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Needs of the Many

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"Needs of the Many" is a fan created Star Trek episode in 2016, the first in the web series Star Trek: These Are The Voyages....[1]

"Needs of the Many"
Star Trek: These Are The Voyages... episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 1
Directed byAaron Vanderkley
Written byAaron Vanderkley
Based onStar Trek created by Gene Roddenberry
Featured musicZak Belica
Production codeAV07
Original release dateJan 17, 2016
Running time7 minutes
AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation, Short Form Best Lead Actor or Actress (Harriet Fettis)
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"How does that old saying go...?"

Two minutes til impact. One life-changing decision. No turning back.[2]


  • Harriet Fettis as Crewman Elisabeth Parker.
  • Aaron Vanderkley (credited as: Aaron Jay) as Lieutenant Ben Lewis.


  • Music by Zak Belica (taken from Star Trek: Elite Force II soundtrack).
  • Costume Designer by Gina Vanderkley.
  • Set & Effects Design by Andrew David.
  • On Set Assistance by Thomas Dimmick and Alex McVey.
  • Written and Directed by Aaron Vanderkley.


'Needs of the Many' was produced as part of a series of seven unrelated short films across 2015. It received an overwhelmingly positive reaction within the Star Trek fan film community, with its powerful story and simple production design.


  • This story is set at an unspecified time after the fourth and final season of Star Trek: Enterprise, potentially in late 2155/early 2156.[3]
  • The name 'Elisabeth' is actress Harriet Fettis' middle name.
  • Though unmentioned on screen, the dedication plaque lists the ship as 'Endeavour' named after the fifth and final NASA Space Shuttle. The plaque also denotes the ship as 'NX-05' when technically it should be NX-06 (after Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery and Atlantis) and the captain as Andrew David, an in-joke after Needs of the Many's Effects Designer.
  • The Starfleet uniforms feature epaulettes on the shoulders and two sets of assignment patches, one Starfleet and one ship specific - although in this case, it is that of Jupiter Station as seen in Star Trek: Voyager.
  • Elisabeth is trapped on B Deck, Section 47 - an in-joke about the frequent occurrence of the number '47' in the Star Trek television spin-off series.
  • The ship has been hit by a mine cloaked in subspace, similar to that which the 'NX-01 Enterprise' encountered in the Romulan minefield, in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode 'Mindfield'.
  • The title of the story is, of course, a reference to a quote from Spock in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan - "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few".


"Needs of the Many" was nominated for a number of awards at the 2017 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards, winning Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form and Best Lead Actor or Actress (Harriet Fettis as Elisabeth).[4][5]

SYFY.com ranked "Needs of the Many" as No. 7 in its Top 11 Star Trek Fan Films, stating: "Taking its title from a line in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,...this production uses two characters...both trapped in separate sections of an ailing starship drifting toward a minefield...the tone and shot choice are compelling for an amateur short and the screenplay is tight, exhibiting some genuine emotion and suspense."[6]

Director Aaron Vanderkley was interviewed by Matthew Miller of Trekzone.org as part of 'The Trekzone Spotlight', featuring "Needs of the Many". Miller said: "["Needs of the Many"] perfectly fits the new guidelines and shows some people that making a compelling short movie doesn't have to be rocket science or filled with space battles." [7]

Jonathan Lane of Fan Film Factor featured "Needs of the Many" in a 2017 article titled "The BEST TWO Trek Fan Films You've Never Seen", noting: "Both short films take place during the Enterprise NX-01 era and use real, practical sets instead of green screen.  The costumes look amazing, and the actors do a really spectacular job.  Add in subtle lightning, great make-up, excellent camera work, a strong script, solid directing, and even top-notch editing, and these two fan films can easily take their place among some of the best ones so far."[8]

Both "Needs of the Many" and the following film "The Derelict" were discussed in Continuing Mission: a Star Trek Fan Film and Game Podcast, where the reviewers remarked the filmmaker had "set a new benchmark in fan film production" and "captured the imagination and attention of his peers". [9]


  1. "Star Trek Reviewed". startrekreviewed.com. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  2. Aaron Vanderkley (2016-01-17), Needs of the Many - a Star Trek fan film, retrieved 2019-03-18
  3. "NEEDS OF THE MANY | Star Trek: These are the Voyages..." aaronvanderkley. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  4. "Treklanta". treklanta.org. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  5. "And The 2017 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Award Goes to…". The Rogers Revue. 2017-05-05. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  6. Spry, Jeff (2017-09-28). "11 Star Trek fan films, ranked". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  7. Matt (2016-06-26). "The Trekzone Spotlight with Aaron Vanderkley - Six Month Old Fan Fic Fits New Guidelines Perfectly... » TREKZONE.org". TREKZONE.org. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  8. Jonathan (2017-10-06). "The BEST TWO Trek fan films you've NEVER seen! (interview with AARON VANDERKLEY, Part 1)". Fan Film Factor. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  9. "42: Space Below and Beyond! from Continuing Mission: A Star Trek Fan Films Podcast". www.stitcher.com. Retrieved 2019-03-18.

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