Monday, 16 February 2015

Star Trek Continues, continues

Have you discovered Star Trek Continues yet? The fan made series expertly reproduces the qualities of The Original Series, with remarkably fidelity not just to sets and costume, but lighting and style. It also follows the best of Trek in its thoughtful and smart stories, which I would rate as not just the very best fan productions, but comfortably among the best episodes of all Star Trek.

There have been three episodes (and a few shorts) so far. The first, Pilgrim of Eternity, is a sequel to Who Mourns for Adonais?, with Michael Forest reprising his role as Apollo. The second episode, Lolani, is an entirely original story, focused on the titular Orion slave girl, used to explore issues of slavery and sex trafficking. And the most recent is Fairest of them All, a sequel to Mirror Mirror, picking up right from the end of the original episode and depicting Spock's rise to power.

The Star Trek Continues team are already at work on their next episode, and have been running a Kickstarter campaign to fund further and expanded production. There's just a few hours left on that, but as you'll see if you watch the episodes, its certainly worth your support, this series is amazing Star Trek. The campaign has already exceeded its initial $100,000 goal, to fund two further episodes, and proceeded to exceed stretch goals to fund the building of engineering and planet sets. Further additional funds will secure even more episodes! You can add your support, on Kickstarter.

And continue after the jump to check out all those brilliant episodes:


Ken MacDougall said...

I am not looking to start a Fan Production war. But there is another Star Trek Fan Production group out there who has been making episodes for well over 5 years. they have 8 episodes under their belts and have had Original TOS actors such as George Takei and Walter Koenig in their eps. please share the love and cover them as well

rocketdave said...

Most other fan films I've come across, I have not been able to sit through without cringing. It doesn't matter if the production values are impressive or they managed to snag actual Star Trek actors; I still can't shake the feeling that I'm watching some amateurish staging of someone's fan fic.

That's not to say that I'm not in awe of the dedication that goes into making them, but much of the time, I find them too painful to watch.

More recently, there have been a couple exceptions, chief among them being Star Trek Continues, which is truly a cut above the rest. Far more than any other fan production, Continues very much feels like a natural extension of TOS- just with a different cast. They've totally nailed the look and feel of the show, and- perhaps just as importantly- have actors who can actually act. I've been blown away by what I've seen so far and am eager to see what they come up with next.