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Star Trek: Of Gods and Men - Movie Review

Updated on January 15, 2015

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While waiting for the Star Trek movie reboot, I found something that Star Trek fans, both old and new, absolutely MUST see. It's a full-length fan-made movie: Star Trek: Of Gods of Men.

It's not big-budget studio quality, of course, yet the special effects (if not the camera work) are good enough for TV. More importantly, it's classic Star Trek, a story that the Great Bird of the Galaxy would have loved. The characters and actors are drawn from most of the Star Trek series. The more you know about Star Trek, the more magical it is. But even if you have come to Star Trek fandom recently and don't know any Trek history, it is an enjoyable tale and a more than worthy homage to the franchise.

This page is a movie review -- and you can watch the movie below, since its makers have uploaded it to YouTube! I'll also tell you how I got my own complimentary copy of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men on DVD.

Fans of Star Trek, I give you:

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men Trailer - Star Trek Fan Movie Preview

Moview Review - An Old Trekkie's Perspective

It's been a long time since a Star Trek story put tears in my eyes. The last two were "The Visitor" on DS9 and Star Trek: TNG's superb "Inner Light." I guess that shows my tastes: I like alternate timeline stories from "Mirror, Mirror" in the old series (the dark alternate universe Federation) to the lighthearted DS9 send-up of the old series, "Trials and Tribble-ations". I enjoy how they take the world we love and turn it upside-down, showing favorite characters and the Star Trek universe in a different light in order to bring out the core of what they are.

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men is such a story. The alternate timeline gives its writers freedom to tell an original story without violating canon, while letting Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov) uncork that rugged, darker side of his acting that fans fell in love with when he guest-starred as a recurring villain (Bester the PsiCop) on Babylon 5.

Nichelle Nichols, on the other hand, plays Uhura as the wise, gracious, and sharp-tongued character she always was, but scripts seldom allowed her to be. Uhura is the hero of this tale, and in my opinion "wins" the battle with the truth of her words, trumping all the fighting and (excellent) space battles.

I love this movie most of all because it's fun seeing Chekov and Uhura getting their own story, just for a change, instead of playing secondary characters behind Kirk, Spock and McCoy.

Star Trek: of Gods and Men Cast

(Order of Appearance in Trailer)

MAIN CHARACTERS:

Walter Koenig ~ Pavel Chekov

Nichelle Nichols ~ Nyota Uhura

Alan Ruck ~ Captain Harrington, captain of Enterprise-B in Star Trek: Generations

ALSO STARRING:

J.G. Hertzler ~ Koval (the Klingon). (played Martok on Deep Space 9)

Crystal Alan ~ Yara, a new character (guest actor from Enterprise)

Garrett Wang ~ Garan, a new character (played Harry Kim on Voyager)

Gary Graham ~ Ragnar, a new character (played Detective Matt Sikes on AlienNation)

Tim Russ ~ reprising role of Tuvok from Voyager; also co-wrote and directed film

Chase Masterson ~ Xela the Orion slavegirl, original character (Leeta the Dabo Girl on DS9)

And that's just for starters. Watching this movie is like playing "Spot the SF actor".

"Of Gods and Men" Review Continued

Despite Uhura's mastery of communications, I have to admit the dialog is somewhat wooden in places -- a flaw of much Star Trek! I could've done with a little less vamping from Chase Masterson (Leeta from DS9, having a ball playing an Orion slave girl). It's also more violent than old Trek, warranting a PG-13 rating, and there are a few instances when the main characters don't react to redshirt or minor character deaths as much as I'd expect. Those glitches aside, the acting is good to excellent.

Alan Ruck reprises his role as the good-hearted, unlucky Captain Harrington, who commanded the Enterprise B in Star Trek: Generations. (There's an insider's joke in Of Gods and Men: he says ruefully that what happened the day Kirk died would probably have happened no matter who was in the captain's chair. It's sad but true, since most of us have forgotten him!)

Tim Russ (Tuvok) is as perfect a Vulcan as ever, and I'm glad he found time to act as well as direct. The few non-Trek actors hold their own with the regulars. Garrett Wang (Harry Kim) seems to be taking Sinister 101 lessons from Walter Koenig to shake off his boy scout persona. J.G. Hertzler plays yet another Klingon with his usual aplomb (though he seems to be fighting his fangs). Lawrence Montaigne (Stonn, Spock's rival in "Amok Time") is intriguingly good: I wish he'd had more screentime. (Yes, T'pring shows up too). There's touching cameos by Grace Lee Whitney reprising Janice Rand and Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) as Uhura's son -- and the size of a linebacker! Finally, Ethan Phillips (Neelix) helps launch the tale, playing an anonymous nebbish who ought to be wearing a red shirt.

The camera work is steadicam (an oxymoron), which some viewers have complained about. It's the technique used in the new Battlestar Galactica series. I don't mind it. The special effects, especially the space sequences, blow away the old series and some of TNG.

I'm dodging around the most important topic -- the PLOT! because I'm trying to avoid spoilers. But, in short, this Star Trek fanfiction story is a sequel to the classic Trek episode, "Charlie X." Here's a one-minute trailer for that fan favorite:

"Charlie X" -- Star Trek Episode Trailer - Episode 3 of the Original Series

A few key moments in "Of Gods and Men" echo things appearing in this trailer (Uhura's singing, Charlie's interactions with Janice Rand and Captain Kirk):

"Of Gods and Men" Review -- Conclusion

So that's Charlie. In the original series, Kirk was forced to leave Charlie behind with his alien caretakers. They had given him augmented powers to help him survive a crash that killed his parents. But they could not give him the moral compass needed to live among his own kind. What happened to Charlie? We never knew-- until now.

You may also want to review this trailer of Where No Man Has Gone Before, the Star Trek pilot episode that kickstarted the series. It, too, provides a character and a bit of backstory for "Of Gods and Men."

As for the story of STOGAM, I can only say a few things more without spoiling it. It explores many, many of the recurring themes of Star Trek: When is fighting justified, the logic and pacifism of Vulcan philosophy, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one" (or do they?), how to handle extraordinary power, and the bonds of friendship that transcend command rank, race, and species. This is a dark story with a style all its own. Yet it feels like part of the Star Trek family. The more you know of Star Trek, the more you will love this labor of love.

You may want to go to their website so you can watch the highest-quality version and browse their in-depth info on how "Of Gods and Men" was made. Or, just watch it right here. They've uploaded it to YouTube, and it looks great:

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men (and Trailer for Their Next Film)

Where to Watch "Of Gods and Men"

Also -- How to Get a Copy on DVD

Visit the official website to watch an even higher-quality streaming version of the film.

There's information about the cast, the production, and Renegade Film Studios. Also, while they can't sell fan-made Star Trek products, they do sell licensed Star Trek movie posters and other memorabilia on behalf of the show's owner -- CBS -- and will throw in a "complimentary copy" of the Star Trek: Of Gods and Men DVD! (I've got one)

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Hey Wait -- This Seems Familiar!

There is a major plot twist in Of Gods and Men which seems to parallel something in the 2009 Star Trek reboot.

All I can say is: Of Gods and Men was filmed in 2006.

Hey. If the official franchise liked a fan idea enough to adapt it, it's their prerogative!

Related Star Trek Fan and Movie Links

Star Trek: The Complete Original Series DVD (Seasons 1-3)
Star Trek: The Complete Original Series DVD (Seasons 1-3)

I thought I wasn't going to like the remastered edition, but it's done so subtly that I generally don't notice the difference beyond the fact that everything is amazingly clear, sharp, and clean-looking. However, the outer space scenes have been re-rendered using CGI. They stayed faithful to the original models and cuts, except for subtle tweaks -- you'll spot lightning bolts in the clouds of planets, for example, and the infamous "out-of-focus ping pong balls" ship in The Corbomite Maneuver has acquired facets on each nodule so they look more like crystals and less like, well, ping pong balls.

(As a matter of fact, I happen to have "Space Seed" -- TOS episode with Khan -- on pause on my TV, and I can tell you the original, beloved Enterprise is so pretty it makes me ache. It's rendered precisely from the orginal series' scale model -- which as any Trekkie knows is in the Smithsonian-- but the lights, texturing, shadows, and even those weird glowing pods on the front of the nacelles look absolutely solid and real. Khan's ship is the same model as before, but since it's crippled, the remastered version has it slowly tumbling in space instead of just hanging on a string.)

If you prefer your Trek in its original flavor, dated effects and all, look for the 2-episode DVDs of the original series,. OR... best of both worlds... buy Star Trek: The Original Series - Seasons 1-3 [Blu-ray Edition] which lets you to toggle between original and remastered (HD) version while viewing!

 

In Memoriam

Majel Barrett Roddenberry

February 23, 1932 -

December 18, 2008

The Voice of Star Trek

Lady Bird of the Galaxy

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      Unconventional-Wisdom 8 years ago

      5 Stars. Nicely done! I will return to watch the movie when I have more time. Thanks for this lens. I've been a Star Trek fan for a while. I liked TNG and Voyager.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'm not a big Star Trek fan, but the trailer for the new Star Trek movie looks great! If it succeeds in bringing in a new audience, I think they've done their job. I watched the original series a little bit when I was a kid, but the Next Generation never really appealed to me. Maybe this movie will change my mind! Squid Angel blessed!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Great idea for a lens; blessed by an Angel!

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      [in reply to Treasures-By-Brenda] Woo! Thanks very much, Brenda!

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      lingstar 7 years ago

      WOW! I'm a diehard Star Trek fan (much more so with the release of Star Trek 2009 which I've seen 5 times; I also play the soundtrack 24x7 in my home office, talk about inspirational!) but never knew about this gem. We'll be renting it soon thanks to your great review.

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      grannysage 7 years ago

      I love it...the review that is. Going to watch the movie with hubby. From one old trekkie to another.....great lens!

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      harrison15 6 years ago

      nice lens,Star Trek is my favorite movie

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love it.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I can't wait to see this film. I am adding your lens and your link to my Star Trek Calendars lens today. I really like this lens. I also am excited about the next Star Trek movie.

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      Have just finished watchign the movie. Enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for the review.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      thumbs up

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      James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      awesome that the show lives on through the fans and the amazing actors! I can't wait for this weekend to pop some popcorn and watch it all. Is it on netflix? I would love to prticipate on a film like this. I can do hair/production help etc.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I liked this movie a lot. I naturally forgive the special effects which are quite well done without the big budget and and manpower that a studio would have to put behind it. Some of the dialogue was a bit rough but the actors did their best. Some of the story just didn't make sense. The Gary Mitchell we saw in Where No Man Has Gone Before was already more powerful than this Gary Mitchell and it was thought at the time that his powers would increase. That he has grown old didn't make sense either. Unfortunately Charlie's return seemed like a bit of a ripoff of a mediocre Voyager story involving Kes who had similar powers. It was nice to see a more believeably badass Harry Kim and Walter Koenig was quite good. Everyone was good in this, of course. Alan Ruck did what he could with some occasionally very bad dialogue but overall that was well done. I don't agree with you about Tuvok. Tim Russ was never very good as a Vulcan in my opinion, at least not compared to Nimoy or Lenard. I always thought that he overplayed it, trying to be too stoic, too unfeeling. Even Sarek (also a full blood Vulcan) showed more animation than that. As a Star Trek movie I give it a B+, but as a fan film definitely an A.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice Squidoo, I enjoyed every aspect. I love reading what others write.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Great page, I was blissfully unaware of this new Star Trek movie.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      Cool. My husband and I have been a trekkie for ... well I don't want to admit it for fear it will date me. ;)

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      MasterPsycho 6 years ago from Earth

      I used to be a Star Trek fan ...but not a hardcore one.....it was pretty decent .....and a very good work for a low budget studio......

      Congrats for the purple star...

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      Addy Bell 6 years ago

      I will definitely have to check this out. Thanks!

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      Addy Bell 6 years ago

      I will definitely have to check this out. Thanks!

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      Wow, how I could I have not known about this? Thanks for a great lens, I'm going to find this movie!

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      phoenix arizona f 5 years ago

      Great movie.

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      christopherwell 5 years ago

      I'd heard about this project years ago -- but never had a chance to watch until now. Thanks for the reminder and the link!

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      trektark lm 5 years ago

      Always fun to find and watch new Star Trek material. Enjoyed the movie.

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      hughgrissettsr lm 5 years ago

      nice lens! luv star trek!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I enjoyed "Of Gods and Men" more than I thought I would. Although parts were a little rough at times, I loved seeing a number of the Star Trek actors again, and the storyline was entertaining.

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      Jake_2525 5 years ago

      Hey greekgeek. Nice lens on Star Trek. Hey I have a movie review on The Artist. And if you could check it out and maybe throw some comments at me or give me a like if you enjoy. Thanks greekgeek.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Excellent! I love Star Trek and have followed it through the numerous versions and remakes. Blessings!

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      seanpro 4 years ago

      i have never heard of this movie before, i will check it out.

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      boubee 4 years ago

      hy, thanks before

      u give me inspiration to make a lens about movie review too but in a short review i thinks

      have a nice day

      :)

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      BowWowBear 4 years ago

      Never heard of this. I am a science fiction fan and also have a love of the alternate universe/ timeline episodes in any series. thanks for highlighting some neat tribute work.

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      tomthiessen lm 4 years ago

      Had goosebumps the whole time watching.

      Poor Nelix, being forced to slave away in a star base.

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      Karen1960 4 years ago

      I enjoyed STOGAM so much that I got the 'text commentary' DVD as well as the original 'vanilla' one. So cleverly done it ought to be 'canon' :-)

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      Cool lens - had never heard of the film - fab idea and obviously put together with a lot of Trekkie love :-)

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      Barbara Casey 4 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      Did not know about this movie... thanks.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi this movie is new to me, thanks for sharing.

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      Just learned about the movie. Thanks for sharing.

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