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

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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.

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