Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Star Wreck

You've heard of Star Wars, you might even have heard of Star Trek, but have you every heard of Star Wreck?

There have been many fan films, but by far one of the best fan series comes not from the US or even Britain. Called Star Wreck, this series is a great parody of the Star Trek series was created in Finland.

The series was started in 1992 by Samuli Torssonen. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country had just come out, however the film was not available in Finland. Because of this Torssonen decided to create his own version, the first Star Wreck.

Star Wreck relates the adventures of James B. Pirk (named after the Star Trek character James T. Kirk), Captain of the starship C.P.P. Potkustartti (English C.P.P. Kickstart). Other characters include Mr. Fukov, Mr. Spook (Finnish: Mr. Spökö), Mr. Dwarf (Wuf), Ensign Shitty and Mr. Info (loosely based, respectively, on Star Trek's Pavel Chekov, Mr. Spock, Worf, Scotty, and Data). The characters speak Finnish, but subtitles in various languages, including Klingon, are available.

The first Star Wreck film was rough at best. It consisted of a short 2D animation of a battle between Federation-styles ships and Plingons. It ran about 4 minutes long.

Episodes 2 and 3 was animated, as well, but with more sophisticated 3D. They were about double the length of the first.

The following four films were live action films or increasingly better quality. The range in length from 20 to over 40 minutes.

The final film, Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning, was released in 2005 after six years of animation rendering and filming. It is by far the best film in the series and one of the best fan films of all time. It is one of the longest fan films, running a little over 1 hour and 45 minutes.

This film takes an alternative look at the Star Trek canon and timeline with humor and crazy characters mixed in. If you enjoy scifi, action and humor, check out this great fan film. You can download and watch for free from the Star Wreck website, Google Video, or Veoh.

Star Wreck homepage

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