Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Pioneer Press -- 'Star Trek' reborn in online episode
Star Trek Exeter
In what will surely be regarded as one of the best science-fiction "fan film" projects of all time, a pair of "Star Trek" fanatics have created a new episode in exacting 1960s style using their own actors, sets and props.


It's all there, diehard Trekkers: Starfleet and Klingon garb, starship corridors and a bridge, cheesy transporter and phaser-beam effects, over-the-top alien makeup, techno-political babble, hand-to-hand combat, a climactic space battle, a rib-the-alien finale, even a torn captain's uniform that shows off buff pecs.

But, unlike famous "Star Trek" episodes such as "Amok Time" and "The City on the Edge of Forever," the new "Starship Exeter: The Savage Empire" episode isn't being shown on television but on the Internet.

The fresh episode is a digital product of a personal-computing revolution that has allowed amateur moviemakers to duplicate once-pricey television- and movie-production techniques on shoestring budgets.

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