By Mike Medeiros
Welcome to the Spirit of Trek, a weekly column where we identify and celebrate Gene Roddenberry’s vision by discovering how its messages have started to permeate throughout humanity’s collective consciousness by looking for it on the Internet and within popular culture. There’s a new audio drama series that has successfully released their first episode and embodies the Spirit of Trek. Star Trek: Starfinder is a new fan-produced audio series that strives to consolidate much of the expanded Star Trek universe by referencing the television shows, movies, books, and games, as well as some of the more exceptional fan produced fiction, series, films, and Foundry Missions.
Full Disclosure: I was involved with this project early on as a script consultant; then, as one of the Klingon experts; and finally, as the Klingon First Officer, Krang. I am also currently writing a script that will be released as part of Starfinder later this year. So, stay tuned for more on that later.
Starfinder is a creation of George Silsby, who also produces, directs, and voices the role of Sergeant Byrnes. Scott Lowry, who plays Admiral Mike Woods and Lt. Commander JJ Abrins, is the Executive Producer for the projects. It features Steven Trent (Lt. Penn Ch’nette) was the audio engineer for their first episode with music provided by TacehT and Kevin MacLeod. The series is narrated by Kyzler Nunez and features the voice talents of Geoff Montgomery as the Captain, Kim Sharp in the role of Commander Vaihuu, Timothy Dover, Erin K, Peter Ace Spalding, Marty Marks, Matt Giaquinto, Carol Henderson, Mcshea, and Kathryn “Puddytat” Goodenough as General Valkara. The project is dedicated to Mike “Buzz” Woods who died last year. They are syndicated by Subspace Radio, Blackstar Radio, and Hardcore Gamer’s Radio. The first episode of Star Trek: Starfinder – The Back of Beyond is available for download from their website (http://www.ussstarfinder.com).
In the series, Starfinder is an Odyssey class Starship sent to investigate a newly opened region of space near the colony of New Australia, referred to as the Outback. The Outback is a region of space in the Federation’s backyard that had been cut off from the rest of the galaxy by severe subspace anomalies. Taking place in the aftermath of the Star Trek Online Featured Episode The 2800, the year is 2412, when a way through is discovered, opening up the Outback to exploration.
The crew of Starfinder consists of many interesting characters and species including: a holographic AI Captain known as ANN-D that possesses the memories of many of the service’s top captains; a Romulan First Officer Commander Vaihuu, a pair of liberated Borg Drones, the Andorian Lt. Penn Ch’nette and his little Aenar buddy Zeller; Alura is the Vorta commander of a squadron of Jem Hadar soldiers; and several Starfleet MACOs round out the majority of Starfinder’s crew. This pilot episode also introduces the commanding officers – General Valkara and Krang – of a Klingon vessel, the I.K.S. Kradec, sent into the Outback on behalf of the Klingon Defense Force.
Starfinder is alone in the Outback as one of the few Starfleet vessels actually exploring the galaxy and not actively engaged in the multi-front war that threatens to tear the galaxy apart. The Federation isn’t the only organization actively interested in the secrets contained within the Outback. Throughout the series, Starfinder will not only deal with Klingons throughout the series, but also the Tholians, who have their agenda within the region. And, if that isn’t enough, the Outback hosts a number of native alien species, including the mysterious and powerful War Monks.
Star Trek: Starfinder The Back of Beyond is now available for download. Check it out. Look for their trailer, a series of mini-sodes, and episode 2 in the near future. It’s my hope that my contribution to the story will be available during Summer 2013.
The time has come to wrap up this week’s column. Thank you for joining me on this journey to discover how the Spirit of Trek has started to permeate throughout our culture with the hope that one day, Gene Roddenberry’s vision for humanity’s future will become a reality. If you come across something that you believe embodies the Spirit of Trek on the Internet or within popular culture, please do not hesitate to share it with me. I may discuss it in a future article. Live long and prosper.
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