Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fandom, X 1,000,000

This, folks, takes fandom to a whole new level...

Star Trek Continues Webseries
Star Trek Continues is a non-profit, fan produced webseries that was launched in May 2013 with its first episode, “Pilgrim of Eternity.” The show is being produced to complete the final two years of the original 5-year mission. Our inaugural episode brings back original series guest star, Michael Forest as Apollo. The accuracy of the sets, lighting, filming and the quality acting and characterization brought great praise and support from Star Trek TOS fans all over the world.
The first episode is available in its entirety in the link. I would embed it, but it's better to hit the site and take a look around for yourself. I took a watch last night, and it is an amazing effort. The writing, scenery, and general feel show great attention to the original series - although they certainly have tried to introduce aspects from the Next Generation.

Of all the various incarnations of Star Trek, the Original Series is still my favorite. Sure, the special effects were often hokey - and you could tell when the budget was drained, as they would show up on whatever set CBS had left over at the time (OK Corral? 1930s Chicago?). But the writing outshone whatever deficits the "effects" might have brought.

Remember the time period in which the original series was aired. Racial strife, sexual equality, war; all of these divisive topics were covered in Star Trek. Not only that, but they were done in very subtle ways without beating you about the head and shoulders like certain other shows (LOOK WE ARE MAKING A POINT HERE). This continuation retains much of the feel of the original series. Whether it will continue or not, I salute the effort.

And yes, the actor who plays Scotty really *is* who you think it is...

That is all.

(tip of the keyboard to Tango for the link)


Ross said...

Um. Jay, I am one of the biggest Trekkies on the planet; watched the series as it came out, have autographs of most of the crew (Never got Nimoy's, dammit), went to the FIRST Trek con ever held, etc. I LOVE that show.

BUT. If you think that the show was subtle, I suggest you go stick Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (starring the amazing Frank Gorshin) in your VHS and watch it again. It's about as subtle as a thrown brick. Or maybe The Omega Glory - another masterpiece of subtlety.

OTOH, perhaps that's what passed for subtlety in the 60's - after all, I was only 6 when the show premiered. Six year olds aren't known for subtlety... Me less than most.

Roy said...

Ross, I was thinking the same thing. Subtle, it was not.

I was 12 when the original series aired and it was my favorite show back then. I am not what you would call a "Trekkie", but I did enjoy TNG when it aired. The other series, "Deep Space 9" and "Enterprise", not so much, and the latest movie, I thought was a real dud.

Dave H said...

About the only subtle things on TV in the mid 1960s were on public television. But Trek did find some creative ways to poke holes in preconceived notions.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

Star Trek: New Voyages is another good one. They've had TOS main characters guest star (George Takei, Walter Koenig, etc.), and TOS writers write episodes. One episode ("World Enough and Time") got a Hugo nomination, but lost to Doctor Who ("Blink", which IMHO is still one of the best episodes).

Paramount actually borrowed at least one of New Frontier's props for the Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly", rather than building their own.

Anonymous said...

Anyone notice the computers voice? It sounds suspiciously like Counselor Troi.