A Guide and Reflection on a Star Trek Fan Movie
For my brother-in-law Tom….
The Essential Axanar Videos
* The Axanar Combat Patrol and Klingon Hymn are essentially the same video with different soundtracks.
** Gathering Storm is a trailer, you will notice quick cuts from the other videos.
A Personal Reflection on the Axanar Story Arc and Plot
I really like Axanar. I have followed it since the Prelude video was released 7 years ago. However, since that first Prelude video I have been troubled by one plot element that just does not ring true to my sense of the Klingon heart.
The basic concept behind Axanar – a history of the four year war with the Klingons, is that the Klingons did not view Star Fleet or the Federation as much of an enemy. There was little honor in slaughtering Federation ships and crews and so the Klingon fleet allowed some ships to get away; they did not press their advantage. The Klingons were content to secure the systems around the empire for future expansion and did not advance on into human space.
This allowed the Federation to pool the military technologies of all their member races: warp technology from the Vulcans, phasor technology from Andoria, and trained crews from all the Federation planets. The tide of the war turned. The Klingon Imperial navy was routed back to Klingon space with the new Ares class ships, and trained crews who had survived earlier encouters with the Klingons.
The Problem with Kharn
Kharn the Undying (in Prelude to Axanar ) gives this strange speech. OK, if the High Council had supported him he would have had the advanced ships he needed. Although, he squandered his advantage at the start of the war and he alone is to blame for that. Then Kharn talks about how frustrating it is to fight Star Fleet because the ships of the Federation are all crewed from different worlds, using differing tactics. This is totally out of character for a Klingon warrior. Any warrior is measured by the strength of his opponent. It is not in victory that a warrior is measured but in defeat. Fighting someone who is totally out of your class, against whom you have no chance of winning is the true test of the warrior. Death in battle against overwhelming odds is the ambition of every Klingon.
The Bridge Crew of the Ares
I served in the United States Navy. Although, I never served on the bridge of any ship, I maintained the electonic systems on the E2-C Hawkeye Aircraft (Carrier Air Early Warning – VAW 117). So the bridge scene during Interlude is not true to life in any military organization I’ve experienced. When an officer tells you to do something, you don’t make excuses. It does not matter how fast the Klingon ships are, commenting on it is not going to help you react any faster. Asking your captain to “give you a minute” just does not happen. It is a sad fact that so few actors have any military experience these days that these sorts of mistakes are pretty common. [In my opinion]The best war movies were the ones made right after WWII when so many men and women, including actors, had served in our military.
Getting off my soapbox, except for these small issues on my part – I love these Axanar videos. Axanar has captured the essence of what Star Trek was in the original series. That retro look of the uniforms. The sounds of the original star trek. And the ship designs, the Paramount designers are too into the Next Generation look of things, too sleek and streamlined. The Axanar team has truely captured what a precurser to Star Trek the original series would look like.