“Star Trek Continues”

What a year to be a Star Trek fan. Last week “Star Trek Into Darkness” premiered to amazing reviews and box office records. Also this year at least 15 Star Trek books are being published. If that was not enough for the average Trekkie, “Star Trek Continues” a new live action web-based series from Vic Mignogna’s Farragut Films premiered this past weekend. “Star Trek Conitnues” is considered a “fan film” which is nothing new in the history of Star Trek. However what is new is the quality of its craftsminship.

Unlike “Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Star Trek Continues” does not even try to play to a “hipper” “cooler” audience. It does not have to because box office revenue is not their concern. You see “Star Trek Continues” only really has one goal which is to take the USS Enterprise on the fourth year of their five year mission. If you recall the original series was cancelled in 1969 after completing their third year. This has bothered fans ever since. “Star Trek Continues” is not the first “fan production” to attempt this. In fact “Star Trek Phase II” premiered in 2004 and has produced 7 quaility episodes to date.

I have been a fan of “Star Trek Phase II” sinice 2004 but I must say I was especially impressed by the production and quality of “Star Trek Continues”. Their first episode is titled, “Pilgrim of Eternity” and benefits from some very significant guest stars including Michael Forest who reprises his role of the god Apollo from the second season episode, “Who Morns for Adonis?” which originally aired on September 22, 1967. Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi from TNG) is the voice of the ship’s computer. James Doohan’s son, Chris Doohan reprises his father’s iconic role of “Scotty”. Chris Doohan is a major highlight here. Doohan has appeared in cameos of the 2 most recent Star Trek films. If that was not enough Jamie Bamber (Apollo from Battlestar Galactica) plays a red shirt.

If you are a fan of the original series check out the first episode of “Star Trek Continues”. The nostalgia you experience will be over whelming. May the adventures continue with “Star Trek Continues!”