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Rob Caves On 'Operation Beta Shield'

By T'Bonz
February 13, 2008 - 9:37 PM

Operation Beta Shield will deal with threats from an empire in another galaxy as well as throwing Romulans, Klingons and new aliens into the mix in the spin-off series due to begin filming this summer.

Executive producer Rob Caves spoke recently with Trekweb regarding the new Hidden Frontier/Intrepid movie Operation Beta Shield.

As reported at Trektoday recently, the feature-length Operation Beta Shield will begin filming in June and is a sequel to the joint HF/Intrepid film Orphans of War.

Caves explained a bit about the new movie, saying, "What is so exciting about Beta Shield is that it's not just a continuing adventure for Orphans, but a continuation of the storyline of Hidden Frontier, Intrepid, Odyssey, Helena Chronicles, and even the Section 31 Files. And we've got cast from all those shows participating in Beta Shield. It really makes for an exciting crossover for all those fan productions."

The feature-length film will "...[allow] us to tell stories that we otherwise might not be able to," said Cave. "One thing that is fun about Beta Shield is that the scope of it is so big. You've got a threat from an empire in another galaxy; you've got Romulans, Klingons, new aliens. And they are all thrown into the mix. And you've got three Federation starships that the action in the movie is split between, as well as Romulus and other locations. There are fleets, there are massive debris fields from past wars, A plots, B plots, C plots... it's incredibly ambitious from a storytelling perspective. But that's what makes it so much fun. We'll get to see some aspects of the Federation that Trek hasn't explored much and there are a couple of surprise promotions as well as a shocking death."

Cave went on to explain that Beta Shield would eventually evolve into a series, such as Odyssey and Helena Chronicles did. All three were spin-offs from Hidden Frontier, which consisted of fifty episodes. "Each one [of the spin-offs] is a different, but hopefully complimentary continuation of the Hidden Frontier storyline," said Cave.

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