Monday, 24 December 2007

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men released

After spending time in development hell, episode 1 of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men has been released. Worth your time? Read on to find out.

For a dead series (or at least one on life-support) there has been a lot of new Trek out lately, much of it featuring actors from the original series. I've blogged on Star Trek: New Voyages before now which is the pro-am series that sets the standard, and since the guys at New Voyages have been involved with this new mini-series hopes have been high that it would be just as good, if not better.

A lot of professional actors are involved this time round as well as some guests from New Voyages and all of them give good performances, especially Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig reprising their roles of Uhura and Chekov. James Cawley as Commander Peter Kirk is excellent in his cameo appearance.

The special effect are good, the plot is intriguing, the sound effects (provided by the incomparable Ralph Miller) are excellent and the acting is passable at worst, and excellent at best.

The camera work owes more to modern series such as Battlestar Galactica and Firefly than to Trek, but certainly doesn't detract from the story.

This first episode certainly sets things up nicely for the remainder of the series, which are due "soon". I know I'll be looking forward to it.

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