The long anticipated (and possibly highly illegal) AXANAR series is in production. Today, during a live stream, the AXANAR YouTube channel and Alec Peters, released “Axanar: The Gathering Storm Trailer.” After seeing this trailer a couple of times, I have to admit, this is probably the worst piece of fan fiction garbage I’ve ever seen!
For those of you who hate STD, this trailer is on-par with STD in quality and possibly worse than STD in its marketing. If you enjoy the cast staring googly-eyed at the screen with shaky cam and rocks falling down from the ceiling, this teaser is perfect for you!
The trailer opens up with some inspirational quote and the launch of a Saturn V rocket. It cuts to a grainy sunrise over Earth taped in the 1960s, and then it white-fades to the USS Ares, the hero ship of this series, screaming towards the camera. Intertwined are some reaction shots of the cast with their eyes bulging out of their sockets as a Klingon D7 chases them, firing at the Starfleet vessel.
There’s a brief cut of some crew getting thrown around, conduits and rocks coming down, and then the title appears. End of teaser.
That’s it. There’s literally nothing else there.
Yes, I am aware that this is a teaser but this doesn’t get anyone pumped up for AXANAR.
If you’re not familiar with the Axanar debacle, in a nutshell, they are the reason why Star Trek fan films no longer exist in the way New Voyages or Star Trek Continues made them. CBS accused Alec Peters of pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations while infringing on the Star Trek intellectual property. The mess was seen by the fan community of CBS being jealous that a bunch of fans made something much better in quality than the JJ-Trek or the garbage now on CBS All Asses.
Unfortunately, coming up off of the heels of the widely successful PRELUDE TO AXANAR, which was an absolute beast of a 20+ minute piece that was one of the most watched videos on YouTube, this trailer bit the big one. Quite possibly, dare I say, the STD trailer made me want to watch STD, instead. I had been championing AXANAR since their lawsuit, but with Alec Peters going after the Fandom Menace, the quality of his work on AXANAR is now being brought into question. This trailer indicates that he has sunk to a level of suck seen only in the last half of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and the whole of STD 1 and 2.
They need to do better. This trailer is garbage. Watch at your own peril, below: