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|Created by||Jimm & Josh Johnson|
|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 created an entirely new series around an 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".
Two episodes of "Starship Exeter" have been released.
"The Savage Empire," written and co-directed by the Johnson brothers, was released as downloadable video files via the internet on December 19, 2002. A January 2, 2003 mention of the film's website on SlashDot resulted in a deluge of hits, with bandwidth demands beyond what the hosting Mac.Com servers could handle.
The second, a far more ambitious production titled "The Tressaurian Intersection", with a script by Nebula Award nominee Dennis Russell Bailey (who wrote the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Tin Man"), was shot in mid-2004, and released in segments over several years. The completed episode was released on YouTube on May 1, 2014.
A third episode, "The Atlantis Invaders," was in pre-production at the same time the second episode was being filmed, but ultimately abandoned. According to co-creator Joshua Johnson, the script is being adapted into a full-cast audio production.
In addition to these full-length episodes, a humorous vignette titled "The Night Shift", written by Dennis Russell Bailey, was shot as a trial run and as camera tests at the start of principle photography of "The Tressaurian Intersection". It was released on the internet in August 2005.
|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
- [Posting by Joshua Johnson on Facebook, with confirmation contact on 6 May 2014.]
- "The Night Shift" reviewed by Fred Dixon
- Starship Exeter official website
- "The Savage Empire" on YouTube
- "The Tressaurian Intersection" on YouTube
- SciFi Pulse review of "The Savage Empire"
- Starship Exeter: The Savage Empire at the Internet Movie Database
- Starship Exeter: The Tressaurian Intersection at the Internet Movie Database
- Star Trek Fan Made Series Profile