Temporal Anomaly is a Star Trek Fan Film Half a Decade in the Making

Soaring through space.
Soaring through space.
Image: Power543 Fan Films/Screencap via YouTube

First conceived and pitched to Kickstarter backers in 2013, Temporal Anomaly is an ambitious fan project set in the Star Trek universe, a nearly hour-long fan film created by Power543 Fan Films.


Set at a nexus in time, colliding the past and future of Star Trek, this ambitious production makes use of the same special effects software used to create the imagery for Voyager, Enterprise, and Deep Space Nine. Whether or not this fan film works for you, it’s still a dang impressive feat.

The first and second parts are both available on YouTube—the first is above, and you can find the second here. All told, that’s a lot of Trek, such a substantial amount, in fact, that it required a special dispensation from CBS to let it get around certain guidelines the company has set up for fan films. And with designs and character types drawn from all eras of the series, it’s dripping in fan service. Check it out.

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These fan films got the right look, sound and presentation. But, like the Uncanny Valley, the actors just don’t look right. They try hard, but there’s a world of difference between them and even the minor actors who appeared on a real Trek show. I don’t mean to knock them, but it goes to show that acting really is a craft. Still, best of luck to these performers. Hopefully in time they’ll be able to make the cut. In the meantime, I just hope they practice their elocution.