Star Trek Continues
We live in a golden age of independent content creation. With higher-quality phone cameras, more accessible editing software, and the communities on YouTube and Vimeo, small-scale creators can create incredible work.
But “small-scale” does not apply to Star Trek Continues. STC is a loving, fan-made addition to the original 1966 series created by Gene Roddenberry. The sets are incredible recreations of the original Enterprise’s bridge, sick bay, hallways, and more; the episodes have also recreated the pacing and feel of the original stories. What is absolutely clear from the first shot of episode one, “Pilgrim of Eternity,” is the volume of love poured into this project.
" I’m pretty damn sure my dad would consider this canon. The fact that you do stories that mean something, that have depth - that make us all think a little bit, I really think he would applaud you guys..."
In eleven full-length episodes, Vic Mignogna, executive producer, writer, director, and star, fulfills the Enterprise’s five-year mission that got cut short due to its cancellation in 1969. The cast list packs enough stars to fill a night sky with plenty of actors from across the Star Trek franchise, and many more voicing support for the project. There are a few oddballs in the cast, too, including Grant Imahara, robotics engineer on Mythbusters and well-known geek, as Lieutenant Sulu.
The series, which concluded in 2017 with “To Boldly Go, Part II,” swept across the independent award circuit and earned praise from perhaps the most important source: Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Jr., executive producer of Star Trek Discovery and Gene Roddenberry’s son.
STC’s website boasts this quote from Roddenberry: “I do have to say, and I said this after [the second episode] "Lolani," I’m pretty damn sure my dad would consider this canon. The fact that you do stories that mean something, that have depth - that make us all think a little bit, I really think he would applaud you guys, and I applaud you guys. And as far as I am concerned it is canon. So thank you.”
There isn’t much higher praise than that. Star Trek is one of the longest-lasting franchises on television, which has expanded into movies, books, graphic novels, and more, but a fan web series built from the ground up shows the great love the cast and crew have for the voyage of the Enterprise. Star Trek Continues is a worthy successor to the original show, and a high bar for independent creators to reach, but a bar to which others will be eager to rise.
You can check out the first episode below!