For the past several years, there has been a trend in science fiction television where recent series have been dark and bleak in tone, devoid of almost any joy or levity (I'm looking at you Battlestar Galactica and Stargate: Universe).
Now along comes Voyage Trekkers, a sci-fi web series that is an unabashed satire and comedy.
An heir apparent to the 1999 comedy film Galaxy Quest, this series also pokes good-natured fun at - ahem - certain iconic science fiction franchises.
Set in the distant future, Voyage Trekkers chronicles the (mis)adventures of the worst crew in the Galactic Union as they travel aboard the ironically christened starship GSV Remarkable.
Led by the dashing yet moronic Captain Sunstrike (Adam Rini), along with the long-suffering Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rena (Gabrielle Van Buren), and apathetic first officer Commander Powell (Logan Blackwell), the crew of the Remarkable excel to new heights of incompetency as they encounter new lifeforms and alien civilizations..
Comedic highlights include:
- a send up of a popular starship captain's out-of-control libido
- first contact scenarios gone horribly, hilariously wrong
- a funny light saber duel
- an emphasis on the "babble" in techno-babble
The series is also episodic, not serial in nature, so you can jump in at any time and consume as much as you want without feeling lost in an ongoing story line.
Voyage Trekkers sprang from the warped minds of Nathan Blackwell and Craig Michael Curtis. The writing clearly shows a deep love for the franchises satirized , while being unafraid to poke fun at the many nonsensical elements of those same universes.
However, this comedy would not work if not for the skill of the cast. Unlike a majority of independently produced sci-fi web series, this cast can act, plus they have great comedic timing - a skill essential for a project like this to succeed.
And succeed they have with one, 10-episode season already completed, and a second (complete with a new bridge set financed by fan backing) underway.
To get a taste of the series tone, here is the pilot episode from the first season:
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