First and foremost let me begin with I would not consider myself a Trekkie. I grew up loving the Star Wars universe. This doesn’t mean I don’t know anything about Star Trek. Like any good Science Fiction lover I’ve taken it all in. I’ve seen my handful of The Original Series, Deep Space 9, Voyager and Enterprise. All the movies, original and re-boot. Which I think gives me enough credit to be able to review this latest installment in the Star Trek franchise.
First let me tell you this was my first trip to a Comicon of any kind. And the people who put on the Phoenix Comicon do an amazing job. Those details will be for another time. At any rate I am addicted and will be back again.
I cut out of a Quenton Tarantino panel early to head to the main hall for the preview of this Star Trek Continues. Just in case there was a large amount of Trekkies I was going to have to wade through. Luck would have it that there was not and even better I caught the tail end of Nichelle Nickols. Who? The original Uhura from Star Trek. Which made sense she would be back to back with a premiere of the Star Trek Continues show. (If the people at Phoenix Comicon didn’t plan that they should say they did just so they look like they knew what they were doing.) Nichelle was great. You could tell she loved the crowd and had no problem answering questions. In my opinion a great lady who embraced this fan base she is such a part of.
Now what you are here for. Star Trek Continues literally takes up where the original series left off. In fact the actor who played Apollo in the original series, Michael Forest, reprises his role in this premiere episode. And for me an even more impressive fact: the new Scotty in the series is played by the original Scotty’s son Chris Doohan. Keeping it in the family.
My complaint on this series? It wasn’t the original cast. Which really is a compliment. They did such an amazing job recreating the look and feel of the original series that I expected a young William Shatner on the bridge. That being said Vic Mignogna did a great job as the new Kirk. In fact I would say the whole new cast did a decent job of trying to fill in the large shoes of the original cast. No easy feet (pun possibly intended.)
To recreate this show they bought a 10,000 square foot building in Georgia and replicated the original sound stage. An exact replica. (I can’t wait for that to be open up for tours.) The musical score brings you back to watching as a kid. The original 4:3 format is kept, none of this 16:9 HD blah blah blah stuff. The special effects and sound effects made me believe I was watching a 1960’s episode.
A red shirt even dies.
So job well done in recreating this old loved TV show. Check out the premiere episode below. You can also follow them and keep up with current episodes at www.startrekcontinues.com.
My last note before you watch. I hope they succeed. It’s always awesome to see something with fans behind it come alive. Their plan is to finish off the 5 year mission of the Enterprise. I look forward to the next two years.