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It has been nearly 50 years since The Great Bird of the Galaxy Gene Rodenberry, had his view of where no man has gone before head out into the minds of the American people. His "wagon train to the stars" television series has spawned a movement of people called Trekkies, several spin-offs and movies, and billions in merchandising. Now a new independent Star Trek film is heading into production thanks to the success of a couple of Kickstarter campaigns -- Star Trek: Axanar.

Star Trek Axanar (Image via Facebook)Star Trek Axanar (Image via Facebook)

Amazingly, Star Trek almost never happened. The network executives claimed that it was "too cerebral" for the American public. That was just a fancy way of saying that we were too stupid to understand such a smart show. The truth is the execs were the ones who just didn't get it. The first time the crew of the Enterprise took off across our television screens something bigger than they could ever have imagined also took off.

 Gary Graham as Soval (Image via Kickstarter)Gary Graham as Soval (Image via Kickstarter)

The adventures of the Enterprise were only a small part of an active galaxy and a possible future that we are still only starting to envision.  There are more stories to be told and Star Trek: Axanar is the latest chapter to be in creation.

 The Axanar team started out testing the waters with an initial Kickstarter campaign to create a short film, "Prelude to Axanar," which debuted at Comic Con in San Diego last month. Though just 20 minutes long it lays out the story of Axanar, introduces the main characters, and demonstrates the awesome production qualities that will support the main film. This entire film is attached below.

 Richard Hatch as Kharn (Image via Kickstarter)Richard Hatch as Kharn (Image via Kickstarter)

Just this week the second Kickstarter campaign raised more than six times the money sought to move on to the next phase of production of what is planned to be a 90 minute film. Say what you will about Star Trek fans, or Trekkies, when they can support their passion they really do.

The cast for this project includes Richard Hatch, Apollo from the original Battlestar Galactica, and Gary Graham, reprising his role as Soval from "Enterprise." From watching "Prelude to Axanar" it seems that the entire cast is top notch.

 Kate Vernon as Captain Sonya Alexander (Image via Kickstarter)Kate Vernon as Captain Sonya Alexander (Image via Kickstarter)

It isn't just the on-screen talent that is excellent. The crew for the short film included Academy Award winners and people who have worked on Star Trek before.

Naturally, if you have heard about how much money it takes to make a major motion picture these days, a few hundred thousand dollars is a drop in the proverbial bucket. The Axanar team has broken the financial needs into several phases and plan fund raising for each one. If you missed getting to support Star Trek Axanar then you will most likely have a chance to get your finger in the pie for the next phase of production.

Tony Todd as Admiral Ramirez (Image via Kickstarter)Tony Todd as Admiral Ramirez (Image via Kickstarter)

The success of this Kickstarter campaign is due in part to the support of George Takei, who played Mr. Sulu in the original series. He apparently made a generous pledge and helped promote the campaign. With his help they have now raised most of the money needed to complete the entire film. I am guessing that there may be another campaign to cover post-production costs, but it shouldn't be for anywhere near what they had originally been planning.

JG Hertzler as Captain Samuel Travis (Image via Kickstarter)JG Hertzler as Captain Samuel Travis (Image via Kickstarter)

Check out "Prelude to Axanar" below and see if your inner Trekkie is ready to once again go where no one has gone before , , ,

Sources: Kickstarter, Facebook