In the TOS episode “Whom Gods Destroy,” Kirk mentions that Garth’s exploits were required reading at Starfleet Academy. Well, if you’re a fan of AXANAR and ALEC PETERS, then the video below should be considered “required viewing.”
AXACON took place last November in Atlanta, and about 30 people attended. However, knowing that there were thousands and thousands more supporters of Axanar who wouldn’t be able to make it, Alec hired a video crew to film every panel—along with several interviews with the guests—through the 3-day weekend event. About ten of these interviews have already been released for early viewing to ARES STUDIOS Patreon donors, with about half of those now posted publicly to YouTube. (You can view all of the public Axacon videos here.)
The latest video to be released to the public debuted on Friday evening as a livecast on YouTube. Since then, it’s been viewed nearly a thousand times…and with good reason. It’s a really FANtastic panel…especially if you love Axanar. And for me, it was probably my favorite panel of the weekend. Why, you ask?
Well, it was an exhausting weekend…three days of non-stop fun mixed with hard work and little sleep (or was it hard work mixed with fun and almost no sleep?) where I conducted countless interviews and led seemingly endless panels. And honestly, I totally don’t know how to lead panels! I’m not sure if there are classes in it, but it there are, I never took any of them. So for most of the weekend I was flying by the seat of my pants and getting terrorized by J.G. HERTZLER and GARY F-ING GRAHAM. (You’ll need to watch my interviews with them to get that joke…and some haven’t been released yet.)
By the time we got to the “Elite of the Fleet” panel—the next-to-last of the weekend—I was totally spent. You can tell it from watching the video below. But now I had to lead STEVE JEPSON and Alec as we discussed Admiral Slater and Garth. I’d already interviewed Steve about Slater a few hours earlier, and Alec had already spoken on another panel about Garth. So I just kinda winged it…as did Steve and Alec.
To my utter surprise, this exhausted trio managed to have a fascinating and lively discussion—just three obsessed Axanerds chatting about their favorite fan film. It’s the kind of geeked-out conversation we fans love to have from time to time, and it was totally engaging and fun. Each of us got ample time to talk, and everything was SO interesting.
And then a very unexpected and special “moment” happened.
Five minutes before the end of the panel, Alec choked up…really choked up. It was four years of a dream interrupted—all of the adversity, all of the headwinds, the tauntings and detractions, all of the letdowns and setbacks—all of it coming up against this weekend of triumph when we all “felt the love” once again. It was Alec being told by the widow of STEVE IHNAT (the actor who originally played Garth) that her late husband would have been very happy with what Alec is doing. Talking about that moment brought Alec Peters to tears.
Some people out there won’t get it, won’t like it, will try to belittle or dismiss it. I don’t care. For me, the moment was magical…and very, very real. It’s one of the reasons I haven’t given up on Axanar or Alec Peters.
So yeah, if you’re an Axafan, consider this video required viewing…
And if you have some extra time left over, Steve Jepson mentions during the panel the interview that he and I did a few hours earlier, and it’s available below, as well. I had only met Steve two days earlier, but he quickly became one of my favorite people on the planet. Our discussion about Admiral Slater became so intriguing that I now want to see a fan film focused solely on him!
Anyway, here’s that interview, too…