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Star Trek III: Redemption is a fan-produced CGI film, produced by Brandon M. Bridges as a sequel to the film Star Trek II: Retribution and the final entry in the Specter series. Work on the new movie's plot began as early as March 8, 2012, and writing officially commenced on July 17, 2012. At least a preliminary plot outline seemed to have been completed as of July 24, 2012, as the first teaser trailer was posted on YouTube on that date. A post on 3DGladiators.com indicated that production had officially commenced on Friday, July 27, 2012, and a project thread appeared shortly thereafter. A second poster for Redemption was posted in the Retribution project thread the same day. The film's final scene was posted at 4:24 AM on Friday December 20th, 2013.
When a massive temporal disaster strikes, the year 2399 is left a devastated ruin with much of the Federation destroyed and Earth a volcanic wasteland. In a desperate bid to restore the present, Captain Kendra Ronston reunites with her fractured crew, and travels into the past to undo the damage. But waiting for her is the most sinister nemesis the Federation has ever known, and to stop him, she will have to enlist help from an unexpected source.
In late 2399, the USS F. Scott Fitzgerald is moored at the Starfleet Museum Annexe, the night before she is to be decommissioned. With the ship deserted and almost entirely powered down, Captain Kendra Ronston takes one last look around before disembarking herself.
After wandering through the ship, she finds herself in Ten Forward. After reminiscing alone for a few minutes, Renee Mitchell unexpectedly arrives, followed moments later by Dr. Falwell, Captain Hargrove, and Lesley Kal, who is now a civilian. After a tense moment between Kal and Mitchell--the two having parted ways years prior after a messy breakup--the planet below them suddenly begins to break up, and the five crewmembers are barely able to power up the engines in time to escape destruction themselves. Unable to raise Starfleet Command, they rush to Sector 001, only to find Earth a prehostoric and volcanic ruin devoid of life. As Ronston takes a shuttle down for a closer inspection, a ship from the Starfleet Corps of Engineers arrives, commanded by none other than Merv Ronston. Aboard the Fitzgerald, he explains that what happened in the Alphekka system and at Earth are just symptoms of a much larger problem, that space-time across the quadrant has been "fractured" somehow, and time distortions have devestated almost all of known space. Worse, the effect is spreading, and within five days the present will have been completely obliterated.
Captain Ronston sends him off to conduct a survey of the Federation and look for survivors, while she tracks the distortions to their source in the Vandor system. While investigating the remains of a laboratory on Vandor IV, Admiral Bradley Prentice and Dr. Braiyon Garr unexpectedly appear, having arrived by shuttlecraft hours earlier. Prentice agrees to join Ronston and assist in their efforts, while Mitchell makes a discovery of her own: DNA traces spread through the laboratory that are weeks old, which apparently belong to Dr. Braiyon Garr, and impossibly, also to the long-dead Captain Gaius Reyf, killed during a mission to Dominion space nearly two decades earlier.
Later, aboard the Fitzgerald, Garr reveals that the distortions in space and time were caused by a massive detonation of Omega particle energy, theorizing that if the explosion was somehow part of an effort to go back in time, it would amplify the molecule's destructive force and spread the devestating effects through time as well as space. Unfortunately, he lacks the scientific expertise to reverse the effect, and that even if he did, the only place to stop it would be at the focal point where it began in the first place--meaning they have to go back in time.
Ronston is able to locate a patch of stable space large enough to make the attempt, but getting to it requires crossing into Cardassian space, and even with the unfolding disaster, it's unlikely they would permit the Federation starship to cross their borders. With Prentice's help, the crew prepares to make the attempt, but when they enter Cardassian space they are immediately attacked by a trio of warships. Merv Ronston rescues them at the last minute, and despite taking severe damage during the battle, the Fitzgerald is able to successfully complete the time jump.
Reproducing the temporal energy surge, the crew finds themselves in the year 2378, all but crippled from battle with the Cardassians and made worse by the rough trip through time. With the replicator system inoperative, Mitchell finds herself unable to make repairs, as all of the ship's emergency parts and supplies had been transferred already due to the impending decommissioning. With less than two days of emergency life support remaining, a plan is hurriedly hatched to send an away team to the Fitzgerald of this time to obtain parts needed to make repairs. With the crippled Fitzgerald concealed inside the Azure Nebula, a team of five departs in a shuttlecraft, leaving Dr. Falwell and Commander Mitchell behind.
The away team boards the past version of the Fitzgerald, and set to work rerouting the ship's security systems to avoid detection. Although they are able to secure the supplies they need, Prentice accidentally sets off the intruder alert while trying to cover for Ronston, and the away team hastily falls back to the cargo bay. Garr is able to beam Hargrove, Kal, and the supplies off the ship, but before he can do likewise for himself, Ronston, and Prentice, Merv Ronston shuts down the transporters. Moments later, Lieutenant Erickson arrives with a security team, and quickly takes them to the brig. On the shuttle, over Kal's objections, Hargrove elects to return to the Azure Nebula so that Mitchell can begin repairs.
On this era's Fitzgerald, Captain Reyf discusses the situation with Lieutenant Erickson and Commander Prentice in his ready room, and over their objections he decides to meet with the intruders and hear what they have to say. They tell him about the disaster in the future, and Prentice recounts his own experiences in the alternate timeline, suggesting this may be their only chance to prevent both disasters from happening. Reyf is suspicious of their account at first, but becomes convinced when Garr reminds him about the role he played after Reyf lost his father at Wolf 359. At almost the exact moment, the transmission comes in from Mellis II advising of the visit by the Garr from this time frame. After discussing the situation with his senior staff, Reyf allows Garr and his away team to return to their own ship.
With repairs nearly complete, Ronston meets with Kal in her ready room and, impressed by her renewed professionalism and exemplary performance since the disaster began, offers her the opportunity to return to Starfleet. Before Kal can reply, Mitchell summons her to Engineering, reporting her readiness to reinitialize the main power systems. With Ronston and Prentice assisting, Mitchell is able to bring main power back on-line, and minutes later the Fitzgerald--once again operational and with a now-reinstated Kal at the helm--leaves the Azure Nebula, and sets course for the Alcawell Mineral Refinery.
At the station, history unfolds as it did originally: the Mark-I ISS Voyager appears, disables the shields around the space station, and then forces the inhabitants to evacuate. Once all the ships, shuttlecraft, and escape pods are out of sensor range, this era's Garr boards the station to retrieve the neutrino dampener, only to face Ronston, Prentice, and Hargrove inside the main airlock, all armed with large phaser rifles. A short time later, he meets with them along with his counterpart in the briefing room aboard his ship, and they tell him about their mission and ask for his help. Deeply skeptical--in large part due to the presence of his counterpart--Garr at first refuses their request, until his future counterpart tells him that Reyf will die.
With Garr's help secured, the away teams returns to the Fitzgerald, where their Garr shares what he discovered on this era's Fitzgerald: Drakus is dying, and soon. Prentice recalls that in the alternate timeline, he used a modified phaser to disable the Borg technology that had been sustaining him, and that absent a replacement in 2399, the only possible answer would be to return to a time when the Borg were still a presence in the Alpha Quadrant. This leads him to conclude that there's only one possible explanation: Drakus is going to go back to the year 2367, with the objective of boarding the Borg cube that invaded Federation space, and salvaging the technology he needs while the Borg are "asleep."
Planning to follow Drakus back to 2367, Garr assists with last-minute preparations, moments before his counterpart destroys the Alcawell station--precisely as he did before. Reminded that they're dealing with an unstable element with this era's Garr, Ronston orders the ship to warp speed, and both the Fitzgerald and the Mark-I ISS Voyager successfully complete a time jump to 2367.
Arriving safely in the year 2367, the crew is startled to discover that they are not alone: directly off their starboard beam is the USS F. Scott Fitzgerald, NCC-85107-A, from the year 2378. Prentice and Ronston angrily demand answers from Captain Reyf, who calmly explains that he wasn't about to let a crew of seven take on Drakus alone, and that if he really is responsible for Drakus' existence in the first place, the situation is partly his fault and he can't sit idly by and do nothing. Though angry that Reyf' intervention has caused them to arrive one month later than they were supposed to, Ronston relents and says she understands why he did what he did, and accepts his offer of help.
Scanning space, there is no sign of Drakus, until a beacon begins to transmit on a frequency that could only have come from 2399. Tracking it to its source, the Fitzgerald discovers a signal buoy floating in space, and a short time later the buoy begins to emit a powerful subspace signal and direct it towards the ship from 2399, activating one of the holodecks. Going to the holodeck, Ronston finds herself face-to-face with none other than Drakus himself--and even more startling is the message he brings: that all he wants is to live out his remaining days in peace, and that he's a changed man since he and Prentice last saw each other. With that, he disappears.
Later, the three crews confer via visual teleconference, and all agree that they can't trust Drakus or take him at his word, and that something more must be going on. When the Garr of 2378 hears Kal and Ronston discussing why the signal overloaded the ship's transceiver array, he realizes the signal is coming from the Beta Stromgren system--the self-same site where he first constructed the ISS Voyager. Reyf wants to go there immediately, but Ronston wants to avert the temporal disaster in the future first, so the three ships set course for the source of the disaster: Sector 411, the Beta Reticuli System.
The Mark-I ISS Voyager takes the lead while the starships Fitzgerald hang back, and seals what turns out to be a minor temporal fracture, before they continue on. Unknown to the others, in the process he collected the verteron particles he needs to run his temporal reactor, the real reason he had the other two ships remain out of range.
En route to Beta Stromgren, Drakus visits the Mark-I ISS Voyager in holographic form, and presents his younger self with a tempting offer: he has developed a process to restore damaged tissue to normal, but it won't work on his own physiology as he is "too far gone." He offers to use it to restore Garr's physiology to its original state, in exchange for his help in defeating "those that stand between me and what I want." Garr appears to consider his offer, and Drakus disappears.
A short time later, the ships arrive at Beta Stromgren, and make a chilling discovery: a modified Federation construction yard putting out inexplicable energy readings, which lights up as the Fitzgerald approaches to reveal a red-hulled ISS Voyager, which Kal dubs "the Mark-II." Drakus hails the 2399 Fitzgerald to gloat at their being too late to stop him, and as they watch the new ship powers up and launches from the yard. A fierce battle ensues, as the two starships Fitzgerald make a valiant effort to disable the Mark-II before it can escape. At first, Garr and the Mark-I ISS Voyager remain out of the fight, but seeing how badly Reyf and Ronston are overmatched and knowing they'll be killed without his help, he enters the fight against Drakus.
As he draws Drakus' fire away from the starships Fitzgerald, Reyf and Ronston swing around to take advantage of the Mark-II's one weak spot: its aft command processors. They manage to score a direct hit, but the impact sends the Mark-II careening into the Mark-I, which is disabled in the process. At the same instant as Drakus regains control of his listing ship, his warp engines come on-line. Enraged by his counterpart's betrayal, he destroys the disabled Mark-I, and then warps out of the system, leaving the two crippled starships Fitzgerald behind with the debris from the destroyed Mark-I.
After the Mark-II departs, Prentice locates a single intact escape pod among the Voyager debris. Kal detects one life sign aboard, faint but alive, and Ronston orders it beamed to sickbay. A recovering Garr demands to know why she didn't tell him their foe was a version of him from an alternate future; admitting that she made a mistake in not telling him, Ronston pledges full disclosure from that point on.
Having discovered that the construction yard they found is actually a replicator, which Prentice dubs "the starship replicator," Ronston decides to use it to expedite repairs. Knowing they have only one more opportunity to stop Drakus--when the Borg cube reaches Earth, only to be disabled by the Enterprise--Ronston insists that this time they must be ready. With no time to lose, the crews immediately begin repairs and retrofits, and the ships are again made ready for action--just in time for the Battle of Wolf 359. On her bridge, Kendra Ronston listens to the comm chatter from the battle, and when Kal announces that all the Federation power signatures from the battle site have ceased, she looks stricken. Barely able to maintain her composure long enough, she orders a course set for the Wolf system as soon as the Borg ship departs, and then leaves the bridge. Prentice explains that Ronston made the decision not to intervene with the battle, despite the fact that the two starships Fitzgerald combined possessed more than enough firepower to disable or even destroy a Borg cube of this era--and feels as though the decision was tantamount to killing all 11,000 plus herself. Meanwhile, Reyf returns to his own ship, to grieve the loss of his father for the second time.
En route to the Wolf system, Reyf receives an unexpected visitor in his quarters: his counterpart from the future. Some time later, he boards the other Fitzgerald, but with Ronston unavailable, he speaks with Prentice instead, revealing his belief that the admiral is questioning his allegiance to Drakus. Hargrove pointedly questions why his counterpart would "sell his soul to a devil like Drakus," and Reyf reveals that in return for his assistance, Drakus promised to rescue his father from the Goodson just before it was destroyed. Prentice acknowledges that from his perspective, it might be worth it: get his father back, then stop Drakus at some later date. Just then, the call comes in that the Fitzgerald has reached the Wolf system.
Prentice returns to the bridge, and a visibly broken Ronston arrives a moment later, escorted by Dr. Falwell. Ronston watches on the viewscreen as the Fitzgerald flies through the Wolf 359 debris field, and after a few minutes Kal asks to speak. She gives a stirring speech, and the other bridge officers remind Ronston that the mission isn't over yet and they still need her. When even the Garr from 2378 agrees, Ronston resumes command, and the ship sets course for Sector 001...where the Borg have already arrived.
As the Borg ship approaches Earth, the Fitzgerald and its counterpart arrive on the outskirts of Sector 001. Reyf elects to join Ronston and her ship, while his Fitzgerald moves off to monitor the situation from a distance and render aid if required. All preparations made, Ronston sets course for Earth, and they quickly catch up with the Borg vessel. Kal quickly locates the Mark-II, powered down and secured via magnetic grapple to the hull of the Borg cube, on the far side from the Enterprise-D. As the Fitzgerald closes in, the Borg attempt to lock on with their tractor beam; despite efforts by both Garrs, the shields fail and the Borg lock on. They activate a cutting beam and begin slicing into the secondary hull, disabling the ship's propulsion systems in the process, before the Borg ship abruptly shuts down. Kal immediately reads two transports from the Mark-II aboard the Borg cube and tracks the coordinates. While Mitchell assesses the damage, Ronston leads an away team consisting of herself, Hargrove, Reyf, and both versions of Dr. Garr, all armed with specially adapted phaser rifles, aboard the Borg ship.
Returning to 2399, Ronston and her crew discover that 2399 is back to normal, not a trace of temporal damage. More importantly, when the shuttle re-enters normal space, directly before them is the USS Wehmann--the ship belonging to Merv Ronston. Along with space and time, Merv was restored as well. On board, Kendra tearfully reunites with him, and together they all return to Earth.
Recording a log entry, Ronston remarks that it was surprisingly easy to convince Admiral Thornton that her experiences were genuine. She also notes that she put her entire crew in for commendations, particularly Lesley Kal. After some deliberation, Starfleet agreed to reinstate Kal's commission--but not as a lieutenant commander. Ronston notes that Kal will have to work her way up from the rank of lieutenant, but that she can do so with the help of her friends.
A short time later, a shuttle is taking Ronston to her new command, ultimately revealed to be the new Sovereign-class USS F. Scott Fitzgerald, NCC-85107-B. On board, Ronston is reunited with her entire crew, including Admiral Prentice, noting that Garr and Kristie are also present. Prentice points out that Admiral Reyf is also present, the past having been changed so that he is still alive. Surrounded by her friends and colleagues, Ronston formally assumes command of the new ship, and sets course for the unexplored mass of the galaxy.
In 2378, Gaius Reyf concludes a conversation with Kendra Erickson about their vision of the future, and in his quarters, sits at his desk, and asks the computer to play a particular music file. Garr's favorite folk melody begins to play, and Reyf begins to smile, finding at last that comforting element to the music that his late friend had always tried to tell him about.
"Ronston to Mitchell, we need impulse power now!"
"Already on it!"
"Why is it taking so long?"
"The ship was about to be decommissioned, we weren't expecting to have to start them up again!"
- -Kendra Ronston and Renee Mitchell, during the escape from Alphekka
"This situation is getting stranger by the minute, and I'm not sure I like what all the pieces of this puzzle are adding up to."
- -Jennifer Hargrove
"We'd thought he was dead twice before that, and turns out we were wrong."
- -Adm. Bradley Prentice and Dr. Braiyon Garr, discussing Drakus in the alternate timeline
It has been stated that most of the principal cast from the previous film will return, and that of those, most will be seen alongside their past counterparts from 2378. It has also been stated that at least three different versions of Dr. Garr will appear, presumably the alternate version of him seen at the end of Retribution, the original version in 2378, as well as Drakus, who will play the role of the film's villain.
- Captain Kendra Ronston. Commanding officer, USS F. Scott Fitzgerald. In the film's opening scenes, she is shown packing up the last of her personal effects prior to the decommissioning of the ship. When the temporal disaster strikes, she resumes her post and takes the Fitzgerald into space one last time to combat the phenomenon.
- Admiral Bradley Prentice. Starfleet flag officer. Crossed paths with Dr. Braiyon Garr after the space-time continuum shattered in 2399, and was with him at Vandor IV investigating the source of the disaster when they encountered the Fitzgerald away team. Prentice acts as an expert in the alternate timeline seen in Retribution throughout the film, and thus an expert on Drakus. Despite his rank, his role remains advisory rather than supervisory aboard the Fitzgerald.
- Captain Jennifer Hargrove. Boarded the Fitzgerald for one last look around prior to its decommissioning, then assumed role as Captain Ronston's acting first officer following the temporal disaster.
- Commander Renee Mitchell. Boarded the Fitzgerald for one last look around prior to its decommissioning, then resumed her previous post as chief engineer of the Fitzgerald following the temporal disaster. At the start of the film, she and Kal are shown to longer be on intimate terms as seen in Retribution; throughout the story they slowly repair their relationship.
- Dr. Elizabeth Falwell. Chief medical officer of the Fitzgerald. Accompanied Hargrove and Kal to the ship for a final visit prior to its decommissioning, and remained aboard following the temporal disaster. In addition to her medical duties, Falwell became de facto ship's counselor and helped several of her colleagues cope with the difficulties of the situation they faced.
- Lesley Kal. Former Starfleet lieutenant commander, boarded the Fitzgerald with Dr. Elizabeth Falwell and Captain Hargrove for one last look around, and remained aboard to assist the crew with their investigation. No longer a member of Starfleet, she is later revealed to have left the Fitzgerald following an unknown incident involving Commander Mitchell and a serious falling-out with then-Commander Ronston. Shortly after leaving the Fitzgerald, she entered a self-destructive spiral, and if not for Ronston's intervention, would have landed herself in serious trouble on several planets. Over the course of Redemption she slowly repairs her relationship with Mitchell, and impresses Ronston sufficiently for her to offer her a privisional reinstatement of her commission. On returning to 2399, Starfleet does formally restore her commission, but only to the rank of lieutenant.
- Dr. Braiyon Garr (2399). Highly placed Starfleet science officer. His wife was killed when the temporal disaster struck in 2399, and enlisted the aid of first Admiral Bradley Prentice, and later Kendra Ronston and her crew, to undo the damage.
- Dr. Braiyon Garr (2378). Former Starfleet Intelligence operative and member of Section 31.
- Drakus. Warlord from an alternate history, whose trip back in time at the start of the film seemingly triggers the temporal disaster across the galaxy. Not seen for most of the film, Drakus' ultimate objective is revealed to be obtaining technology from the Borg cube that invaded Sector 001 in the year 2367, to restore his physiology to a fully functional state. Although he is successful in reaching the cube, he is killed by the counterpart of Gaius Reyf.
- The "This station under computer control" LCARS graphics on the consoles on the 2399 Fitzgerald are inspired by similar graphics seen in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
- Garr mentions that the Fitzgerald has 47 decks, opposed to the 42 on a standard Galaxy-class starship
- Vandor IV was the site of the Manheim experiments in the TNG episode "We'll Always Have Paris."
- In one scene in 2378, the holoprogram Reyf and Falwell are discussing is a recreation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein."
- The interior ambient of the Borg cube is actually the corridor ambience of the original Enterprise, reduced in speed by 50%
- The cargo bay and transporter used by the away team to transport back to their shuttle reflects the layout seen in TNG's first season, in the episode "Datalore."
- The requirement that the Fitzgerald accelerate to warp 8.8 to travel in time is a nod to the Back to the Future trilogy, which required the time vehicle to reach a velocity of 88 miles per hour. Later in the film, Garr says, "You're not thinking fourth-dimensionally!", and in a later scene, Mitchell references a "flux capacitor."
- The layout of Main Engineering on the 2399 Fitzgerald reflects a layout seen in one of the alternate universes seen in the TNG episode "Parallels," with the master systems display table (or "pool table") set alongside the warp core rather than in the main area. The set also features the large metal frame seen in TNG's "Booby Trap" and "Parallels," and in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
- The warp core on the 2399 Fitzgerald pulses in exactly the same way as the new warp core did in the TNG episode "Phantasms."
- In the remastered version of Redemption, the two tall LCARS columns in Main Engineering (both in 2378 and 2399) show the correct graphics, as opposed to recycled graphics from "Future Imperfect." The column graphics were obtained from HD screencaps from "Remember Me" (the tall column in the main room, opposite the chief engineer's office), and from "Lonely Among Us" (the tall column in the back of the chief engineer's office), respectively.
- The graphic seen as Kal is accessing the command systems is almost identical to one seen in the TNG episode "Brothers."
- In 2378, when Commander Prentice calls for intruder alert, Lieutenant Erickson follows the intruder (Admiral Prentice from the future) into a corridor, and is seen entering from the alcove opposite the blind corridor leading to the transporter room. Given the layout of the original Stage 8 complex, this is accurate, as a hidden door (never seen on screen) in the back of the chief engineer's office does indeed lead to that part of the corridor set.
- Lt. Erickson's tactic to use thermal sensors to locate the intruders is reminiscent of Worf's method in the TNG episode "The Game."
- When the beacon left by Drakus activates and begins broadcasting, the sound effect is that of an Imperial Probe Droid from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
As its name implies, Redemption's primary motif centers around the notion of redemption; that is, restoring something damaged to its proper state, or better.
The film opens with images of a horrific temporal disaster, which has ripped apart the space-time continuum in 2399 and reduced Earth to a prehistoric volcanic wasteland. Thus, the film's A-plot centers around the crew's efforts to undo the damage and restore the future. A more subtle plot point centers around the Fitzgerald itself--at the start of the film, Ronston reveals that the ship is about to be decommissioned. A later conversation with Prentice further reveals that the ship will then be "made into a museum piece," which Ronston's tone implies to be a less than fitting end. The events depicted in the story, then, progress in such a way as to give the old ship a more proper sendoff.
The character arcs likewise share this theme, interspersed with the theme of friendship. In the opening scenes of the film, as Ronston takes one last look around before disembarking, Mitchell appears, and the two spend a few minutes reminiscing--until Mitchell mentions Lesley Kal, with whom she was shown to be in a happy relationship at the end of Retribution. Ronston then notes that none of the crew have had much luck with relationships, including her own attempts with Prentice. Moments later, when Kal appears, she and Mitchell don't speak to each other and can barely even look at each other. As the film progresses, their relationship gradually improves, until Mitchell reveals the depth of her feelings to Garr--not knowing Kal is standing in the open doorway and can hear her. This returns their relationship to equilibrium, and the two embrace.
Kal has her own story arc. In the opening scenes when she visits the ship, she alone is shown not wearing a Starfleet uniform, instead donning blue lipstick and a leather outfit reminiscent of an old-style flight suit. It's revealed that she is no longer in Starfleet, and that whatever caused her relationship with Mitchell to disintegrate also destroyed her Starfleet career, after which she fell into a self-destructive spiral and wanted nothing further to do with duty or responsibility. In a conversation with Ronston, Hargrove bluntly tells her not to trust Kal, but Ronston insists on giving her a chance to prove herself. Then, when the temporal disaster happens, Kal has accompanied Falwell and Hargrove to the Fitzgerald, and finds herself pressed back into her former position as operations officer. As the story progresses, Kal slowly regains the trust and respect of her crewmates--including Hargrove--and near the middle of the film, Ronston even reinstates her Starfleet commission in recognition for her continued service.
Another, similar story arc centers around the version of Dr. Garr from 2378, nicknamed "Dark Garr." When Ronston and her crew first meet him, he displays all the traits he exhibited in Specter--arrogance, callousness, smugness, and above all cold determination to complete his own mission. However, as soon as he learns that in Ronston's timeline, Gaius Reyf was killed in one of the last skirmishes of the Dominion War, he agrees to join their mission so as to prevent Reyf's death. As the story progresses, he shows increasing signs of regaining his humanity. Following an offer from Drakus to help restore his damaged physiology, Dark Garr decides the price is too high, and sides with Ronston and his era's Reyf, joining a fierce attack against the Mark-II ISS Voyager, even losing his own ship in the process. Later, he even summons his future counterpart to make peace between them. Though the other Garr is initially skeptical, in light of his counterpart's heroism, he agrees to keep an open mind.
Kendra Ronston's relationships also play a significant role in the story. Early in the first act, she meets up with ex-husband Merv Ronston over the volcanic Earth, and is less than kind in her dealings with him, at one point openly criticizing his attempts to patch things up with her as poorly timed and bluntly asserting her authority, sending him on a survey mission while she attempts to learn the cause of the temporal disaster. Later, when the Fitzgerald is forced to cross into Cardassian territory, it comes under attack from three Cardassian warships and is nearly destroyed--until Merv Ronston arrives, and distracts the Cardassians long enough to allow Kendra to complete her mission, losing his life in the bargain. Kendra is later shown to be devestated by this, and when her younger self asks if her Merv is "worth it," she immediately responds that he is. Later, when the Merv Ronston of 2378 visits her in her ready room, Kendra nearly breaks into tears, and makes him promise her that no matter what happens, he will not turn his back on her younger self. Given how hard-edged she is shown through most of the film, this was received by viewers as a particularly powerful moment for her.
It was also established at the end of Retribution that Admiral Reyf--from the alternate timeline seen in that film--had thrown his lot in with Drakus and was helping him, and is on the bridge of the Mark II ISS Voyager when it launches, serving as first officer and tactical officer while Drakus pilots the ship. After the Mark II fails to overpower either the Mark I or either version of the Fitzgerald, Drakus becomes suspicious of Reyf's motives. When the admiral visits his younger self via hologram, the younger Reyf reveals that he is questioning his allegiance, and that his reasoning for helping Drakus to start with was the promise that his father would be rescued before the Borg could destroy it at Wolf 359.
In addition to the theme of redemption, friendship plays a critical role in the advancement of the story. Early in the mission, Ronston points out that for the first time in her career, she's leading a fractured crew that isn't a cohesive whole, and that frightens her even more than the outside threats they face. Falwell tells her that the best thing to do is try to unite the crew behind something inspirational, becoming de facto ship's counselor in the process. Falwell continues to play this role throughout the film, offering a caring ear and support whenever she can. At one point, while the majority of the crew is aboard the counterpart Fitzgerald, she encourages Renee Mitchell to sleep on one of her biobeds when she realizes the engineer is afraid of being alone.
Moreover, later in the film, after Dr. Garr becomes depressed after visiting the counterpart Fitzgerald and seeing Reyf alive after so many years, Prentice sends Kal to speak to him and try to get him back to work, knowing she's faced her own share of personal demons. She does, and Garr does indeed return to work, and when he takes proposed shield modifications to Mitchell, he realizes she's upset about something, and gets her to tell him about the problem, inadvertantly allowing Kal to overhear.
This is an especially important plot point because of the amount of backstory it has. Earlier in the film, Ronston had a heart-to-heart conversation with Kal about helping keep her out of trouble after she left Starfleet. Kal is visibly moved, but later Ronston has a similar conversation with the 2378 Reyf in his ready room after he follows them back in time. In that exchange, Reyf comments, "I couldn't let you face this alone," referring to Ronston's mission to find Drakus and eliminate him once and for all. In effect, this scene reveals that Reyf taught his crew good morals, particularly regarding friendship and the importance of helping others. In turn, Kendra Ronston taught the same lesson to Kal, who in turn taught it to Garr. Perhaps most critically of all, Reyf understands the importance of friendship and the support that comes with it due to Garr having helped him grieve and recover after the loss of his father.
Later, after the crew of the 2399 Fitzgerald listen to the Battle of Wolf 359 on Starfleet's comm channels, Kendra Ronston herself becomes depressed, knowing she's allowed over 11,000 innocent people to perish. Falwell's best efforts yield no results, as she indicates to Prentice as she leaves Ronston's quarters. When she later returns to the bridge, the rest of her crew--including Reyf--remind her that they're stronger as a team and that they need her. Even Dark Garr agrees, and the collective insistence is enough to pull Ronston out of her depression, and she resumes command from Prentice just in time to set course for Sector 001 to intercept the Borg cube.
DedicationEditLike the first film, Star Trek III: Redemption begins with a "For Kristie" dedication.
Unlike the previous films, Redemption makes very little of the name. A character named after the individual briefly appeared at the end of Retribution, and appears in two scenes in Redemption, first on the bridge of the Fitzgerald-B as Ronston assumes command, and then in a post-credits flashback. As portrayed in this film, Kristie appears as a tall, muscular blonde woman, and in the scene in 2399, is shown wearing a Starfleet combadge, though not a uniform. Unlike the previous films however, Redemption ends with a second dedication and a photo, which was also seen very briefly
ProductionEditProduction of Redemption formally began on Friday, July 27, 2012. A new trailer was posted that featured several clips from Specter, newly re-rendered and sporting visual effects not seen in the original film, including what appeared to be a lensflare similar to that seen in Star Trek XI, seeming to indicate that this would be the new visual style for Redemption. Production notes indicated that a new version of the Deep Space Nine station would appear, the version by Jörg Gerlach replacing the original Dave Charnow version.
Like Specter and Retribution before it, Redemption is to be produced as though it were a live-action film, rather than a CGI production. Unlike the remastered versions of episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series or principal effects shots from Star Trek: Enterprise, CG effects shots are very restrained in terms of camera motion, and interior shots continue to utilize depth-of-field and other effects to mimic traits of practical productions. Thus far, Redemption has offered more animated shots of its various elaborate sets than either of its two predecessors, using simplified lighting setups for low-light scenes to decrease render times.
On Saturday, September 22, 2012, the final scene of Act I was posted (Scene 15, "Sector 113"), and it was announced that there would be a production stopdown to correct some errors and inconsistencies seen during Act I, most notably glitches with the uniforms and with the presence/absence of characters' eyebrows from one shot to the next.
Re-Use of Material from Star Trek: SpecterEdit
All of the production material from the first film remained archived during production of Retribution and, later, that of Redemption. For those scenes of Redemption set in 2378, wherever possible material from Specter was re-used to speed production of those scenes. In most cases, the original material was re-used without alteration, including shots of the original bridge and engineering sets, which continued to use static console displays instead of the video monitors introduced in Retribution. The set briefly seen as Lieutenant Erickson's quarters was originally constructed during the Specter production cycle for an unproduced scene near the middle of the film; after that scene was initially cut the set was to be seen as part of the epilogue, but that was ultimately replaced with the scene in Ten-Forward. During the second time-travel sequence, Garr appears to relive the circumstances of his life, expressed through stock clips seen in Specter shown in reverse chronological order to demonstrate the act of going back through time--all the clips in question were re-used from Specter without alteration.
The original character models for the Fitzgerald crew were also re-used, also mostly without modification. The only change made was to correct an error with the characters' eye color--during Specter, only Reyf was intended to have brown eyes, while Prentice was intended to have blue and Merv Ronston to have green, however production errors resulted in all the characters having dark brown eyes at several points. Those mistakes were corrected for their appearances in Redemption.
Other pieces of archived material saw significant updates for their appearances in Redemption. Near the end of the film's second act, the Fitzgerald crew moves to intercept the ISS Voyager during its raid on the Alcawell Refinery, shown during Specter. A portion of the original scene--complete with Electrasy's Cosmic Castaway--is re-used, however all the visuals were completely re-rendered to match the visual style of Redemption, and the sound effects mix was completely updated to include weapon sound effects from Babylon 5. Several all-new shots also appear in that segment alongside the originals, including during the evacuation sequence--which boasts a new shot of shuttlecraft and escape pods flying out of a launch bay--as well as the shots of the ISS Voyager approaching the station. Also, what in Specter was a static shot of Voyager in the docking bay has been replaced with an animated camera pass.
Star Trek III RemasteredEdit
In a Facebook post, Bridges indicated that the remastering process for Redemption was ongoing, and that more significant changes were in the works. Among them was a new bridge for scenes in 2378, with a darker color scheme and harsher lighting, similar to the bridge from "Star Trek: Generations."
The absence of LCARS monitors on the workstations in the initial render suggested that the final set will include animated screens as Retribution and Redemption did.
On Thursday, March 7, 2013, it was announced via Facebook post that Scene 61--"Cemetery of Dead Ships / Kendra's Back"--would be the final segment of Redemption posted before production went on hiatus. Bridges indicated that like a similar hiatus during the production of Retribution, this would be due to a deployment to Afghanistan, and production would resume once that deployment was completed.
On Sunday, September 1, 2013, the first of a new series of video tests appeared on YouTube, indicating at least a limited resumption of production. In response to viewer inquiry, Bridges commented that he wasn't "quite back yet," and that the clips represented only some "tinkering around" with ideas from the written conclusion of Redemption.
The new clips all appeared to be from the film's final scenes and contained several spoilers from the film's ending:
- Volga-class shuttle returning to 2399, discovering the USS Wehmann waiting for it (the Wehmann was last seen early in the film, its commander Merv Ronston sacrificing himself along with his ship and crew to buy the Fitzgerald enough time to reach warp 8.8)
- the Wehmann arriving at the 2399 Earth, restored to normal
- the Sovereign-class USS F. Scott Fitzgerald NCC-85107-B accelerating to warp speed, followed by a dissolve to the F. Scott Fitzgerald NCC-85107-A, presumably back in 2378
- Gaius Reyf listening to the theme music from Garr's Price is Right holodeck program in his quarters, before the image dissolves to an exterior shot of the FItzgerald moving off, just as the end credits roll
On Monday, November 18, 2013, Bridges announced via YouTube comment that production of Redemption would resume within two weeks, and that he anticipated completing the film before the end of the year as originally planned. The first new segment was posted two weeks later, on Monday, December 2, 2013.
Midway through production, rumors began to circulate regarding whether Redemption would be followed by a sequel. Bridges was unequivocal in declaring that Redemption would be the definitive conclusion of the Specter trilogy and that it would be his final Star Trek film outing, adding that the ending of the third film would close out the trilogy in "a very fitting" manner.
Script notes indicated that at least at one point, either a fourth film or a spinoff episode was planned. Only a few details of the aborted script were made available:
- The untitled two-part episode follows Reyf and his crew in the "corrected" timeline seen at the end of Redemption
- In similar fashion to "All Good Things" (TNG), a massive space-time disruption mysteriously appears in Sector 411, in the Beta Reticuli system
- The visual effect for the anomaly would be a re-use of the temporal fracture seen in Redemption
- The plot would involve a ship from the future (post-2399), implied by concept art to be played by Mark Kingsnorth's Ascension-class, commanded by an aged Kendra Ronston
- The final words of the first part would be "He's coming" (exactly who "he" was meant to be was never made clear; it can be assumed that this refers to Drakus)
- At the conclusion of the second part, the Fitzgerald is struck and damaged by an emission from the anomaly, similar to the Enterprise-B's encounter with the Nexus energy ribbon in Star Trek Generations, resulting in Captain Reyf becoming unstuck in time; this was to have set up a multi-episode arc involving his recovery
Shortly after Act III began production, rumors began to spread regarding possible endings for Redemption. Myriad predictions had already circulated on YouTube, but fueling speculation was a request made via TrekMeshes for a Sovereign-class texture set featuring the registry name and number of the Fitzgerald. A short time later, a modified version of Paul Trenkler's Sovereign-class mesh was made available at Trekmeshes.ch featuring custom-made registry, confirming that future plans for Redemption somehow involve a Sovereign-class USS F. Scott Fitzgerald. No additional details were immediately available concerning the new ship's involvement, though original script notes from Specter archived at Scifi-Meshes.com indicated that at one point, the Fitzgerald was to be a Sovereign-class vessel rather than a Galaxy-class refit.
On Friday, January 4, 2013, the first details of Redemption's finale emerged via YouTube in response to a viewer inquiry. In response to a question regarding whether the finish would result in the destruction of the 2399 Fitzgerald, the producer confirmed that while the ship would in fact be destroyed, Captain Ronston and her crew would all survive, and in fact would return to 2399.
The ending as produced keeps largely to the expected outline. When the Fitzgerald intercepts the Borg cube at Earth, the ship is damaged by a Borg assault similar to that seen in "The Best of Both Worlds." While Ronston leads an away team into the cube for a final confrontation with Drakus, Mitchell reports the damage has disabled the ship's propulsion systems and can't be repaired in time to escape the Borg cube's self-destruct sequence. On the cube, Drakus is protected by a forcefield but is shot from behind by Admiral Reyf, who prepares to join Ronston and her crew before being shot and fatally wounded by Drakus. Combined weapons fire from Ronston, Reyf, and Hargrove incinerates Drakus, destroying him for good. While Reyf pauses to speculate on the life his double would've lived in 2399, the younger Dr. Garr from 2378 reactivates Drakus' forcefield generator and refuses to go back with Ronston, believing that no matter what happens there will always be a chance he'd turn into Drakus, a possibility he can't live with. Despite an emotional plea from Reyf, Garr refuses to relent, and Ronston is forced to beam back to the Fitzgerald without him.
As Captain Reyf's Fitzgerald from 2378 races to rescue the 2399 officers, they take refuge in a shuttlecraft and move to intercept the other Fitzgerald. Ensign Kal is able to modify the transporters to transport the moving shuttlecraft aboard, and seconds before the Borg cube explodes, she is able to rescue the shuttle, and the Fitzgerald escapes to warp. Returning all involved to their own times, Ronston finds herself in command of a new Sovereign-class USS F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gaius Reyf alive, Garr and Kristie reunited, and everything back to normal in 2399.
A post-credits scene explains how the various timelines apparently resolved, since clues are given throughout the film that by its conclusion the Prime timeline seen at the beginning of Specter and the one seen in Redemption are one and the same. In the year 2369, just after Garr accepts the assignment to Starfleet Intelligence, he is visited by Kristie, and as she leaves, she is met by an ensign bearing a message seemingly received eight months prior (the approximate time frame of the events seen in the film's final act), coded for Kristie's eyes only and with instructions to deliver it to that time and place. After the ensign leaves, Kristie plays back the message, only to see a recording of Dr. Garr apparently made aboard the Mark-I ISS Voyager prior to its destruction, who wants to talk to her about "the future." The final shot of the film depicts the Fitzgerald approaching an untouched and pristine Earth.
Shortly after the first full cut of Redemption was posted, Bridges indicated that additional post-production work would be done on the completed film before it was officially finalized. The full cut posted already boasted several improvements, including a new bridge set and higher-quality renders of the characters; the initial cut of Redemption had been rendered using Poser's "preview" settings, while in the full cut the bulk of the first act looked to have been re-rendered using the Poser FireFly engine. The differences were especially noticeable thanks to the 2399 uniforms, which gained shine effects and detailed bump mapping on the collars.
In addition to updating the sets and re-rendering the character animations at higher resolutions, several scenes were revised from their initial versions. The first such scene as Scene 16B, the initial time jump back to 2378; the revision replaced David Fang's cover of "Hope Lives Again (Arkology Theme)" with the original version by Matthew McCauley, but was otherwise indistinguishable from the initial version. Next was Scene 58B, "The Battle of Beta Stromgren," which saw significant changes and improvements from the original version; to date several revisions have been posted to YouTube, with the latest sporting "Borg Attack" (from the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Renegeration"), as well as a number of new visual effects shots.
Bridges has indicated that unlike Specter and Retribution, whose post-production processes were partial and abbreviated, Redemption would be completely remastered over time, and that in its final form Redemption would be "as close to perfect as possible."
Shortly after production of the film wrapped, Bridges released a new featurette exploring the history of the trilogy and various aspects of its making, as well as anecdotes about the effort. The featurette was divided into a number of distinct segments, and ran for approximately a half an hour in length. In addition to clips from the three films, the featurette also included hitherto-unseen archive footage from the first version of Specter, depicting a very different plot structure and far more primitive sets.
The featurette was hosted by Bridges himself, in the style of an interview to an unseen individual off-camera. Tellingly, his suit included several U.S. military insignia, including a battalion crest on one lapel and an Afghanistan pin on the other. Production of both Retribution and later Redemption were interrupted by deployments to Afghanistan.
Unlike the preceding two films, when Redemption commenced production, no real effort was made to solicit story feedback from viewers. Scifi-Meshes.com--whose membership had played an integral role in the creative process for the first film and most of the second--appeared to be uninvolved with Redemption, and the project thread on 3DGladiators.com seemed less collaborative and more presentational. Bridges has been largely silent on the matter, except for a single comment via Facebook that after what happened with Scifi-Meshes.com towards the end of Retribution's production cycle, input on the story from viewers--while still welcome--would be strictly controlled, and that he was no longer affiliated with SFM. A subsequent post on 3DGladiators.com on another topic confirmed the latter sentiment.
Midway through production, notes emerged detailing several scenes which had been deleted before being made. Most were brief character moments involving Lesley Kal, both the 2378 and 2399 versions, however those were dropped due to pacing concerns. A full scene between Captain Ronston and Admiral Prentice aboard the shuttle while waiting for word from the away team was also scrapped; that conversation would have shown them discussing the failed relationship that Ronston alluded to at the beginning of the film. It too was dropped over concerns about pacing, fearing too much time had already been spent on the Kal-Mitchell love story, and the Ronston-Prentice arc could be developed later in the production.
Script notes also show a major aspect of the time travel/alternate history plot was dropped. According to the notes, at some point, the 2399 and 2378 crews would have compared notes on their respective histories, discovering that in the original history Dr. Garr created a number of holoprograms while at Starfleet Academy, while in the revised history he did not, and that difference would be explained by Reyf never having lost his father and therefore never needing Garr's help to recover, a difference further attributable to the unseen presence of the ISS Voyager at the Battle of Wolf 359 in 2367. In Specter, Garr had offered to take Reyf to that time and place to save his father, as he had been believed killed when the Borg destroyed his ship--however, in the alternate history created at the end of Specter, the ISS Voyager would have destroyed the Goodson before the Borg could, ensuring Thomas Reyf's death as the first act of Drakus' revenge. Understandably, this plot arc was dropped for fear of making the story too complicated for casual viewers.
Additional notes concerning the climax of Redemption indicated that at one point, the Fitzgerald was to undergo saucer separation, however that plot aspect was scrapped when a model of the Galaxy-class dreadnought could not be located that could properly separate.
A deleted scene taking place just before the fleet arrives at the Beta Reticuli system was to have featured Dark Garr visiting Ronston via hologram in her ready room, to ask for her insights on his lost humanity. This would have set up Dark Garr's arc for the remainder of the film; several references to this scene remained in the final film, especially the fact that from that point forward Ronston seems to take a softer hand with him.
In response to inquiries from Star Trek Reviewed and other volunteer groups seeking to contribute voiceovers to Retribution following its completion, Bridges issued a strongly-worded statement discouraging such requests, adding that voiceover casting calls would not be issued until Redemption was completed, if even then, as no final decision had yet been made regarding a voice cast. A request by a fan audio group to do their own dub independently was also denied, Bridges justifying the decision by expressing discomfort with having potentially multiple versions of Redemption on the Web, emphatically stating that no fan dubs conducted in this manner would be honored if and when a casting call occurred.
Shortly following the completion of the first full draft of Redemption, Bridges stated in a YouTube comment that due to the outcome of the first casting call for Specter, no voice casting would be carried out for it, Retribution, or Redemption, and that the versions using his temp tracks would be the final and definitive versions.
Initial reaction to Redemption was overwhelmingly positive, with early scenes generating far more hits than the final scenes of Retribution. Viewers reacted strongly to the destruction of Alphekka IV and to the chilling views of the devestated Earth, as well as the new and underlying friction between the crew.
Early scenes suggested the dynamic would be very different among the principal cast than it has been in the previous two films, and that in addition to the overarching sci-fi plot, a significant subplot would be the different crewmembers attempting to resolve their differences.
Viewers continued to respond positively through the completion of Act I and well into Act II, with many commenting that the production felt like "an old-fashioned Star Trek episode." Viewers have credited the small character moments--in particular the scenes with Dr. Falwell--as some of the best elements of the film.
Reaction to Redemption remained largely positive during and after production, with viewers consistently referring to the third film as "epic," and a fitting conclusion to the trilogy. Like its predecessors, Redemption received high praise for its faithful depiction of the Gene Roddenberry universe and its ideals for humanity, in particular the role of teamwork in solving the galaxy's problems. Unlike in Retribution, the divisions between the crew are believable, as is the ultimate resolution of those conflicts. Viewers also responded very positively to the arc involving Captain Ronston's decision to allow Wolf 359 to happen, particularly her emotional breakdown in its aftermath. Above all, fans praised the story's dedication to quality, the depth of the characters, and the film's avoidance of the typical pitfalls of fan works.
The primary criticism directed at Redemption centers around the lack of a full voice cast, a trait shared by the previous two films. Critics have also panned some of the visual effects sequences, in particular shots during the Beta Stromgren battle sequence, many of which mirror shots from the series and films.
During production of the film's first act, criticism--some of it harsh--was directed at the depiction of the relationship between Lesley Kal and Renee Mitchell. Although it was seen in Retribution, it was treated exactly the same as any other relationship among the crew; in Redemption, their estrangement and eventual reconciliation become significant plot points, ultimately resolved with the assistance of Dr. Garr. Although the issue of homosexual relationships was given a wide berth in the majority of Star Trek canon--addressed directly only in the DS9 episode "Rejoined"--in response to criticism of his depiction of one in Redemption, Bridges was quick to point out that it was a logical inclusion to the plot given the dynamic among the crew in this film, which was different and less comfortable than it had been previously. Moreover, Star Trek has always approached different lifestyles--usually portrayed via alien races--with a mindset of openness and tolerance, and notably Ronston's crew reacts to their relationship just like any other.
Following its release, Redemption remained by far the most popular entry in the trilogy, accumulating in three months a view count of almost 47,000, a figure that took Specter 15 months to reach. As much as two months after its release, Redemption continued to attract an average of 1,000 views daily, compared to 250 for Specter and 155 for Retribution.
Unlike its predecessors, Redemption draws from a wide variety of sources for its music. Specter and Retribution largely relied on cues from within the Star Trek franchise, while Redemption has ventured into other franchises and even other genres for source music. Along with score from contemporary and mainstream media, lesser-known entries such as Mainframe Entertainment's ReBoot and Disney's DuckTales feature film are incorporated, representing the lighter tone of this film compared to Retribution.
|1. Main Titles (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|2. End Title 3rd Season Long Version (Star Trek: The Next Generation)||Alexander Courage/Jerry Goldsmith|
|3. Evacuate (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|4. First Contact (Album Version) (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|5. Grotto Song (Fern Gully)||Alan Silvestri|
|6. My Right Arm (Star Trek Nemesis)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|7. Escape from the Ocampa Underground (Star Trek VOY: "The Caretaker")||Jay Chattaway|
|8. Deck 15 (Star Trek Generations)||Dennis McCarthy|
|9. Sad City (ReBoot)||Robert Buckley|
|10. The Proteus (Lost in Space)||Bruce Broughton|
|11. Ruined Landscape (The Neverending Story)||Klaus Doldinger/Giorgio Moroder|
|12. Suite (Star Trek TNG: "Relics")||Jay Chattaway|
|13. Cygnus Floating (The Black Hole)||John Barry|
|14. The Door Opens (The Black Hole)||John Barry|
|15. That's Gotta Hurt (Star Trek ENT: "Canamar")||Brian Tyler|
|16. Technodrome (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)||Shuki Levy|
|17. We Drill (Armageddon)||Trevor Rabin|
|18. The Same Race (Star Trek: Insurrection)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|19. Suite (Star Trek TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")||Dennis McCarthy|
|20. Suite (Star Trek TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")||Dennis McCarthy|
|21. Suite (Star Trek TNG: "Relics")||Jay Chattaway|
|22. TV Theme (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|23. Main Title/Klingon Battle (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|24. V'Ger Signals the Creator (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|25. Warp Point Eight (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|26. Ideals (Star Trek Nemesis)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|27. The Escape Pods (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|28. Hope Lives Again (Arkology Theme) (Andromeda Coda)||David Fang|
|29. Durant is Dead (The Black Hole)||John Barry|
|30. Picard's Plan/First Chase Pt. 1 (Star Trek TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")||Dennis McCarthy|
|31. Suite (Star Trek TNG: "Relics")||Jay Chattaway|
|32. Master Alarm (Apollo 13)||James Horner|
|33. Hope Lives Again (Arkology Theme) (Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda)||Matthew McCauley|
|34. Suite (Star Trek TNG: "Relics")||Jay Chattaway|
|35. Suite (Star Trek TNG: "Relics")||Jay Chattaway|
|36. Spock's Arrival (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|37. Suite (Star Trek ENT: "These are the Voyages...")||Dennis McCarthy|
|38. Assembling B-4 (Star Trek Nemesis)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|39. The Future Isn't Written (Back to the Future III)||Alan Silvestri|
|40. Primalosity (Star Trek TNG: "All Good Things")||Dennis McCarthy|
|41. Hymn to the Sea (Titanic)||James Horner|
|42. A Good Lighter (Battlestar Galactica: "Hand of God")||Bear McCreary|
|43. "All Systems Go"/The Launch (Apollo 13)||James Horner|
|44. Admiral and Commander (Battlestar Galactica)||Bear McCreary|
|45. New Enterprise (Star Trek ENT: "Broken Bow")||Dennis McCarthy|
|46. End Credits (Star Trek ENT: "Broken Bow")||Diane Warren|
|47. T'Pol's Quarters (Star Trek ENT: "Similitude")||Velton Ray Bunch|
|48. Shakedown Cruise Report (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|49. Suite (Star Trek TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")||Dennis McCarthy|
|50. Suite (Star Trek TNG: "Relics)||Jay Chattaway|
|51. Wander My Friends (Battlestar Galactica for Solo Piano)||Joohyun Park|
|52. First Contact (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|53. Scotty's Bridge (Star Trek TNG: "Relics")||Jay Chattaway0|
|54. Suite (Star Trek TNG: "Relics")||Jay Chattaway|
|55. Suite (Star Trek TNG: "Relics")||Jay Chattaway|
|56. Planning a Full-Scale Invasion (Ducktales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp)||David Newman|
|57. Suite (Star Trek TNG: "Relics")||Jay Chattaway|
|58. Past Glory (Star Trek Generations)||Dennis McCarthy|
|59. Sam! (The Day After Tomorrow)||Harold Kloser|
|60. Data and the Emotions (Star Trek Generations)||Dennis McCarthy|
|61. Fight at Genomex (Mutant X: "A Breed Apart")||Lou Natale|
|62. Take Over the World (Mutant X: "A Breed Apart")||Lou Natale|
|63. Finale (Mutant X: "A Breed Apart")||Lou Natale|
|64. Clash of the British Titans/Placating Picard/Untitled M33/Face of the Enemy [Act Out] (Star Trek TNG: "Face of the Enemy")||Don Davis|
|65. Romantic Theme (Disney's Talespin)||Christopher L. Stone|
|66. Star Trek: First Contact||Marcus Lundberg|
|67. Treasure Room (National Treasure)||Trevor Rabin|
|68. The Inner Light||fountainkeeper|
|69. Archer's Theme (Star Trek ENT: "Broken Bow")||Dennis McCarthy|
|70. Love Theme (Armageddon)||Trevor Rabin|
|71. Jack Tells Kim He's Not Coming Back (24)||Sean Callery|
|72. Repairs (Star Trek Nemesis)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|73. Wherever You Will Go (Piano)||MisterSteini|
|74. Cody's Flight (Disney's The Rescuers Down Under)||Bruce Broughton|
|75. Warp Point Nine (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|76. Star Trek Voyager (Piano)||DanielBarkleyMusic|
|77. A New Friend (Star Trek Nemesis)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|78. Deactivating B-4 (Star Trek Nemesis)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|79. Star Trek Voyager (Piano)||Aidan Schneider|
|80. Grotto Song (Fern Gully)||Alan Silvestri|
|81. Cosmic Castaway (Titan A.E.)||Electrasy|
|82. Suite (Star Trek TNG: "Relics")||Jay Chattaway|
|83. Micro Exam (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|84. Pre Launch Countdown (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|85. The Factory Goes Haywire (Jetsons: The Movie)||John Debney|
|86. To 1885 (Back to the Future III)||Alan Silvestri|
|87. River Cruise Pt. 2 (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory)||Danny Elfman|
|88. Coming to Rest (Star Trek Generations)||Dennis McCarthy|
|89. 70,000 Light-Years from Home (Star Trek VOY: "The Caretaker")||Jay Chattaway|
|90. The Force Field (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|91. A Good Lighter (Battlestar Galactica: "Hand of God")||Bear McCreary|
|92. Suite (Star Trek TNG: "Relics")||Jay Chattaway|
|93. Humanity Taken (Star Trek TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds")||Ron Jones|
|94. TV Theme/Warp Point Nine (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|95. "Faith of the Heart" Orchestral||Romulan64|
|96. Whitmore Hires Milo (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)||James Newton Howard|
|97. Reporting for Duty (Star Trek TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")||Dennis McCarthy|
|98. Underwater Search [Part 1] (Titanic)||FFDream10|
|99. First Sign of Borg (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|100. 39.1 Degrees Celsius (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|101. Watch Your Caboose, Dix (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|102. Fully Functional (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|103. Data Malfunctions (Star Trek Generations)||Dennis McCarthy|
|104. Soran's Plan Revealed (Star Trek Generations)||Dennis McCarthy|
|105. Voyager Main Title (Piano)||Scott Hamilton|
|106. Raid Post Mortem (Star Trek Generations)||Dennis McCarthy|
|107. Harriman and the Ribbon (Star Trek Generations)||Dennis McCarthy|
|108. Kirk Saves the Day (Star Trek Generations)||Dennis McCarthy|
|109. Archer's Theme (Star Trek ENT: "Broken Bow")||Dennis McCarthy|
|110. Admiral (Star Trek TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")||Dennis McCarthy|
|111. Oops (Star Trek TNG: "When the Bough Breaks")||Ron Jones|
|112. Seeing Her Again (Star Trek TNG: "We'll Always Have Paris")||Ron Jones|
|113. The Price is Right (2007)||Edd Kalehoff|
|114. Voyager Main Title (Piano)||Daniel Barkley|
|115. The Lion's Den (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|116. Torture (Star Trek Generations)||Dennis McCarthy|
|117. Ashlocke's Back/Much Needed Rest (Mutant X)||Lou Natale|
|118. Retreat (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|119. Borg Attack (ENT: "Regeneration")||Brian Tyler|
|120. "I'm back!" (Fern Gully)||Alan Silvestri|
|121. Underwater Search [Part 1] (Titanic)||FFDream10|
|122. News Report (Tron: Legacy)||Daft Punk|
|123. Preparing for Battle (Star Trek Nemesis)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|124. International Code (Independence Day)||David Arnold|
|125. Tears in My Beers (Supernatural)||Jay Gruska|
|126. March Over the Rooftops (Mary Poppins)||Robert B. Sherman|
|127. Titanic Suite (Titanic)||James Horner|
|128. Wolf 359 (DS9: "Emissary")||Dennis McCarthy|
|129. Captain Borg (TNG: "Best of Both Worlds")||Ron Jones|
|130. Theme of Sadness (The Neverending Story)||Klaus Doldinger/Giorgio Moroder|
|131. Storm & The Dead (Battlestar Galactica Miniseries)||Richard Gibbs|
|132. One Last Visit (DS9: "The Visitor")||Dennis McCarthy|
|133. Kirk Takes Command (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)||James Horner|
|134. Hot and Heavy (The Black Hole)||John Barry|
|135. Battle in the Mutara Nebula (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)||James Horner|
|136. No Threat (Star Trek: Insurrection)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|137. Beamed to the Farm (VOY: "The Caretaker")||Jay Chattaway|
|138. The Dish (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|139. No Success (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|140. Fully Functional (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|141. To the Rescue (TNG: "All Good Things")||Dennis McCarthy|
|142. First Sign of Borg (Star Trek: First Contact)||Joel Goldsmith|
|143. All the Time (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|144. Elegy for John (Supernatural)||Christopher Lennertz|
|145. Flight of the Phoenix (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|146. Bird of Prey Decloaks (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)||James Horner|
|147. Battle in the Mutara Nebula (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)||James Horner|
|148. The Genesis Cave (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)||James Horner|
|149. First Contact Album Version (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
|150. End Credits (Star Trek: First Contact)||Jerry Goldsmith|
Like Specter before it, Redemption uses musical leitmotifs in its score:
- Jerry Goldsmith's theme from Star Trek: Voyager is used frequently with Dr. Garr (both versions), and is used to represent his humanity. It is heard in this capacity for the first time just before the Fitzgerald reaches Alcawell, as Garr visits Mitchell in Ten Forward and talks to her about reconciling with Kal.
- Jay Chattaway's theme from The Inner Light, used in Specter's epilogue to represent Garr's innocence, reappears during an exchange between Ronston's Garr from 2399, and Captain Reyf in 2378, but tellingly is never heard in any scene with Dark Garr.
- Diane Warren's instrumental version of "Faith of the Heart," the theme from Star Trek: Enterprise, became the ship's theme for the Fitzgerald in the first film, and was heard several times as the ship's musical identity. That theme resurfaces multiple times in Redemption, first as the shuttle makes its final approach to DS9; then later as Ronston sees her ship through a window; third, as the ships leave the Beta Reticuli system; and finally, as Ronston sees her ship for the final time through the window of the shuttlecraft near the film's climax.
The sets for Redemption were mostly the sets from Retribution, retextured to appear more like their TNG counterparts, and with brighter and more natural lighting schemes. Because the plot called for both the 2378 and 2399 versions of the sets to appear side by side, some 2399 sets were modified so as to be readily distinguishable from their 2378 counterparts.
The first trailer released offered glimpses of several original sets from Specter, notably the captain's ready room and the main corridors, and while there appeared to be some improvements in lighting, most of the sets otherwise appeared unchanged from the first film.
Promotional renders made available on Facebook on Friday, July 27, 2012 offered the first glimpse of the set for Dr. Garr's quarters aboard the 2399 version of the Fitzgerald, which differed from the brief look that appeared in the first and second trailers. Instead of a view of the Milky Way galaxy, the large wall monitor displays a view of a blue planet and moon, and the room appears fully furnished. The gold NCC-1701-A model, gold Triforce symbol, Delorean time machine, diplomas, antique television, and Risian Horga'hn remain on the set from Retribution; new additions included the photo of Kristie from the office at Starfleet Headquarters in Specter, a 3D chessboard, a camping lantern, bar of gold-pressed latinum, and large photo or painting on the far wall; and a Green Lantern from the franchise of the same name, and what appeared to be the Touchstone from the Stargate SG-1 episode of the same name on one momento shelf; an Atari and Nintendo Entertainment system on the other. Several photos also called attention to what appeared to be a framed photo autographed by MMA Fighter Tecia Torres, which one caption indicated was featured by special arrangement with Torres herself.
Also, for the first time, a closeup will be featured of the dedication plaque on the bridge set of the Fitzgerald. Because it was never clearly visible in either of the previous two films, a proper plaque was never made and a rudimentary alteration was made to a scan of the plaque from the Enterprise-D. The new version sports the ship's complete name, the USS F. Scott Fitzgerald, and lists the ship as a "Mark-II Galaxy-class" vessel.
In addition to re-using and redressing sets from the previous two films, several new sets were constructed specifically for Redemption. In addition to a brig for the Fitzgerald--which appeared to be a recolored version of the Voyager brig--several new sets for the ISS Voyager were built, including the residential corridor, a full mess hall, as well as a new set for Garr's quarters. They were seen briefly in Specter, following the nightmare sequence, though that set was an unlit re-dress of the Fitzgerald quarters set, and the shot was framed in such a way that only a few stock props were visible. The new Voyager quarters set appeared to resemble Garr's quarters as seen at the end of Retribution; some of the same props were visible, as were diplomas that were seen in Garr's office in Specter.
More than its two predecessors combined, Redemption features a number of assets contributed specifically for the production, rather than objects fortuitously located during the production process.
Redemption features a different uniform design for personnel in 2399 than was used in the previous two films. Specter and Retribution utilized the First Contact-style uniform made by Warrior (and available for download at 3DGladiators.com), with Voyager- and TNG-style variants created as needed. Redemption, on the other hand, features uniforms styled after those used in Star Trek: Online. Early clips featured a modified version of Warrior's original texture, however by the time the third scene was completed, new uniform textures had been created specially for use in the film by DeviantArt user DopiusFishius. The new uniforms were introduced in Scene 4, and earlier scenes were re-rendered to reflect the new uniforms during later production stopdowns.
Redemption will feature new props for the scenes in 2378. Specter and Retribution had featured props from the now-defunct DTEMachine.com, including VOY-style tricorders, a hypospray, and a desk computer. For Redemption, new versions of those props would be featured--including for the first time a TNG-style science tricorder in what may be an in-universe retcon--courtesy of DeviantArt user TheMightyZoidZilla (see External Links below), who agreed to provide the props specifically for use in the production.
The scenes set in 2378 and involving the crew from that year will feature the second-generation tricorders from Star Trek: Voyager, and for those scenes, a new and much more detailed 3D model by Tim Davies (DeviantArt user SuricataFX) will replace the previous model, originally from DTEMachine.com.
Type 25 ShuttleEdit
Later planned scenes will involve the use of a 2399-era shuttlecraft, in contrast to the Insurrection-style shuttlecraft already seen during the low-altitude flyover of Earth. Original script notes had indicated that the Volga-class runabout would play the role, however DeviantArt user JamieTakahashi granted the use of his Type-25 shuttle for those scenes.
For the first time since Specter, Redemption will feature all-new LCARS console graphics for the starship sets, including the bridge of the ISS Voyager, provided by Robert (Robert Brisson) and Deif (David Kleist), both from The LCARS Community. Adge's LCARs will continue to serve as graphics for animated computer screens.
Robert's improved graphics could first be seen in the Astrometrics set in Scene 12, on the side workstations and their control panels, though the original graphics from 2006 remained in use on the main consoles in the center of the room. Kleist's Future LCARS Concept (FLC) graphics have been slated to replace the more traditional graphics in the Fitzgerald shuttle cockpit, and this change will be introduced in the next full cut of Redemption to be released.
In addition to the USS F. Scott Fitzgerald, the ISS Voyager returns. The original, the Mark I, as seen in Specter and in Retribution, and a new version, the Mark II, being constructed by Drakus in 2367. The Mark II features a dark red hull and an overall darker color scheme in contrast to the Mark I.
It was stated during the production of Specter that the overall blue color scheme of the ISS Voyager was based on the character of Megabyte from the TV series ReBoot. The Mark II ISS Voyager seen in Redemption seems to have drawn its color scheme from the character Hexadecimal, from the same series.
In Specter, the ships' warp engines glowed a solid blue color, much like the visual effects of the TV series and films. Beginning with Retribution, however, the engines were shown to have a subtle shifting pattern to them, similar to the visual effects for the warp cores in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek: Voyager. Clips shown in the trailer depict the engines as operating both ways, so it was not immediately apparent which standard (or both) would be featured in Redemption.
- 3DGladiators.com: "Redemption" Project Thread
- TVTropes.org: Star Trek Redemption at TVTropes.org
- DeviantArt: DopiusFishius at DeviantArt.com
- DeviantArt: TheMightyZoidZilla at DeviantArt.com
- DeviantArt: SuricataFX at DeviantArt.com
- SuricataFX.Com: Official Site of Tim Davies
- DeviantArt: JamieTakahashi at DeviantArt.com
- ShareCG: Download Star Trek Online Uniform Textures for P4 Female
- LCARSC.Com: The LCARS Community
- YouTube: Star Trek III: Redemption
- YouTube: Star Trek: Time Warp Trilogy Featurette
- Star Trek Reviewed: Star Trek: Time Warp series, which includes Star Trek III: Redemption
- Horizon Fleet Forums: "Star Trek III: Redemption"
- Animemated: "Star Trek III: Redemption"
- Vimeo: Star Trek III: Redemption (Pt. 1)