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Review: Star Trek Continues, Episode 3: Fairest of them All June 18, 2014

by Bill Watters , Filed under: Fan Productions,Star Trek Continues , trackback

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The crew of Star Trek Continues has released their latest episode and this time they boldly take on Mirror Mirror, one of the favorite TOS episodes. Spock with a beard and Uhura (and the other female crewmembers with bare midriffs) in a galaxy ruled not by Starfleet, but by the evil Terran Empire.

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Picking up with the closing scene from the original episode, Fairest of them All continues onward to explore what happens after both versions of the away team of Kirk, Scotty, Uhura, and McCoy returns to their proper universe. In the original episode the “good” Kirk had begun to open Spock’s eyes to the illogical direction of the Empire.

Now that the “evil” versions of the command staff have returned, Kirk begins to tighten his iron grip on the crew, and prepares to exact vengeance for the Halkan’s refusal to surrender their supply of dilithium crystals.

Continues, along with Phase II, remain solidly the “big two” Star Trek fan productions do date.  The sets, effects, and costumes remain top notch and have every bit of the feel of an episode from TOS.  The writing and stories also continue to ring true to the original. The only challenge for me at some points is that they’ve taken on the challenge of portraying existing characters and their mannerisms.

For the most part it works, and I have to give kudos this episode to Todd Haberkorn for his portrayal of Mr. Spock. While Kirk is a major character, this episode centers on Spock and it’s his efforts that make this another enjoyable episode.

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Vic Mignogna as Captain Kirk is in the most challenging of situations as an actor. He does a really admirable job at his portrayal of Kirk/Shatner with all his quirks, the downside is that sometimes it’s so well done that you’re in the groove of it, then a missed note is all the more striking because you’re suddenly reminded that it’s not in fact Shatner.

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. Expanding on storylines (as in their first episode Pilgrim of Eternity) and episodes (like this one). As the field of Star Trek fan episodic and film productions continue to get more crowded, look for Continues to remain in the top of the pack.

You can watch the episode below:

Star Trek Continues E03 “Fairest of Them All” from Star Trek Continues on Vimeo.

Comments

1. Trek fan 1966 - June 18, 2014

Loved this episode! Star Trek Continues just keeps getting better.
Thanks for continuing the magic.

2. grayzip - June 18, 2014

Fan Trek is a gift to camp lovers everywhere

3. Quinn - June 18, 2014

STC has fantastic production values and, I have to say, they do capture the feel of TOS. I clicked in to check out a few minutes of this episode. Suddenly, it was 40 minutes later and credits were rolling. What an impressive accomplishment to all involved in this production.

4. shamelord - June 18, 2014

Exceptional from a production and tonal standpoint. This series deserves its name and absolute love for the original abounds everywhere in the episode.

You noted how challenging it is to portray existing characters and their mannerisms and you felt it when a beat was missed sometimes. Well, the episode has heart, the actors act – not always the case in that type of productions – and the audience is kept fully engaged in the story.

My warmest congratulations to Vic Mignogna and his crew!

5. Hat Rick - June 19, 2014

Thanks for the insightful review, Bill. Nicely done, and I agree with your evaluation of this episode and production. All it takes is enough love for the series and the dedication and efforts that show in abundance in STC, and, as you can see from various comments regarding the production as a whole in other threads, much of the fractious fandom that is aware of it is satisfied and happy. We should bask in that happiness; after all, why not? It’s so rare!

Fan productions seem to improve with every passing year. As a certain stockbroker-turned-homemaking-maven would have said: “It’s a good thing.”

6. Nemesis4909 - June 19, 2014

In short, I loved it. Based on the three episodes seen so far I’d say this is a little better than Phase 2 (not that I dislike Phase 2 but this is better)

I write a blog and have written a review of this episode, please check it out and tell all your friends, I need the readers

http://nemesis-4909.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/on-web-star-trek-continues-episode-3.html

Hope you all enjoy :)

7. Skippy2k - June 19, 2014

To say it again here, I loved this episode and am loving Continues as a whole. All have been good but I think episodes two and three were great. Think I had a big grin across my face thru a lot of “Fairest of them all” and can’t wait to see more! I always appreciated the work and attention to details that phase 2/NV did as far a sets/costumes and the like but STC really feels like a continuation of TOS that I never fully bought into with the other. Not that it’s meant as an insult as the love for trek shows thru and I appreciate the work that goes into any of these fan films even though I have criticisms with some. Plus though they didn’t close Shatner in a vat I really like the Kirk in this series, first one that I really find believable.

Anyway, Star Trek Continues is awesome! Nice to have new “Star Trek”!

8. Skippy2k - June 19, 2014

One more thing I was thinking too is that STC feels more like if TOS had come back for a fourth season back in the day where as NV/P2 seems more like continuing the forth season if it were done on tv today. Same sets but the tech in the show and filming and so forth. Plus a big thing to sell me in STC is Vic Mignogna’s Kirk, I think he does a great job and though I like Cawley and his passion for trek I never bought him as Kirk. I even went back to an ep and it just wasn’t doing it for me the way STC is.

9. Cygnus-X1 - June 19, 2014

I see the main cast’s performances as faithful variations on the TOS actors’ performances and enjoy them as such. There’s a certain uniqueness that the STC actors bring to their roles, and it’s fairly consistent. The actors portraying McCoy have been the exception—they’ve played Bones fairly differently from De Kelley.

10. northstar - June 19, 2014

Another nice episode, unfortunately – as I feared – another bottle show and very short as well. Which is no surprise, as you could predict the ending very early on. A few more minutes could have been beneficial to flesh out the other character a little more – they remain rarther flat. There was not one surprise in the story, where you might think an alternate universe is the perfect ground for that.

All pretty much “been there, done that”. The technical aspects are mostly very good, the sets (except Kirks wobbly desk), the lighting. The editing had some continuity problems (camera angles, vfx continuity, performance differences) that could have been avoided, but nothing major.

Actingwise – Chris Doohan beats them all, and the lady that play the Captains wife was superb. Vignonas overacting was sometime unbearable (in part probably because the role needs that overacting, but it was too much) – and while Todd Haberkorn puts out a very solid performance, I can´t get over him not looking the part. Luckily, McCoy and McCenna were almost not in the episode. Although Larry Nemeczek is far from being a good actor, he had more charisma then the new old guy.

I especially enjoyed the Shuttle sequence – congratulations on using the original shuttle, I hope other productions will do so, too.

So, another solid episode, but I really hope they take off now with some fresh stories and do not rehash old elements.

11. James D. Fine - June 19, 2014

I absolutely love Star Trek Continues. May it go on to complete the five year mission! I look forward to each episode of this more than I do to the J.J. Universe Stark Trek Movies. This is MY Trek. The one I watched when I was a child in the 60′s. I love it! Keep it up Vic and crew. Live long and prosper!

P.S. if you like it want more, contribute a few bucks to make the next one.

12. drew - June 19, 2014

well done.

13. Ashley - June 19, 2014

I really liked this. And in my opinion, the thing that really sets it apart from Phase 2 is the acting. I can watch this and actually get into it and pay attention to the story, but with Phase 2 I’m automatically scrutinizing the performances and it brings me out of it enough that I’m not paying attention to what’s going on. :/

14. Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire - June 19, 2014

I love this Episode. Back in the 60s this would have been a great TOS. The Acting was top nothch the Sound and feel was fantastic. I loved how they picked up the Ep with the Soft. I mean good Kirk talking to Spock. Then as we see the Landing Party beam out and see the Empire Kirk Beam in. The Expressions of Spock and Marlena change. All in All. This is a Top notch Episode.
But in the End. I know this. Kirk will be back and he will have his Vengence on the Traitor Spock. Long Live the Terran Empire.

15. NCC-73515 - June 19, 2014

The two most amazing things were:
Marlena looking like Marlena!
The very special cameo at the end! After decades of decay, and eventual restoration, the original Galileo model is used again in a Star Trek production… brought a tear to my eye :’D

16. TrekMadeMeWonder - June 19, 2014

Give these guys a million CBS/Paramount!

Then air the show!

17. Hat Rick - June 19, 2014

@NCC-73515, 10,

Yes, the resemblance between Asia DeMarcos, the actress who plays Lt. Marlena Moreau in STC, and Barbara Luna, is remarkable. In addition, Ms. DeMarcos’ acting is very creditable.

18. JR - June 19, 2014

Great production values. It really felt like a continuation of the episode. Looking forward to more. Better that the JJ reboot. All I ask is: “pick a universe and tell a few stories”. It can be alternate universe (Mirror, Mirror), JJ-verse, or Prime-verse. Stop the delay in months or years between films or episodes.

Clearly, no one is at the helm of any Star Trek creation. It’s time to bring it back to TV, Web, or Theater on a very regular basis. And, you can do more than one universe at a time (remember TNG, DS9, and Voyager).

Star Trek Continues deserves to continue! Crank out those episodes!

19. Bart - June 19, 2014

Really enjoyed this episode; all three have been excellent.

I’m a bit sorry to see that the actor that played Peter Kirk bailed on the Phase II production (assuming that he’s no longer involved). I liked the character of Peter Kirk and if this guy is no longer involved, I hope that they recast the part.

20. Richard Greene - June 19, 2014

Star Trek Continues really hits it out of the part with Fairest Of Them All. This is the Trek I grew up with and I’m glad to see a fan production finally give the attention to detail that is evident in this episode. I only wish it could have been a bit longer, just because I was enjoying it so much.

Early on I championed Starship Exeter for capturing the look and feel of TOS (so glad they finally delivered an ending to The Tressaurian Intersection.) Phase II/New Voyages grew progressively better in all aspects, and I continue to watch and enjoy it, but even at its best, it always feels like a re-invention of TOS. Farragut has been the hardest to enjoy, it feels as though they’re rushing too much and need better story development, acting and production value.

All fan series demand that those involved have a passion for Trek, and in these cases TOS. What makes Star Trek Continues the best of these? The passion of Vic Mignogna. His portrayal of Shatner’s Capt. Kirk (and that’s the Kirk we all love and want) is meticulous, from the vocal inflections and cadence to his posture and body movements. In this episode, they even perfectly matched the hair style from Mirror, Mirror.

But beyond that, Mignogna has proven himself a great student of TOS. Unlike other fan series, the writing is crisp and character driven, without resorting to excessive exposition. He and Director James Kerwin have crafted dialogue that feels like a TOS script.

As the cast and crew have stated in interviews, they broke down TOS in an effort to exactly duplicate the costumes, lighting, blocking, camera movement and shot composition. And it shows! Many kudos to Matt Bucy for his masterful work as DP. FOTA looks and feels exactly like it was shot by the original TOS crew. Keeping it the original 4:3 aspect is an inspired decision, because it sells the look of the production. As for VFX, Doug Drexler once again demonstrates his excellence at duplicating the TOS Enterprise in creating effects that pay tribute to the original artists without taking away from the storytelling. What a playground he now has with Star Trek Continues.

Those driven to produce these fan films are often required to fill many roles. In addition to producing, writing and starring, Vic Mignogna also edits STC. Here he displays just how devoted he is to recreating TOS as we all know it. As an editor myself, it’s obvious to me he has studied the pacing and sequencing of the original show. Just note the way he gets from one act to the other (without commercials of course). This is classic Trek editing. Combine it with the close attention to blocking of shots and composition, and it really seals the deal for me. Also, his use of music is spot on perfect. The entire sound design here is superb. Often overlooked by other fan productions, good sound design is essential to taking a production to the next level, as it has here. Thanks Ralph Miller!

My congratulations to the cast as well. Todd Haberkorn inhabits Spock in his own way, and I really accept him in the role. He has much to do here, and successfully creates the conflict which drives the story so well. Chris Doohan has finally arrived as Scotty in both character, voice and appearance. His father would be proud. Kim Stinger IS now Uhura for me. Much more so than she ever was in Phase II. Grant Imahara and Wyatt Lenhart continue to prove themselves as Sulu and Chekov, especially in the Mirror Universe. Michelle Specht sparkles in her one and only scene, bringing a nice, comedic twist to the story. It’s nice to see Chuck Huber back as McCoy again, even though he doesn’t have much to do here. He makes the mirror McCoy seem appropriately sadistic. It would have been nice to see him worked into the script more. This is one area for STC to improve upon. It doesn’t seem as if any of the fan series have successfully captured the Kirk/Spock/McCoy triangle for good or evil. Though if anyone can do it, I believe STC can. Asia DeMarcos was uncanny as Moreau and showed great depth of feeling. Having Kipleigh Brown at the helm was a real treat. It would be great if there were some way she could turn up on the “good” Enterprise the next time around. Plus, nice casting with Bobby Clark and voice of the I.S.S. Enterprise, Michael Dorn.

On another note, many unkind things have been said about Vic Mignogna in comments on this site and others. I cannot speak to these issues as I don’t know him, or have first hand knowledge of past events. but I realize that there are two sides to every story. It seems to me that a great number of talented people (many who have participated in other productions) are more than willing to work with him to create Star Trek Continues. I only have the work to judge by, and in my estimation, only they have successfully recreated The Original Series as I have known and enjoyed it. Passion and success often have detractors. William Shatner was passionate in his portrayal of Captain Kirk at a time in television history when the lead was supposed to carry the series, before the era of the ensemble casts we saw in the 1970s. Yet it was due in large part to his portrayal of James T. Kirk that Star Trek has continued to this day, despite the animosity directed toward him by some of the original cast members. I can only say I appreciate Mr. Mignogna’s passion, hard work and, yes, sacrifice. I can only give him my thanks and wish him much continued success in the future.

Many thanks to all of the cast and crew members who have so unselfishly devoted their time and talent to this labor of love which all of us Trek devotees can enjoy. It really feels like Star Trek Continues.

21. USS Lexington - June 19, 2014

Best STC yet!

pros: Vic Mignogna carries so much of Shatner’s Kirk that we can believe he is Kirk. His portrayal of Kirk is what is making STC so enjoyable. It’s impossible to be 100% spot on, but he’s close enough to carry STC.

Asia DeMarcos was so good as Lt. Marlena Moreau in STC, that if I didn’t know better, I would have thought it WAS Barbara Luna.

In his very brief role, I thought the new McCoy (Larry Nemeczek?) was excellent. His giddiness when he gets to administer more shots is just how I would imagine a dark McCoy reacting.

Doohan feeling more like Doohan.

Haberkorn was solid as Spock and seemed to be right in character.

Chekov was good.

Cons: Uhura was needlessly whiny.

Keep it up!

22. Bird of Prey - June 19, 2014

Loved it!
Mignogna as the evil Mirror Kirk was superb! I also liked Chekov and of course Haberkorn’s Spock. (And with that hair style, Chris Doohan is looking uncannily like his father…)
Furthermore, being a “Star Trek: Enterprise” fan, I also enjoyed the short glimpse at TOS-ified Andorian ships. :-D

23. falcon - June 19, 2014

@15, Richard – I couldn’t have said it better myself. A lot of people try and tear down those who are passionate about a certain thing, and it’s because they focus on that person’s attitude or persona, not the fact that they deliver results. Maybe there’s a small slice of jealousy involved, because a passionate person is also many times a successful person. Kudos to Vic, Todd, Chris, Chuck, Larry, Grant, Kim, Wyatt, Michelle, and all of the people behind the scenes. STC truly is Star Trek for many of us.

24. Mike Barnett - June 19, 2014

Outstanding!!! Bravo to the cast and crew! I’d love to see CBS hire this group and have them churn out 12 or so episodes a year. Put them on Netflix!

25. Bob - June 19, 2014

LOVED seeing that the original Galileo Shuttlecraft has finally been restored and is once again in pristine condition! WELL done!! Definitely a moving moment to see. Was hoping that it wasn’t a CGI shuttle shot, and VERY happy to see that it wasn’t. It was the real deal. GOOD JOB!!!

26. Doug - June 19, 2014

Kudos to all of the cast and crew of STC!!! Like Richard Greene I have no knowledge of whatever Vic Mignogna may have said/not said or done/not done in the past.

I can say that he does a very fine job as Kirk/Shatner and I think he, the cast & the crew capture the feel of TOS.

Like TOS, the episodes get better and better. I liked Pilgrim very much. I thought the writing of Lolani was a bit flat and some scenes seemed a bit “forced” to me, but Fairest is the best yet. The writing was crisp and clean and the dialogue was believable for each character.

I look forward to more good work from Mignogna and friends in the future!!!

Well done folks!!! Live long and prosper!

27. DJT - June 19, 2014

Excellent.

28. CBS Employee - June 19, 2014

No one has mentioned the fact that these people turn out episodes quickly as well. They film it, keep us updated, and then release. Six months between is great.

I used to love Phase II (New Voyages) but they seem to be so mirrored down in delays and politics and misrepresentations (delay due to power outage) I have to give kudos to Continues as the best of the bunch.

29. Chain of Command - June 19, 2014

This is really good. It’s fun, it has an interesting and coherent story, and is directly in-line with the intent and feel of the original series.

Thoroughly enjoyed this effort!

30. Chain of Command - June 19, 2014

And, I have to add:

Chris Doohan’s portrayal of Scotty is just uncanny. It’s literally an instance of “the son becoming the father”.

31. ST:EXP - June 19, 2014

Nothing short of spectacular.

A perfect recreation of TOS. Amazing.

Great audio. That’s been the vital element missing previously.

I wonder if 30 years from now a recreation of TNG will be possible like this in fan films that replicates the exact feel of the 7 seasons.

32. Calastir - June 19, 2014

What else can I say but LOVED IT!?!

It’s like a restored lost episode from the sixties, absolutely authentic and genuine. These should be released on blu-ray combined with TOS. I saw no flaws, from the casting to the sets. I even liked the little references to new trek like the “Spooock” and the Kirk/Spock strangulation scene. It’s absolutely amazing.

33. Toonloon - June 19, 2014

Outstanding across all areas. The director deserves a special note. And vic migogna as Shatner playing Kirk is sublime.

34. Northener - June 19, 2014

Enjoyed this episode quite much. Hate to be negative but also liked that Michele Specht’s character didn’t have much airtime on this one.

I have absolutely nothing against the actor but the character she portrays… yes. In my mind McKenna “steals” moments from the original cast of characters. Well, she’ll no doubt be back in the next one. And maybe (one can hope) she will over time become integral to Continues. Maybe I’ll even learn to like her.

Anyway, kudos to Mignogna and his team for invoking the feeling of TOS. Keep ‘em coming!

35. John BigBootee - June 19, 2014

Well done, lads and laddies of STC!

Here’s their link, a way which the rest of us may contribute some quatloos in support:

http://www.startrekcontinues.com/star-trek-continues-donations/#.U6N0YLGorfM

Keep up the good work!

36. Cygnus-X1 - June 19, 2014

32. Calastir – June 19, 2014

Another was Kirk’s, You have a hearing problem, Mister?, a nod to Captain Sulu’s line to Christian Slater in STVI.

I’ve actually never quite been able to discern whether George Takei says, “You having hearing problems, Mister?” or, “You have a hearing problem, Mister? To my ears and reading Takei’s lips, it sounds most like the grammatically incorrect, “You have a hearing problems, Mister?” Maybe he flubbed the line, but they used it anyway?

37. Allen Williams - June 19, 2014

My only complaint is I wish that Grant wouldn’t try so hard to sound like George Takei. It comes off as fake. I think he should just sound like himself.

38. CmdrR - June 19, 2014

Wouldn’t it just make sense of some cable channel to pick up the best of the fan productions. Lord knows, the least of them beats “Greg Brady vs. Giant Snake III.” (Am I kidding about that movie, SyFy fans?)

Yes, Continues has flaws, but they are tolerable.

My main knock is that I’m not a kid anymore. What awed me then looks quaint now. What I really want is a Trek that jumps ahead of current TV and makes other envious enough to immitate it.

Meanwhile, I really think the cast and crew are chugging smoothly, and hope they have more good scripts in the pipeline.

39. bjdcharlie - June 19, 2014

Paramount? CBS? Are you getting this?
This is Star Trek.

40. Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire - June 19, 2014

From the Terran Empire news service this is a special report

The Enterprise has been hijacked by a renegade Vulcon named Spock.
The starship Lexington responded to a shuttle craft and found Captian James T Kirk and some of his crew. The Emperor of the Empire had ordered several Terran Starahips to pursue the traitors who hijacked the Enterprise. The fugitive Spock will be put to Death once he is captured along with the crew who follow him. We will have more on this as this story developes.

41. Hat Rick - June 19, 2014

I like Michelle Specht and her character, McKenna. She injects a bit of vim in to the production and makes it just that more colorful. McKenna is fun and I’d like to get to know her better over a drink at Ten Forward (or — sorry, wrong era — the Rec Room).

Come to think of it, it’s nice to be reminded that the Enterprise crew has a life outside their duties. This reminds me of one reason “Fairest” is so genuine — the 3-D chess game, a tribute to the friendship of Kirk and Spock across the universes, is also a nod to the fact that our fearless (and, in this universe, ruthless) crew also have time to themselves, which was always an element of the Star Trek ethos.

42. I am Roger Corby! - June 19, 2014

“Away team”?

It’s LANDING PARTY.

43. Steve Fratt - June 19, 2014

Kudos to my friends for this 3rd effort!! And espeically Todd (wow – with or without the Go-T, you nail the Spock character!) and Vic as the mirror Kirk. Did I sense a little Janice Lester inside Jim Kirk in this episode? :)
Hope Austrailia was fab…Hope to see you guys again soon.

44. Skippy2k - June 19, 2014

#37 I do agree with this. I kinda let it go but I do think he overdoes it a little.

45. paustin - June 19, 2014

It’s amazing at some points in this episode from behind Mignogna,, really looked like Shatner. And it’s so very wonderful to see the Galileo.

46. Jeffrey S. Nelson - June 20, 2014

Yes, much improved sound added to the overall experience. I would say this is the best of the three episodes produced so far. the only thing lacking is a fully realize engineering set…or at least a virtual one.

47. The Keeper - June 20, 2014

As honorary and visually accurate these fan made films are…it pains me to even watch the trailers and clips they are so bad.
The goon playing Kirk has a squeaky child voice that makes me just want to slap the crap out of him.
And when did Spock become oriental? I went as far as I can with this. Sorry in advance if you actually enjoy this rubbish.

I know why Paramount is allowing Roberto Orci to continue to write and now direct.

48. The Keeper - June 20, 2014

As honorary and visually accurate these fan made films are…it pains me to even watch the trailers and clips they are so bad.
The goon playing Kirk has a squeaky child voice that makes me just want to slap the crap out of him.
And when did Spock become oriental? I went as far as I can with this. Sorry in advance if you actually enjoy this rubbish.

I know why Paramount is allowing Roberto Orci to continue to write and now direct.

49. cardassiana - June 20, 2014

can’t wait to see the new episode , are they already filming a new one ?

50. marvin - June 20, 2014

47 and 48

If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Yep your attitude is rubbish.

-you can pull my finger anytime-

51. Peter - June 20, 2014

So much better and far superior to the reimagined Abrams star crap!

52. dswynne - June 20, 2014

@48 (The Keeper): You should check your “oriental” comment. It comes off as “racist”.

@50 (Peter): It’s comments like these is why we, as fans, can’t have nice things.

53. Toonloon - June 20, 2014

Keeper – if it pains you then why don’t you just f*** off then? Really you’ve got nothing to offer. Keep walking.

54. Enterprisingguy - June 20, 2014

This was an outstanding romp! Kudos to all involved!

I really enjoyed Todd’s Spock. I’d go so far as to say that his version of Spock is more faithful than ZQ’s in the movies. He exudes that quiet dignity and authority that the JJ-verse Spock doesn’t have. You can see what his mere presence does to those around him in each scene.

My only regret is that Uhura didn’t get to chew some scenery. I didn’t buy into her mirror universe’s iteration being so passive. One look at her in the brig scene of the original episode will tell you that she’s no wall flower. But, as was said earlier, I fully see her as Uhura now. The cast is really growing into their roles with each outing!

55. Brent - June 20, 2014

This was a great episode. One of the best fan productions I have seen. I agree that STC is certainly giving Phase 2 a run for it’s money. But perhaps Phase 2 needs the competition. (P2 takes way too long to get episodes out. Don’t they have several episodes that have been in the can for a long time?)

One minor gripe is that I would not mind a series set just after ST:TMP. I would like to see the sets from that time period. Everything doesn’t have to use TOS sets. (If it was up to me, I would have built “modernized” TOS sets and updated the external appearance of the Enterprise as P2 has)

But, all in all, STC is a winner and a pleasure to watch.

56. Mike Barnett - June 20, 2014

@The Keeper
Go away. You don’t deserve to be called a fan of Star Trek.

57. Ensign Ricky - June 20, 2014

30. Chain of Command – June 19, 2014

And, I have to add:

Chris Doohan’s portrayal of Scotty is just uncanny. It’s literally an instance of “the son becoming the father”.

I totally agree with this statement.

58. wi-kiry-lan - June 20, 2014

I liked this episode a lot. But some minor things I wish had been done differently.

1. I really don’t think a constitution class can fire torpedoes like that.
2. Uhura should have been written differently – as others noted too passive for the mirror universe. This applies to the blonde at the helm too. I doubt Mirror universe women acted so oppressed – if felt like if a 2014 women ended up in a mad men episode and resorted to rolling their eyes constantly at male boorishness.
3. Scotty – same problem as Uhura – didn’t seem Mirror enough

All fairly minor. They probably should have had spock rise to power actually using the acme enemy elimination device.

The Good
Astounding recasting of Barbara Luna.
I hate ST: Enterprise so I’m glad they kept the shoehorning of ENT references in to a minimum only using Andorian ships and actually making those look like something from TOS!
If this were a phase II episode I’m sure the ENT references would have been all over the episode.

59. John in Cincinnati - June 20, 2014

@ 20. Richard Greene – June 19, 2014 : “many unkind things have been said about Vic Mignogna in comments on this site and others”

I agree, at least on other sites, not sure about this one, from supporters of New V/Phase II. These comments speak for themselves, and I won’t defend them, but I still have some sympathy. Wikipedia says they’ve been making eps since 2004, ten years, and it can’t be pleasant to be constantly compared, unfavorably, to a newcomer as they are.

I can pick at their episodes as well as STC, but I am happy to have both. I don’t know if I’d like for either to become “official” — it would be nice for the makers, but it would also come with conditions and restrictions on their work. I look forward to the next episodes of both series, even if I have a favorite of them both.

60. Arcadian - June 20, 2014

Outstanding. It’s like ‘being there’!

To all concerned… Bravo. And thank you.

And good luck Bob Orci with the next movie.

From a long-time Trekkie, happy to embrace IDIC in his Trek.

61. Finnigan - June 20, 2014

Excellent job by STC on this episode. It felt like the TOS I know and miss. I’d rather see more of this type of production than the iBridge lens flares and terrible writing of the Abramsverse.

62. IDIC Lives! - June 20, 2014

Star Trek Continues… WONDERFUL!

63. IDIC Lives! - June 20, 2014

Star Trek Continues leaves JJ’s universe in the dust – and its actors too.

64. Pensive's Wetness - June 20, 2014

I don’t know if i commented here yet about this episode but, like the dozens of posts above me, I was very impressed with this episode. Clearly rates 9 out of 10 halflings.

65. Gil - June 21, 2014

Continues continues to be the best produced and most dramatically convincing Star Trek nostalgia trip yet seen, and that includes those awful Abrams abominations.

66. fansincesixtynine - June 21, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyable, and a faithful reproduction of the look, sound and atmosphere of the original. If Vic’s voice were a little lower, he would BE Shatner’s Kirk. Only the shaky shuttlecraft door closing at the end took me out of the illusion, and that was very minor. THANK YOU TO ALL INVOLVED for a great story and a great 40 minutes, and I would love to see more of these episodes!

67. TonyD - June 21, 2014

I just got thru watching this with my brother and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Great production values, nifty special effects, very good writing and solid acting without any of the cringe-inducing delivery you sometimes get on these productions.

Star Trek Continues has really overtaken all the other productions as the premier fan series with episodes which, to me at least, are often more entertaining that what we got from many of the “official productions” and it really feels more and more like a seamless continuation of the original series.

Keep up the great work guys, really looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.

68. B Kramer - June 21, 2014

Pt 3/5 of STC-Wired: Obsessed:

Tour the USS Enterprise Sets From Star Trek Continues with VM

http://video.wired.com/watch/obsessed-tour-the-uss-enterprise-from-star-trek-continues-w-vic-mignogna

(Same as above on you tube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsQ-qaOhGoA#t=69

http://video.wired.com/series/obsessed

69. Mike - June 21, 2014

This is true Star Trek. Really not much more to say.

70. OMNI - June 22, 2014

I thought it was amazing. I’m not easily impressed, and I am astounded at the attention to detail in all aspects of the production. Well done!

71. Ford Francis - June 22, 2014

I don’t like fan films. While made with a lot of love, for the most part they’re badly written, directed, edited and performed, in my opinion. They cram so many Trek references in at every opportunity, instead of telling a story.

I put this on expecting a cringe fix before turning it off after two minutes, but sat through the whole thing. I really enjoyed it! Hurray! The production team knew what they were doing.

An episode of Star Trek from 1970. Great fun! Well done all!

72. Maltz - June 22, 2014

I would like to pile on to the kudos, and to the comments suggesting that CBS and or Paramount do something with this talented group of people and give them a stable venue for crafting and creating this near-perfect homage.

There is a point where somewhere up in the executive legions, someone must say, “Okay, okay, you got the job!”

73. Maltz - June 22, 2014

One more thing…

In an era where I am more likely to cringe with each new addition to the Trek movie universe, I would like to say that this fine, fan-produced episode serves as my summer Star Trek movie this year.

Very good work, Vic and company!

74. IDIC Lives! - June 22, 2014

Wouldn’t it be great if this could be picked up as a series? Perhaps we should decide on a cable channel to petition and stage a blitz? I don’t have cable so I don’t know what I’m talking about regarding a specific channel. But we campaigned for The Enterprise to be the name of the first space shuttle, we campaigned to get it on a postage stamp, we campaigned to keep it alive for years, we campaigned to get the first big movie. Star Trek Continues shows us once and for all how OFF JJ’s universe is. I have tried hard to like it and like the actors, but with the exception of Karl Urban, they are just wrong – Kirk most of all. Pine is “adequate” in whatever the identity of that character is, but it ain’t Kirk. The soul of Star Trek is getting slowly, agonizingly killed off by Hollywood. Plus, Trek is made for episodes in the first place. Is there any way we can organize and campaign to get this production (Star Trek Continues with its wonderful actors), back on television? (That’s if they would want to do it). We Trekkers do a lot of talking, can we take action? Sure, I know CBS owns tv Trek, yada yada, but if it would make $$ for them, they would shut up and accept it.

75. Herb Finn - June 22, 2014

Why is it Phase II takes FOREVER to get episodes out and have issues while STC manages to get episodes out when they say they will? Makes one wonder what really goes on over at Phase II behind the scenes.

Perhaps it’s down to the personality and ability of the person in charge of each group and their leadership skills. Anyone can play at being a captain, but one has to have a set of skills to lead a smooth production. Remember, the key word in fan production is not fan but production. Two sets of talented people with two different types of leaders.

Hmmm….might also explain some of the alleged friction between certain people and their personalities.

76. Jonboc - June 22, 2014

the bridge looks great. Only problems are, the screens above the various stations are too square and they need to rounded more around the corners and they need to be back lit. They also need to light some of the switches. Do that and re-light the bridge so it has more contrast and isn’t so washed out and it’ll be on the money.

77. HubcapDave - June 22, 2014

This is easily the best episode Continues has put out, and as close to feeling like an actual episode of Trek as any fan production I’ve seen. Well done guys!

P.S.: I really wish Phase II would get it together and crank out more episodes….

78. McCoy's#3Fan - June 22, 2014

An absorbing episode, very well done, and I appreciate the effort that went into making it, BUT, the under-utilization of McCoy was a major disappointment. And unfortunately part of a growing trend.

Phase II handles the character better than STC or the movies, imho. Writers, with the exception of a handful of talented fan-fic authors, seem to find McCoy a problem.

79. IDIC Lives! - June 23, 2014

I have to smile because it seems Vic, who is spookily Kirk in the most Shatnarian sense, is a similar kind of leader regarding production. Shatner has been criticized, of course, for dominating, for taking the lead (THE Lead) but he has said in as much humility as he can muster, that he was merely trying to get the current episode in the can and to tell the story as coherently as possible. Perhaps we must conclude that the magic form of Trek is not created via committee; just like the Enterprise, it needs a strong captain, however obnoxious someone might think he is when they didn’t get their close-up.

Watch TOS and really realize who is carrying it, who is the engine of it all. Vic apparently has the same style of leadership. May the Great Bird of the Galaxy bless both Mignogna and Shatner because they are the only two who have made the truly magic form of Trek.

That being said, the beloved characters from Scotty to Uhura are also what makes real Trek great. STC has amazing actors in all roles with an apparent change of McCoy actor and he is the least magical in STC. Maybe this weakness can ‘settle down” in the next episode, nothing is perfect. It is so good to see the crew interact personally, have a life other than on duty, and more.

Of course McCoy’s role grew with each season until by Third Season, it was the threesome (ok, Second Season too). “For the World Is Hollow…” was a McCoy-centered episode, for instance, but in many TOS episodes, McCoy played about the same role as he does in STC. This would go for STID too (and I do like Karl Urban in the role. He is a good looking guy, too; McCoy need not be less).

Just saying, is the role of McCoy usually much greater than it is in STC? Are you sure? Maybe in their next endeavor, he will have a more central place in the story. I hope that too.

80. IDIC Lives! - June 23, 2014

It is so good to NOT see Spock and Uhura drooling on each other and to NOT see Kirk being a frat-boy moron. STC’s Spock has his SOUL back, not to mention his dignity. I thought this day would never come….

Yes, STC is a tad camp but TOS verged on it too. And I don’t know how STC can be made as such a near-perfect reflection of TOS, and not inadvertently “up” the camp factor by one notch. It’s fun – and so was TOS.

81. B Kramer - June 23, 2014

“Fairest of Them All” behind-the-scenes bloopers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zuFTxsfmDU

82. star trackie - June 23, 2014

That was fun. I’ll never get used to Kirk on helium, but it was good. My only suggestion would be to chill on the use of TOS music. It doesn’t have to punctuate every scene. And the bridge is a little too bright, needs more contrast for my tastes. But cool story. I think I would like an entire series built around the Mirror Universe. Unlike the other two episodes, this entry is different enough that I don’t see myself comparing it as much against the original series. Well done, STC cast and crew!

83. Winkie - June 23, 2014

I can’t praise this enough – it’s like being a kid watching original Trek again. Just brilliant, funny, smart, thoughtful, well acted and technically excellent.

These guys should be getting all the fan support and financial / production support possible.

84. B Kramer - June 23, 2014

82: Love the TOS music scores:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA34dfODi4M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5_PvsrEJcw

LLAP

85. Rob - June 24, 2014

Next time Vic’s Enterprise needs to rendezvous with another Federation starship, I would love to see a cameo from Captain Garrovick and his crew, an acknowledgment of their work on Exeter…

86. IDIC Lives! - June 25, 2014

Here we are, thinking of fascinating Trek scenarios which can “come true” thanks to Vic and company!

I just sent them donation per the arrangements on their website and hope we support them royally. I know they are not allowed by mega-monster Paramount make a profit (gods forbid).

How much they must love Star Trek!

We need to get behind this!

87. Dom - June 25, 2014

SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!

Really enjoyable. Todd Haberkorn is amazing as Mirror Spock, Vic has clearly been studying The Enemy Within to capture the essence of an evil Kirk. Performances across the board are very good. Hopefully we’ll see a little more McCoy and more than a cameo by Michelle Specht in the next one.

My only gripe would be that Spock seems to succeed in turning the crew rather easily to his viewpoint, as if they were always unwilling victims, where I got the impression in Mirror, Mirror that they were all twisted, evil versions of their counterparts. Also, didn’t the ISS Enterprise look more like the Pike model, with ‘nipples ‘ on the nacelles? Hmmmm… an angry letter to Nacelles Monthly is called for! ;)

On a technical level, the light levels seemed a little bit off, watching on my Apple TV, almost as if there was a bit of a QuickTime gamma shift issue on the export.

Anyway, that’s not to detract from yet another excellent piece of work: minor gripes after a very enjoyable 40 minutes. CBS and Netflix ought to let these guys make a regular series!

Thank you, Team STC! I’m looking forward to the next one! :)

88. Kirk's Girdle - June 25, 2014

Finally got to watching this in full and it really was excellently done. Vic Mignona may not look and sound 100% like Shatner, but come on, you’re never going to get closer than this. Speaking of close; good God Chris Doohan! Amazing! Unlike most others, I was not as impressed with Marlena and Jones (or was it Smith?). I found their acting a little clunky. And this Marlena doesn’t speak with the allure of Barbara Luna. Vic was channeling a little bit of the cheese that Shatner brought to TOS, but that was just fine. Purposely overacting does not in this case equal bad acting. If you need a comparison, go over and watch Broughton on Farragut. I hate to say it, but there is no comparison to the performances being put out on Continues. It is sad to note how the comments are disabled on YouTube, presumably due to the negative comments alluded to on this board, because I believe the majority of the comments would indeed be positive and as part of the social community, I love reading people’s comments and opinions on things that interest me (which is why I’m commenting here). Anyway, cheers to Vic, Chris and crew. Great work!

89. wi-kiry-lan - June 26, 2014

Ha! Just realized the Jones/Smith line is a reference to “Where No Man has Gone Before” where Kirk says the same thing to the blonde on the bridge.

This episode gets better with multiple viewings.

90. IDIC Lives! - June 27, 2014

Yes, there are all sorts of gems – references – to TOS episodes to uncover. This crew, Vic Mignogna in particular, OBVIOUSLY really do love TOS.

The actor who plays Smith/Jones even looks like the original actor but she seems a bit tougher than the original – good! Of course the original had almost no chance to show us her character.

The bloopers from “Fairest of Them All” show this actress paying homage to “Galaxy Quest.” “Fairest” and “Quest” have the same loving, intelligent feel about them. Of course “ST Continues” is less camp than Quest. Both are just so amazing and satisfying to watch.

One-more-time! Chris Doohan is supernaturally Scotty – astounding!

See this series, support this series!!

91. Kirks dead son - June 27, 2014

Mignogna is a hard worker and a near genius, there are moments when I think it’s the OTS! Yet it must be hard to sustain the near brilliance it must take to create a Shatner Kirk consistently. Amazingly some side shots and long shots of Kirk have me amazed! Near perfect imitation, I’m loving it.

Spock though is terrible! Vic is carrying the show. The writing brilliant! The effect perfect. I can live with it all but NOT Spock.
A: too young
B: speaking cadence is very off and inflections way off. None of the nuances of Spock are there I don’t even see the attempt.

Vic get a new Spock!
You’re too dedicated and talented to be saddled with person who can’t deliver even a mild attempt.

Fix Spock and Bones and you’re on the way to history!
Save the world! Bring back TOS! This is better than the new movies.
This must be done, the Earth is counting on you.
Please.

92. IDIC Lives! - June 28, 2014

#91Kirks dead son

I agree with you every word you say except regarding Spock. I thought the same thing at first but after watching the episodes a few times each (yes, I admit it, I needed to be earning a living, I am a writer and work at my computer), I realized Todd Haberkorn does well. He has Spock’s dignity, control, and most of all, his soulful qualities. He is too young and has to summon “presence” on the screen but I’ll take his performance over Zach Quinto’s any day – probably not Zach’s fault, it’s a bigger problem with that other whole–production. Vic’s “STC” leaves it in the dust!

And it is VIC’s STC! I agree, what an exceptional, magical portrayal of an exceptional, magical Shatner portrayal and–he makes it his own–while still Shatner’s and–I am in love!

Star Trek Continues must continue, The Man must continue…TOS must never cease to exist and it won’t, thanks to The Man.

93. Jonathan Benefiel - June 29, 2014

I watched all 3 episodes and am extremely impressed with the production value. You can see that meticulous attention has been paid to every detail which, in and of itself, makes “Continues” worthy of your attention. I love Vic Mignogna as “Kirk”, but I agree that when he occasionally hits a false note, it momentarily takes me out of the story. But when he hits the right note, I feel like I’m watching Shatner’s “Kirk”. The good news is all of this can easily be fixed with better direction. I also think there needs to be some additional re-casting. For example, while Larry Nemeseck looked somewhat like Deforest Kelly, the acting was, in my humble opinion, too passive. Chuck Huber, the latest actor to play McCoy, bears less of a resemblance to DeForest Kelly, but he is much more active in the role. So I think that’s a pretty good trade-off. I also think the role of “Spock” needs to be recast. My reasoning, for whatever it’s worth, is that while Todd Haberkorn is a solid actor, the thing that made the original cast so great was that they all had this indefinable thing called “Presence”. It’s something you either have or you don’t. It’s what makes an audience want to watch someone. When you watch Leonard Nimoy play “Spock”, there is such strength to his character. It’s a silent presence that comes through even when the actor isn’t speaking. Same thing goes with William Shatner. There’s a passion that he imbibed into “Kirk” that just can’t be “played”, but must be “felt”. Same goes for DeForest Kelly’s “McCoy”. Their characters are based upon men of great conviction, which drives their characters motivations and desires. They also had amazing chemistry, which is something that I feel is generally lacking, so far, in this web series reboot. The good news is, it can all be improved upon. Star Trek fans also happen to be the most loyal, (myself included), so we will hang in there with you guys while you work out the bugs. Even the original series went through several cast changes before locking in just the right cast, so your following in good footsteps. Kim Stinger, Grant Imahara, and Wyatt Lenhart all do credible jobs as Uhura, Chekov, and Sulu. And all are very likable. Given time, I think they will fall into their roles much better. I also love Chris Doohan as “Scotty”. While his acting started out being more of a caricature of his father’s “Scotty” than an actual portrayal, he’s done a wonderful job of finally settling into character. I believe he will ultimately do an amazing job as “Scotty”. And the decision to change his hair style to that which makes him resemble his father more, was a welcomed one. All that being said, from a nostalgic point of view, I have a great affection for this new reboot. The feel and tone of the production is spot-on and it really takes me back to the 60′s. The set design is impeccable. The music cues are utter perfection, the cheesy fight scenes: blissful, and Mignogna has a keen eye for editing, as well. The cinematography as well as the camera set-ups and the lighting are eerily close to the original series. Big round of applause goes out to Fiona Vroom, who played Lolani, Matthew Ewald, who played Kenway, and Lou Ferrigno, who gave a stand-out performance as Zaminhon. Also big kudos goes out to Michael Forest who reprized his role as Apollo in Episode 1. And a great job of casting for the person who cast the role of “Marlena” in the “Fairest of Them All” episode. She is a dead ringer of the original actress who played that part. The wardrobe, hair and makeup are top notch as well. These are true artists of the highest order, ladies and gentlemen. Flat out phenomenal. Any industry ‘professional’ would be privileged to work with such an awesome crew. Overall, it’s a slam dunk. Congrats to all. You should be very proud of what you’ve accomplished. I look forward to seeing many more episodes. Live long and prosper!

94. Perry - June 30, 2014

I liked this one. The writing and editing and especially the acting continue to improve in each episode. STC particularly shines in the acting, which is far and away better than the other online series. Also as #71 mentioned, there are far fewer gratuitous trek references here and much more of an effort to tell a story. Unlike many of the other series, anything that doesn’t advance the story has been cut. This is a good thing!

While the acting was very good, I still have some problems with both Vic as Kirk and Todd as Spock. Vic’s voice is too high sometimes, and I know it’s not something he can really change, but it does take away from the performance which is otherwise usually spot on Shatner. As for Spock, I’m with #93 — Todd is just missing the “presence” that Nimoy always brought to the role. His voice also is just too high-pitched and missing the “gravitas” that Nimoy’s voice always had. I’m just not buying him as Spock, although I’m not sure who could do a better job in the role.

All in all, and minor quibbles aside, this was very well done!

95. maximouse - July 3, 2014

It’s fun to see the “generational” differences reflected in the comment above. It seems that those of us who watched TOS during its broadcast are the most supportive and willing to overlook discrepancies.

As was said above, we realize that “. . . this is as close as it’ll ever get.”

I see STC as a gift from Vic, the cast, and crew — and I accept it lovingly and with gratitude and pleasure.

Since everyone has already said most everything else already, I’m only left with this:

Gary 7, anybody?

96. Dlope1067 - July 8, 2014

I absolutely felt like I was watching classic Trek again. I’ve seen many of the fan productions, this is the first time I’ve really felt like a fan production was truly up to par. The lighting, the sound, the editing, the musical cues, all working perfectly to match the feel of the original, and I’m mostly impressed with the acting, particularly where Kirk and Spock are concerned.

Well Done!

97. IDIC Lives! - July 10, 2014

I just watched “Fairest of Them All” for the 3rd time and I disagree that Todd does not have it. He DOES have it, he is absolutely brilliant. His Spock comes from deep inside Spock, not a look alike, not some guy trying to sound like Spock. Not since Nimoy has Spock’s integrity and soul shown forth as it does in Todd’s performance.

I also love Uhura. I realize I am in the minority, but I was/am not carried away with Zoe S’s version of Uhura. They come from a completely different “place” Zoe is something like hip hop or pop music while Nichelle’s Uhura is “Beyond Antares.” Kim Stinger catches (again) the soul of Uhura.

Obviously I think a lot of “soul” is missing from nuTrek and STID in particular.

But back to sheer heaven, all the actors in “Star Trek Continues” do well, and Chris Doohan, may the Scotch gods bless you, son.
(no pun intended on Scotchguard, ha ha).

And Vic, dear dear dear Vic. Incredible!!!!!!!!!!

More! More! More! More! And I am supporting you!!

98. honestann - July 10, 2014

Somehow I didn’t know about STC until yesterday. Phenomenal work!

Everything about these episodes and productions is impressive, sets, lighting, stories, acting, music, the works. Definitely feels like TOS.

All three episodes of STC feel like episodes in the TOS series… the consistency is excellent. In contrast, Phase2 episodes are a bit hit and miss… like separate movies made by different teams. While “World Enough and Time” was awesome beyond belief (the best StarTrek I’ve ever seen, bar none), their other episodes could not compete.

I look forward to both these StarTrek series to continue, and boldly go where StarTrek was going in the first place! Great job.

99. Trekker For Life - July 15, 2014

I REALLY enjoyed this episode.If you can suspend disbelief for 50 minutes(or in the case of this episode 40 minutes) you can really believe you are watching an original lost episode.I feel like a little boy on Christmas morning whose unexpected present is brand new Star Trek episodes.I have liked all 3 episodes so far but I thought this was the best one so far.I liked the idea of having it set in the alternate universe and the alternate opening theme was real butch.This series remains so true to the spirit of the original series and is infinitely better than the Abrams’ movies.The love that the makers of this show have for the original s very evident in the quality of their work.I look forward to many more new episodes.

100. Terminus - July 16, 2014

Yay, 100th comment! But anyway, this was a great episode. It fits so well with the original ST preceding episode that my memory already accepts it as canon. Vic makes a great Kirk, aside from the somewhat higher pitched voice as others have noted. And dang, Chris is absolutely channeling his father James in the role of Scotty. The “Captain, get in the chamber!” line was so spot on, I had to laugh. The other actors are fine, but need to develop their characters a little more.

Complaints are minor. I echo another’s thoughts that the revolution/mutiny was too successful too quickly, but it was acceptable; more preposterous things have happened in TOS. The actress playing Marlena did not quite capture her seductive yet intelligent presence.

I look forward to more of these – hopefully many more. Also as others have said, these are WAY better than what JJ Abrams has done with the franchise. STID was terrible.

101. T'Ali - July 18, 2014

Set phasers to freaking awesome! The attention to detail is unbelievably good and it is obvious that everyone involved is passionate about preserving the values and spirit of TOS. They also have the guts to boldly go further by taking on such an important story arc as the mirror universe and totally ROCKING IT.

I will be the first to admit that I was skeptical at first (lets face it, most Trek fans are serious, even fanatical, about details and upholding canon… but that is part of the fun!) but my reservations were soon replaced by sheer joy. As much as I wanted to nitpick and scrutinize, I am glad that I gave STC a chance.

I am real looking forward to seeing what comes next. It would be great to see the Romulans or maybe a visit by Sarek …perhaps a few Tribbles? I’m ready for the next adventure!

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