TV Review: Star Trek Continues
If you’re a fan of Star Trek, the original series, and you haven’t yet discovered the web series Star Trek Continues, you are in for such a treat!
I have fond memories of watching Star Trek, growing up. Star Trek Continues has transported me back to those dark winter evenings, after school, being utterly enthralled by the stories, characters and settings of the Enterprise’s 5-year mission.
So what is Star Trek Continues? It’s a fan made web series... hang on, hang on. Don’t click off this page. I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too — until I watched the opening sequence of episode 1. I thought it was going to be embarrassing, clunky, poorly acted and amateurishly executed. No. No no no.
This is a superbly made television show. I thought I’d just watch the first few minutes and then leave it. Instead I gorged myself on the 4 episodes that were available, and then devoured episode 5 when it was released at the end of September.
It’s raison d'être is to be the unmade 4th series of the original show. Star Trek was cancelled in 1969 after three seasons. Star Trek Continues takes up where the show left off. It’s made to look like the original series: it is filmed in the original 4:3 (ie non-widescreen) aspect ratio; the sets have been lovingly reconstructed based on the designs of the originals; it retains the 4-act structure; and it’s been recast (obviously).
Vic Mignona, who plays Captain Kirk and is also Executive Producer of the series, is simply brilliant. Like Chris Pine in the JJ Abrams movies, he captures the essence of William Shatner’s portrayal without ever straying into parody or impersonation.
The supporting cast are also strong, and let’s face it, it is one heck of a daunting challenge stepping into the roles made soooo famous by the likes of Nimoy, Kelley, Doohan et al. I think what makes it the triumph that it is is that the stories are so good.
If all it was was a faithful recreation of the original series but with so so storylines, then you might enjoy the first one, but your interest would quickly wane. But each episode gets better and better. The quality is undeniably superior to the original series Season 3. My favourite episode so far has to be ‘The Fairest of Them All’. Kirk’s spoken intro to that episode is simply genius.
I just can’t say enough good things about this series. As a filmmaker myself I can see how much love has gone into this enterprise (sorry) and I hope it does indeed continue. It’s funded by a Kickstarter (known as a Kirkstarter) campaign so I’m going to invest, and if you’re a fan, I’m sure they’d appreciate a few galactic credits from you too.