s the nature of the biz. If it was all good reviews, how would we improve?

With respect, sir, I want to see more of your work *and* I want it to get better.

50. Dix - December 27, 2012

That was a lot of fun. Well done to the Farragut crew!

51. Carlos - December 27, 2012

The 1080p version! Amazing. The chaps from Farragut are doing a great job. In reality all ST fan-films are: ST:Continues, ST:Phase 2, Exeter, Potemkin, Phoenix… Sorry if I forgot someone. You people rock.

Imagine if one day they got all the same resources that the J.J Abrams movie do. Maybe this could turn into reality since these Kickstarter sites are rising.

Star Trek will go on forever.

52. Jeff O'Connor - December 27, 2012

#49

Wow, well said.

53. Michael - December 27, 2012

@46, Wow, A quote.

I fail to see how it applies. You don’t provide my freedom and you don’t own me.

54. The Last Vulcan - December 27, 2012

@32. Dennis Bailey – Yes, but how? A RED One or Epic camera and accessories rents for at least a grand a day and a basic lighting kit for the same. To build the most rudimentary set (and I mean really rudimentary) is five grand and up… and that’s not for a full bridge and ancillary sets which I couldn’t begin to get built for ten times that much. Let’s not even go into CGI as it can cost two thousand dollars just to do a title animation. So how are these guys doing this? It can’t be all volunteers, as someone still has to buy the materials, etc.

@37. Matias 47 – As I understand it, Paramount does not allow them to have an incoming revenue stream at all from the showings of the fan flix, not just make a profit. So again, this seems like throwing money down a hole. There has to be something in it other than “love.” And, BTW, now you tell me! I did a whole sequence with a cat costumed actor a couple of years ago and not only did it cost a fortune, but it looked like crud!

@40. Michael – With respect, I’m not going to comment on your rather incendiary comments as when an EP starts calling his audience “cowards” the conversation has already fallen off the rails. So let’s change the subject and allow me to ask you to clarify the financial business model of fan flix.

55. Toonloon - December 27, 2012

I was a little bit disappointed about the lack of close ups. Did Vic not shoot enough coverage because of budgetary issues?

I hear what some people are saying about certain attributes of the cast but that’s why you have casting directors.., I would never be cast in certain roles but in fan films usually the driving force casts themselves in the lead which isn’t always the best move but totally understandable.

56. Dennis Bailey - December 27, 2012

Most of it is volunteers. Volunteer set construction crew, volunteer costumers, volunteer lighting, camera and tech.

The materials, rent and so forth have to come out of pocket, yep.

The cost to purchase one or another kind of HD camera has been falling rapidly over the last five years or so. Few of these productions employ REDs – unless someone working on the production happens to own one.

When you’re doing “Star Trek” it’s not hard to find volunteer CG folks who want to work on it.

Some folks on some productions are paid, pretty much along the lines of the union requirements you mentioned. Most people up and down the line are volunteers who enjoy spending their time and money this way.

Basically something on the level of Farragut or NV requires either a lot of folks pooling their money and putting it into their “hobby,” or one or more producers with somewhat deeper pockets, or both.

Watching one of these productions come together and then sustain themselves year after year is a fascinating experience. Helping out is a blast – there’s something to be said for spending a week, every now and again, aboard a plywood spaceship. ;)

57. Michael - December 27, 2012

@54.

The term coward was not meant for all. It was meant for those that take the route of bashing. Not offering criticism. There are quite a few in these comments. I had hoped I made that clear. To those that took offense and didn’t bash. My apologies.

As for the finance. It is an all volunteer group. We do this simply for the fun of it. This is not one man’s project, but many. If you ever heard the phrase it takes a community. It’s true.

We are non-profit. We make no money on this. Insane, maybe, but we love doing it. Hope that helps a little bit.

58. Justin Burton - December 27, 2012

@46 Michael as a fellow Executive Producer I have to say I know how it is when fans rip your work apart it stabs at you and you want to lash back out.
I have learned this lesson the hard way the only thing you can do is take it and move on. Lashing out at every fan that gives you a thumb down and downs your work just makes your self and the production team as a whole look bad. When you Have the Excutive Producer title you must act like a leader and work to make it better. You do not have to settle for less just cause it is the way it is. @49 take that advice in stride and roll with it go cool off and come back to the post later it is not worth draging every one else down with you.

STL Executive Producer

59. Emperor Mike of the Empire - December 27, 2012

I just got done seeing this Ep.
On a Scale of 1 to 10. 1 being really bad and 10 being a Tos Ep. I give it a 7. Acting I give a 6. Not top notch but still pretty good. Fx a 9. Was really good. Story a 7. Decent Writting. All in all I can’t wait to see with what you guy’s come up with next.

60. Kahhhhhhn!!! - December 27, 2012

You guys should be most proud. To put this together with the kind of production qualities that in 1967-69 would have passed for exemplary (thus holding up even today) is a feat that NO ONE in this chat room could achieve. Very well done Farragut crew.

61. Mark Anton - December 27, 2012

What a nice post-Christmas treat! The special effects look quite special indeed. The actors do quite well, and the story certainly held my attention to the end. Thank-you so much for doing this. I hope we get to see much, much more, and I’m also looking forward to watching Star Trek Continues. This is a high quality production, and an episode that is worthy of the name Star Trek.

62. Jemma - December 27, 2012

I liked the film a lot… but I was confused a bit by the ending, in that it didn’t really wrap up the Romulan story line. Are there plans for a follow up episode to the “super soldier”. I think you could have an interesting sequel if you went and revisited that part of the story.

63. Check the Circuit - December 27, 2012

Great fun! You guys must be having a blast making these. Tough work, I’m sure.

64. scifib5st - December 27, 2012

With each new episode you guys contiue to imporve. Great work on this to all the cast and crew.
Thanks for the great Christmas present from Farragut elves.

65. CmdrR - December 27, 2012

Michael,
Respectfully, Trekkies bitch. It’s what we do. We DO feel as though we own all things Trek. We feel as though nearly 50 years of Trek makes us masters of this universe.

Our criticisms are not a threat. It’s when you hear nothing that you should worry.

Just sayin’.

Have fun, and keep the projects coming.

Shout out to Kingsland, GA, btw.

66. Miles R. Seppelt - December 27, 2012

Congratulations and WELL DONE Farragut crew!!!! Amazing work!

Please do not give even two seconds of thought to the occasional childish criticisms. I learned long ago that the people who write such things are capable of not much else…so they complain and nit-pick others good work.

The world has its share of whiners and complainers, but the credit goes to the risk-takers and the doers!

Any objective reviewer can only agree that the Farragut Crew has produced one of the most professional fan productions ever done. The quality of work and attention to detail compares very favorably with broadcast STAR TREK and is in many respects superior to much of what is seen on televison today.

Great, great work Farragut Crew!!!!

67. fansincesixtynine - December 27, 2012

What fun!! Thank you.

68. Chris Doohan - December 27, 2012

Great job to the cast and crew. You guys rock!!

69. John Whorfin - December 27, 2012

Acting. Matters.

Wow. Painful.

And sorry, but “we are not actors” isn’t an excuse, it’s a cop-out. If you’re not actors, then why are you presuming to act? It disrespects the craft, and the audience. There’s no excuse for not being able to find real actors, or at least get your cast some serious training/coaching, or at the _very_ least don’t settle for bad takes. Ugh.

70. The Last Vulcan - December 27, 2012

56. Dennis Bailey – So all of the $ for the stuff that is not volunteered is effectively donated with no expectation of any financial return? My economics professor is turning in his grave. :)

69. John Whorfin – I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on the talent of the actors themselves as it has long been said that a great director can get an Oscar winning performance out of a turnip. The buck always stops at the director’s chair and here is where Mr. Mignogna may be out of his league. Being a director is a skill that needs to be nurtured and developed like any other highly advanced educated profession and it is nearly impossible to just “pick it up as you go.” Regardless, anyone who accomplishes productions like this with no hope of making a dime has my endless respect.

71. Moriarty - December 27, 2012

70 – Last Vulcan,

I love that these are volunteer productions and run on donations. When they run at this level, it’s a serious learning experience and great work to put on a reel or credit listing.

There is something to what you say in terms of the director’s role, and the writers and editor, as well. It can take multiple takes for a scene to gel, and might even require a rewrite to make it sound more natural, or let the actors improvise a little, find the right rhythm. Sometimes the order of scenes as written makes better dramatic sense when re-ordered or a new scene inserted to play up an emotional point. Even “fan” productions shouldn’t be afraid to do this. The text on the page is not sacred, it’s a blueprint, a work in progress. And sometimes it’s just a frame here, a beat there that makes all the difference between something seeming like a fluffed cue or not.

The emotional journey is what made the best Trek episodes work. And it wasn’t always as heavy or melodramatic as The City On The Edge of Forever, sometimes it was light (like I, Mudd), which requires great skill to handle well. Comedic beats are *hard* to get right and you need a team that can “pass the ball” with ease, for instance.

And while the actor might be “feeling” something internally, we in the audience have to *see* it. It might be hammy or stagey if you overdo it, but for film and TV, it still has to come through, and be consistent from scene to scene…shot to shot. If your character’s been running and out of breath, it breaks the continuity to forget that and suddenly be relaxed because that running scene was shot 2 hours ago…

72. Lostrod - December 28, 2012

Great job! I was quite impressed by the production values exhibited.

Michael – I understand how you probably feel about some of the comments here. Particular comments criticizing the actors. There are some regulars here that seem to have a fetish about actors who are not in the “model” category of physiques.

The anonymous nature of the Internet just makes it easier for people to fire off the insults with no worry of repercussions.

That said, I hope you can take the high road and not get pulled into a back and forth situation.

Keep up the good work. I’m looking forward to seeing future work from you and your colleagues.

Regards.

73. K-7 - December 28, 2012

Loved this. Great job everyone! The only thing holding this back is some of the casting choices. At the risk of sounding a bit judgmental, I found the two very large ladies distracting; they just weren’t very believable as the fit types of TOS officers that we have come to accept on Constitution class starships.

74. spt94 - December 28, 2012

A great job well done, by a wonderful team of self funding, Trek loving fans. Great visuals and sets. And let’s not forget Farragut animated- another self produced and self funded slice of fandom. There are no ‘anoraks’ here, just al team of friends who produce Trek adventures for us, the fans. These people do all this as well as maintaining life’s and careers, so I salute them. The spirit of TOS was about the ‘teamwork’ of Kirk and his crew, and the Farragut ‘team’ are exemplars of this spirit of teameork. Well done again to Team Farragut, and Live Long and Prosper!

75. The Last Vulcan - December 28, 2012

@71. Moriarty – +1. Extremely well said, as it seems that you have a very strong grasp of directorial dynamics.

76. BeyondtheTech - December 28, 2012

I enjoyed the episode. It’s more than obvious that both the people behind the scenes and in front of the camera put their heart into it.

I’m saddened by the deconstructive criticism, but equally saddened by some of the production team’s responses. While Michael’s feelings may certainly be justified, I personally believe even a higher road could’ve been taken, at least publicly.

Granted, we’re not all uber-professionals and CEOs here, so we can’t expect everyone to have a thick skin right off the bat. I mean, the President of the United States and the CEOs of Apple, Microsoft, and HP, for example, receive more than a their share of criticism that is by no means constructive and even to the point of vitriolic, but they’ve got a knack of brushing it off and spinning an even positive response that their bullying critics would just shrug at or walk away from. Remember that bullies bully because they want to see an intended response, and if you don’t give it to them, they lose.

That being said, where are all these productions being done? If Michael was genuinely offering people to come in for a screen test and volunteer their time (given I’m close enough to do so), I would certainly have given it a shot, especially if it means donning some Vulcan ear prosthetics.

77. JasonD - December 28, 2012

I enjoyed this a lot. My favorite part was the acting on the part of the Captain. He seemed very relaxed and natural at times. Well done!

78. Toonloon - December 28, 2012

One of the things I think that really stands out because of all the incredible accuracy in the production of this show us the totally incongruous hairstyles. Why go to all the bother if making a show look 1960′s with the amazing, amazing work Faragut do then totally cop out in the hair and makeup department? I don’t think I’m being mean in saying that. I just want to offer some constructive criticism and not just attack things that can’t be changed.

79. Dennis Bailey - December 28, 2012

#70 The Last Vulcan: “So all of the $ for the stuff that is not volunteered is effectively donated with no expectation of any financial return? My economics professor is turning in his grave. :)”

Yep, donated with no expectation of any financial return in every case that I know of.

People do this mostly because they enjoy the experience of doing it.

80. Jonboc - December 28, 2012

It’s a hobby. No different than spending money on paint and canvas. Or paintball guns and pads. There is never an expectation to make money, it’s just fun… Or at least it looks like a lot of fun! An awesome hobby indeed!

81. The Last Vulcan - December 28, 2012

@79. Dennis Bailey – Wow, that is completely amazing. The next time I’m putting a crew together for an infomercial shoot I’ll ask them to do it the Trek Fan Film Way. They’ll tell me to go #$%& myself, but it will be fun to see their reactions! :)

All kiddin’ aside, megakudos to anyone involved in any of these films as they really deserve them for doing it all for LESS than nothing!

82. Dennis Bailey - December 28, 2012

Well, of course if *you’re* getting paid everyone else is going to want to be paid. LOL

83. The Last Vulcan - December 28, 2012

82. Dennis Bailey – I’ve had a lifelong attachment to money. Unfortunately my mortgage lender and other creditors don’t accept buttons, they want cash!

84. Dennis Bailey - December 28, 2012

Sure, but you’re mixing up people’s personal hobbies and creative outlets with making a living. Everyone who works on these movies has a job or jobs, of course. This is all done in their free time.

Personally, I don’t golf. I’m sure it’s a fine sport if you enjoy it, but if you’re doing it for recreation or fitness there’s no way to justify it financially – it’s one of the most expensive ways to stay fit that there is.

85. CmdrR - December 29, 2012

OK, flat out, here’s the stuff I like:

The story holds together. (Even big budget productions can fail at this, so take it as a genuine compliment.)

Love the original score. It works for this project, and unlike Phase II, it doesn’t feel stale.

Love the eye for detail — how Capt. Carter operates the shuttle sensors, etc.

Love that most of the cast seems committed to the part. Plenty of sci-fi leaves good actors with a dull look in their eyes. It’s vital that, if you’re fighting an 8 foot invisible glowy guy who shoots disruptors out of his palms, THAT’s what you’re doing that day… not looking like you feel foolish or don’t understand.

So, well done. Keep on Trekkin’.

86. Starship Conductor - December 29, 2012

I LOVED THE WHOLE EPISODE!!!!! I’m so glad there are fans out there that want to keep the dream alive by making new episodes like these!!!!! Keep up the great work John!!!!!

87. Pensive's Wetness - December 29, 2012

it can be at times cringe-worthy, some fan efforts, but you still have to complement those folks for TRYING and on many levels, succeeding. BZ on ‘Price of Anything’…

88. ScottMcC - December 29, 2012

Bravo to the cast and crew of the USS Farragut. This is an incredible effort on all your parts and I must say I am frankly amazed at what you have been able to accomplish. The attention to detail in all aspects of the production is truly impressive and in many ways I have to pinch myself that I’ve not suddenly stumbled upon some lost episode from TOS.

89. Toonloon - December 30, 2012

^ apart from hair and makeup.

90. Saavik Prime - December 30, 2012

It was cool… but yeah.. the film never deals with the Romulan “Predator” at the end. That seems like a big mistake, story-wise. Might be good to film a “teaser” at the end of the credits, to show the Romulan leaving the planet or something in a fixed shuttle, or something. I hope they revisit this plot point in the future, at least.

91. J.C. England - December 30, 2012

Funny how the opinions vary here… Just watched
the episode for the 4th time and enjoyed it even
more than the first three.

Not every TOS episode was an award winner, but
they did (obviously) have the distinction of being
shows that are watchable over & over & over again.

If you can do that with a fan made production, I’d
say you’ve succeeded in whatever goal you had
wanted. Respect has been earned.

92. Matias 47 - December 31, 2012

I finally had time to give it a view. It has some really good work in it. The technical stuff was certainly professional. My only cririques would go to the script and acting, but, hell, these folks aren’t doing this for a living. I think with more experience they’ll improve in those areas.

I liked this more than any Michael Bay film.

93. Trekgurl - January 1, 2013

I just have to say that Vic Mignogna’s turn as Kirk was pretty darn awesome. He’s got the looks, charisma & chops. He’s also brave as hell to step into some of the biggest shoes to fill in all of nerd-dom.

94. Herb Finn - January 1, 2013

Vic Mignogna looks older than Shatner did in STAR TREK II for goodness sakes!

95. Atlantians - January 2, 2013

As someone in the US Military, nothing drives me nuts in Star Trek more than the complete lack of military discipline and tactics by Starfleet Personnel in fan productions.

In the actual show, the good acting usually makes up for it when it does occur, and sometimes (even often) they get things right. For instance I loved in Enterprise with some of the MACO scenes where they would actually use proper infantry tactics. Sometimes anyway…

But these fan productions throw just about every rational military procedure to the wind.

In ‘New Voyages’ the Kirk kid has hair so far out of any meaningful regulations he proves WHY we have regulations: his hair covers half his face and one of his eyes! He would get himself killed with hair like that obstructing his vision and getting in the way.

In this fan film, all Dress and Appearance is thrown to the wind, and people’s behaviour is entirely unprofessional and lacking any decorum.

It makes watching these shows more painful than they are interesting.

96. Atlantians - January 2, 2013

Oh, and the acting… oh my…

97. Herb Finn - January 2, 2013

@95 – I agree 100% on the lack of milatary disipline,dress and appearance in the fan films – is it so hard to get a hair cut?

I recall reading someplace that the reason some of the New Voyages/Phase 2 characters have long hair is because that was going to bw the style for the aborted 1977/1978 Phase 2 TV Series. Sounds like a cop-out to me.

98. "The Captain's Neck is Broken" - January 2, 2013

Loved it!

99. Scott Gammans - January 2, 2013

Loved it! The shuttle crash scene was downright gripping, as was the battle between the Farragut and the Romulan warbird. Looking forward to the next episode!

100. Baronet - January 2, 2013

I don’t know why there seems to be a consensus that this Farragut series is better than Cawley’s New Voyages/Phase II. I’ll take Cawley’s any day (even the ones with the crazy hair – some of his hair pieces are worse than others). The acting and production are both far better. “Captaincy” was downright painful to watch – I couldn’t even get to the others. I give Cawley’s episodes the easy nod for military bearing and comportment, too, despite the flaws. The “Continues” vignettes show some promise, though.

101. Baroner - January 2, 2013

I should also say that the CG tech stuff on Farragut was excellent. So, I don’t doubt that a space battle scene was good. Still, though….

102. DiscoSpock - January 2, 2013

The casting here really illustrates that fat bottomed girls make the Trekken world go round. :-)

103. Atlantians - January 2, 2013

Not to be totally critical, the sets and CGI work looks quite good.

104. Atlantians - January 2, 2013

Generally tip for Star Trek Fan film producers:

There are a TON of honourably discharged Infantry NCOs and former Infantrymen you can ask to consult for you regarding the basics.

105. Baroner - January 3, 2013

Hey 104: go easy on them. They only have to comport to Navy standards…. We have plenty of Navy vets among us, though, and the military bearing isn’t THAT far off from infantry as depicted in Farragut! Lol

106. Mike - January 3, 2013

I love these guys. All I ever wanted from Trek was another series on another ship in the classic universe. I maintain that New Voyages / Phase II would be better off if it took the same approach. I can never buy that those people are actually the classic characters, but just using a different ship eliminates that whole issue.

107. Son of Captain Garth - January 4, 2013

I think all of the critics are missing the point. Yes, they can criticize, but there’s this thing called fairness. If we wanted to, we could all vociferously criticize ANY Trek offering–all of them have shortcomings. There is just a spirit of meanness with some of these critiques that tells us more about the “reviewer” than the product itself. The nastiness evinces a sadistic pleasure from hurting someone, which is a hallmark of some dysfunction.

I’m somewhat familiar with the good people at Farragut and I would argue that in some respects, they’re MORE professional than any fan organization and even some of the so-called pros. In terms of being a production house, not only do they devote themselves wholeheartedly to their work, but their treatment of fans is first-class. They travel to meet these people, provide them with FREE DVDs and other premiums. In a word, they do much to generate a lot of good will towards Trek and Paramount, which benefits us all. Unlike other fan film organizations or even professionals within the franchise, they don’t pull star trips or treat anyone with disdain or dishonesty. In the execution of promises and agreements, they are quite professional indeed.

108. The Troubled Tribble - January 7, 2013

That must be the gayest Kirk I have ever seen.

109. Thekin Gisdead - January 10, 2013

You must be thinking of P2!

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