I’m fairly convinced that the new Star Trek movie is going to suck. I’ve established that already. There is, however, an interesting alternative, for those who need their Star Trek fix.

Star Trek: Phase II is an independent effort to recreate a full year’s worth of Star Trek episodes, that takes place where the original series left off. It is completely free to stream or download. I find it to be very entertaining, as much more emphasis is placed on story, because they don’t really have to keep up with special effects. The goal of the show is to continue the Star Trek universe, not to create a new sleek, futuristic image that conforms with the commercial ideal of “cool.”

I would’ve really liked to see the new Star Trek movie embrace the retro aspects of Star Trek at least to a small extent, but Star Trek: Phase II definitely suffices.

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