Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Star Trek Beyond [STB] ended Season 4 [2007] in fantastic fashion by producing Episode 21, "Devil's Barter" which presented a crossover story line into the STNG timeline. The series creator was introduced to a group of Star Trek fan producers, Craig Murphy and Steve Emirzian, who worked under the then studio name, MEEZMEYER Productions.

Stonewater Productions began collaborating efforts with the Meezmeyer group in August of 2007 and began production in September of that year. The studio teams only met for a few minutes on the morning of September 12th, but once the principle shooting began, the team produced one of the best and only crossovers in fan production history at the time, presenting two different crews on one set. The Meezmeyer team brought their own uniforms and stage props for the shoot, while David Quintana [Director] provided the sets and the story.

The episode concerned the inadvertent arrival of the ASV PRECIPICE to a timeline almost 182 years within its own past, after an attack by the Borg in STB episode 12 "The Marble" which seemingly destroyed the ASV PRECIPICE and arrives in the STNG universe intact, but without its crew. The ship is then found by the crew of the USS PROVIDENCE, who immediately begin efforts to repair the ship and investigate into the mystery of its arrival.

David says what makes this episode truly special is that it leads right into the main plot for the MINOTAUR project which is currently still in production and entering story development for Season 2. At the time of production, David had wondered how the show would have looked like if he had decided to use the STNG uniforms in the series; especially after the introduction of Data's return in STB episode 18 "The Plight of Quest and the Marvels of Luck Within."

The MeezMeyer team seemed impressed with the set of Star Trek Beyond and the ease of production during the afternoon of shooting. At the time, David and his crew were unaware that the shoot for Episode 21 would be one of the last days of production for the series. But the shoot proved that the chemistry for working with other studios on the series was always a great potential.

Episode 21 ended with a tremendous viewing of 112,577 hits during the first week of its release, and now the episode has drawn more hits during its re-release on Facebook this week. David says that the footage for episode 21 will make a rare appearance in MINOTAUR to "kind of" tie both of the series together in a future episode.

David added that it's important for MINOTAUR to have a ton of reference material for fans to watch prior to watching the first few episodes of the new series, as MINOTAUR does reference several episodes from the STOS universe. Some fans have started speculating that MINOTAUR might have more of a "nostalgic quip" to lure die hard fans to follow the series.

The studio is currently preparing to release a special "Behind The Scenes" video that was produced at the end of the series run in 2008, which introduces the entire cast of STB and some funny video bloopers that occurred during production.

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Perhaps Paramount set up the recently released "new guidelines" to persuade  the large fan film genre to stop what their doing, to go pay and see how "professional Star Trek films" are actually made. Whatever the real case is, what Paramount has proven again is that they continue to miss the mark and deliver crap to the huge fan base of Trekkies world wide. The review is in and Paramount has a of re-thinking to do once this "crap bomb" hits the streets.

In my opinion, after stealing the title to our web series which has garnered a little following on Facebook, it has proven that the rebooted franchise is dying an early death with bad storytelling, bad acting, bad character development, and not giving anything for fans to fall in love with. The Star Trek universe is about a lot more than just fancy CGI effects and explosions...where's the real mystery, where's the excitement of the adventure, where are the voyages!?!

As MINOTAUR creeps into the fray of Internet exposure, there is the belief that the web series will deliver the type of stories and series format which fans will enjoy, but most importantly, come back to see time and time again. All the time waiting for the next episode take them on an extraordinary new journey; the voyage of adventure which fans haven't tasted in a long, long time.

In the long run the new Star Trek television series will launch next year, just a few months after MINOTAUR launches into life. As I am sure that there isn't going to be a contest about which one will get the top reviews over the other, I am sure that the taste for originality will be on the line for both of the series by Trekkies.

There is a real good reason that MINOTAUR has taken so long to get launched into the Internet universe...the failure of Paramount's Star Trek Beyond movie was one of them, the next will fall before the movie fans in due time, I am sure. Then, we will be ready to let the cat-out-of-the-bag.

Because in the end, MINOTAUR isn't just going to be just another "Star Trek fan production"...it's going to be FUCKING STAR TREK!

D. R. Quintana

Saturday, July 9, 2016


The studio released some new production stills to the series today! The first still showing a Borg Tactical Cube destroying a planet [presumably Earth] and another still with some unidentified crew members who might be observing the destruction of the planet above.

The series producer says that the production pushes forward with the series entering four completed episode territory and a large array of scenes and plots to keep studio fans happy with a web series that will deliver full on action, drama, and suspense in the first season. 

The series creator also says that most of the season one episodes run a little over 18 minutes in length and that each episode is a continuation of the previous episode up until halfway through the first season. The first three episodes are the actual series opener which was presented last April; that were cut into three segments for future Internet release.

Rumors have surfaced that the studio has acquired two "known names" into the cast of the series who are working along with the studio on a "volunteer basis" only; that much of that information will remain secret until the series is officially launched in the near future. The web series creator continues to claim that MINOTAUR will provide story arcs that have never before been previously seen or produced by any fan production, film, or on network television.

A new video trailer will launch at the end of summer that will lead to the preview of a release date.

Pamela Dorsey
Contributing Writer