GR wrote a TON of "Have Gun Will Travel" episodes (I think about half)
Nope. IMDB lists him on 24 episodes out of 225, so about 1 in 10.
On to the STC episode...
A very solid effort. One of the best fan films...but still obviously a fan film with all that implies. For example, too much attention paid to connecting the dots (holodeck, counselor, etc.), and stunt casting.
I know lots of people don't like Vic, but despite his obvious Shatner impersonation I found him the least cringe-worthy fanfilm Captain yet. I don't usually comment on the acting in fan-films because mostly the performers are not trained actors, but in this production there's a real clear divide between the cans and cannots which makes the latter stand out in sharper relief. Michael Forest was the best actor in the thing by far, but that's not surprising.
The episode has the best camera work I've seen in one of these, and the quality of the photography is a bit better than Phase II on the whole, but still suffers from underlighting. Engineering, turn on some lamps!
There are some of the usual mismatched eyeline problems, e.g. in the corridor Dr. McKennah looks screen right at Apollo. Apollo look screen right to her. Oops.
And, as with almost all fanfilms the Captain doesn't motivate the action of make hard decisions. Here he's acquiescing and seeking consensus; this is inherently anti-dramatic.
Jamie Bamber = Apollo. haha
While I have issues galore with the opening scene, if you gotta stick subtle homage in, having the cowboy be Paladin from Have Gun Will Travel is a damned good & sneaky choice.
The shot of Kirk being dangled in the air is terrific.
I see some people have given away plot points, but I'm going to Spoiler Code my detailed critique points so as not to ruin any surprises.
The opening holodeck scene was utterly unnecessary and made the teaser too long. If it had set up a theme it would be acceptable (much as the Shakespeare scene at the top of TNG's The Defector sets up a theme there), but as is it's a throwaway and little more than a reason to give Doug Drexler a cameo. And, while (as above) I liked the gag of the cowboy being Paladin, Doug's no Richard Boone.
The galaxy's slowest photon torpedo. It takes over 20 seconds to reach the alien doohickus, but when we next see the Enterprise, the doohickus debris is right next to the ship.
Apollo's galpal Athena is dying and Bones just stands there while these prolonged speeches happen and she croaks. Yes, Kirk stops him, but it's totally out of character for him to not argue or tell Jim to get lost.
There's a VFX glitch at about 9:13 where the chunks of debris right below the Enterprise saucer change from green to gray right at the end of the shot. It's like the green glow overlay doesn't render over the final frames.
Sulu: "By setting phasers to the TNG technobabble nonsense blah blah". Ugh.
How does Sulu know his spacesuited compatriot Simone is dead? Why is no rescue immediately attempted? How does the body go from flipping (pitch) to flat spinning (yaw)?
When they beam Sulu in, watch Bones because you'll see him hypo Sulu twice in one second, with sound effects accompanying both.
The lip sync on Uhura's song was so awful I could sense the cuts were made to hide the fact that it didn't work (and as someone who's made a number of music vidoes I admit this is hard to make look right).
Apollo swats the redshirts' phasers away and the jerks just stand there, leaving the counselor to pick one up and shoot Apollo. Those guards should be spanked. Spock should be spanked. Strike that; the writers should be spanked.
Uhura tries out for the role of Lot's wife here. Scotty warns them to step away from their consoles, and she does, then reaches back in for no good reason. Dumb da dumb dumb.
Note that Apollo's restraints are conveniently missing when he goes to save Uhura.
Dumping Apollo on Planet Middle Ages: apparently if we've miscalculated we've just let Apollo contaminate some culture. Plot convenience 1, prime directive 0.