Star Trek: Renegades online movie review - TERRIBLE casting, but overall, a great idea for a new TV show!
While the casting for this notion was HORRIBLE, I mean... BE-YOND catastrophically done... and the casting director should be BARRED from EVER working again... ANY-WHERE... the notion of the show as a new series in the TREK Franchise DOES have some merit.
TREK allum like Chekov, Tuvok and several of our "also run" Admirals, is admirable; and they work their well honed skills to the beat of the badly written scripting they were shackled to... the premise is sound...through a typical Roddenberry-esque homage to the idea of "Andromeda" - a ship mixed between the presence of relative pirates and good guys, there need to be those who do... what others cannot... its sound, timely; homage-like.
But the casting is SOOO beyond deplorable its like they offered parts to anyone within a 10 foot radius after the crowd funding checks cleared than it supplants all inspiration to BE what it intended to and COULD have been.
I struggled through, as a 20 yr TREK vet, and enjoyed the overall tale, but not without putting it on pause, going out for dinner, and coming back afterwards; when nothing else watchable was on TV - did I finish the thing.
GREAT idea... hellishly ignorant casting.
BTW, what's with ex-borg and former Voyager crew member ICHEB being some disenchanted and vexed teen experiencing his generational angst at (owing to the timeline of the new series) roughly at age 40? One would have thought his direct connection to the YOUNG Q, played by John DeLancie's own son, who referred to him as "EE-CHIE!" would have rendered all possible life problems inert as he'd simply have to call out to his bosom buddy and best friend, the omnipotent Q, and all-issues in his life including any Starfleet Science / Intelligence entanglements would be dealt with through a wave of a finger, and set right as friendships that transcend time and space would be apt to do.
Also, with Checkov being in excess of 140 years old, as we are told through dialogue, hOW is it even possible that Icheb, Tuvok or the rest are around to work with him, given their initial time line in the franchise? PLUS, there seems to be some woman who for all intents and purposes looks to me like the quintessential "accountant" or "HR Manager" we all know and hate, from our own offices that simply hangs out on the bridge of the renegade ship doing ... well... not really much of anything but being there. I'll bet she actually IS their HR person, and wrote herself into a contract on the ship... only reason I can think of as to WHY she's even there to begin with! I won't go further... though oh heavens... COULD I?!?! But as a premise for a new spin off TV show... has promise.
OK... so the HR manager person is somehow involved with the Lewis Zimmerman character, (who appears mid-movie via long distance sub space signal from Jupiter Station) the creator of the once defamed and ultimately abandoned Starfleet Medical Emergency Hologram version one? Weren't there two entire episodes of Voyager dedicated to the near-death status of Lewis Zimmerman, and... despite the holo-doctor's ability to "make him see humanity with a greater sense of humility"; wouldn't he have DIED already?!?
And is it just me but do the "evil protagonists" seem less like TREK based baddies than they do Middle Earth ORCs and other Lord Of the Rings based URUK-AI demons based on Tolkein's 19th century writings from the UK Boer Wars? (Which, through historical accuracy are how he perceived the IRAQ "uruque" military at the time, despite the modern politically charged fallout such portrayal of them brings in modern cinema?)
In all, what an abysmal attempt to launch a new pilot. I'm not terribly surprised the usual suspects distanced themselves from this garbage. Surely Brana Braga is twirling in abject pain even to know this refuse is even on a digital download anywhere. (Given the recent accolades that the newest COSMOS project Brana led with Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson has afforded the world of space TV.)
I was almost ashamed to see the quintessential savior of "almost cancelled shows" Corin Nemic, playing a pivitol role in this. His appearance in virtually ANYTHING usually marks the final death nail in any series shooting schedule... as it ultimately did in Stargate SG-1, and what one "hopes" will be the final season of Eric Kripke's ongoing run of Supernatural, which has sooooooo beyond lost its way that even a Star Trek Life Support systems might not be able to resuscitate it at this point.
As a stand-alone movie.. CR4P.. utter, and simple CR4P.... worst casting in the history of film! Hopefully the story itself can cut through to the powers that be, and we get a new series... though one MUCH.... M U C H better cast than this heap of galactic dung!!!