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Star Trek ‘continues’ with series on Roku

For many Star Trek lovers, the “Discovery” of Star Trek on Roku and other Connected TV devices is not entirely new. And for readers of this blog, you may already know what I think about the Star Trek Discovery series per my article last year. But this year, we have a new show to watch, and it features Patrick Stewart and other iconic actors from Star Trek’s Next Generation show.

I enjoyed the premiere episode, which (was) free on Youtube, and I am tempted to sign up for the entire series. Tempted, but not enough to pay them for it. Note: The following video is a SPOILER!

I did try to subscribe to CBS All-Access with what was advertised as the CBS “gift” code, but after giving CBS my name, email, DOB, and my first male child, the interface did not work, I didn’t get my free month — maybe the code expired, but it was only a week old. So I’m back to weighing the benefits of paying for CBS.

Based on my feelings for Discovery, and based on the things I’ve read about Picard on Facebook, I’ll have to pass. Why pay for it when CBS has operated as a Ad-Supported network for years, and now they expect me to change my viewing habits just for a few new shows – sorry, not enough.

I already pay for Hulu and others. I really wish CBS would reconsider their entire “all access” formula. Let’s talk about something a little more positive. Have you watched Star Trek Continues, Star Trek New Voyages, or the new shows from Tim Russ (of Star Trek Voyager) and his Atomic network? Here’s a full episode of Atomic’s “Renegades.”

I like Renegades, but I prefer the new Trek based series that they are working on. I’ll post episodes as soon as they are made public. I hope that they release the Atomic programs for free and ad-free because it’s the only way I operate. My Roku channels are noncommercial.

And I do this because I love the craft of filmmaking, and I enjoy supporting filmmakers, especially those who make programs out of pure passion for their subject matter. (You can help me support indie film here.)

And that folks is why you’ll find I write often on the subject of fan-made films. And it’s also why I showcase short films on my Free Film Festival and Free Roku Channels.

This is also why I stream great programs like “The Verse” — a Firefly short that just begs to be developed into a series. If only we fans could convince the owners of the franchise to allow fans to produce more noncommercial content. You may watch The Verse on my Roku channels, and of course it is free and advertising free like all my programming.

I’ll talk more about fan films and the regulations later in a adjunct article. This is an enormous area of controversy that I cannot discuss without going into details. But, I will say that for years, the makers of Continues and New Voyages were allowed to produce Trek programming as an homage, as long as the shows were never commercialized/monetized.

And the producers of those shows, along with the Farragut producers did respect the network’s rules that were set forth in “guidelines.” (PS: Farragut is a long-running series of fanfilms that do not get rated very positively on Youtube, so I don’t have a sample for you here.) BUT, I do stream (2) Starship Farragut animated episodes on my Roku Channels.

Something happened a few years ago. Another guy decided to make a Trek fan film, but not with fans. Instead, he hired professional crew and talent, and then he raised money — allot of money with the intention of releasing a professional (perhaps commercially viable) film. He threw it right in the Network’s face on Kickstarter and social media. In the end, according to reports – he openly defied CBS and Paramount in court. To make a long story short, now would be fan-film makers have new “fanfilm guidelines” that really put the “AXE” on how a fan made film can be produced. The films must be 15 minutes…The story-lines and characters may not be continued for more than (2) episodes, etc.

The actions of the “Axe” have effected every producer of Trek films, and I think that in turn may set the course for other franchises. And I stream them all – from Croft to Alien (see my free/adfree Android “Fan Films” app.) So, what I’m getting at here is that one selfish action may just be the thing that is effecting how the new owner, Disney handles requests to do Firefly/Serenity fanfilms. Like I say, there’s more details and I’ll do an entire article on this in the future. For now, I’ll leave you with a look at “The Verse.” — (c) Dean Lachiusa

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Star Trek TV series you may watch free

When I first took notice of Star Trek Continues the new “Kirk” through me for a loop. I wasn’t prepared to hear a new voice introduce the programs continuation of the “5 year mission.”

After watching a few episodes, I was hooked. The series is great. I started with the first of 10 epiodes, and each show got better and better. Buy the last episode I was close to tears. Excellent programming, and there’s plenty of nod’s to the original show. In fact, the set is a duplicate to the original Hollywood (1967) Trek set. The actors are great, and wow, there’s great cameos by actors from “The Original Series.” ‘Plus’ there’s talent from Star Trek – The Next Generation, Voyager, Farscape, Buck Rogers, and Battlestar Galactica (the latest series.)

But this show is NOT the only Trek-tribute series. There is another 10 episodes from a producer who made (the first) Trek studio duplicate. He’s the first Fan Film hero who produced a full size (9,000 plus sq. ft) studio-come-offical-Trek tour, Mr. James Cawley…But WAIT! There’s more.

Tim Russ, from Star Trek Voyager launched a production company that produced a feature-film with James Cawley of Ticonderoga, in Essex County, New York. Russ’s company is called “Atomic” and they are known as the “Renegades” who have and are still producing very professional online content for lovers of Trek, sci-fi and good drama.

I just might give you links to all this great content, but I’d first like to ask you to watch on my noncommercial TV channels. Check out my Roku channels via the TV-APP link herein. (You’ll need either a Roku or an Android device for my free, adfree “Fan Films” app.) You’ll be able to watch a few rare Trek films like this one…

And here’s another very professional Trek-homage that is on my Roku channels.

Okay, so below there are a few samples… Please bookmark this page for future updates to my streaming content, like Star Trek fan films “Horizon” and “Exeter.”

PS: The pic below is a homage to Trek actors who have passed...

Here’s some samples of Fan Made Star Trek films that are considered the absolute best!

A. From Vic Mignogna and the Neutral Zone’s Kingsland, GA Star Trek studio comes 10 shows and a few extra’s. Note, the new Kirk may take some getting used to. Here’s a preview of the show (and don’t forget that you may watch it on my ROKU TV-APPS AD FREE and FREE… This is Star Trek Continues! (Here’s the Youtube url for those of you using a mobile device. https://youtu.be/eLNgNsoZgrE)

B. One of the best episodes from a different group called Renegades, operated by Tim Russ (Voyager) and his Atomic network is a treat to watch. Here’s a one of my favorite episodes of the show that was produced with James Cawley. Please don’t forget that you may watch similar Trek programs on my ROKU TV-APPS AD FREE and FREE… The video opens with Walter koenig and then the episode starts and you’ll see Ferris Bueller’s Alan Ruck in the first scene! (Here’s the Youtube url for those of you using a mobile device. https://youtu.be/kFqAME7dx58 )

C. From the Hollywood-connected James Cawley and his NY Trek studio-come-Official-Star-Trek-Tour was one of the first to work with Stars like Walter Koenig (Chekov) and George Takei (Sulu) — and produce episodes with the folks who are now producing the “Renegades” programs. Here’s a compilation video of teasers, clips, and set-tours. This is Star Trek New Voyages (aka Star Trek Phase II.) Here’s the Youtube url for those of you using a mobile device https://youtu.be/TDQ2LZbVut4.

D. A Reminder…Watch many of the Trek films and TV episodes on my FREE, NON-COMMERCIAL ROKU channel’s linked on this website Click to add a free Roku channel.

PSSSS: You can also watch free and AD-Free on my Android APP called “Fan Films” on Googleplay here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fan.films

Enjoy…I’ll be back with more after a brief ‘NON-COMMERCIAL’ announcement! – Dean Lachiusa, curator Movies Plus and MetroFilmFestival “streaming fest” on FilmFreeway.

PS: If you like my free adfree TV streaming services please support me with a buck or two on https://www.patreon.com/moviesplus — (c) Dean Lachiusa