Star Trek Hidden Frontier is the longest running star trek fanfilm, and probably the longest running fan series of any genre.
While its very easy to dismiss these things, its worth baring in mind just how ahead of their times they were. Completely independent, fully amateur actors, production and effects, and produced almost completely with blue screens, this show lasted 7 seasons with over 50 episodes.
Naturally as you'd expect the quality of the early episodes is very poor, both production wise as well as story and acting wise. However, the show really does have massive noticeable improvement over its run, you can really see the shows team getting more skillfull.
Storywise the show ties in to the star trek mythology after the last of the nextgen films, but before the reboot. Not that its that important to know, but it does help if you understand some of the star trek mythologies upto that point.
Where it gets interesting is, they have managed to produce a much more consistent and far-reaching storylines then the professional star trek shows. I mean, not only do they have a constant ongoing storyline, but there's actual character development too. (gosh!).
They also seem much more willing to play with sci-fi ideas. Perhaps because they know they cant make stuff look complete realistic, they don't restrict themselves to thinking they have too and instead are much more playfull with their concepts.
Despite all this its really is hard to recomend the early seasons.As a curosity its perhapes nice to see a few...to see a good example of early internet shows...but beyond that I can only recomend the later seasons.Near the end it does get surprisingly epic, and eventually spun of into two other shows (Star Trek: The Helena Chronicles and Star Trek : Odyssey), both of which are superior.Hidden Frontier can be watched, along with the spin-offs here;
Reviewed By Darkflame
Star Trek: Hidden Frontier created by Rob Caves