Seven years have passed since Star Trek last aired on television sets.
While "Enterprise" may have crashed and burned, die-hard Trekkies and Star Trek stars are adamant on salvaging the pieces. If all goes well, "Star Trek: Renegades" might be the real deal.
== An edgy Star Trek ==
To hear actor Tim Russ tell it, Renegades is a "frontier" or Wild West version of the popular science-fiction series. Set 10 years after the events of "Voyager", Tuvok must assemble a rag-tag crew to find out why the Federation has been cut off from their main supply of dilithium crystals.
"It's more to do with rebels and independence … a harder edge sort of Star Trek," Russ said.
The cast and crew behind Renegades plan to make this an independent feature, but there is hope it could be a TV pilot, a chance to resurrect a show for and old and new generation.
== Money on the line ==
Back here in Houston, Space City Con founder and executive director George Comits said he is on board with the idea.
"You know, they say it's time for Star Trek to be back on TV. It's nothing against J.J. Abrams who is carrying the torch right now, but I think Star Trek fans want more than just once in every three to four years," Comits said.
Money might be obsolete in the fictional future, but a whole lot of "green" will be needed to push Renegades off the ground. As of Nov. 18, fans have collected over $160,000 of the $200,000 goal.
== Mission control to Star Trek ==
As the days fast approach the Kickstarter goal line, Comits is rallying Houston Trekkies to pitch in. It is not the first time "Space City" has had a hand in saving Star Trek.
"Bjo Tremble, the old lady who saved Star Trek in the 60s and 70s by her letter-writing and fan-motivation campaign, came from here. She lives in California now, but she still considers herself a Houstonian. So I thought it could be nice if Houston made another Star Trek series happen, not for me though. Just from wanting to support them, so we continue to push them and promote them on Facebook and Twitter and so forth," Comits said.
Fans wanting to help make Renegades happen can head on over to the Kickstarter page. Also, be sure to stop by Space City Con on Aug. 2, 2013 to see Tim Russ and other sci-fi stars in Houston.
UPDATE: Renegades met its Kickstarter goal on Tuesday.
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