I've told you this to put into perspective i've just watched, captivated and thrilled, for three hours and eight minutes. Even the one voice for everyone thing which i thougth would get the better of me when i started watching and the sometimes... sluggish animation of the characters were gone from my mind after fifteen minutes and i fully intend to finish watching the last hour.
Ofcourse there are nits to pick and questions that could be raised, as with any good trek perhaps, but the bottom line is that this is an amazingly good piece of Startrek by any rights. When taking into account this is a one man production its nothing short of amazing.
It does dissapoint me in one regard though and that is that technology isn't as far along as i thought it was, or should be. Appearantly with today's tech it stil takes the resources of big corporations to get the quality of animation of say pixar or dreamworks or disney. No offense but the difference shows. But that isn't a critisizm of the film or the producer. Just of the difference between no budget or 60 million dollar budget.
And i'm faced with a difficult question. Should i watch Specter and Retribution before finishing the last hour of this one or watch the rest of this and then the first two, or not watch the first two at all as they're bound to be dissapointing due to several factors....
well, bottom line is that i hope the creator of this is or will be at least involved in making more trek. Officially or unofficially (the gods and men film would've benefitted greatly by the skills of the creator for example) and i hope that he finds another story to tell because the story alone (although i wonder why there's so many women and women-ish things throughout it, but thats probably just me) is a great addition to the trek universe and i bet the author can do even better with his experience he gained with this.)
I know the quality overall can be lacking at times, but this was a one-man production, done by me in my spare time, just for fun, to see if I could actually pull off a third one.
If it were me, I'd go ahead and finish Redemption--by design it was written to be a story that can be taken in its own right, so that you don't have to have seen the first two to appreciate it. (Although, to understand fully why everyone is so determined to stop Drakus, you'd need to see the second film at least.) Compared to Redemption though, the first one is going to seem downright primitive, and the sequel only a little better.
As for the "women and women-ish things" in this story, it was a natural outgrowth of the first two films. The crew was balanced in the first film, but when the junior officers moved up for the sequel, most of the ones that had speaking roles in the first one were female. And so naturally, when we catch up with them again this time around, the same ones are still present. There's plenty of guy stuff here too, especially once we get to 2378.