‘Star Trek: Renegades’ is Here… and it’s Terrible

So we’ve been following Star Trek: Renegades for a while. We were originally hopeful (though skeptical). I mean it had random Trek-alums Walter Koenig and Tim Russ in notable roles (and a whole bunch of others in smaller parts), and other science fiction franchise alums like Corin Nemec appearing as well. I questioned Tim Russ’s directing chops, but the premise sounded neat. I was optimistic.

But then the trailer came out and, well, it was a thing. The trailer, which is supposed to be the best bits crammed together, just looked bad. When a trailer looks bad, you know you’re in trouble.

Well, now the entire thing is up on YouTube, and unfortunately my instincts have been proven correct.

This was made on a small budget, and if it were 1995, the film didn’t have Star Trek in the name, and I was watching it at 11pm on a Saturday night on a random UHF channel, I’d probably love the movie. Frankly, I still kind of do – but it’s for all the wrong reasons.

Literally every bad scifi movie cliche was crammed into Renegades. And I mean every. single. one. But at least it’s nice to know that Edward Furlong and Sean Young are alive still — that’s a small bit of comfort. Also, you get to watch Vic Mignogna die. I always enjoy that.

He got away last time.

So if you’ve got an hour and a half to burn, sit down and watch this… whatever it is. This glorified fan film that proves even with an excellent cast, there is no saving a mediocre script. But hey, I got to make some Parker Lewis Can’t Lose jokes while watching it, so that made it kind of worth it.

Protip: If you want to hear a ridiculous song written specifically for the movie, wait until about halfway through the end credits. It’s amazing.

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

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