I suppose we've all seen them at one point or another: Star Trek fan-produced YouTube videos attempting to add to the original five-year mission of Kirk and Company or creating entirely new plot lines in that universe. I've seen a few myself, and while they have their moments, mostly they are pretty sophomoric - decent effects but hardly theater-grade and mediocre acting.
Now, however, comes a group who are pretty clearly serious about producing a Star Trek story which is professional and polished in every aspect: StarTrekAxanar. For some time now, they have been working on a feature-length motion picture, telling the story of a massive conflict between the Federation and the Klingons in the time before James T. Kirk captained the USS Enterprise. That story features a character we originally met in The Original Series: Garth of Izar, a young, highly talented starship commander whose actions during this war will be crucial to future of the Federation.
This group just released a preface to their magnum opus - Prelude to Axanar - setting the stage and characters and actions which precede the feature film to come. This is not some half-baked fan flick. This is SERIOUS, at least from where I sit, and I think it is worthy of your attention.
Please have a look.
A great tribute to Ken Burns. As you say, well-written, well-acted, well-produced. It left me wanting more...and TOS usually leaves me bored these days. Kudos to all involved.
Thanks for the comment, Stephen. As I understand it, Star Trek - Axanar will be premiering late in 2014. I'll keep my eyes open and post any news here.