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A Very Special Blog About This Historic Event By Renegades Novelist, Michael Koogler
Today, we have a very special blog, written by Renegades novelist, Michael Koogler. Please take a minute and enjoy his thoughts on this historic event. If you'd like to be a part of this history, join us here: http://startrekrenegades.com/home/donate/
STAR TREK RENEGADES: MAKING HISTORY
In 1966, Star Trek debuted on NBC and ran for 3 seasons, giving us 79 episodes of what has become one of the most beloved television and movie franchises of all time. Since Gene Roddenberry's vision was realized 50 years ago, Star Trek has quite literally made television history many times over.
It was Star Trek that gave us television's first interracial kiss ("Plato's Stepchildren") between Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner. It was Star Trek that gave us a Russian helmsman, Ensign Pavel Chekov played wonderfully by Walter Koenig, serving under an obviously American captain during the height of our very real Cold War. It was Star Trek's own Nichelle Nichols again, flat out breaking down racial barriers in everything she did as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura. And it was Star Trek that set a very high bar for what was to come in the future, both on the entertainment front and in reality, as well.
Today, we have scientists working on creating technologies that were dreamed up in the Star Trek universe. We look at what the galaxy of Star Trek is comprised of: equality, freedom, exploration, and the spirit of adventure...and we strive to find ways to emulate these in our everyday lives as individuals and as part of a collective humanity.
It is history. It is historical. And it always has been.
Today, 50 years later, Star Trek continues on many fronts. During the past half century, we have seen 12 Big Screen movies, with a 13th due out late next month. There have been 6 different television series, with a 7th one due out next year. And there are countless novels, comics, and web series, continuing to tell the Star Trek story in one form or another. Star Trek today, is one of the most recognized and loved entertainment marvels that has ever been created, bar none.
And today, we are still making Star Trek history.
Ten years ago, Sky Conway conceived, produced, and co-wrote with Ethan Calk and Jack Trevino, the first Star Trek independent feature film, "Star Trek: Of Gods and Men." Directed by Tim Russ (Tuvok from Star Trek Voyager) the award winning internet-released movie brought back a pair of the most dangerous villains from the Original Series, as well as starring Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig in their roles as Uhura and Chekov.
Not long after, that same brain trust conceived a new Star Trek story and began work on bringing it to life. Star Trek Renegades debuted last fall, beginning the new story with new characters finding their settings among some of the most beloved Trek characters of all time. We have seen Nichelle Nichols reprise her role as Uhura many times over the past 50 years. And Walter Koenig has been just as active, including bringing Chekov back as an aging Admiral to cornerstone the Renegade's pilot movie last fall.
Today, some fifty years after Uhura and Chekov debuted on the original series, Nichelle and Walter are coming back together one last time. Star Trek Renegades: Requiem will tell the final story of these beloved, iconic characters amid a backdrop of another exciting Star Trek Renegades adventure. It is an adventure that will bring together characters from the Original Series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, joining them together with the fresh new faces that have signed on to tell the Renegades story.
It's something that has never been done before. Again, it is Star Trek history.
For 50 years, Star Trek has boldly gone where no one has gone before. Imagine, if you will, where Star Trek will take us in the next 50 years? With incredible people like Nichelle and Walter as treasured cornerstones of this amazing phenomenon, we can't even imagine what that future will look like. But I think I speak for everyone when I say, it will always make history.
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