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The first two episodes of a new behind the scenes documentary take you onto the set of Star Trek Continues. Wired and Condé Nast Entertainment were on set for the filming of episode 3, “Fairest of Them All”. Producer Vic Mignogna takes you on a tour of what director James Kerwin calls “the fourth season of The Original Series”. The set designers, costume designers, makeup artists, editors, and everyone involved with the shooting have taken every step to ensure that the episodes of STC look and feel like something shot in the 1960’s, and the attention to detail is worthy of the nitpickiest of Trekkies (go ahead, do your worst in the comments). Look for episodes 3, 4, and 5 of the behind the scenes doc in weeks to come.

Episode 1: CATCH VIC MIGNOGNA BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE SERIES STAR TREK CONTINUES

Behind the Scenes of “Fairest of Them All”
Episodes 1 and 2 of this new behind the scenes documentary debuted today, but the series will be a total of five episodes long. Watch for episode 3 debuting next Tuesday on Wired TV, followed by episodes 4 (6/24) and 5 (7/1).

Intended to pick up where the original show left off, the web series “Star Trek Continues” has brought about a wave of nostalgic appreciation for the classic sci-fi show. After a successful Kickstarter campaign and now, with two full webisodes under its belt, the show, by producer/director/super fan/star Vic Mignogna, is ushering in brand-new voyages of the starship Enterprise.

Episode 2: TAKE A SNEAK PEEK AT VIC MIGNOGNA’S MIRROR, MIRROR RESOLUTION IN STAR TREK CONTINUES

TrekMovie’s Las Vegas Screening
Read more about the soon-to-be-released episode of Star Trek Continues and see TrekMovie’s exclusive photos of the cast. The episode is set to premier this Sunday at the Supanova convention in Sydney, Australia and will be available on the web the same day for your viewing pleasure. Want to see “Fairest of Them All” on the big screen, but can’t make it to Sydney in two days? Join TrekMovie in Las Vegas for a midnight screening (July 31st–August 1st) at the Las Vegas AMC Town Square theater, and hang around after the showing for a Q&A session with the cast and crew. Admission is free, but we’ll be filling seats on a first come, first served basis.

 


 

Comments

1. Long Haired Sybock - June 13, 2014

No Sybock?

2. Skippy2k - June 13, 2014

What happened to McCoy? Appears to be the actor from the first Vignettes, is he taking back over the role? Only watched the first behind the scenes so far…so maybe it will be answered there.

Wow, it’s been awhile since I commented here but I’m really impressed by STC and looking forward to the new episode!

3. Ensign Ricky - June 13, 2014

I would love to be able to walk around that set.

4. I am not Herbert - June 13, 2014

Nice! =)

Thanks Kayla! <3

5. BatlethInTheGroin - June 13, 2014

I’ll be happy when news of the next film starts showing up so this site won’t just be writing about fan fiction.

6. Lt. Bailey - June 13, 2014

Very wel done indeed. It does have that look of the TOS as if was made back then. Nice to see Kipleigh in this, she went from ENT back to TOS…sort of.

7. THX-1138 - June 13, 2014

#5

Everybody is entitled to their opinion I guess. I happen to really dig these fan-made episodes. As a matter of fact I prefer them to the official Star Trek we are getting. It’s only a personal preference so hopefully nobody loses their s**t too much over me having an opinion.

I really admire the love and dedication that Mignona and Cawley exhibit in their productions, and I eagerly anticipate Axanar. I feel fortunate to be able to watch Star Trek, with new stories, being told in a format and setting such as this. I can watch at my leisure and can be surprised by where the stories go. We all love our vids and DVD’s of TOS but I, for one, can recite entire episodes from memory, scene for scene. New stuff is cool. Thanks for the gift of Star Trek.

8. Ahmed - June 13, 2014

@ 5. BatlethInTheGroin – June 13, 2014

“I’ll be happy when news of the next film starts showing up so this site won’t just be writing about fan fiction.”

I guess you were living in a cave when Trekmovie posted these THREE stories about ST 13:

Variety says Roberto Orci named director of “Star Trek 3″

http://trekmovie.com/2014/05/13/roberto-orci-named-director-of-star-trek-3/

Roberto Orci in talks to direct “Star Trek 3″

http://trekmovie.com/2014/05/09/roberto-orci-in-talks-to-direct-star-trek-3/

Orci and Kurtzman to end film partnership; Orci lobbying to direct Trek 3

http://trekmovie.com/2014/04/22/orci-and-kurtzman-to-end-film-partnership-orci-lobbying-to-direct-trek-3/

If you want news about the next Trek movie, go ask Orci.

9. Skippy2k - June 13, 2014

I agree, don’t usually take the fan films super seriously though I support the love of the show that they put into making them but I’m just really liking STC. I think it’s one of the first that really feels like a TOS show/episodes. There are some that do great sets, visuals, music but this one gets the feel right along with pretty good actors! That’s usually one of the things that takes me away from them. Liked the first episode but really think they did awesome with the Lolani, can’t wait for more! So very well done to all at STC! Even made me want to go back and watch TOS again…not that it takes all that much convincing.

After this, the next I’m really looking forward to is Axanar…looks awesome!

10. Mark Anton - June 13, 2014

Star Trek Continues really looks great. I just watched the first two episodes again and the sound, lighting, special effects, and, yes, the acting, are very good to outstanding. I am a Phase II fan, but this project seems to be even more accurate and impressive when you compare it to TOS. It looks like the original STC Dr. McCoy is back, and I do hope that someone out there can tell us if he is going to stick around, He did appear in the shorts STC did, and he was very good. It would be cool to see the same actors in each of the upcoming episodes because I like this cast very much. Vic is definitely the best fan-film Kirk I have seen, and we, the Trek Community, are very lucky to have him around.

11. Herb Finn - June 13, 2014

Looks great, and like “In A Mirror Darkly” we don’t see the “Real” Universe in the episode.

12. Marja - June 13, 2014

It was uncanny seeing some of the ‘from behind the scenes’ shots of Mignona … he has the Shat posture down perfectly, and from a distance even resembled TOS Kirk facially!

How cute to see him as a child “playing” Star Trek. We used to do the same thing, but not to such a perfect degree, witth sets and all! We went to a vacant lot. I remember wrapping two thick paperback books in black paper and attaching a belt or something to make a “tricorder.” I always played Spock because I could keep a straight face. Hee!

13. Hat Rick - June 13, 2014

I love the fact that there are people who are so talented and devoted to Trek that they would make such interesting fan productions, even though their professional lives are not originally associated with the entertainment industry.

Some of these productions are using young actors and crew who are in it for the experience (and, yes, perhaps the recognition and resume’ factor), who ask for nothing in monetary compensation while giving so much of their time and talent in return. How could you not admire this dedication?

I will not be one of those who criticize such productions for the fact that nonprofessional, nonexperienced actors are used. That’s not my style, and I frankly don’t think it’s all that appropriate to make such judgments. I look at these productions are all the more authentic and indicative of the enthusiasm of those involved. It’s all to their credit, in my opinion.

It’s also interesting to me that Conde’ Nast is associated as that’s been a fairly blue-chip name in the media industry. A good thing, as I see it.

May the winds be favorable; good journey to all.

14. Marja - June 13, 2014

Todd Haberkorn is really getting the Spock posture right. Posture is part of what’s so convincing about Mignogna’s Kirk. Now, if only the makeup folks would fill in and thicken Todd’s eyebrows a tad, it would give Spock that “darker” saturnine aspect — not just for “Mirror” but in general. Todd has such a friendly face! But yes, he is making Spock his own as a character. The mind meld scene in “Lolani” proved that.

I hope Spock gets to say politely, “Your agonizer, please.” Hee-hee! and that Chekov gets to do his “agonizer” scream.

I wonder if all the guys had to wear “evil male character” eyeliner too?

I like that Chris Doohan has darkened his hair to be more like his Dad’s. He’s taller and thinner, but has reported he’s working out, so good on ya, Chris!

Who the hell was Yeoman SMITH? Guess I need to re-watch “Mirror, Mirror”

15. Cygnus-X1 - June 13, 2014

I’m impressed with the cast’s appearances and performances.

I didn’t even recognize Haberkorn when he first started talking in the doc.

I sent Lolani to a friend of mine yesterday who’s just learned of STC. I clicked on it just to make sure the link worked, and I had to pull myself away from it 10 minutes later and get back to work. It’s that enjoyable and rich—it’s got so many little goodies in it—that I could just keep watching the thing over and over.

And the Conde Nast doc looks great, too—worthy of the show.

Now I need to re-watch Mirror, Mirror….

16. Hat Rick - June 13, 2014

Just saw the videos and they look like the actors and crew are having such a blast. The production quality (sets, etc.) seems indistinguishable from Hollywood-financed projects. And the people involved, from the executive producer to the guy who moves stuff around on the set, appear to be folks you just want to know better over a beer or two at the neighborhood bar. They have that energy about them.

This is really great news for Trek. JJTrek is one thing, but these people are doing it on a shoestring, and they bring their memories and their passion, and their own personal vision, with them, as they do the things kinda wanted to do when the Earth was young and we, too, played “Star Trek.”

Reading this article and watching these videos has made my day. I tip my hat to Roddenberry / Paramount / CBS for creating and letting spring forth such creative efforts and making it just a little more fun to be around half a century after Star Trek’s episode. I think that if Roddenberry and Gene Coon and others were still around, they’d have a blast as well.

17. Trekbilly - June 13, 2014

The visual effects on this are much better than what CBS Digital did. These guys should be given a contract to redo those OS visual effects again…

18. Daoud, The Sinfonian - June 13, 2014

Love that they’ve positioned Yeoman Smith (Andrea Dromm) from WNMHGB in the mirror universe as Lt. Smith (Kipleigh Brown). A real salute to what might have been had Ms. Dromm opted to take the pilot six-month hold contract rather than go off to make a one-off film. Plus, blonded up this way, she definitely evokes the look of Ms. Dromm. So, I sure hope they gave Kipleigh’s Smith this line:

“Is this any way to run a starship? You bet it is!”

19. TrekMadeMeWonder - June 13, 2014

Geez. The sets look better than the 60 show!

20. Michael Prenez-Isbell - June 13, 2014

Great comments, hoped everyone enjoyed the BTS episodes–more to come! And thanks from the teams at WIRED and Condè Nast Entertainment.

Michael Prenez-Isbell
Condé Nast

21. Pilot1701 - June 13, 2014

@# 7 nicely said, I could not agree more.

22. B Kramer - June 13, 2014

Utterly fantastic guys. Looking forward to view day.

I’m not sure but, if this whole episode takes place in the mirror universe,
it would be interesting to have an evil mirror Kirk intro speech to Prime Kirk’s: “Space the Final Frontier, these are the voyages etc…” at the start.

Anyways, all the best and continued success to cast and crew.

LLAP

23. dswynne - June 13, 2014

There is a joke that in the Mirror Universe, women have hairy legs as a sign of them being eeevil.

24. The Transformed Man - June 14, 2014

@17. Trekbilly That would be because Trek FX veteran Doug Drexler is behind a lot of the effects work. He even makes a guest appearance in “Pilgrim of Eternity” as the Paladin hologram in the opening scene of the show.

25. Disinvited - June 14, 2014

#23. dswynne – June 13, 2014

Really? I find three day old stubble legs far more “evil” than women’s legs in their natural state.

26. Ryan - June 14, 2014

Where the heck do they get the financing to afford such detailed sets, camera, and special effects?

Is this kickstarter, or did someone on the production team win the lottery and is in turn financing the production themselves?

Just curious!

27. Marja - June 14, 2014

25 Dis, I agree with you so much. The natural state is so freeing, and I sometimes wish I lived in Europe :-)

I think dswynne was making a joke about the evil goatees and making an equivalent for women …?

28. Herb Finn - June 14, 2014

What I find amazing is Vic’s the same age Shatner was when he filmed “Search for Spock” and he pulls off the younger Kirk with such zeal and energy someone half his age!

29. The Transformed Man - June 14, 2014

Are you KIDDING ME?!?!?! I had no clue Vic was 51. Crazy.

30. Trekbilly - June 14, 2014

#24 — It’s fantastic work!! Doug always does impeccable work though…:-) Seriously, it blows CBS-Ds work away!! It doesn’t have that video game look to it…

31. Trekbilly - June 14, 2014

Vic sure as heck doesn’t look 51! Wow!

32. Son of Captain Garth - June 15, 2014

#26 Vic didn’t get the money to build most of the sets; he used the sets from Starship Farragut. They paid for them over the years and have just about the whole ship built.

33. Marja - June 15, 2014

28, Herb Finn, Diet and exercise regimens have improved VASTLY in the last 50 years. Back in the ’60s, “everyone” smoked, most middle-class folks ate steak every week, drank two or three cocktails of an evening [not to mention at lunch] … you’d have a hard time finding an actor who does any of that stuff anymore, except on a special occasion.

Y’know, “50 is the new 30″

I like that; now I can say I’m 37 :-)

34. PontihogPontihog - June 15, 2014

#22. ;-)

I’m not sure but, if this whole episode takes place in the mirror universe,
it would be interesting to have an evil mirror Kirk intro speech to Prime Kirk’s: “Space the Final Frontier, these are the voyages etc…” at the start.

35. The Transformed Man - June 15, 2014

#30. Trekbilly Doug Drexler did a great interview on Trek.fm’s Continuing Missions podcast talking about how he became involved in the project, and the secret he learned about how to get the Enterprise to look right digitally. It really is a labor of love for him

36. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - June 15, 2014

It is always good to see the events in my Universe. The Empire will always prevail.
Long Live the Empire.

37. B Kramer - June 15, 2014

STC ep#3 “Fairest of them All” is online:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJf2ovQtI6w

http://vimeo.com/98076892

Watched it, pretty interesting,

38. Skippy2k - June 15, 2014

I agree the Enterprise looks great but I kinda wish they had tweeked the E to the pilot version for this just for consistancy. The original used the footage and they made the change for remastered which I thought was kinda nice. If it wasn’t flashing back to it I would just gather they upgraded but you know, minor nitpick. Only got to watch the first couple of minutes, going to sit down shortly and watch it fully.

39. Bob - June 15, 2014

Just watched the episode and I think it’s the best one. An episode where the story is of utmost importance over effects. I thought that it was interesting as well as suspenseful. Very good continuance of the TOS episodes story.
I really liked this one.

40. The Transformed Man - June 15, 2014

3 for 3 now. Great episode, and Doug Drexler’s work once again is nothing short of awesome.

41. Dr C - June 15, 2014

Just seen ‘Fairest of them all’. 6 stars out of 5. Absolutely loved it! The acting is great, the story was engaging. The cinematography was fantastic – like watching a lost episode of Star Trek. A worthy successor to “Mirror Mirror” (which I am about to watch again!). Great work. I hope this show runs forever!

42. The Transformed Man - June 15, 2014

Is that Bobby Rice (aka Peter Kirk from New Voyages) I spy as a transporter technician?

43. The Transformed Man - June 15, 2014

Absolutely loved Michael Dorn’s “cameo.”

44. Skippy2k - June 15, 2014

Noticed them too, just finished the full episode… Absolutely awesome! Loved it. There was the nitpick that stood out to me above but that was so minor and really had no other complaints if you want to say that. I did question whether TOS would have done a follow up episode in this way, going back to right where the other left off but that’s really more of an observation not complaint.

Just can’t get over how good that was! Great job guys!

45. Mark Anton - June 15, 2014

Just saw it! Episode 3 was nothing short of outstanding. There are so many things to love about this episode and this series. In short: authenticity. The actress who played Marlena was the reincarnation of Barbara Luna. The whole cast, really, is just great. Can’t wait for the next one. Truly, we should be getting at least 22 episodes of this per year on some network. Congratulations to everyone at Star Trek Continues. I know you SHOULD live long and prosper!
Note to J.J. Abrams: Please, stay as far away from this show as possible. This group knows a lot more about what great Star Trek is than you do.

46. dswynne - June 15, 2014

@45 (Mark Anton): Between “Continues” (my version of season 4) and “Phase 2″ (my version of season 5), we just might get those 22 episodes per year. And the thing is, considering the success of both outfits, it’s a shame that CBS can’t or won’t do even a web-series set in the style of TOS, and do so on a budget that is inexpensive. Sigh…

47. Stanky McFibberich - June 15, 2014

I like this series and appreciate the attention to detail in the sets, camera angles, etc. Each new episode has been better than the previous. Looking forward to more in the future!

48. CmdrR - June 15, 2014

D’Oh! Man, when it waits to post, it really waits.

49. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - June 15, 2014

Loved it. Great Acting and Great Story.
Long Live the Terran Empire.

50. Michael Hall - June 15, 2014

Well, that was a lot of fun. Not as tight and well put-together as the original “Mirror, Mirror”–but then, I never expected it to be. TOS purists should be in hog heaven, and casual fans at least reasonably entertained. Overall, a fine effort and tribute to a Trek classic.

51. Hat Rick - June 15, 2014

What a great tribute to TOS. I really enjoyed watching this episode. It was fun and meaningful.

Thanks to all involved for being such great fans and for all your hard work. I think you can see now from all the praise you’re receiving that it was all worth it!

52. Jonboc - June 15, 2014

I wish these guys would have taken the Exeter route and came up with a new crew. Their production values are so high, I’d love to enjoy them, but I can’t when they try to pull off Kirk and company. When everything from the last ice-cube button of the bridge to the lighting is so spot on, it just makes the actors look more out of place. It’s like…who are these imposters and why are they on the bridge of the Enterprise? I have the exact same problem with New Voyages. The adventures of an entirely new crew would have been so much better, Starship Exeter remains the episode to beat for that very reason.

53. Hat Rick - June 15, 2014

If we’re going to talk about how to do TOS as an extreme purist, technically we’ll be able to do new episodes of TOS using digital versions of the original actors. That wouldn’t be nearly as fun for the people making such a production, not to mention you’d probably have to pay a king’s ransom for the right to use the likeness of said actors.

I believe special effects houses already have abundant (if still costly) ability to create increasingly convincing digital versions of actors, so if CBS or its successors were to want to produce the official fourth season of TOS in that way, it remains quite possible.

This naturally goes for eighth seasons of TNG, DS9, and VOY, as well as the fifth season of ENT.

This brings up an interesting question: Which version of the same actor (obviously having aged in real time during the original production run) is canonical? It’s easy to conclude that the actors as they looked from the last-produced season should be used. Logically, the look of the actors in the seventh season of TNG, for example, probably would be used for the eighth season. However, it could also be a matter of aesthetics and the internal logic of the show. How many years transpired between the first episode of TOS and the last, and would Kirk have looked younger than Shatner did in 1969? These are all considerations and you could theoretically tweak the appearance of the digital versions of the actors accordingly.

54. Jay - June 16, 2014

This was okay to watch, but seemed a bit simplistic to me. They could have had another 10 mins of depth but didn’t.

Let me explain: These people are supposed to be different than our characters, but it seemed only Sulu, Kirk and McCoy and a few others were that different. Mirror-Spock is able to convince people merely by telling them he won’t torture and kill? In “Mirror, Mirror” Vulcans were said, by Spock, to be something you DIDN’T want to fight. Why would his reputation there not work against him? His conversion of the crew seemed too easy. Uhura especially seemed pretty much like the Uhura we know.

Previous STC episodes seemed like a production that was going above and beyond. This felt very much like a more amateur production from writing to effects (the greenscreen was very obvious on the hangar deck. Enough that it was distracting).

I will watch the next one but this one was a miss for me.

55. dswynne - June 16, 2014

@52 (Jonboc): To be fair, there have been instances where actors have replaced other actors in the same role, such as Dick Sargent replacing Dick York to play the Darrin Stevens role in “Bewitched”:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/48943/11-characters-played-different-actors

That’s why I can watch “Phase II” and “Continues”, and even the “JJ Abrams Star Trek”, without discomfort, since the actors playing the pivotal roles are simply ACTORS playing the pivotal roles. It’s not a big deal to me, as long as the spirit of the intent of playing these pivotal roles is sincere.

56. Disinvited - June 16, 2014

#54. dswynne – June 16, 2014

Yep, I’m of the same opinion. It is just a role. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy the original actors performances, but there’s no reason other talented performers could not do well in those roles.

I mean, it is like claiming that since Shakespeare clearly was the definitive performer in his own plays, no one else should bother; then where would that have left William Shatner?

57. Frederick - June 16, 2014

Just watched “Fairest of Them All” and was amazed! Felt the most like a real episode of TOS that I’ve seen, and for a change, one that was really needed and SHOULD have been done in the original show!

I wonder, did they borrow the shuttlecraft from the museum for this? Or did they build their own, which seems remote? It was great to see it.

I do prefer Brandon Stacy as Spock, too bad we can’t take the best actors from both this and “Phase II” and combine them! I am still undecided about who is the best new Kirk, Vic or Brian. But I am not comparing the two series, only commenting about my favorite actors in the roles. Both are labors of love. But this one seems to have hit the ground running from the start.

58. CmdrR - June 16, 2014

Kayla?!?! I’m so confused. I cannot get my post to stick. I really tried not to use dirty words. What’s the story?

59. Frederick - June 16, 2014

Oh, and the actress that played Marlena was a dead ringer for Barbara Luna! Wow!

60. Skippy2k - June 16, 2014

#57 I don’t know the specifics but it’s the original shuttle craft since it’s restoration. Not sure if they actually moved it, the pictures I saw showed the green screen set up behind it. Cool that they were able to use the original though!

61. star trackie - June 16, 2014

I’m with jonboc on this one. So much easier to believe its another crew on another starship with all those exact sets. I have no problem with new interpretations of Trek, or Kirk, like JJ’s version. They changed things so it’s all new, but familiar. Here you just dropping in new people onto established, burned-into- the- brain sets, lighting and production values.

Once the nostalgia washes away from the amazing production skills, and yeah, they did a masterful job, you’re left with new actors trying to be the exact same characters Shatner and company played. Imitations, if you will. It’s like all the actors left the Desilu soundstages on a strike and all the stunt doubles stepped in to “play” Trek.

I wish they would have been a new crew on another ship, maybe the Lexington. Or the ship that was all Vulcans, (before it was destroyed) that would be an interesting experiment. Oh well. Is what it is. The did a good job, I just question why everyone thinks they have to be Kirk. Its a no win scenario! lol

62. Gary - June 16, 2014

@57: One of the last title cards indicates that the scene was filmed on location. There is a credit to the creator of the shuttlecraft and to two people who restored it.

BTW, that was a really good episode.

63. Herb Finn - June 16, 2014

So, when’s the next one? This was great, only disappointed it ran 40 minutes!

64. Michael Hall - June 16, 2014

“I’m with jonboc on this one.”

Well, I’m not. Perhaps the reason I have little trouble accepting the presence of other actors in these roles is that not once, ever, have I tried to convince myself while watching these productions–wonderful as they can be–that what I’m experiencing is some kind of continuation of TOS. That some do is, I think, at least partly the fault of the producers, with their talk of giving us those fourth and fifth lost seasons–the final, unaired years of that five-year mission. Sorry, but they’re not. That ship sailed forever 45 years ago when TOS was canceled due to network indifference and creative exhaustion. In this universe,TOS in its original form, will never happen again.

What Cawley and Mignogna are giving us is, at best, an interpretation of what a continuation of TOS might have looked like, had a miracle taken place and the show been renewed for a fourth year, a feat now made possible by empowering computer software and buckets of love and determination. Even then, for all their painstaking accuracy they’ve taken considerable liberties with that ideal on occasion, with everything from expansive visual FX TOS could never have managed or afforded to producing episodic sequels that probably would have been anathema to the NBC brass (let alone a story like “Fairest of Them All,” which takes place completely inside an alternate universe).

None of this is meant be critical of what these shows have accomplished. Stories like “World Enough and Time” and “Lolani” have demonstrated that it’s possible to create Trek-based entertainment that Roddenberry and Coon would be proud of, featuring good drama and decent science fiction, which can still add up to great Star Trek. But it ain’t really TOS, and never will be.

65. Disinvited - June 16, 2014

#64. Michael Hall – June 16, 2014

I think I agree with your contention that it is is not the first series no matter how palpable they are able to make it.

However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that it is every much a continuation of those characters and their adventures as Paramount’s planned Phase II would have been and the movies apparently are, even with that proviso.

66. Marja - June 16, 2014

54 Jay, Yeah, there were elements of the script that bore further exploration. It all seemed too easy. I would like to have seen more of Spock reflecting before he takes action, and use of his Vulcan henchmen to capture the recalcitrants.

I would think MirrorSpock would have found it logical to make it appear more as though there had been a coup in Kirk’s absence. And how many crewmembers would have believed the announcement? Surely such an organization has such a high level of paranoia that people would be very slow to accept such a change.

And you’re right, Mirror Uhura was far too un-“boss” … she did seem like regular Uhura.

Well, I could go on and on about makeup, but one thing was missing: Evil Men Eyeliner ;-)

67. I am not Herbert - June 16, 2014

…I used to like wearing black eyeliner (in the 80’s) ;-)

i’ve never been EE-vil, but it DID add to my “intrigue”… ;-)

68. TrekMadeMeWonder - June 16, 2014

37. B Kramer

Thanks for pointing that out!

I think this may be the finest Star Trek production I have seen in the last 25 years.

Awesome!

69. TrekMadeMeWonder - June 16, 2014

61. star trackie

We have all been waiting for that 4th and 5th season of Star Treks.

These are great!

Awesome!!!

70. Daoud, The Sinfonian - June 16, 2014

Jay, the green screen on the hangar deck… well, that was the ORIGINAL shuttle Galileo, done as a location shoot in Houston at Johnson, where it’s in the museum there now. They couldn’t exactly pick it up and move it to Kingsland, Georgia…. I think it’s a forgivable green screen to use the real Galileo.

71. B Kramer - June 16, 2014

68: Welcome TMM.

70: Re Galileo:

http://s17.photobucket.com/user/fendert/media/TOSGRAPHICS%20forum/IMG_4584_zps78b899df.jpg.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU6ZsPIegfY

http://www.space.com/22189-star-trek-shuttlecraft-galileo-houston-museum.html

52: Sorry JB, love it all.

https://www.facebook.com/StarTrekContinues

A Very LLAP

72. Cygnus-X1 - June 17, 2014

That looked absolutely fantastic. I love the faithfulness to TOS and I also love the improved FX. The Halkan planet whizzing away as the Enterprise speeds off looked great!

The performances are all good with some great moments sprinkled throughout — Kirk losing his cool on the bridge as Spock’s message of liberation plays over and over on the intercom…I really enjoyed the way that Haberkorn played Spock throughout the episode; he’s really settled nicely into that role…Chris sounded exactly like his dad in couple of places…Kipleigh Brown and everyone else was good, too.

I watched Fairest of Them All right after Mirror, Mirror and not only was the transition seamless, but I enjoyed the two episodes more or less equally.

I do agree with the criticism that the story could have been deeper. It’s a pretty simple, straight-ahead, action-based story with a nice theme (just like Mirror, Mirror). The protagonist(s) in both episodes are driven by one unwavering motive throughout the story—in Mirror, Mirror, for Kirk and crew to get back home; and in Fairest of Them All, for Spock to “liberate” the Enterprise (as the first step toward liberating the entire Federation)—and in this sense, to take issue with the depth of the story in Fairest of Them All is to take the same issue with the depth of the story in Mirror, Mirror.

So, while the lack of depth is a valid complaint about the story, it does not necessarily imply a failure in this episode. Vic & the gang executed quite well on what they set out to accomplish.

For my own taste, I enjoyed Lolani more because I enjoyed that story and writing more. But, Fairest… is even more tightly put together and more seamless than Lolani — It’s got a very nice rhythm to it, especially vis-a-vis Mirror, Mirror.

Regarding the promotion of this series, I actually find the premise of STC taking on the hypothetical Seasons 4 and 5 to be very exciting as it builds a good anticipation for what’s to come, and I find myself eagerly anticipating the next episode already!

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the Fairest of Them All?

Spock, I say.

73. Cygnus-X1 - June 17, 2014

P.S. Chris looks fine. Such hen-pecking…“You need to eat more; you’re skin and bones!” ;-)

74. Hat Rick - June 17, 2014

There are many niche television channels that could support a miniseries based on adventures in the TOS era. It doesn’t need to be the purists’ version of TOS, which the literal re-creation of the 1960’s look, but — who knows? Judging from the response to ST Continues and its magnificent efforts, as well as from similarly positive responses to other fan fare, there could very well be pent-up demand for a nostalgic revival. It doesn’t have to be a full series; it could be mini-series or two-hour special. If it attracts sufficient audiences, it could be picked up for a full run.

Some of the most highly anticipated episodes of DS9 and ENT, for example, were those involving re-creations of the TOS era.

It’s been about a decade since ENT went off the air. There’s just so much wasted time over the last ten years.

75. dswynne - June 17, 2014

If there is one thing I could critique on, it is the 40 minute run time. However, with a few re-shoots, this could be easily done with the following additional scenes:

1) A conversation between Mirror-Smith and Mirror-Uhura, especially how they dislike being treated as sex objects for the men on the ship (among other issues they might have). This would be followed up with them with the inevitable confrontation with Mirror-Sulu.

2) Speaking of Mirror-Sulu, I would have him wake up after being stunned, and be given a choice by Mirror-Spock. We can then learn why Mirror-Sulu would turn his back on his BFF Mirror-Chekov, and even have Mirror-Chekov flat out state that he’s joining Mirror-Spock’s cause (“Because I’m sick of being stuck in the agony booth!”).

3) We could use some internal monologue from Mirror-Spock, as to his thought process. This can be done as he walks into the Auxiliary Room. I would also have a “Captain’s Log” internal dialogue for Mirror-Kirk, with Mirror-Kirk wondering how much of an impact his doppelganger has had on HIS crew.

At any rate, my suggestions for a “director’s cut” of this episode would do much to increase the running time to 50 minutes, and would help to do more to get into the heads of the characters.

76. Hat Rick - June 17, 2014

I would love a report on how the episode was received when it was debuted in Australia. I’m guessing it was rapturous!

Even if you’re not a TrekMovie staff member, maybe, if you were there or have heard about it, you could post a message about how it was. I’m pretty TM has readers in Australia.

77. THX-1138 - June 17, 2014

Just watched “Fairest of Them All”.

Fantastic. Really fantastic. I was totally immersed in a season 4 episode.

Thanks for that.

78. B Kramer - June 17, 2014

FOTA Review:

http://trekclivos79.blogspot.ca/2014/06/third-times-charm-star-trek-continues.html?m=1

79. Dr. Image - June 18, 2014

Absolutely love it. Captures the feel like no other. Nitpick? Fix the blue borders on the bridge screens! So obvioully off. (Too wide.) Thus endeth the nit…

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