Star Trek: Time Rogue [2000]

Star Trek: Time Rogue was VerTecX21's most ambitious and most successful project to date. It was a non-profit modification for Interplay's Star Trek: Starfleet Command video game released in 1999.

Starfleet Command was a Star Trek space vessel combat simulator based on the Starfleet Battles boardgame. Starfleet Command was set in the Motion Picture era of the Star Trek timeline but the game portion of Time Rogue modified many of the art assets and gameplay elements to include elements from Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.

Before production was complete on the game modification in December 1999, it was decided to create an elaborate and original intro movie to accompany the release to set the scene for what was intended for the mod and present the mod's credits at the same time.

The intro movie project took on a life of it's own and was crafted over a period of seven months. Co-written by Thomas Lee and John Vaughan and directed by Thomas Lee, the somewhat tongue-in-cheek Time Rogue intro movie starred James Dutton as the captain of the USS Exodus who sends a message back in time to Admiral Creedon [Ciarán Creedon], commander of the largest fleet of starships ever assembled, warning him of the imminent Borg attack!

Home PC video editing technology and software at the dawn of the new millennium was still in it's relative infancy so when looked at through 'modern' accustomed eyes 15 years later, the intro movie's flaws as a result are quite visible. Also as some of James Dutton's footage was lost and he was unavailable to reshoot it, his existing footage had to be 'repeated' for some of his scenes for which the ADR was completed leading to painfully obvious mismatches in his dialogue.

The intro movie for Star Trek: Time Rogue is presented here entirely unedited for the first time since it's original release.

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