For the Love of Sci-Fi

Why You Should Watch ‘Star Trek Continues’

Just in case you’ve been living in a cave, Star Trek Continues (STC) is the award-winning, fan-produced web-series and brainchild of actor Vic Mignogna (who plays Captain James Kirk). STC’s goal is to complete the final two years of the 5-year mission of the original Star Trek series. Like many of us, ever since he was a child, Vic has had a love affair with “Trek”:

I’ve been a hard-core original “Star Trek” fan since I was a very young boy. Starting around 10 years old it was all “Star Trek,” all the time. I drove my mother crazy making costumes, shooting my own episodes, building sets in the woods, making her take me to “Star Trek” conventions, recording episodes on audio cassettes then listening to them in my sleep as I went to bed.

The passion that Vic, the cast, and the crew have for Star Trek is evident in this web-series. If you haven’t seen Star Trek Continues yet, here are 3 reasons why you should check it out:

First, the attention to visual detail and the lighting used in each episode is very impressive. This video is a walk-through of the soundstage used in the production of STC, built using the original Star Trek blueprints..

Second, each episode has a big name from sci-fi and pop culture associated with it: Lou Ferrigno (Incredible Hulk), Michael Dorn (ST:TNG), Erin Gray (Buck Rogers), Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), Michael Forest (the original Apollo from ST:TOS), Colin Baker (the 6th Doctor), and Martina Sirtis (ST:TNG), who is the voice of the ship’s computer. The next episode will guest star Gigi Edgley who played Chiana in Farscape.

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Have you ever watched a ST:TOS episode and wondered what became of an alien, civilization or planet once the crew of the Enterprise continued on with their journey? This is another reason to check out STC, because they revisit several of the original Star Trek episodes and bring closure to the stories: “Pilgrim of Eternity” (TOS: “Who Mourns for Adonais?”), “Fairest of Them All” (TOS: “Mirror, Mirror”), and “The White Iris” (TOS: “Requiem for Methuselah”, “Obsession”, “The City on the Edge of Forever”, and “The Paradise Syndrome”).
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These are just three of the reasons why I love this web-series. And once you’ve watched all of the episodes, I think you’ll also become a fan.

 

Featured Image: The cast of Star Trek Continues at Supanova 2014. From left to right, Vic Mignogna (Kirk), Kim Stinger (Uhura), Christopher Doohan (Scotty), Chuck Huber (McCoy), Michele Specht (Dr. McKennah) and Grant Imahara (Sulu). Not shown: Todd Haberkorn (Spock) and Wyatt Lenhart (Chekov). Courtesy: Eva Rinaldi/CC-BY-SA-2.0.

 

About the Author

Yvette Hickman is a biologist turned science communicator, new media publisher, and founder of Cosmic Girl Media.

4 Comments

  1. Orlandrea

    10/25/2015 at 7:44 pm

    Already a Star Trek Continues fan. Great article 🙂

    • Cosmic Girl Media

      10/25/2015 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you. LLAP \V/

  2. Bill Clay

    10/26/2015 at 12:02 am

    I’ve watched several different Trek fan series, and Star Trek Continues is by far the most professional and best looking.

    • Cosmic Girl Media

      10/26/2015 at 1:31 pm

      I agree. I’m looking forward to the next episode with Gigi Edgley.

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