Star Trek: Hidden Frontier
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Star Trek: Hidden Frontier InformationStar Trek: Hidden Frontier (HF) was a Star Trek fan film project. Produced on digital video, the show's sets are almost completely virtual, using a green-screen chroma keyed process to place performers into virtual settings.
The series is set during the era of the Star Trek: The Next Generation series. Episodes revolve around the starship USS Excelsior, and its home base, Deep Space 12, which is located in the Briar Patch, a region of space introduced in the film Star Trek: Insurrection.
Hidden Frontier has produced 50 episodes, and focuses on character relationships, including gay and lesbian characters and subplots.
Produced by Rob Caves, Hidden Frontier ran for seven seasons and was produced by volunteers in Southern California. The final episode of the series aired in May 2007. Two new spin-offs, Star Trek: Odyssey and Star Trek: The Helena Chronicles, also produced by Rob Caves, take place shortly after the end of Hidden Frontier.
PlotBased in the Briar Patch (Tikrit Expanse) introduced in Star Trek: Insurrection, on Deep Space 12, a space station in orbit of the planet Ba'ku. It follows the daily life of several officers serving on board the station and a few of the ships stationed there. Early in the series, an advanced species, the Grey, are introduced and become the primary villain, with a story arc that spans the entire series. Later, secondary villains are introduced including an Andorian trader and later the Tholians along with a man named Siroc. Mysterious ancient alien artifacts become a key focus of the series.
The crew interacts with many established species from Star Trek, including Andorians, Ba'ku, Klingons, Romulans, Son'a, and Tzenkethi.
Cast and crew
|Ian Quincy Knapp||David Dial||Rear Admiral||Commander of Deep Space 12 (former Commanding Officer, USS Excelsior)|
|Elizabeth Shelby||Risha Denney||Captain||Commanding Officer (former Executive Officer), USS Excelsior|
|Tolian Naros||Larry LaVerne||Captain||Commanding Officer, USS Helena (formerly Executive Officer, USS Excelsior)|
|Dr. Henglaar||John Whiting||Lieutenant Commander||Chief Medical Officer, USS Excelsior|
|Robin Lefler||Kelly Jamison, Joanne Busch||Commander||Executive Officer (former Chief Engineer), USS Excelsior|
|Matt McCabe||Wayne Webb||Lieutenant||Tactical Officer/Security Chief, USS Excelsior|
|Myra Elbrey||Barbara Clifford||Lieutenant Commander||Counselor, USS Excelsior|
|Ro Nevin||Arthur Bosserman, Bobby Quinn Rice||Lieutenant||Chief Science Officer, USS Excelsior|
|Corey Aster||J.T. Tepnapa||Lieutenant Commander||Chief Engineer (former Assistant Chief Engineer), USS Excelsior|
|Jorian Zen/Dao||Adam Browne||Lieutenant||Tactical Officer, USS Helena (former Helmsman, USS Excelsior)|
Notable recurring characters
|Glinn Betras||Rebecca Wood||Glinn, Cardassian military||Renegade Cardassian officer in Siroc's employ|
|Jennifer Cole||Jennifer Cole||Rear Admiral||Commanding Officer, USS Independence|
|James Darwin||Cliff Gardner||Commander||Executive Officer, Deep Space 12|
|Artim Ibanya||Beau Christian Williams||Ensign||Junior Science Officer, USS Excelsior|
|Joseph Johns||Mike Johns||Commander||Executive Officer, USS Independence|
|Traya Knapp||Crystal Huerta, Noora Hadden, Leanna Spear, Jessica Lyons||None||Admiral Knapp's daughter|
|Korg||Karl Puder||General, Klingon Defense Forces||Commander of Klingon forces in the Briar Patch|
|Malek||Jonathan Connor-Foertsch, John Nelson, Travis Sentell||Gul, Cardassian military||Ambassador to the Federation|
|William Martinez||Anthony Diaz, Dan Crout||Commander||Head of the Grey Research Facility|
|Jason Munoz||Jason Munoz||Lieutenant Commander|| Commanding Officer, USS Olympus
(former Executive Officer, USS Excelsior)
|Jenna McFarland||Adrianne Lange, Rebecca Wood||Lieutenant||Helmsman, USS Excelsior|
|Alynna Nechayev||Reneé Huberstock||Admiral||Commander of Operations in the Briar Patch|
|Siroc||Jim Davis||None||Enemy of Tolian Naros, instigator of the Tholian War|
|Milo Surgant||Brandon Stacy, Lorenzo Leonard||Lieutenant||Renegade Starfleet officer in Siroc's employ|
|Vorina||Suzy Kaplan, Julie Anne Gardner||None||Member of the Orion Syndicate in Siroc's employ|
Background informationStar Trek: Hidden Frontier premiered in 2000, an offshoot of the fan series Voyages of the USS Angeles, produced by the Star Trek fan club of the same name in Southern California. For legal reasons, copies are limited to the cast and crew. No earlier series episodes are available to the public and no reference to the show is made on the club's web site. Hidden Frontier inherited the setting, Deep Space 12, and several of the characters from the Angeles series, however it established its own identity. Two later HF episodes made usage of footage originally shot for Angeles that were never produced.
Due to production expense, the series is filmed in the executive producer's home utilizing a green screen matting technique to place actors into "virtual" sets. Often, a slight green halo appears around the actors, which some viewers decry. While technique and technical standpoints of the show may not be as advanced as other fan films, it shows progress in the milieu. This amateur web-based series contains a multi-arc plot, producing at least six episodes per year. Other productions are often one-offs or released at a much slower rate.
Most episodes are released in low resolution due to potential legal issues. Currently, only five (originally six) episodes have been released in high quality: A special edition of Season 1's fourth episode, "Two Hours", Season 6's premiere and finale, "Countermeasures", "Her Battle Lanterns Lit" (released in both low and high resolutions, modified into a single regular episode), Season 7's premiere, "Heavy Losses" and the two-part series finale.
Several key roles had replacements during the seven year run. The character of Lefler was originally played by Kelly Jamison, later portrayed by Joanne Busch. The character of Ro Nevin was originally played by Arthur Bosserman who left the cast after five seasons to pursue professional interests in music. This role was resumed by Bobby Rice.
For Seasons 2 and 3, nine episodes were produced each. The later seasons were reduced to six episodes, as nine were too much work for the volunteer cast and crew. Season 7, the final season, consists of eight episodes. In Season 6, a short fan-fic author Steve Berman writings were adapted for a memorable scene in episode "Vigil".
Hidden Frontier's theme music is taken from the film Galaxy Quest. Because of the crew's short production schedule and low budget, the music for most of HF's episodes was inherited from Paramount-owned soundtracks (both Star Trek and non-Star Trek), thus confining potential copyright issues to a single studio. Original scores were created for the last four episodes, when several composer fans of the series volunteered to create the music.
Connection to Trek canon
- Elizabeth Shelby appeared in the TNG two part story "The Best Of Both Worlds". She was also featured in the novel series Star Trek: New Frontier.
- Robin Lefler appeared in TNG episodes "Darmok" and "The Game". She was also featured in New Frontier.
- Ro Nevin is the brother of Ro Laren, who left Starfleet to join the Maquis.
- Captain Mackenzie Calhoun from New Frontier appears in "Vigil" portrayed by James Cawley. His ship, the USS Excalibur, appears briefly in "Perihelion".
- Captain Hikaru Sulu and the USS Excelsior appear in "Yesterday's Excelsior".
- Wesley Crusher appears in "Echoes".
- The USS Defiant featured in the TOS episode "The Tholian Web" and Enterprise two part story "In A Mirror, Darkly" appears in "Voyage Of The Defiant".
- Artim Ibanya was introduced in Star Trek: Insurrection.
- Corey Aster is the cousin of Jeremy Aster, who appeared in the TNG episode "The Bonding".
- Alynna Nechayev made four appearances in TNG, and two appearances in DS9.
- Kira Nerys appears in "Countermeasures".
Episode listingFor a key to the abbreviations and additional notes, shown thus <1>, see the end of this section. The ratings for "Best of Season" come from a series of polls done on the Hidden Frontier forum in January 2006. A synopsis of each season is included, as well as a first air date, when known.
- Season 1
- HF1.01 " 2000-__-__ "Enemy Unknown, Part 1"
- HF1.02 " 2000-__-__ "Enemy Unknown, Part 2"
- HF1.03 " 2000-__-__ "Enemy Unknown, Part 3"
- HF1.04 " 2000-__-__ "Two Hours"
- HF1.05 " 2000-__-__ "Perihelion" - Voted best of season
- HF1.06 " 2001-04-29 "Echoes"
- Season 2
- HF2.01 " 2001-__-__ "Refugees"
- HF2.02 " 2001-__-__ "Yesterday's Excelsior" - Voted best of season
- HF2.03 " 2001-__-__ "Old Wound"
- HF2.04 " 2001-__-__ "Great Starship Robbery"
- HF2.05 " 2001-__-__ "Encke"
- HF2.06 " 2001-__-__ "To the Stars"
- HF2.07 " 2001-__-__ "Fire in the Heart"
- HF2.08 " 2001-__-__ "Coward's Death"
- HF2.09 " 2001-__-__ "Worst Fears, Part 1"
- Season 3
- HF3.01 " 2002-__-__ "Worst Fears, Part 2"
- HF3.02 " 2002-__-__ "Worst Fears, Part 3"
- HF3.03 " 2002-__-__ "Heroes"
- HF3.04 " 2002-__-__ "In Memory Of"
- HF3.05 " 2002-__-__ "Modus Operandi"
- HF3.06 " 2002-__-__ "Santa Q"
- HF3.07 " 2003-__-__ "Ashes"
- HF3.08 " 2003-__-__ "Voyage of the Defiant" - Voted best of season
- HF3.09 " 2003-__-__ "Hell's Gate, Part 1"
- Season 4
- HF4.01 " 2003-__-__ "Hell's Gate, Part 2"
- HF4.02 " 2003-__-__ "Piracy of the Noble" - Voted best of season
- HF4.03 " 2003-09-11 "Addictions"
- HF4.04 " 2003-10-28 "Grave Matters"
- HF4.05 " 2003-12-03 "Crossroads"
- HF4.06 " 2004-03-26 "Entanglement, Part 1"
- Season 5
- HF5.01 " 2004-05-02 "Entanglement, Part 2"
- HF5.02 " 2004-06-13 "Imminent Danger"
- HF5.03 " 2004-07-07 "Darkest Night"
- HF5.04 " 2004-08-04 "Security Counsel" - Voted best of season
- HF5.05 " 2004-10-24 "Epitaph"
- HF5.06 " 2004-12-01 "The Battle is Joined"
- Season 6
- HF6.01 " 2005-02-27 "Countermeasures" - Tied in vote for best overall episode
- HF6.02 " 2005-04-12 "Dancing in the Dark"
- HF6.03 " 2005-06-__ "Homeport"
- HF6.04 " 2005-08-12 "Beachhead"
- HF6.05 " 2005-09-28 "Vigil" - Voted best of season; tied for best overall episode
- HF6.06 " 2005-11-24 "Her Battle Lanterns Lit"
- Season 7
- HF7.01 " 2006-03-17 "Heavy Losses"
- HF7.02 " 2006-04-29 "Bound"
- HF7.03 " 2006-06-23 "Past Sins"
- HF7.04 " 2006-09-01 "Hearts And Minds"
- HF7.05 " 2006-11-23 "The Widening Gyre" - Music composed by Patrick Vogler
- HF7.06 " 2007-01-19 "Things Fall Apart"
- HF7.07 " 2007-03-17 "The Center Cannot Hold" - Music composed by Dex Craig
- HF7.08 " 2007-05-19 "Its Hour Come Round At Last" (series finale)
Two specials exist as well set after the pilot of Odyssey
- EP 1 " "Orphans of War"
- EP 2 " "Operation Beta Shield" (Movie)
- Star Trek fan productions
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