Star Trek Continues is a brilliant webseries that continues directly from the original Star Trek series, picking up where TOS left off, since it had a stated five year mission and only about three years was shown. The series has eerily recreated the look of the original set, along with the costuming and props. This webseries got off the ground in 2013 after fundraising through Kickstarter, which they also nicknamed Kirkstarter. Due to funding there are usually only two episodes a year, with six completed, and a seventh due out in early September.
The series has earned several well deserved awards over the years, including winning categories in The Geekie Awards, the Telly Awards, the Webby Awards along with awards from film festivals. The actors also attend Star Trek conventions and are active in social media to build the series up.
Captain James T Kirk is played by Vic Mignogna who also is the creator, writer and sometimes director of the series. He acts like William Shatner acting like Kirk. He get’s Shatner’s mannerisms just right, but has also shows some of himself in the Kirk portrayal so it comes off better than a mere impersonation. He does a great job as the captain.
Commander Spock is played by Todd Haberkorn. His portrayal took awhile for me to warm up to, but now I’m a fan.
Doctor “Bones” McCoy was first played by Larry Nemecek in the first two episodes, and now is played by Chuck Huber. Nemecek did a nice job, but Huber’s portrayal is spot on.
Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott is played by Chris Doohan, the son of TOS James Doohan. It is a nice touch on continuity, and he fill’s his father’s shoes well, including the Scottish brogue.
Helmsman Hikara Sulu is played by Grant Imahara, also known for his role on Discovery’s Mythbusters. He gives Sulu a sly attitude- oh myyy….
Communications Officer Nyota Uhura is played by the beautiful Kim Stringer. She is my favorite of the actors, and gives an elegance to the role, but also can be kick ass when needed.
Navigator Pavel Chekov is played by Wyatt Lenhart. He endearingly shows the young ensign who wants to stand out.
Counselor Elise McKennah is played by Michelle Specht and is modeled after TNG’s Deanna Troi. This is a brand new character, and in my opinion is given too much screen time to the deterrent of the “original seven”.
The six episodes thus far have been campy awesomeness, just like the series it was based on. I saw that with love, because while well done and professional, they are obviously mimicking the 60’s TV show.
Pilgrim of Eternity– Unofficial sequel to the original TOS episode Who Mourns for Adonais? The original actor, Michael Forest, who played Apollo in the original episode is now an old man due to an energy drain and needs to learn how to deal with humanity again.
Lolani– Deals with the Orian slave trade and sexual objectification. Kirk has to weigh the moral issues between different culture’s traditions and the Prime Directive. Lou Ferrigno, from The Incredible Hulk series, plays a slave trader.
Fairest of Them All– Direct continuation of the original Star Trek episode Mirror Mirror. Crew members go bad!
The White Iris– Due to a head injury Kirk begins to hallucinate and see his past dead lovers such as Edith Keeler and his Native American wife Miramanee. His guilt, and habit of closing off painful memories, floods over him and he has to deal with these experiences before he can heal. My favorite of the episodes.
Divided We Stand– Owing to a situation with new aliens and a temporal rift, Kirk and Bones are sucked back into the American Civil War. Of course they influence history for the better before being rescued.
Come Not Between The Dragons– An alien that looks like a pile of rocks infiltrates the ship and a crew member bonds with it before discovering the parent alien wants their child back. The alien looks deliberately bad, as they are recreating 60’s special effects. This was my least favorite of the episodes, for I feel they are using recurring actors too much, when one of the main characters (such as Uhura) could have received more development instead.
While not perfect, I highly recommended this series. When ever I find out someone I meet is a Star Trek fan, I immediately tell them about this webseries. Spread the word people- the five year mission is still underway!!