- "Captain's log, stardate 4040.7. On the surface of planet IV, system 892, the landing party has won the confidence of what obviously is a group of runaway slaves. They dwell in caves not far from a large city, wear rags, live under primitive conditions. But they are creatures of a heavily industrialized 20th century-type planet very much like Earth, an amazing example of Hodgkin's Law of Parallel Planetary Development. But on this Earth, Rome never fell. A world ruled by emperors who can trace their line back 2,000 years, to their own Julius and Augustus Caesars"
Star Trek: Progeny came about one evening while I was watching the original series episode called "Bread and Circuses". It was one of those episodes that, for me, left me wondering, “Well what happened next?”
"You're a Roman, Kirk, or you should have been." - Claudius Marcus
James T. Kirk never realized how true those words would become when a casual romantic evening changed the history of Magna Roma, the Roman Planet, forever.
Kirk, Spock, and McCoy left a few devices behind. Phasers, a Tri-corder, and Communicators. Kirk also left behind something of a more personal nature with his tryst with Drusilla. To Kirk’s credit (and also the great writing of Gene L. Coon and Roddenberry) he never took advantage of Drusilla. Could his will had been stronger? Sure. But maybe Kirk was thinking to himself, “Well I’m in Rome. And when in Rome…”.
KIRK AND DRUSILLA
I’ve been developing the pilot script and series bible for over a year now to answer those questions that I had. Also tying them into the 50 year anniversary of Star Trek. 50 years later, what does this world of Magna Roma look like and what involvement does the Federation have?
From this comes our female protagonist, Livia Avitus, the granddaughter of Kirk and Drusilla. First, she’s a Roman, trained extensively in hand-to-hand combat and weaponry. She also has a keen mind. She’s able to see the bigger picture. A trait inherited by Captain Kirk. I think this makes her a great detective and then later, a special agent.
One choice I did make with her character is that she’s not an anti-hero, which is popular in Film and TV today. Protagonists who are battling inner demons like drugs or alcohol…etc. Carrie, from Homeland or Tony Stark from Ironman as examples.
Emotional pain from failure or losing a loved one, most definitely. As Kirk would say, that pain makes us who we are.
So... what happened?
Star Trek: Progeny was meant to be a live action Fan Film starring Cassandra Scerbo.
Then, the AXANAR lawsuit happened.for more details go to this link. AXANAR LAWSUIT
Now, CBS/Paramount has put out guidelines for fan films. Most of which I would have been in violation of.
Dismayed, I shuffled around my house in a funk for a little while until I clicked on a banner for....
So now, I can create my own world.