Excelsior Campaign Launches TrailerBy Christian
September 20, 2000 - 11:19 PM
Earlier this year, one of the Star Trek news stories that managed to attract both genre and mainstream press attention was the Excelsior Campaign, a fan drive to try to convince Paramount to have the fifth series deal with Captain Sulu and the U.S.S. Excelsior. At one point, the campaign was expecting thousands of fans to participate in a protest rally outside the Paramount Studio, and Pocket Books editor John Ordover started a challenge whereby he agreed to publish a Captain Sulu novel if a thousand people wrote him physical letters in support of such a book. Unfortunately, when only several dozen people participated in the main Paramount rally and the campaign failed to inspire enough to people to write in in support of a novel, the campaign dropped off most people's radar screens. However, today the Excelsior Campaign launched a new Captain Sulu series trailer and announced they are still trying to reach their goal of persuading Paramount.
The new trailer video, available at the Campaign's official web site, lasts for 2 minutes and 46 seconds, and is mostly made up of footage from the Star Trek feature films and the Voyager episode 'Flashback'. It features the text "for Gene... A turbulent time... A powerful starship... And a legendary Captain... The Adventure has just begun." It is available in several media formats, including ASF, QuickTime and AVI, and can be downloaded by going here.
In addition, the Campaign claims that several people who wrote in to Paramount in support of a captain Sulu series received responses from Paramount, and that a story based on those letters might turn into a feature story on SciFi.com. According to the Excelsior Campaign, the letters prove that Paramount is interested in exploring the Captain Sulu series idea, though that seems very unlikely considering earlier comments from Paramount.
More on the Excelsior campaign can be found at their official web site, www.StarTrekExcelsior.com.