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|Created by||Jimm & Josh Johnson, based on Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||2|
|Executive producer(s)||Jimm Johnson|
|Original channel||World Wide Web|
|Original airing||December 19, 2002|
Starship Exeter is a Star Trek fan film project, one of the earliest of the semi-professional fan film projects that have become an increasingly common fixture of the internet video scene. Although fan films have been produced for almost as long as there have been film fans, they were generally few and far between before the advent of home video. It is only with the two-pronged revolution of digital video production/editing and the advent of internet distribution that they have become something more than a curiosity to be shared by a few intimates.
As with many other fanfilms, Exeter create an entirely new series around event of an established franchise. Starship Exeter is set within the continuity of the original Star Trek series, and features the new crew of a sister-ship to the famous USS Enterprise, the titular USS Exeter, NCC-1706, whose previous crew were exterminated in the Star Trek episode "The Omega Glory".
To date, one complete and 80% of a second episode have been released. The first, "The Savage Empire," was released via the internet on December 19, 2000. The second, a far more ambitious production titled "The Tressaurian Intersection" was shot in 2004, but released in segments over several years.
A fan page was established for Exeter on Facebook in 2013. Several members of the production staff have stated that they are preparing the final segment of "The Tressaurian Intersection" for release on the Internet in April of 2014. As of January 2014 a "countdown" timer exists on the home page of the Exeter website. Despite the humorous suggestion of the "April 1st" countdown date the producers have stated that the planned release is not a stunt or joke, and that the planned release is being done with the support of the Johnsons.
The fifth and final segment remains unreleased. A third episode, "The Atlantis Invaders," was in pre-production at the same time the second episode was being filmed, but ultimately abandoned.
|John Quincy Garrovick||Captain||James Culhane||Garrovick is the cousin of Ensign Garrovick, who joined Captain Kirk in an attempt to destroy a mist-creature in the original Star Trek episode "Obsession". Both were nearly killed until Mr. Spock performed a brilliant transporter maneuver (cross-circuiting to "B") that saved both their lives.|
|Jo Harris||Commander||Holly Guess||Harris is the Executive (First) Officer as well as the science officer of the ship, following the pattern of Spock from the original series. Harris is a human from the United Kingdom on Earth.|
|Paul Cutty||Commander||Michael Buford||The ship's Chief Security Officer, he served with then-Commander Garrovick on-board the USS Kongō where the two became close friends. The Kongō was commanded by an officer they both looked up to, Captain Kosnett (Garry Peters), who makes a cameo appearance in the second episode.|
|B'fuselek||Lieutenant||Joshua Caleb||B'fuselek is the Exeter's Andorian communications officer. The makeup is patterned on designs seen in the original series episodes "Journey to Babel" and "Whom Gods Destroy". The character's background is derived from several Trek-based RPGs of the 1970s and 1980s.|
|Dr. Vincent Azato||Lieutenant Commander||Joe Azzato||Exeter's chief medical officer, Azato studied medicine at the University of Tharsis on Mars. After his residency, he joined Starfleet and served aboard a number of small ships, eventually settling into a long term position at Starbase 11. He requested a transfer to the USS Exeter on Stardate 4773.4.|
|Vandi Richards||Ensign||Elizabeth Wheat||Richards is the Captain's assistant (this position was referred to as "yeoman" in the original series, but the term hasn't been used in the parts of "The Tressaurian Intersection" that have been released). As a candidate for command training, her assignment to assist the Captain is described by Harris as a requirement for her career advancement.|
|Alexander Cray||Lieutenant||Cody Hammock||Lt. Cray is the ship's Helm Officer. He is a model officer who has proven himself indispensable to Garrovick and the Exeter team.|
- "James Culhane" and "Joshua Caleb" are pseudonyms for the Johnson brothers.
- Russell, M.E. (May 14,2004). "The Fan Films Strike Back". The Weekly Standard (News Corporation). Retrieved February 13, 2013.
- Hakim, Danny (June 18, 2006). "'Star Trek' Fans, Deprived of a Show, Recreate the Franchise on Digital Video". The New York Times (New York, NY). Retrieved February 13, 2013.
- Asmar, Melanie (January 31, 2004). "Final frontier redux". Portsmouth Herald (Portsmouth, NH: Dow Jones Local Media Group). Retrieved February 13, 2013.
- "The Savage Empire" release info at IMDb
- "The Tressaurian Intersection" info at IMDb
- Republibot interview with director Scott Cummins
- Starship Exeter official website
- Starship Exeter: The Savage Empire at the Internet Movie Database
- Starship Exeter: The Tressaurian Intersection at the Internet Movie Database