Trekkies--and I don't mean you J.J. Abrams, you interloper--your day has come. Finally, there's a worthwhile fan-flick.
Shot and edited over the course of two years Star Trek: Of Gods and Men is a three-part independent and unofficial mini-series starring original cast members from all five series and some of the movies, including Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Garrett Wang, J.G. Hertzler, Tim Russ, Ethan Phillips, Alan Ruck and more.
The story focuses on an aging crew about to dedicate a full-size replica of the Enterprise as a museum. When they're forced to use it to answer a distress call on the planet of The Guardian of Forever, it sends them on an adventure through an alternate reality sans Cpt. James Kirk. Of Gods and Men is arguably more true to the franchise than last summer's big screen reboot.
And despite being funded by only one super-fan and forbidden by copyright to make so much as one galactic credit, its production value is at least equal to the original series. Several scenes were even shot at the iconic Vasquez Rocks, a site instantly recognizable to any Trekkie. And the sets, painstakingly recreated by a hobbyist, are indistinguishable from the originals.
The whole of the film--themes, production and story--all manage to strike a perfect balance between homage and a fresh take. It can be seen for free at startrekofgodsandmen.com.