Star Trek: Renegades is an independent fan funded and supported Internet television series, executive produced by Sky Conway and directed by Star Trek: Voyager actor Tim Russ. So far only one pilot episode has been released, but the series is already notable for being the first continuation of the Star Trek timeline after Voyager, and featuring real Star Trek actors reprising their roles.
Set roughly ten years after Voyager's return to Earth, Renegades opens with Admiral Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig) and Tuvok (Russ), who now heads Section 31, realizing that the Federation is facing a threat from within. Not knowing where else to turn, they hire an outlaw crew captained by the daughter of Khan Singh to undertake secret, off-the-books missions.
"Renegades" has received generally mixed reviews among Trek fans, with most reviewers praising the ambition of the project and expressing a desire to see it succeed, but criticizing the script, acting (bar the returning characters, who have received near-universal praise), and filming. While it was pitched to CBS as a potential pilot, the network rejected it, likely in favor of the upcoming 2017 series by Alex Kurtzman.
Due to the regulations set forth by CBS and Paramount in June 2016, Star Trek: Renegades will be redubbed Renegades and will be moving forward as an original IP with its Star Trek elements removed.
Star Trek: Renegades provides examples of:
- Action Girl:
- Captain Lexxa Singh, the daughter of Khan, and genetically engineered human with enhanced strength and reflexes.
- Also T'Leah, the Romulan guard who twice saves a Starfleet officer from a would-be assassin with her bare hands.
- Back for the Dead: Admiral Paris is killed by Grant Imahara's character.
- Possible implication for Chekov, as the actor stated that the future Episodes 2 and 3 will be his last as the character.
- Blue-Skinned Space Babe: Shree, the Andorian hacker, is an oversexed blue-skinned lady with a black leather getup and a penchant for (lesbian) BDSM.
- Boxed Crook: Lexxa Singh is introduced serving a life sentence in an Orion prison, approached by Tuvok with an offer for her release.
- Though a continuation set after Voyager, with most of the returning characters also being from VOY, Renegades in many ways harks back to the Original Series with the new designs for the uniforms and Starfleet decor, Admiral Chekov, a Romulan and Andorian character, and of course the protagonist being Khan's daughter.
- Captain Alvarezs ship is the U.S.S. Archer
- The Breen character, for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
- Character Focus: The buxom Andorian in the low-cut top and the returning Trek alumni, especially Chekov. Shree in particular makes a lot of appearances in promotional imagery.
- Chewing the Scenery: Some of the acting is amusingly over the top, especially Icheb's angst and the big slow-motion final fight.
- Continuity Nod: The USS Archer, named for Star Trek: Enterprise's Captain Jonathan Archer.
- Fantastic Racism: Jarro, a Pah-Wraith worshiping Bajoran, not surprisingly isn't too tolerant toward the new Cardassian shipmate.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: The Big Bad. Hates the Federation for unclear reasons? Check. Has unstoppable superweapon? Check. Is physically powerful in one-on-one combat? Check.
- Guile Hero: Subverted with Lexxa, who is introduced with this in mind but is outsmarted by a bunch of ape-men who live in caves and helpfully explain their evil plans. Her plan is basically to walk into the enemy cave base with a bunch of guns, with only a casual attempt at stealth.
- Hellbent For Leather: One of the perks of a Star Trek series where the main crew isn't Starfleet. Lexxa, Ragnar, T'Leah, and Shree all have some amount of leather in their outfits.
- Informed Ability: Lexxxa, allegedly an intelligent character and planner, attacks the bad-guy homeworld by just calmly walking in with guns. This predictably results in two deaths and the bad guys almost winning.
- Jerkass: The Lawful Stupid Federation Captain. Possibly lampshaded: his ship is named Archer, after the infamously divisive star of Star Trek: Enterprise.
- Large Ham: When they're not flatter than Kansas, the entire cast outside of Picardo, Russ, and Koenig falls squarely here.
- Mr. Fanservice: Icheb, now grown, angsty and sporting facial hair, has become quite popular with female fans.
- Ms. Fanservice: The Andorian, Shree, is clearly intended to be this, with her deep cleavage, leather outfits, and her first scene being a random lesbian sex scene, but many people find her to be too overtly sexualized to be attracted to.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The series centers on a pirate crew captained by the outcast daughter of Khan Noonien Singh and including a disgraced scientist, a rogue former drone, a genetically-defective Betazoid, a Pah-Wraith-worshiping Bajoran, and more.
- Reflexive Response: T'Leah absentmindedly snaps a would-be assassin's neck when she could just as easily have captured him. When called out on the fact they needed to interrogate him, she blames "old habits".
- Smug Snake: Lexxa. Almost everything she does is accompanied by an oily smirk.
- The Black Dude Dies First: Played depressingly straight, with the man who tries to warn Chekov "we can't trust anyone!"