Weho Resident to Stream Rarely Seen 'Star Trek' Film on Website

West Hollywood-based journalist and radio personality Cary Harrison will stream 'Star Trek: Of Gods and Men' on his website starting Jan. 9.

Star Trek fans are getting a late Christmas present thanks to West Hollywood resident, journalist and radio personality, Cary Harrison.

On Jan. 9 at 3 p.m., Harrison is streaming Star Trek: Of Gods and Men—a rarely seen 2007 video—on his websites, GoHarrison.com and TheSmartShow.org. The film will be available for on-demand viewing through the websites’ archives.

Tim Russ, best known for playing Lt. Tuvok on the Star Trek: Voyager TV series, directed and starred in Of Gods and Men, along with Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig (Lt. Uhura and Lt. Chevok from the original 1960s Star Trek TV series), plus Alan Ruck (Captain Harriman in the 1994 Star Trek: Generations movie).

An independently made movie, franchise owner Paramount Pictures gave its blessing to the film, allowing the rights to use the Star Trek characters. However, Paramount will not let the film be shown commercially; thus the film has only screened publicly at sci-fi conventions.

Immediately prior to the streaming, director Russ will appear in a pre-taped interview on Harrison’s web show at 2 p.m. (Pacific time) on Jan. 9 to discuss the film, as well as the state of today’s world through the eyes of Star Trek. That show also simulcasts on public radio stations KPFK (90.7 FM), the Los Angeles Pacifica station, and WBAI (99.5 FM), the New York City Pacifica station.

Then at 3 p.m. (Pacific time), the movie will begin streaming online, without commercials, on the Go Harrison website and TheSmartShow.org. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Pacific time), Russ will appear for a live Q&A about the film with phone-in callers on Harrison’s other web show, Harrison’s Hangout.

Harrison, who produces his shows from his West Hollywood apartment (one in which Marilyn Monroe once lived), said he hit it off with Russ after meeting him on the red carpet at a science fiction convention.

“I found him to be highly intelligent and thought he would be a good guest for the show,” said Harrison, whose shows typically discuss topics that the mainstream media often overlook. His show’s tagline is “preventing truth decay.”

A longtime Star Trek fan, Harrison jumped at the chance to make the video available to a wider audience.

“The movie is Tim’s creative love child,” Harrison said. “I though it should be presented to an eager global fan base, respecting the legal limitations that Paramount has placed on the distribution of such a film. As long as he’s not charging ticket prices, he can show it. That’s why I’m making it available to the audience.”

A Valentine to fans of the original Star Trek series, the storyline for Of Gods and Men ties up some loose ends from episodes of the original series, bringing back several one-shot characters.

The movie is set in the year 2306, some 12 years after the events in the Star Trek: Generations movie. All the main characters of the original series (Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy) are referenced, but only Uhura and Chevok appear.

The 90-minute movie also features several other actors from various Star Trek TV series, but not as the characters they are famous for playing – Garrett Wang (Harry Kim on Voyager), Ethan Phillips (Neelix on Voyager) and Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).

“It’s a very good film. True Star Trek fans will really enjoy it,” said Harrison. “This is a serious movie, not a parody. There are some light, humorous moments as is typical of all the Star Trek shows, but it’s a serious film.”

Fans expecting state-of-the-art special effects will be disappointed.

“It’s not a super high-budget film; it’s more fan based,” said Harrison. “There are special effects, but they are in line with what you saw on the TV series in the 1990s. But Star Trek stories have always really been about the characters and the situations. This film does both very well.”

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Brian Hamilton December 30, 2011 at 07:27 PM
However, the film will likely be streamed continuously (by Harrison) instead of needing to be downloaded in 3 parts--as the OGaM website requires. Also, interview with Tim Russ will be worthy viewing. Harrison's show is one of my favorites, no matter what the subject!
Michael Hinman December 31, 2011 at 04:07 AM
Well, let's clarify ... First, you don't need to "download" it from the official site. It can be streamed from there, and whether it's continuous or in three parts, I doubt that is going to make much of a difference. The fact remains the same -- this story is quite explicit that this movie is hard to come by, and acts as if having it streamed online is a rare treat. It's not. The film is not "rarely seen," it's widely available. That would be like saying I'm going to stream Piers Morgan's "rarely seen" second episode on CNN, even though you can get it on CNN.com. I haven't heard the interview, so I don't know what it will be like so you have an advantage on me there. I'm sure it is good ... but that's not the issue I had with this story. It's way the story was presented. Check out what FishbowlLA has said about this story ... http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlla/star-trek-gods-men-nichelle-nichols-walter-koenig_b49129
Michael Hinman December 31, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Hello, Mark! That was not my intention at all. The only "potshots" I took is at Patch, and that's a tough thing for me to do, because I have a LOT of friends that work for Patch, and I have done some work for them as well. And it's not a potshot ... it's a legitimate beef with the story and the way it was presented. No one is saying that the interview is not good, or that Mr. Harrison is not streaming the film. No one is even saying that Mr. Harrison is the source of the misleading aspect of this story. It's simple: The film is WIDELY available, and has been, online. That's all. This story, no matter where it was sourced, seems to indicate otherwise, and that is erroneous. And Mark, do some Google research yourself. I founded SyFy World in 1998, which became SyFy Portal in 2000 and rebranded itself Airlock Alpha in 2009 when I sold the name I created -- SyFy -- to NBC Universal. I've been around a very, very long time. Check out AirlockAlpha.com, and see the "zilch bylines." I don't appreciate your attack, especially on me. I am ONLY trying to point out some facts, and the only entity that doesn't look all that great is Patch at the moment, not Mr. Harrison. And really, all Patch needs to do is add a clarifying sentence, and if there is even a tiny shred of mud on their face, it would be wiped away.
Michael Hinman December 31, 2011 at 05:16 PM
And just so you know .. Airlock Alpha gets 40,000 visitors every day. It's not about promotion for me. I had no idea that a comment I would make on a story would get picked up by another site that is completely unrelated to me. What exactly am I self-promoting? I'm not involved in "Of Gods and Men." I've met Tim Russ once at a party thrown by Rod Roddenberry. That's it. I don't even know the guy, and he couldn't pick me out in a crowd of one with a gun to his head. All I did was pop in and correct what I thought was misleading. I hope your journalism mentor taught you that when a story is incorrect, or misleading, you correct it ... and check your ego at the door. I only intended for one comment here to clear up anything misleading for anyone reading the story. It wasn't to detract from what anyone was doing or streaming or interviewing. It was simply to make sure that people didn't think that "Of Gods and Men" was no longer available online, which it is. And hey, while I might be known online for entertainment journalism, I also spent nearly 20 years in newspaper too. So I'm not new to the game. So take your attacks elsewhere.
MarkD December 31, 2011 at 07:12 PM
Sorry, Michael, my experience with Patch posters has been that they are almost always trolls and almost always lying when making claims about themselves. Clearly I lumped you into that group without really checking.


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