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Exclusive: ‘Star Trek Continues’ Fan Series Premieres At PHXCC – Michael Forest Guest Stars [PHOTOS] April 10, 2013

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Fan Productions , trackback

The new fan-mad webseries Star Trek Continues is gearing up to show their first episode. TrekMovie has exclusive details on the premiere, the first images from the episode and more – including breaking the news that Michael Forest is reprising his Star Trek role as Apollo. More details below including a chat with Michael Forest.

 

Star Trek Continues Premiers May 24th With Michael Forest

Star Trek Continues star and executive producer Vic Mignogna is now opening up about the first episode of his new fan series set in the original Star Trek universe. Mignogna has revealed to TrekMovie that the inaugural episode, “Pilgrim of Eternity,” will debut at Phoenix Comicon on May 24th, 2013 (6PM). Following the episode there will also be a panel discussion with Mignogna and most of his cast – including guest star Michael Forest, who is reprising his original role as Apollo from the TOS episode "Who Mourns For Adonais." The inaugural Star Trek Continues episode will also be made available online that same weekend.


FIRST LOOK: Mr. Spock (Todd Haberkorn) and Capt. Kirk (Vic Mignogna) view a monitor displaying archival image of their first encounter with Apollo – from Star Trek Continues “Pilgrim of Eternity"

The new Star Trek webseries was developed by veteran voice actor Vic Mignogna, who stars as Capt. Kirk. He is joined by Todd Haberkorn as Mr. Spock and Star Trek author Larry Nemecek as Dr. McCoy. The cast also includes Chris Doohan (son of the late James Doohan) plays Scotty and Mythbusters’ Grant Imahara as Mr. Sulu. Kim Stinger (Lt. Uhura) and Wyatt Lenhart (Mr. Chekov) round out the ensemble cast.

“Pilgrim of Eternity" will be the first episode of Star Trek Continues - a show that aims continue the story of the original Star Trek series which ended after only three seasons. Mignogna tells TrekMovie "like any fan, I always wanted to see the rest of the five year mission, and that is what ‘Star Trek Continues’ is made to do."


FIRST LOOK: Captains quarters set from Star Trek Continues “Pilgrim of Eternity"

The episode was shot in January of this year, with production taking 10 days. Star Trek Continues is produced by Trek Continues, LLC in association with Farragut Films and it is filmed in Kingsland, GA on what they boast as the "largest free-standing, extensive and accurate Star Trek TOS sets in the world."

The episode is currently in post-production. Mignogna tells TrekMovie that currently they are finishing up the special effects saying "while the show isn’t all about FX, the episode does contain more FX shots than a typical original Star Trek episode." He promised to provide more details on the effects later, but he did provide us a first look at the Enterprise from Star Trek Continues (below) and if you look closely you can see a couple of guys working on the hull.


FIRST LOOK: USS Enterprise in Star Trek Continues “Pilgrim of Eternity"

A chat with Michael Forest

Star Trek Continues also provided TrekMovie access to a chat with guest star Michael Forest. It was a bit of a home-coming for the 83 year-old actor returning to Star Trek. Here is the exchange…

How did it feel to reprise the role of Apollo after 40 plus years?
Michael: The whole experience was surreal!

Describe your experience working on the set of Star Trek Continues?
Michael: I found that working with the people there was different than working on shows in the past. The camera, sound crew, makeup people were all excellent and a pleasure to work with. In fact, everyone involved was a joy! Even though many were volunteers, things were handled and completed extremely well. Their behavior and work ethic was very professional.

How did you become involved with this production?
Michael: I was approached by the Vic, the producer/director and asked if I would do the same character I had done about 45 years ago! It was a rather astounding question, but the concept sounded interesting.

What were some of the highlights or regrets?
Michael: I got a huge charge when they brought me a double whopper from Burger King! [laughs] I would have been happier if I had been a bit younger because I no longer had the agility and stamina so apparent when I filmed the original episode.

Visit with Star Trek Continues at PHXCC

Many of Star Trek Continues cast and crew will be attending Phoenix Comicon 2013 on May 24th, including Michael Forest.
An autograph session will be held after the premiere screening and panel (moderated by yours truly).

What’s next for STC

Mignogna tells TrekMovie that between now and the May 24th premiere there will be more reveals and details on the production of the first episode of Star Trek Continues. And he is already planning his second episode which will begin shooting in October. Mignogna says the goal is to try to get two episodes out each year, and maybe even three, saying "we don’t want fans to have to wait too long between missions."

If you haven’t seen them, there are three fun Star Trek Continues ‘vignettes’ which were shot before production on the first episode. Here is the latest one "Happy Birthday, Scotty."

For more vignettes and details on the show visit startrekcontinues.com.

Comments

1. Phil - April 10, 2013

Old Apollo? Or CGI Apollo? Give him a Max Headroom personality, that might be funny…

2. Jack - April 10, 2013

Wow, I have to wait until my boss is in his office with the door closed before I call up photos of guys in toga on my work monitor.

They really are enlightened in the future.

3. PEB - April 10, 2013

No offense to the other fan productions, but just from what I’ve seen, this captures the essence of the Original Series as a straight forward fan continuation. I love Phase II but it feels more like a different crew aboard a Constitution ship which isn’t a bad thing at all. And again, no offense meant by it.

4. freezejeans - April 10, 2013

O_O This sounds awesome! Loved seeing the little guys welding on the saucer section as well :D

5. EJames - April 10, 2013

Enjoying what I’ve seen so far. Looking forward to a complete episode. Would be nice to have more “fan” productions. Many seem to have to have slowed down lately.

6. David Robbins - April 10, 2013

Awesome!

7. Luther Sloan - April 10, 2013

TOS with Kirk, Spock, and again… and again… any original idea?

8. ME!! - April 10, 2013

@3 I’m with you. That pretty much sums up my feelings as well.

9. Joanne Currao - April 10, 2013

“Who Mourns For Adonis” was one of my personal favorites! Can’t wait to see this!

10. Ensign RedShirt - April 10, 2013

I’ve been very impressed thus far with the STC crew – they capture the look and feel of TOS far more than any other fan production has, right down to the film grain. Can’t wait to see what they’ve done!

11. Mikey1091 - April 10, 2013

Premiere at Phoenix ComicCon next month. That’s great. When do we get news of the web premiere for those of us that cannot afford to travel to Phoenix? As much as I’d like to go, I can’t afford it.

12. D. Gordon - April 10, 2013

A Brooklyneese Kirk…I was half waiting for…”Nah, What’s up, Doc?!”

13. Fan of the Original Show - April 10, 2013

Maybe it’s me, and I don’t mean to denigrate anyone’s efforts here, but this, this doesn’t seem like Star Trek to me. I love the sets, costumes, production design and the effects, but the acting is just so bad. Vic SOUNDS like Captain Kirk, but he doesn’t LOOK like Kirk, and the others are not nearly as good.

I know, what do I expect, it’s a fan production.

14. Anthony Pascale - April 10, 2013

Mikey

Did you read the article? Including the first paragraph?

15. Jamesb3 - April 10, 2013

Much better acting than the typical fan productions. And Doohan sounds so much like his father it is scary.

16. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - April 10, 2013

I have been inpressed from what I have seen so far. Especially from Chris Doohan as Scotty. He looks and sounds so much like his dad I would almost think he is the orignal Scotty. Can’t wait to see this.
Sound’s like fun.

17. Al Hartman - April 10, 2013

While I think they are doing great with set building, I’d hardly call them “the most accurate.”

I’m hardly an expert, but I can see many differences between their sets and the original sets. Differences some of the other productions don’t share.

Which is not to take away from the hard work and dedication that has gone into all aspects of their production.

But, let’s keep the claims in the realm of reality here.

18. Steve - April 10, 2013

Ugh. Kirk sounds like a chipmunk.

19. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 10, 2013

Awesome. Make Kirk’s voice deeper. But still awesome!

20. Ryan Thomas Riddle - April 10, 2013

Fan films are my guilty pleasure, and I can’t help but feel that STAR TREK CONTINUES is falling into the same trap that has hampered PHASE II — episode sequels and trotting out former guest stars. This time to an episode that really didn’t beg for a sequel. Frankly, the original show didn’t really do follow ups (yes I know the Tribble sequel in TAS was originally meant for TOS).

Fan films, such as CONTINUES, have the opportunity with its marvelous sets and costumes to really tell the TREK stories that they’ve always wanted to tell. Stories with real themes that aren’t about connecting the dots of canon. Grab our attention with stories that are ABOUT SOMETHING not guest stars, fancy VFX and space battles. Tell stories that matter.

21. Trek Ahead - April 10, 2013

I am very much looking forward to this premiere!
Looks to me like some quality people, producing quality TOS Star Trek.
I’ll take this over that god awful J.J. Abrams production any day!

22. penny weir - April 10, 2013

Can’t wait to see more of this series- It looks awesome so far. The cast has already captured my heart with Sy-fy. And for Mr Scot, aww I always had a thingy for the dad and the son is just as good with the voice. But everyone keep up the good work. I need more please!!

23. Henrique - April 10, 2013

Wow I’m impressed, very nice work guys! I can’t wait to watch!

24. John - April 10, 2013

It kind of runs against the spirit of things to be critical of any fan film. Come on, artist integrity and enthusiasm will carry the day, if nothing else.I can’t wait.

25. Pilot1701 - April 10, 2013

Have to agree with the Kirk voice comments.

26. George - April 10, 2013

This is awesome! The actors might not look too much like the originals, but they captured the same quality of the original series and i love the juxtaposition of the original background music that really conveys the scene.

27. Marja, can you tell I'm a Nimoy fan? - April 10, 2013

Mignogna may not have the voice of Shatner-Kirk, but he does a near-perfect job with Kirk’s body language. Chris Doohan is just great [movement and voice], and so are Sulu and Uhura [their body language was also close to perfect]. Chekov did pretty well, and so did McCoy, but Spock was … just painful to watch.

To me Star Trek can’t be good if their Spock isn’t good. Talk about a high voice, OMG, Spock is a BASS, not a tenor. I can’t believe it’s that difficult to find someone who at least *resembles* Nimoy in face and voice … and expressions. This young man was miscast.

Now that my casting rant is over, I did very much like the sets and much of the writing. The music and background sounds made it special, as did the SFX.

28. TheAmorphousBlob - April 10, 2013

I LUV that phaser design!

29. ObsessiveStatTrekFan - April 10, 2013

… Grant Imahara!! /*** fans self ***/ I’ve sat through many a Mythbusters show with my kids over the years. I might have to watch a few Star Trek Continues webisodes. I watched Star Trek Of Gods and Men some time ago and was a bit meh about it, and I don’t think I’ve watched any of the Phase II stuff. This “Happy Birthday, Scotty” scene was rather cute, but it might take me a while to get used to McCoy’s voice…

30. Dave1119 - April 10, 2013

Hmm.. either the ship is really small or those guys on the hull are pretty big. I make the guys about 1/3 the height of the center part of the saucer. I think there are supposed to be at least 6 decks in that section. The guys should be about 1/2 or 1/3 that size.

31. Dave1119 - April 10, 2013

Apollo got real big at the end of Who Mourns for Adonis. Maybe that’s him and one of his Greek god buddies on the hull. :)

32. T2 - April 10, 2013

The video quality is amazing. Lighting and tone are spot on. Chris Doohan steals the scene in both voice and appearance. Spooky! Not crazy about the other voices. Still excited to see it!

33. richpit - April 10, 2013

All I could think of was how many times I’ve stopped in Kingsland, GA for gas on my way from FL to SC. I didn’t know anything cool happened there.

Well, there IS a Cracker Barrel. LOL

34. C Russo - April 10, 2013

OMG! I hate to be critical of this. As a long time Trekkie (since before the term Trekker even existed) I really, really do as I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. I fervently hope that in the vignette, Vic was just settling into the role because the constant muscle flexing, tight shirt and off key voice (never mind how short he is compared to the other actors) just threw the whole thing off for me. Reminded me more of a SNL skit than a Trek episode.
That being said, I’ve met Doohan and like his dad, he’s a really nice guy. I want this to succeed. Please guys, concentrate on stories, not doing impersonations. I like Phase 2, Farragut and a couple of the other fan films, each for thier own take. Some have better acting, some have better sets. As I said, give us stories and we’ll be along for the ride.

35. Shatoupee - April 10, 2013

The minutia criticisms of Trek fan productions is so boring. They’re non-professional productions produced by fans, not high-budget Hollywood, and of varying quality but I’ve enjoyed all of them—Phase II, Exeter, ST Continues, Farragut, and others.

36. DavidJ - April 10, 2013

That was actually pretty good. The rhythm was much snappier and closer to the style of TOS than some of the other productions I’ve seen (where scenes just seem to drag on and on and are cut horribly).

And yeah Kirk’s voice is a little high, but if i could get used to Quinto’s higher Spock voice I’m sure i could get used to this too.

37. Andy Patterson - April 10, 2013

Gotta say, Chris Doohan is excellent! Really. Such a great interpretation of the character. Has so many characteristics of his dad, but still his own. Vocally, facially and body language. Just living, No! being the character. Really uncanny. I’m impressed. Makes me happy to hear it. There’s your Scotty. I’d have given you the role in the movie, Chris. Too good! ” Ahw, aye, she’s a beauty”. Agreed. Really well done.

38. Jerry Modene - April 10, 2013

While I like sequels, original stories are nice too. One thing I like about New Voyages/Phase II is that lately they’ve taken to filming stories that were written for ST in one incarnation or another but never put into production – like Gerrold’s “Blood and Fire” and Povill’s “The Child” (rewritten for TNG during the Writer’s Strike but originally written for the 1970’s Phase II) and so forth. And I’m particularly stoked that they are producing “Mind-Sifter”, a fan story that appeared in the New Voyages paperback back in 1975. I’ve always wanted to see that story made into an episode and I hope the P2 people can pull it off.

In the meantime – the ST Continues stuff looks good too; after all, one can never have too much Star Trek. And you are absolutely right that Chris’ take on his father’s delivery is uncanny. And great.

39. fansincesixtynine - April 10, 2013

Really, really good!!!!! I enjoyed it very much indeed.

40. Jonboc - April 10, 2013

These fan productions always get soooo close, but can never seem to seal the deal. Oh well, just like all all the others, I’ll be there with bells on when it becomes available online. I wish them much success!

41. Dr. Image - April 10, 2013

Very impressive. Production is pristine. Chris is EXCELLENT!! But accurate sets?? Sorry, but the blue frames on the viewscreens are WAAAY too wide, for one thing. If you’re going to do it all the way, get the obvious things right. The CGI E? Needs work. Gabe- you can do better, dammit!
Love the Nakada phasers… gotta get one.

42. Sebastian S. - April 11, 2013

The set of Kirk’s quarters looks stunning. Absolutely magnificent!

And as for Michael Forrest? I met him & got his autograph at my very first ST convention back in 2001. He was a nice guy. Can’t wait to see him reprise Apollo.

I really love these fan films. More ST (especially made with so much ‘love for the game’ as these are) is always a good thing, IMO.

43. Green Blooded Hobgoblin - April 11, 2013

Hey all! Thank you for checking out the article. Its fun to see so many folks ready to watch the first episode and give their two cents. I’m always on the look out for good Spock info. I’ve had a blast researching this character and what makes him tick as he battles with being half-human/half-Vulcan on the bridge of the Enterprise.
So, if you could point me in the direction of the sources that say Spock’s voice absolutely must be a deep bass and not just Nimoy doing his take on the character of Spock that has been portrayed probably more than a few times over the past several decades, please point that out to me cause I’d love to add it to my research notebook for future reference. Thx!

44. Ensign RedShirt - April 11, 2013

Not sure what “rulebook” says Spock’s voice must be a deep bass, but that’s just nonsense. Quinto’s voice is nowhere near as deep as Nimoy’s – it takes 30 seconds to get used to, not a big deal.

Enjoy these fan productions, folks. They’re made by us, for us. They’re not gonna be perfect, but they can be a helluva lot of fun.

Kudos to Vic and the gang!

45. Theatre Historian - April 11, 2013

This is an exciting time for Star Trek fan, with what is sure to be a great new feature film, and what is shaping up to be a very cool new Fan Series. can’t wait

46. Alex Prewitt - April 11, 2013

While Vic does indeed have the Shatnerisms down, I hope to see a more nuanced performance that makes it more his own. That said, I’m looking forward to the first full episode. I’m curious how Michael Forest will be able to pull of the flawless god at his present age.

47. Gabe Koerner - April 11, 2013

@41 I didn’t work on that shot

48. elena fisher - April 11, 2013

DAAAAANG that Chekov is mighty fine! Very very excited to see the finished production!

49. Michael Hall - April 11, 2013

Wow. Regarding that shot of Kirk’s quarters, mark me down as a fan of the folks who built, and lit, that set. Matt Jeffries and Jerry Finnerman would no doubt be pleased and proud to see such a fine homage to their work.

That said, I’ll second the poster who wondered why it was necessary to film a sequel to “Who Mourns for Adonis?”, an episode that to put it kindly doesn’t make too many ‘best of TOS’ lists. Not assuming that I know better I’ll be very interested to see what the producers have come up with. And as a former Phase 2 crew member, I’m hoping that production will soon resume releasing new material as well.

50. Odradek - April 11, 2013

@ 29. ObsessiveStatTrekFan – April 10, 2013
“… but it might take me a while to get used to McCoy’s voice…”

According to the article he got recasted anyway.

51. JP Saylor - April 11, 2013

Ahhhh these are so cool.

52. Sylar - April 11, 2013

@47 which is why it looks better than the opening credits. The other E being used as the primary ship in the full episode was built from the studio model plans provided by Gary Kerr. There is no more accurate CGI E out there than the one in this series. Created under the watchful eye of Doug Drexler and animated by the same. If Gabe wasn’t so strung out, he MIGHT have been able to do better, but I doubt it.

53. DAVID DICKINSON - April 11, 2013

What happened to Phase ll? and are these the same sets?…………..Dave.

54. Paul - April 11, 2013

I like how original Star Trek is turning from a TV series to an idea open to interpretations and reenactments, much like Shakespeare’s works or passion plays. I’m not sure if it is a good thing, but I like it.

55. ObsessiveStarTrekFan - April 11, 2013

@50. Odradek

Thanks, I didn’t pick that up first time through. The vignettes with McCoy in them have the other actor (Chuck Huber). I guess I’ll have to wait and see if Larry Nemecek does a southern accent. I see Memory Alpha cites his favouite TOS character as Leonard McCoy when he was involved with ‘Starbase ECU’ at East Central University, so I have high hopes he can pull off a credible McCoy.

56. JimGrant1701 - April 11, 2013

@27 Agreed. There have been other actor that have done better with Spock. He doesn’t look or sound like Spock. It is a distraction to the rest of the production.
Too bad we can’t have Zachary Quinto with this crew.
And McCoy has never been redone well IMHO.

57. Jack - April 11, 2013

I wish the Kirks wouldn’t try to ‘do’ Shatner. Sometimes Shatner can’t pull off Shatner. Play Kirk as a character.

And we’re all a little fan-mad.

58. Disinvited - April 11, 2013

#54. Paul – April 11, 2013

It’s the basic reason copyrights were created with short expirations. While Disney’s successful lobbying made that no longer the case in this situation, the history of shorter copyrights has shown that these type of things are ultimately beneficial to society and thus humans.

In other words, I like it too.

59. Mikey1091 - April 11, 2013

Anthony,

I did read the entire article. I am also amazed that in my excitement I didn’t actually see that the episode was being released on the web the same reason. I’m annoyed that I actually missed that little tidbit, as I’m normally a very thorough reader. This is good news indeed. I’ve been looking forward to this release. Now I can enjoy it along with Into Darkness!

60. Michael Hall - April 11, 2013

I like it too. No production, fan or otherwise, can credibly claim to be the missing fourth or fifth seasons of TOS, that particular ship having sailed forever in 1969. But it’s sure fun to see such talented and creative individuals give it their best shot.

61. Jay - April 11, 2013

Good and bad.

It almost exactly replicates the 1960’s TOS series in look and feel.

But it also replicates almost exactly the at times awful, goofy acting, the horrible effects and cardboard set decorations.

I guess it’s supposed to do that, but to me I don’t get the point. I don’t get the appeal. Why do I want to watch “new” stories of the original crew of the Enterprise as if it was made in 1964?

I guess there is some nostalgia in the common 1960’s shows (all of them had that kitschy, goofy and cardboard type look and feel to them). But i too me that is the only reason to do this type of thing, and to me that’s not a good enough reason.

62. Naren - April 11, 2013

Okay everyone – just wait until you see the Spock actor and all the rest pull off an amazing job playing the original roles. You will be quite pleased. Any TOS will be won-over within minutes. Trust me. And the idea of doing a sequel to an original episode is great – especially one that can bring back an original guest star!! I can’t believe someone has an issue with that – especially since Who Mourns was one of the best originals. Guarantee this will be better than the movie.

63. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 11, 2013

62. Naren

I agree. Awesome idea.

I for one, definitely prefer a straight on TOS style production over JJ’s Alt-Trek.

64. Chris Doohan - April 11, 2013

I’m really excited for you all to see Michael Forest’s performance. He’s fantastic!!!

65. Eprom - April 11, 2013

@55 I’d be more interested to see if Larry Nemecek has learnt how to act since his ‘cameo’ on New Voyages :)

@ 53 David, ‘Star Trek Continues’ is a different fan production company to ‘NewVoyages/Phase Two’, which as I understand it, Vic Mignona was involved with (Kitumba anyone?) before ‘Continues’ began.
I have read a few things on sites about ‘accusations’ here and there, does anyone know the actual story behind their parting?

66. Eprom - April 11, 2013

#26 Phase two have been juxtapositioning original series music for ages on theirs, but I agree it helps place you there.
I love that Mignona, such enthuisasm for the part, even as far as portraying the Shats ‘tubby’ look, but apart from sounding like he’s on Helium, he’s nailed the part

67. rm10019 - April 11, 2013

@Chris Doohan, you do a great job and it so much fun to see you in that role!

68. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - April 11, 2013

Hey Chris. I hope we get to see you say some of your fathers most famous lines.

69. Sunfell - April 11, 2013

Spock’s typical sound is more of a baritone, not a bass. Worf is a bass. But if the character is well-played, the actual pitch becomes irrelevant. It took me a few minutes to get used to Quinto’s (slightly) higher pitch, but after that, he was -SPOCK-. Same with all the characters, Urban’s McCoy, especially.

70. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - April 11, 2013

To bad we could not get Chris Doohan to Play Scotty in Star Trek Into Darkness.

71. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 11, 2013

64. Chris Doohan

As a long-time fan of your Father’s great work on Trek – I am too, Chris.

Trek would not be Trek without him and New Voyages would be really hurting with You.

I look forward to the premiere!

ps. Right on, Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire, but I think it would really clash with what JJ is trying to do onscreen.

72. TrekMadeMeWonde - April 11, 2013

OMG!

TYPO!

Trek would not be Trek without him, and New Voyages would be really hurting withOUT You, Chris.

I am sure you understood my meaning.

73. Eprom - April 11, 2013

@#30 As I recall from my plans I had when a kid by,,,,,,,,,,(Franz???? memories going), there’s only two decks through the saucer section and the two EVA guys look about right height to me, but could be wrong?
Although you really don’t have to ‘look closely to see them’ ;))

74. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - April 11, 2013

#72. lol. I was about to say something.
About Into Darkness having Chris. To bad.

75. Andy Patterson - April 11, 2013

@64

Again, you’re the man! Just such a spot on performance. It’s not just the Scottish brogue,…it’s the connective sounds and crutches we all have in our speech that you do so well,….you really are a student of the character and how your dad played it. You have it down, pat. Well done, man.

On the Michael Forest front,… always liked him in that episode. It’s a standout in the show. I hear he’s a cat lover. Another reason for me to like him too.

76. Chris Doohan - April 11, 2013

:) BTW, it’s Star Trek Continues, not new voyages, but thanks!!

77. Alex Prewitt - April 11, 2013

A lot has been written about the voices of the actors not “sounding” like their characters. That seems kind of odd to me. The characters don’t have a particular sound — apart from regional accents. The “baritone” referred to is Nimoy’s, not necessarily Spock’s.
Some of the actors are choosing to directly emulate the characterizations from the show, and that’s great (Doohan!!), but it doesn’t necessarily mean that Haberkorn is “wrong” for Spock. Just my .02.

78. falcon - April 11, 2013

Vic sounds like he needs to smoke more. (Not that I’d ever actually encourage anyone to take up smoking.) If he’s an experienced voice actor, I’m sure he knows some tricks to make his voice sound deeper.

And @chrisdoohan, I want to reflect what others have been saying – you are truly Montgomery Scott!

79. Sci-Fiddy - April 11, 2013

I’ll be at PHXCC to see this.

80. THX-1138 - April 11, 2013

LOVE that shot of the crewman working on the saucer section. And from my own collection of deck plans they look to be the correct scale.

I am a fan of fan productions. I can deal with their limitations budget-wise and time-wise. And everyone has to concede that fan productions can’t exactly scour the globe looking for acting talent that can physically resemble the originals as well as sound like and exactly mimic their mannerisms. Chris Doohan has a decided genetic advantage in that category.

I have enjoyed the Phase II productions but I have to admit that I am a little confused as to what is going on with their productions. Are they doing Wild Wild West? Is Buck Rogers still in production? Which Phase II episode is getting released? And in how many parts will it be? I’d never presume how to tell anyone else to do their thing, but by the same token if it were me I would do one thing and one thing as good as I can. And I would release it as a completed project. Not in 2 or 3 parts.

Having said that my opinion is that Star Trek Continues has the best vibe going. I really look forward to it’s release on May 24th. Maybe as much as STID. Who knows, maybe more.

81. RetroWarbird - April 11, 2013

Chris Doohan makes me happy to watch these. I mean the goal can’t be to replicate the original actors 100%, it’s impossible and you just hope the writing is nice and the attention to nostalgic detail holds up.

But Chris as Scotty is like “Am I watching the Original Series?” material. Absolutely uncanny, and despite my digging Pegg, I wish he was Scotty in the films (They did nail Bones, though.)

82. Will - April 11, 2013

Gah, I just can’t get past the guy playing Kirk’s voice. It’s so high pitched and whiny sounding to my ears. The rest is pretty decent, though I could do with Grant playing down the “This is my Sulu voice” acting.

83. Jamesir Bensonmum - April 11, 2013

I haven’t watched any of the video yet, but their Spock (in SOME of the still pictures) looks a bit too much like “Turkish Spock” from Turkish Star Trek.
;-)

84. Jeffrey S. Nelson - April 11, 2013

This will teach Kirk he should have gathered a few laurel leaves the first time ar4ound…

85. Ted C - April 11, 2013

I was turned off the first few seconds when what’s-his-face sounded like he was trying to emulate Shatner. I think what the world need is one more poorly acted fan made continuation of the original series.

86. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 11, 2013

I see that the big E is still flossing. Good!

87. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 11, 2013

Nice phaser turret under the lower saucer dome.

88. The Sinfonian - April 11, 2013

Chris, I’m very glad you’ve gone with this Scotty hairstyle your dad sported:
http://images.buddytv.com/articles/image/star-trek/james-doohan-profile.jpg

Rather than the combdown:
http://www.probertencyclopaedia.com/j/James%20Doohan.jpg

Any backstory why they went with the wet combdown rather than the pompadour as the series progressed?

89. Gabe Koerner - April 11, 2013

@52 Well, Sylar, that was awfully rude, judge mental, personal, and over-exagerrated. Who are you? Do I know you? It’d be awful nice if people like you would say your name and say what you have to say to my face rather than insult somebody with an anonymous handle with internet anonymity. That’s disgusting. Who are you and what’s on your industry resume?

90. Gabe Koerner - April 11, 2013

Plus, Mr. Sylar, the term ‘strung out’ is kind of degrading considering that I don’t do drugs. Its not a very good character trait to levy damning conjecture at people you don’t know whose circumstances you do not live.

91. Gabe Koerner - April 11, 2013

On a more positive and less stereo typically “internet fighty” sort of tone, regardless of detractor’s opinions, I’ve enjoyed being able to contribute to Star Trek Continues. Vic has become a very good valued and gracious friend to me, Larry has been my friend since I was a kid, Chris Doohan is super awesome on screen and in person, Grant is a class act, and the crew, many of whom I’ve known for 10-15 years, are top notch. This production will represent the most ambitious apex of what has ever been done with an independent, fan driven Star Trek production. You can find any nitpicks you want, say you don’t like this or that actor or the trim on the bridge screens is too thick, but can you honestly say that something like Transformers 3, with a 900 zillion dollar budget and a staff the size of an island nation is better and more engaging to watch? It is true that I had circumstances in my life that didn’t allow me to contribute as much to this project as I’d hoped to be able to, but I did try to make my contributions appear to be up to the level of what something this polished would require, and I’m happy with the work I did that will be in the first episode. As with anything, entertainment is a matter of taste, and this will attract its fair share of lovers and detractors. What I will definitely say for sure is that from what I’ve seen, this production is slick, tight and pro enough that it’ll make you think really hard about being a naysayer, even if you REALLY want to be one. :)

92. B Samstag - April 12, 2013

What the heck is “TOS”? It appears 3 times, but I cannot find it explained anywhere? Did I miss something?

93. Disinvited - April 12, 2013

#92. B Samstag – April 12, 2013

And abbreviation for the three words “the original series” as in the first Trek series STAR TREK from the 1960s.

94. Disinvited - April 12, 2013

#93. Disinvited – April 12, 2013

“And” should be “An”.

95. Nano - April 12, 2013

I enjoy all the fan productions, but I agree the Capt and Bones voices sound odd; nevertheless, I’m betting that disappear by the second act…

If they ever encounter the Borg in this Timeline I have a costume I’ll give’em a deal on…

96. Cain S. Latrani - April 12, 2013

It’s kind of funny to read some of the comments here.

Vic is a very experienced actor, and rather well known in some circles. He’s got a lot of credits to his name. Most notable, he portrayed Edward Elric in the English version of Full Metal Alchemist and Brotherhood. He’s also an accomplished singer and songwriter.

Todd Haberkorn as well. Some of his most well known roles were as Death the Kid from Soul Eater, Allen Walker from D-Gray Man and Natsu Dragneel from Fairy Tail, among many others.

These aren’t just guys doing this for kicks. They’re actually professional, well trained and seasoned actors, writers, directors and producers in their own right.

So, of all the things for most people to nitpick, it’s that their voices don’t sound right? Wow. I guess some people really can’t be made happy, no matter what you do.

97. anotherscott - April 12, 2013

Almost all the voices on the Abrams incarnation don’t have the depth/power/resonance of their original equivalents, it’s not just Quinto. Enjoyed the movie anyway!

98. ObsessiveStarTrekFan - April 12, 2013

@97. anotherscott

Agreed. I found initially all voices different from the originals (with the possible exception of Urban’s McCoy, from memory). By the time I’d seen Star Trek (2009) a bazillion times, I no longer noticed.

And, I have to say, it’s not just the fact that different actors were used. I remember going to see ST:TMP the first time and I couldn’t believe how different Nimoy’s Spock sounded from the voice I remembered on TOS.

If the guys doing Star Trek Continues are good at their character treatments, most of us won’t even notice their voices by the second episode.

99. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 12, 2013

C’mon. Just accept the critique.

When a lot of people say lower the voice, well, try it. I don’t think we are asking for much.

I think even Nolan accepted that Bane was too hard to understand when the Dark Knight Rises preview was released.

Once again, it’s just a critique.

Personally, I would add that Vic may be taking too many cues from Shatner’s performance in Trek’s finale, Turnabout Intruder. Vic’s voice needs to be just a little lower and a bit less lilty.

Otherwise I really like how Vic looks in the green tunic uniform. Vic’s look is almost perfect!

100. Tony Stark - April 12, 2013

@99 I told Jose Whedon I didn’t like the shape of Iron Man’s arc reactor in his chest…I wish he would have just taken the note…would have made such a difference in my experience of the 200 million dollar movie for me.

Why doesn’t he just listen to my request and individual requests of all the thousands of other people that have an opinion on how it should be done, y’know?

I mean, they have executive producers that comb over every detail of the whole production, but if they really want to improve their product, they should listen to my one nitpicking comment about it. Cause I know better. Cause I’m on a forum.

101. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 12, 2013

C’mon, Tony.

That’s a bit over the top. Besides, I’m becoming a bigger Iron-Man fan these days due to your great movies. They have been much better than Trek’s recent outings.

Besides, could Joss ever do any wrong at this point?

JJ. The comparisons will be coming soon.

102. star trackie - April 12, 2013

You know, the problem with these shows, and I’m talking specifically about New Voyages and this one, are that there is WAY too much resemblence to the original series. It’s impressive, but, in my opinion, they would be better served creating a brand new crew on a brand new ship, but set in the same universe. Now THAT, I could buy into.

When you have the talent that can recreate, with absolute acuracy, all the sets and costumes and props and the music and the sound FX…you create an expectation of recreating the original cast as well, and that can never happen. It’s like, who has come onboard the enterprise and replaced the crew with imposters? It’s that familiarity, if not exact duplication, of everything else that makes those comparisons inevitable. I can’t look past the acting and cast because everything else in the production is constantly reminding me that Shatner should be standing there,not this other guy. JJ got away with it because it’s a whole different timeline. That was the genius that made it work.

My advice to anyone starting up one of these series, intending to totally recreate the look of TOS while portraying the iconic Kirk and company, would be to create a whole new crew instead, on a whole new ship..but in the same time frame. Otherwise you will always look like imposters, no matter how good you are.

103. dswynne - April 12, 2013

@ 102: Pish, posh. The point of these shows is that we love the TOS, and felt robbed that we didn’t get the complete “five-year voyage”. Plus, there ARE other fan-made outings depicting new crews and voyages. Heck, there is one production about the adventures of the USS Farragut, set at the same time as the USS Enterprise’s original voyage. The point is that we love the series (you don’t see too many fan-made versions of TNG, DS9, VOY and ENT, now, do you) because the characters in the show are iconic. You really should respect that, you know, especially since these fan-made outings are trying to capture the spirit of the original show.

104. Rick - April 12, 2013

102. star trackie Actually STAR SHIP EXETER and Farragut FARRAGUT are fan made STAR TREK series that take place in TOS time line. They have different ships and crews for their storylines. Also I have heard about more TOS fan films out there, but those two I have actually seen and are not bad. Heck I enjoy most fan films and while they are not always perfect, they are good free entertainment that no one is forcing us to watch. I am not sure if you knew of these other series and they can be found easy enough. I am still hoping EXETER finishes of their last show.

105. Herb Finn - April 13, 2013

I wish one of the fan-film series would adapt some of the better episodes of The STAR TREK animated series and the Gold Key Comics (Not all of those stories were bad)

106. Jonathon Carter Schall - April 13, 2013

Excellent work by everyone.

107. Seriously??? - April 13, 2013

Wow…I’m surprised more of you didn’t comment on the fact that M Forest is reprising his role as APOLLO!!! How many other places have we been bale to see that over the years?

One of the old characters is coming back!!! To the ship!!! Where’s the excitement???? I think we’re brain dead as a society! Spock’s Brain…everywhere. Holy shit…

108. C. Michael Thomas - April 14, 2013

Excellent news about Michael Forest!! We ole timers remember his fantastic guest performance on TOS and his other guest stints in countless tv show and movies. That man can act!

Best of luck to the STC production. So great having new “old” Trek coming our way!

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