What a beautiful coincidence. :) My original plan was to publish an article today, but funny enough, today is happened to be the 15th Anniversary of the last Star Trek series, Enterprise. I'm one of the very few people who consider themselves the fan of the show. Well, to be honest with you, I truly love all of the Star Trek series, and the movies. It's really hard to pick even one as a favourite. So, sometimes I do have a problem when people ask me, "Who is your favourite Captain?". I just can't really answer to that question. The same situation applies to the 5 television series. Personally, I believe every one of them has it's own purpose, and place in the Star Trek universe... Enterprise included. :)
I do love the series. :) It shows us an era, where all the technical advantages from the 24th century, or even from the 23rd century is not available. Something incredibly charming comes along with this series. I still can't forget the face of Travis in the first episode when he said: "Warp 4.5!" :) A little moment, but it made me realize what's the message of the show. Or the moment when Captain Archer made his speech in the end of the episode Terra Prime:
"...no matter how far we travel, or how fast we get there, the most profound discoveries are not necessarily beyond that next star. They're within us, woven into the threads that bind us, all of us, to each other. A final frontier begins in this hall. Let's explore it together."
The ship true to her name, the crew is a well picked/multicultural one, and the adventures are just soo... human. :) The show had some really good potentials, and I loved how it reflected on the current situations, also bringing back some of the core elements of the Original Series. Sometimes it was funny, sometimes dark, but still a loveable series. I truly hope there's a solid Trekkie group who still think the same way about Enterprise as I do. It might had some issues, which we could rip apart and examine, but which series doesn't? For me it was still a wonderful world, a wonderful place to excape from the chaotic mess of the every day life... I truly wish it could have stayed longer in TV. Sadly the writer strikes and most of the statistic swere against the show, which ended in a very fast paced finale. :(
With this little tribute I just would like to wish a Happy 15th Birthday to the show, the actors, and the creators. They gave us a series which answered old question, gave us new questions, and overall made us feel hopeful again. :)
Happy Birthday Enterprise! :) LLAP _\\//
I have to admit, my relation with the new movies highly questionable. I'm not saying I hated them, but they weren't the same sort of concept like a classic TOS or TNG movie. Every one of us still compare every Star Trek movie to the fan favourite, Wrath of Khan. No wonder why: the story is great, the cinematography brilliant, and it's just a part of a timeless journey. Personally I feel a tiny bit dissapointed, as apart from the second movie there's many more which was great. Yes, even The Final Frontier, which I know some of you hated, but I believe it has its place in the storyline. The new Star Trek movies however always made me asking myself: "why do we need this?" We had a brilliant system what lot of us loved and now we are changing reality, altering lives and the world what we love. I'm not going deeper inside to this idea, that's a story for another time. :)
Something Changed Within Me
Althought I said above, I didn't really like the new JJ Abrams movies, I have to admit Star Trek Beyond gave a light at the end of that tunnel. Finally a good movie which made a really good tribute to the original series for it's 50th Anniversary, and also helped me realize: this is actually start to make sense now. Soon I've found myself actually like the movies, and understanding this new concept. I was comparing the new movies with the classic ones, but that was the point where I made a mistake. They are a new and alternative part of the franchise.
Chasing The Infinte Sky
During my "education" about the new timeline I discovered a really interesting video concept what fascinated me since the first second. Chasing The Infinite Sky, a fan film where we can se the test flight of the USS Albatross and her crew. It's a short fan movie which made by fans... although if I don't read the description I firmly believe it's coming from Paramount. Yes! The models, the visuals, the whole experience is a remarkeable job from the designer team. The title itself has a really deep and philosophical statement as well. Chasing The Infinite Sky. Just think about it... isn't this one of the main message of Star Trek? Going boldly where no one has gone before? I think it's a brilliant way to wrap up a new timeline and also make a connection with the original one.
I fell in love with the concept. As I sad above, for a moment I thought I was watching a proper Star Trek movie from Paramount, but no. This movie is purely fan based. Many and more people worked on this in their free time, making sure every detail looks very great, and I have to say the final version is spectacular. I'm sure they spent countless hours building up each ship, each shuttle, the starbase, and the environment as well. Such a wonderful group. The cinematogrpahy and the way of telling the story is simply amazing. It kept the feeling of a JJ style movie, but with less lensflare effect, which we couldn't be more greatful. :) The space phenomenons are very detailed, every nebula, every dust cloud, and planet looks clear and realistic. Overall I have to say, it's a brilliant and true tribute to the movies concept. In the first scene of the movie we see a JJverse Miranda class starship, the USS Texas. It's a remarkeable design compare to the original Miranda class with the elements of the new pilons, the deflector dish, and the hull structure as well. Than we have the USS Albatross, which for me at the beginning looked like a modern NX class Enterprise. Ok, sort of... as the pilons were above the saucer section and also pulled back a little bit. It's a very excellent concept. With a short apperance we also see a Spacedock orbiting earth, also a Drydock where the Albatross waiting for her signal to boldy go into deep space.
Is There Any Negative?
I'm not a critic! I never have been and I don't think I will be. I always believed if something is great I will enjoy it, rather then just over analizing it. Although one thing stands out more, and it's only a small factor in this video: there's too many warp jump. :) I really love the effect, but personally I found it a little bit to much. But that's not a negative fact, only a simple opinion. There are no mentionalble negative elements. :)
My Final Thoughts
Do I like this fan film? Hell, yeah! :) Simply an amazing tribute for the movies, for Star Trek itself. The creative group behind this project deserves a big applause as their work is highly admirable. I hope they keep up the good work and they going to do some other extra bits in the future. :) If you didn't see the movie please check them out on youtbe clicking the video below.
I would like to say a massive thank you for the creators, as they allowed me to make this review. In the future I will make more, as many fantastic Star Trek themed fan production out there. Many fans celebrate the show and make their tribute to this fantastic universe where we all would love to live in. A Special thank you to Mr Albert Martinez and his team to gave us a wonderful piece of art, a wonderful tribute to this franchise. May their work go boldly and beyond! LLAP _\\//
I would love to say a massive Thank You for Star Trek to be here for and with us in the last 50 years and wish a Happy 50th Birthday!
Live long and prosper Star Trek _\\//
Keeping it simple...
I'm a full-time Graphic Designer; part-time Artist, Blogger and You-tuber! NO1 Star Trek fan and a lover of all sorts of geeky stuff. _\\//