Star Trek Continues
Star Trek Continues is an American fan-created web series set in the Star Trek universe. Produced by the non-profit charity Trek Continues, Inc. and Dracogen, and initially co-produced by Far From Home LLC and Farragut Films, the series consists of eleven episodes released between 2013 and 2017. The series is an unofficial direct continuation of Star Trek: The Original Series, and emulates its visual and storytelling features to achieve the same look and feel. Those who made the show have said in interviews that the intent was to finish the original five year mission of the show, and this is borne out in the plot lines of the final two episodes. 
|Star Trek Continues|
Opening title card
|Based on||Star Trek: The Original Series
by Gene Roddenberry
|Developed by||Vic Mignogna|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||11 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||40–55 minutes|
|Picture format||4:3 HD|
|Original release||May 24, 2013– November 13, 2017|
As with all such Star Trek fan productions, use of copyrighted and trademarked properties from the original series was allowed so long as the production was non-commercial. A portion of the funds necessary to produce the episodes was raised through successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, to which thousands of backers contributed.
Star Trek Continues won a Webby Award for "People's Choice - Long Form Drama" in 2016, a Geekie Award for "Best Web Series" in 2014, and numerous Telly and Accolade awards. The series was very positively received by critics, who praised the quality of the production and stated that the show set a new standard for Star Trek fan films.
After the 11th episode was released in late 2017, the Star Trek Continues series ended.
- Vic Mignogna as James T. Kirk, captain and commanding officer of the USS Enterprise. Mignogna is best known for his voice acting work and is a longtime Star Trek fan. He voiced Admiral Isaac Garrett in Star Trek Online.
- Todd Haberkorn as Spock, a human/Vulcan hybrid. Commander, science officer, first officer, and one of the captain's closest friends. Haberkorn is a voice actor and played Kevin the Teenaxian in Star Trek Beyond.
- Chuck Huber (Larry Nemecek in Episodes 1-2) as Leonard H. McCoy, MD, lieutenant commander, chief medical officer, and one of the captain's closest friends. Huber is also a voice actor. Nemecek is a well-recognized Trek expert and author of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion.
- Chris Doohan as Montgomery Scott, lieutenant commander and chief engineer, usually referred to as "Scotty." Doohan is the son of actor James Doohan, who portrayed the character in the original series. Doohan was also an extra in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and portrayed a transporter chief in the 2009 film Star Trek and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. He reprised his father's role of Scotty in Star Trek Online.
- Grant Imahara as Hikaru Sulu, lieutenant, helmsman and third officer. Imahara is best known for his work on Discovery's MythBusters as well as the creator of robot sidekick, "Geoff Peterson," for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
- Kim Stinger as Nyota Uhura, lieutenant and communications officer.
- Wyatt Lenhart as Pavel A. Chekov, lieutenant j.g. (formerly ensign) and navigator.
- Michele Specht as Elise McKennah, PhD, a lieutenant and Starfleet's first full-time ship's counselor. Specht voiced Specialist Krog, a Na'kuhl agent in Star Trek Online.
- Steven Dengler as William C. Drake, lieutenant and chief of security. Dengler is also the founder of Dracogen, one of the producers of the series.
Trek alumni guest and recurring actorsEdit
Several past members of the Star Trek cast and crew have expressed support for the project and contributed to it.
- Beau Billingslea as Vice Admiral Stomm (Episode 7). Billingslea played Captain Abbott in Star Trek Into Darkness.
- Kipleigh Brown as Lieutenant j.g. (formerly Yeoman) Barbara Smith (Episodes 3-6, 8-11). Brown played Jane Taylor in Star Trek: Enterprise and Kuumaarke in Star Trek Online.
- Bobby Clark as Tharn (Episode 3). Clark previously played the Gorn captain in The Original Series episode "Arena" as well as portraying Chekov's guard in "Mirror, Mirror".
- John de Lancie as Galisti (Episode 9). De Lancie played Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager.
- Michael Dorn as the ISS computer voice (Episode 3). Dorn played Commander Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and five Star Trek feature films.
- Doug Drexler as Paladin (Episode 1). Drexler is probably best known for his work as an award-winning visual effects artist on Star Trek as well as Battlestar Galactica and Defiance. He also contributed VFX for episodes 1-6 of Star Trek Continues.
- Michael Forest as Apollo (Episode 1). Forest reprises his role from The Original Series episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?".
- Jason Isaacs (credited as "Jason Lorca") as an ESPer voice (Episode 11). Isaacs plays Captain Lorca in Star Trek: Discovery.
- Rekha Sharma as Avi Samara (Episode 8). Sharma plays Commander Landry in Star Trek: Discovery.
- Marina Sirtis as computer voice (Episodes 1, 4, 7, 10, 11). Sirtis played Commander Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager (3 episodes), Star Trek: Enterprise (1 episode), and four Star Trek feature films.
- Fiona Vroom as Lolani (Episode 2). Vroom played an Orion crewmember in Star Trek Beyond.
Other guest actors and supportEdit
The first episode, "Pilgrim of Eternity", featured Jamie Bamber (Lee "Apollo" Adama from Battlestar Galactica and Matt Devlin from Law and Order UK) as well as original series guest actor Michael Forest reprising his role as Apollo. Marina Sirtis voiced the computer of the USS Enterprise, an homage to her connection to the original actress, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who portrayed her character's mother, Lwaxana Troi, as well as the voice of the computer in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
For the second episode, "Lolani", Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk from The Incredible Hulk (1978)) appeared as Zaminhon, Daniel Logan (Boba Fett from Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones) appeared as Ensign Tongaroa, Erin Gray (Col. Wilma Deering from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century) appeared as Commodore Gray and Matthew Ewald (Nicholas Bluetooth from Galidor) appeared as Crewman Kenway.
The third episode, "Fairest of Them All", featured guest support from Asia DeMarcos as Marlena Moreau (played in the original series by BarBara Luna), Bobby Clark as Council Leader Tharn, Bobby Quinn Rice as transporter technician, Michael Dorn as the computer of the ISS Enterprise, and the first appearance of Kipleigh Brown as Barbara Smith (played in the original series by Andrea Dromm). Recurring cast member Cat Roberts (Lieutenant Palmer, played in the original series by Elizabeth Rogers), joined the series as of this episode.
The fourth episode, "The White Iris", featured the return of Sirtis as the Enterprise computer, as well as guest stars Colin Baker (Doctor Who), Nakia Burrise (Power Rangers), Adrienne Wilkinson (Xena: Warrior Princess), Tiffany Brouwer (Femme Fatales), and Gabriela Fresquez, with cameos by Chris Gore and Robert J. Sawyer.
Episode six, "Come Not Between the Dragons", guest-starred Gigi Edgley of Farscape fame. Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, had a cameo appearance as a bridge officer in the episode. Episode seven, "Embracing the Winds", featured Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Beau Billingslea (Cowboy Bebop), as well as the return of Erin Gray's flag officer character (Commodore Gray from the second episode) and Marina Sirtis as the computer voice. Episode eight, "Still Treads the Shadow", featured Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek: Discovery). Episode nine, "What Ships are For", featured John de Lancie (three Star Trek series) and Anne Lockhart (the original Battlestar Galactica series). Episodes ten and eleven, "To Boldly Go: Part I" and "To Boldly Go: Part II" written by Sawyer, featured Nicola Bryant (Doctor Who), Cas Anvar (The Expanse), Amy Rydell (reprising her mother Joanne Linville's role from the original series), and Mark Meer (Mass Effect). Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca from Star Trek: Discovery) also provides a vocal cameo in Part II; although credited under the pseudonym Jason Lorca..
After directing an episode of Starship Farragut for Farragut Films, Mignogna proposed to the companies involved in its production to form a partnership to support the development of a new web series, aimed at continuing the episodes of TOS.
Mignogna and the production team recreated the style of the original series in its sets, cinematography, costumes, acting, and storytelling style. They duplicated the four-act structure used in the original because of the need for commercial breaks. They primarily used the original series' incidental music, as well as the original theme song and credit typography. Starting with the fifth episode, original music by composer Andy Farber was included. They shot the episodes in 4:3 aspect ratio to duplicate the original series' TV format.
The first episode, "Pilgrim of Eternity", premiered at Phoenix Comicon on May 24, 2013 and was released to the public the same day. "Lolani", the second episode, finished shooting in November 2013 with guest stars Lou Ferrigno and Erin Gray. The episode was released online in February 2014 after premiering at Dallas Sci-Fi Expo in Dallas, Texas. Episode three, "Fairest of Them All", began principal photography that month, with a premiere at Supanova 2014 in Sydney, Australia in June 2014. Pre-production on the fourth episode of the series, "The White Iris", began in November 2014, with a release on May 29, 2015 at Phoenix Comicon. The fifth episode premiered on September 25, 2015 at Salt Lake Comic Con followed by a public release on the following day.
According to the ending credits of "Fairest of Them All", a scene of the episode was shot on location at NASA's Space Center Houston, home of the restored life-size prop of the original Star Trek Galileo shuttlecraft.
In early 2015, Star Trek Continues announced the acquisition of the remainder of the Kingsland facility, totaling 18,500 square feet, under exclusive ownership of Trek Continues Inc. The studio was re-branded as "Stage 9", an homage to the original series' soundstage at Desilu.
After releasing the first episode, funded by Mignogna, new funds for the continuation of the series were raised in part from a successful Kickstarter campaign, humorously dubbed a "Kirkstarter". It was held from October 7 to November 6, 2013, and raised $126,028 from 2,981 backers, surpassing the set goal of $100,000, to cover funding for episodes 2, 3, and 4.
A second Kickstarter campaign ran from January 17 to February 16, 2015. It successfully raised $214,584, exceeding its goal of $100,000. The sum covered the production costs of episodes 5, 6, and 7, and facilitated the construction of an engineering room and planet set.
A third and final crowdfunding campaign - this time organized via Indiegogo - was held in early 2016, raising $199,049. Shortly thereafter, the producers announced that additional private donations to the Trek Continues Inc. charity allowed the company to exceed its fundraising goal of $350,000, thus enabling the production of four additional episodes.
|No.||Title||Stardate||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Pilgrim of Eternity"||6147.3||Vic Mignogna||Steve Frattarola & Jack Treviño (teleplay)
Vic Mignogna & Jack Marshall (story)
|May 24, 2013|
|An ill and much older Apollo appears on the Enterprise, creating havoc and leaving Captain Kirk with the problem of deciding his fate.|
|2||"Lolani"||6154.1||Chris White||Huston Huddleston and Paul Bianchi (teleplay)
Vic Mignogna & Huston Huddleston (story)
|February 8, 2014|
|Captain Kirk and his crew are torn by the moral dilemmas that arise when they rescue an Orion slave from a distressed Tellarite ship.|
|3||"Fairest of Them All"||Unknown||James Kerwin||James Kerwin & Vic Mignogna (teleplay)
Vic Mignogna (story)
|June 15, 2014|
|In this continuation of the TOS episode "Mirror, Mirror", Spock confronts Kirk in order to set a more peaceful course for the troubled Terran Empire.|
|4||"The White Iris"||6182.3||James Kerwin||James Kerwin & Chris White & Vic Mignogna (teleplay)
Vic Mignogna & Chris White (story)
|May 29, 2015|
|Kirk deals with guilt from his past while Chalcis, a world that wants to join the Federation, finds itself in danger from a missile attack by its twin planet Eretria.|
|5||"Divided We Stand"||6202.1||Vic Mignogna||Marc Cushman & Susan Osborn (teleplay)
Vic Mignogna (story)
|September 26, 2015|
|Kirk and McCoy are trapped in history while the Enterprise fights off mysterious intruders.|
|6||"Come Not Between the Dragons"||6257.4||Julian Higgins||Greg Dykstra and James Kerwin & Vic Mignogna (teleplay)
Greg Dykstra (story)
|May 28, 2016|
|A troubled creature pierces the Enterprise hull, pitting the crew against a pursuer that threatens to tear them apart.|
|7||"Embracing the Winds"||6295.3||James Kerwin||James Kerwin & Vic Mignogna (teleplay)
James Kerwin (story)
|September 3, 2016|
|The Enterprise is assigned to salvage a starship that lost its crew under mysterious circumstances, while Kirk and Spock are summoned to a starbase for a classified briefing.|
|8||"Still Treads the Shadow"||6563.4||Julian Higgins||Judy Burns||April 2, 2017|
|The Enterprise discovers a lost starship on the edge of an interphasic portal with an unlikely passenger. Kirk and an old friend have to save the Enterprise.|
|9||"What Ships Are For"||6892.3||Vic Mignogna||Kipleigh Brown (teleplay)
Vic Mignogna & James Kerwin & Kipleigh Brown (story)
|July 30, 2017|
|Kirk must convince an unenlightened alien species to embrace their most hated adversaries on a world entirely devoid of color.|
|10||"To Boldly Go: Part I"||6988.4||James Kerwin||Robert J. Sawyer (teleplay)
Vic Mignogna & James Kerwin and Robert J. Sawyer (story)
|October 18, 2017|
|To solve the ultimate mystery, the Enterprise must return to where Kirk's five-year mission began.|
|11||"To Boldly Go: Part II"||6995.1||James Kerwin||Robert J. Sawyer and James Kerwin (teleplay)
Vic Mignogna & James Kerwin and Robert J. Sawyer (story)
|November 13, 2017|
|The iconic mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise comes to an end, as Kirk and his crew battle the ultimate adversary.|
Before screening the first episode, a series of three short videos, called vignettes, were released from July 31 to November 30, 2012. The first vignette is an extended ending of the last episode of TOS, "Turnabout Intruder", created to present the fan production as a direct continuation of the original series.
|No.||Title||Stardate||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|V1||"Turnabout Intruder"||5928.5||Jack Marshall||Arthur H. Singer (original 1969 teleplay),
Vic Mignogna (new material)
|July 31, 2012|
|After a temporary swap of bodies occurred between Kirk and Dr. Janice Lester, the captain and the crew resume their duties. This sequence was filmed shot for shot from the original series.|
|V2||"You've Got the Conn"||Unknown||Vic Mignogna||Vic Mignogna & Jack Marshall||September 30, 2012|
|Uhura, Chekov and Sulu have a bit of fun during a night shift but are caught in the act by an unexpected Captain Kirk.|
|V3||"Happy Birthday, Scotty"||Unknown||Vic Mignogna||Vic Mignogna||November 30, 2012|
|Though Scotty welcomes the arrival of an improved technology, McCoy is not particularly happy about the consequences.|
The reception of Star Trek Continues has been very positive, with critics and reviewers highlighting the quality of the production and the resemblance of the episodes with those of the original series. On July 12, 2013, Dan Roth of SyFy's Blastr wrote: "Lots of people try to make fan versions of Trek. None of them look like this." Slice of SciFi's Sam Sloan wrote: "They have certainly raised the bar for independent Star Trek episodic film making", an opinion shared by other reviewers as well. On June 18, 2014, Bill Watters of TrekMovie.com wrote: "Star Trek Continues does deserve the 'Continues' in its title as they do a really strong job at capturing (and yes, 'continuing') the atmosphere of TOS."
On December 16, 2013, about a month after the ending of the Kickstarter campaign, Kevin Pollak's Chat Show published a video interview with Tom Hanks in which the actor highly praises a Star Trek fan production and its "people that recreate with incredibly, startlingly great production values unseen Star Trek episodes", adding that "it looks exactly like the starship Enterprise". Although he could not put a name to the series, he described it citing information compatible with the identity of Star Trek Continues, which motivated the producers and a few sources to assume and claim that the actor was referring to them.
On July 31, 2014, Rod Roddenberry attended an official screening of "Fairest of Them All" in Las Vegas and endorsed the project stating: "I do have to say, and I said this after 'Lolani', I'm pretty damn sure my dad would consider this canon. The fact that you do stories that mean something, that have depth, that make us all think a little bit, I really think he would applaud you guys, and I applaud you guys. And, as far as I am concerned, it is canon. So thank you."
The publication Wired has dedicated to Star Trek Continues five videos of its video series Obsessed, that aims to highlight "what happens when people live out their obsessions to the fullest." Obsessed shows Mignogna and other people of the staff explaining to what extent they have paid attention to detail in order to recreate the Enterprise set and the visual style of TOS. The videos have been published from June 13 to July 1, 2014 on the Obsessed website.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2013||Lost Episode Festival Toronto||Best Feature||Won|
|2013||71st World Science Fiction Convention||Best Fan Film ("Pilgrim of Eternity")||Won|
|2014||The Geekie Awards||Best Web Series||Won|
|2014||Burbank International Film Festival||Best New Media - Drama ("Fairest of Them All")||Won|
|2015||Telly Awards||People's Telly ("Fairest of Them All")||Won|
|2015||Telly Awards||Online Drama ("Fairest of Them All")||Bronze (2nd)|
|2015||Telly Awards||Film/Video Production ("Fairest of Them All")[better source needed]||Bronze (2nd)|
|2015||Accolade Competition||Webisode ("Lolani")||Award of Merit|
|2015||Accolade Competition||Makeup ("Lolani")||Award of Merit|
|2015||Accolade Competition||Webisode ("Fairest of Them All")||Award of Excellence|
|2015||Accolade Competition||Cinematography ("Fairest of Them All")||Award of Excellence|
|2015||Accolade Competition||Directing ("Fairest of Them All")||Award of Excellence|
|2015||Accolade Competition||Webisode ("The White Iris")||Award of Excellence|
|2015||Accolade Competition||Webisode ("Divided We Stand")||Award of Excellence|
|2015||Accolade Competition||Directing ("Divided We Stand")||Award of Excellence|
|2015||Accolade Competition||Actor (Vic Mignogna) ("Divided We Stand")||Award of Merit|
|2016||20th Annual Webby Awards||Drama: Long Form or Series||Nominated|
|2016||20th Annual Webby Awards||People's Voice Drama: Long Form or Series||Won|
|2016||Telly Awards||Film/Video Directing ("The White Iris")||Bronze (2nd)|
|2017||Burbank International Film Festival||Best New Media - Drama ("What Ships Are For")||Won|
|2017||International Independent Film Awards||Actor In a Leading Role - Vic Mignogna ("Still Treads the Shadow")||Platinum Award|
|2017||International Independent Film Awards||Sound Editing/Design ("Still Treads the Shadow")||Platinum Award|
|2017||International Independent Film Awards||Special Effects Make-up ("Still Treads the Shadow")||Platinum Award|
|2017||International Independent Film Awards||Webisode ("Still Treads the Shadow")||Platinum Award|
|2017||International Independent Film Awards||Production Design ("Still Treads the Shadow")||Platinum Award|
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