Star Trek Continues

Star Trek Continues

This is an episode of a fan-made series whose storyline may be invalidated by later official studio productions.

Stardate not given: In the wake of Janice Lester’s attempt to take over his body and take command of the Enterprise, Captain Kirk waxes philosophical before ordering the ship underway once more.

Watch Itbased on scenes from Turnabout Intruder by Arthur H. Singer
extended script by Vic Mignogna
directed by Jack Marshall
music by Fred Steiner
additional music by Vic Mignogna

Cast: Vic Mignogna (Captain Kirk), Todd Haberkorn (Mr. Spock), Chuck Huber (Dr. McCoy), Chris Doohan (Mr. Scott), Grant Imahara (Sulu), Kim Stinger (Lt. Uhura), Wyatt Lenhart (Chekov), Alena Van Arendonk (Dr. Lester), Darrel Guilbeau (Dr. Coleman)

Star Trek Phase IINotes: This short vignette reprises scenes from the end of Turnabout Intruder, attempting to match the lighting, staging and direction of what ended up being the final moments of classic Star Trek on TV. Kim Stinger previously played Uhura in the fan-made series Star Trek: Phase II, episodes of which were directed by Vic Mignogna. Star Trek Continues is a joint venture between Mignogna and the makers of the fan series Starship Farragut. Chris Doohan, the son of the late James Doohan, steps into his father’s role here (as he did for the Starship Farragut animated episode The Needs Of The Many).

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Lolani

Star Trek Continues

This is an episode of a fan-made series whose storyline may be invalidated by later official studio productions.

Stardate not given: The Enterprise comes across a damaged and drifting Tellarite vessel with a single life form aboard. When beamed aboard, the ship’s sole survivor is an Orion slave girl who is prepared to fight off the entire crew of the Enterprise to save herself. She finally reveals her name – Lolani – and declares her wish to be free of the Orion system of slavery. But since Orion is not a Federation member word, Captain Kirk’s hands are tied when Lolani’s master comes to reclaim her. When he decides to go against express orders to avoid provoking the Orions by ignoring their laws, Kirk simply seems to make things worse, not only for himself but for a woman determined to change life for all women on her world.

Watch ItWatch Itwritten by Paul Bianchi and Huston Huddleston
story by Huston Huddleston & Vic Mignogna
directed by Chris White
music by Fred Steiner
additional music by Vic Mignogna

Cast: Vic Mignogna (Captain Kirk), Todd Haberkorn (Mr. Spock), Larry Nemecek (Dr. McCoy / Tellarite Crewman), Chris Doohan (Mr. Scott), Grant Imahara (Sulu), Kim Stinger (Lt. Uhura), Michele Specht (Dr. McKennah), Lou Ferrigno (Zaminhon), Fiona Vroom (Lolani), Star Trek ContinuesMatthew Ewald (Crewman Kenway), Erin Gray (Commodore Gray), Daniel Logan (Ensign Tongaroa), Reuben Langdon (Security Guard), Scott Grainger (Security Officer), Hannah Barucky (Crew Member), Stephanie Hall (Security Guard), Michelle Siles (Crew Member), Dom Baldwin (Security Guard), Abbey Hazel (Nurse Temple), Alexandra Preston (Crew Member), Felia Mano (Crew Member), Adam George (Crew Member), Stephen Cevallos (Security Guard), Danny Pytell (Crew Member), Donald Huston (Crew Member), Megan Warner (Crew Member), Hayley Warner (Crew Member), Kevin Fry-Bowers (Sev Bim Jor), Ryan T. Husk (Tellarite Mercenary)

Notes: Guest star Lou Ferrigno is best known for another role which required him to be painted green, as 1970s TV superhero The Incredible Hulk. Erin Gray is another ’70s genre star, known to fans of Buck Rogers In The 25th Century as Colonel Star Trek ContinuesWilma Deering. Daniel Logan may still be best known as the young Boba Fett, a role he played as a boy in 2002’s Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. Matthew Ewald also guest starred as a young James T. Kirk in The Protracted Man, an episode of the fan series Star Trek Phase II. Co-writer Huston Huddleston is the organizer of the Enterprise-D Bridge Restoration Project, a non-profit, fan-supported project to build a museum around recovered pieces of the Star Trek: The Next Generation bridge set, both screen-used and replicas left over from the now-defunct Las Vegas Hilton Star Trek: The Experience attraction.

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The White Iris

Star Trek Continues

This is an episode of a fan-made series whose storyline may be invalidated by later official studio productions.

Stardate not given: Captain Kirk, on behalf of the Federation, delivers a new planetary defense grid to a word just joining the Federation. But during the ceremonial handover of the control console, a member of a dissident faction attacks and seriously wounds Kirk. Dr. McCoy reluctantly administers an experimental, little-tested drug to save Kirk’s life, but the captain begins to have hallucinations of several of the women he has fallen in love with on his journeys – all of whom died as a direct result of being in Kirk’s company. Neither McCoy nor Spock can adequately explain these visions. Worse yet, the new Federation member world’s rival neighboring planet begins to launch an all-out attack…and the newly-delivered defense grid controls are useless until Kirk unlocks them with a special password, which he has not been able to remember since he was injected with the experimental drug.

Watch Itteleplay by James Kerwin & Chris White & Vic Mignogna
story by Vic Mignogna & Chris White
directed by James Kerwin
music by Andy Farber
additional music by Vic Mignogna

Cast: Vic Mignogna (Captain Kirk), Todd Haberkorn (Mr. Spock), Chuck Huber (Dr. McCoy), Chris Doohan (Mr. Scott), Colin Baker (Amphidamas), Nakia Burrise (Nakia), Adrienne Wilkinson (Edith), Tiffany Brouwer (Miramanee), Gabriela Fresquez (Rayna), Marina Sirtis (Computer Voice), Sarai Duenas (Mirmanee’s Child), Grant Imahara (Sulu), Kim Stinger (Uhura), Wyatt Lenhart (Chekov), Michele Specht (McKennah), Kipleigh Brown (Smith), Steven Dengler (Drake), Cat Roberts (Palmer), Liz Wagner (Nurse Burke), Chris Gore (Eretrian Dissident), Robert J. Sawyer (Science Officer), Peter Cunniff (Chalcidian Councilman), Larry Hastings (Chalcidian Councilman), Abigail A. Rodriguez (Yeoman), Kayla Iacovino (Science Crewman), Christian Unger (Science Crewman), Stephen Cevallos (Crewman), Abe Duenas (Crewman), Brian Ground (Crewman), Stephanie Hall (Crewman), Donald Huston (Crewman), Ralph M. Miller (Crewman), Al Murack (Crewman), Brandon A. Sharpe (Crewman), Michelle Siles (Crewman), Hayley Warner (Crewman), Andrew Wendt (Crewman)

Star Trek ContinuesNotes: Guest star Colin Baker was the sixth Doctor to star in the BBC’s venerable time-traveling sci-fi series Doctor Who (arguably the only genre franchise to rival Star Trek for longevity). While there have been several Star Trek/Doctor Who casting crossovers in years past, Baker is the first Doctor to appear in anything Star Trek related. Adrienne Wilkinson played Eve, the adult daughter of Xena: Warrior Princess, in the final two seasons of that series.

The women hallucinated by Kirk appear in the following episodes:

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To Boldly Go – Part I

Star Trek ContinuesThis is an episode of a fan-made series whose storyline may be invalidated by later official studio productions.

Stardate 6988.4: The Enterprise is en route back to Earth. Her mission is complete, and the venerable decades-old starship is due for a major refit. But a communication from Starfleet changes the Enterprise‘s orders one last time: a distress call from a far-flung Federation colony has been received, and naturally the Enterprise is the only ship even remotely close enough to render aid. Arriving at the colony, Kirk and Spock have to defeat an automated defense system before they even set eyes on any living people. A human woman named Lana and her Vulcan husband, Sentek, claim to be the sole survivors of a disaster, but their story doesn’t quite add up. They are revealed to be uplifted Espers – humanoids with powerful psionic potential elevated by exposure to an energy barrier that surrounds the galaxy. They need a ship to rejoin their fellow Espers in a plan to conquer the entire Federation…and they have decided the Enterprise meets their needs nicely.

Watch Itteleplay by Robert J. Sawyer
story by Vic Mignogna & James Kerwin and Robert J. Sawyer
directed by James Kerwin
additional music by Vic Mignogna and Andy Farber

Cast: Vic Mignogna (Captain Kirk), Todd Haberkorn (Mr. Spock), Chuck Huber (Dr. McCoy), Chris Doohan (Mr. Scott), Nicola Bryant (Lana), Cas Anvar (Sentek), Amy Rydell (Romulan Commander), Mark Meer (Tal), April Hebert (Rear Admiral Thesp), Marina Sirtis (Computer Voice), Grant Imahara (Sulu), Kim Stinger (Uhura), Wyatt Lenhart Star Trek Continues(Chekov), Michele Specht (McKennah), Steven Dengler (Drake), Martin Bradford (Dr. M’Benga), Kipleigh Brown (Smith), Reuben Langdon (Dickerson), Cat Roberts (Palmer), Liz Wagner (Nurse Burke), Adam Dykstra (Relief Helmsman), Emie Morissette (Relief Navigator), Michael Parker (Romulan Lieutenant), Jessie Rusu (Transporter Chief), E. Patrick Hanavan III (Esper), Ed Obarowski (Esper), John Cerabino (Enterprise Crew), Sean Davis (Enterprise Crew), Amanda Denkler (Enterprise Crew), Savannah DePew (Enterprise Crew), Ashley Despot (Enterprise Crew), Natalie George (Enterprise Crew), Scott Grainger (Enterprise Crew), Ginger Holley (Enterprise Crew), Peter Lickteig (Enterprise Crew), B.J. Savage (Enterprise Crew), Thomas E. Surprenant (Enterprise Crew), Cassandra Tuten (Enterprise Crew), Kyle Warner (Enterprise Crew)

Star Trek ContinuesNotes: The Espers were first encountered in the second Star Trek pilot, Where No Man Has Gone Before, when the Enterprise‘s original first officer, Gary Mitchell, and ship’s psychologist Elizabeth Dehner were uplifted during a brief encounter with the galactic barrier (which, for the record, is a fictional construct existing only in Star Trek mythology). The Romulan Commander was first encountered in The Enterprise Incident in the original series’ third season, and is here played by the daughter of the original actress, Joanna Linville. Nicola Bryant has decades of genre cred, stemming mostly from a single character, Perugilliam “Peri” Brown, companion of Doctor Who‘s sixth incarnation, a role she originated in 1984 and continues to play in Big Finish’s Doctor Who audio plays. Canadian actor Cas Anvar has appeared in everything from Are You Afraid Of The Dark? to a 2002 adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin’s Lathe Of Star Trek ContinuesHeaven, to appearances in Lost, Argo, voice roles in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the regular role of Alex Kamal in The Expanse. Nebula Award-winning novelist Robert J. Sawyer is a lifelong Star Trek fan whose past TV credits include the series based on his novel, Flashforward. He also wrote for, and co-edited, the essay anthology Boarding The Enterprise with David Gerrold, a book which also counts theLogBook.com head writer Earl Green as one of its fact checkers and copy editors.

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To Boldly Go – Part II

Star Trek ContinuesThis is an episode of a fan-made series whose storyline may be invalidated by later official studio productions.

Stardate 6995.1: Lana and Sentek are nearly successful in their takeover of the Enterprise bridge, stopped only by Lt. Smith, who reveals that she also has uplift powers – long dormant since her first exposure to the barrier five years ago – activated by the ship’s proximity to the barrier. Though Lana and Sentek abandon their takeover attempt and beam back to the Kongo, Kirk is wary enough of Smith’s revelation to confine her to sick bay. Spock hallucinates an encounter with the Romulan commander, trying to tempt him to leave Starfleet and return to Romulus with her, before realizing that the uplifted espers are capable of powerful mental manipulation from afar. Among this and other distractions, the Kongo attacks the Enterprise and does critical damage. Kirk devises a plan to separate the Enterprise‘s primary hull from its stardrive section, allowing for a triple-pronged attack on the Kongo in concert with the Romulans. Sentek contacts Spock and offers to hand over the surviving crew of the Kongo; Dr. McKennah agrees to trade herself as a hostage so she can try to reason with Lana. Only after McKennah has beamed over to the Kongo are the life signs of the Kongo crew revealed to be yet another deception, giving Sentek a live hostage and leaving Kirk and Spock empty-handed. Starfleet scrambles the U.S.S. Farragut and U.S.S. Potemkin – the last two remaining Constitution-class ships other than Enterprise and the Kongo – to engage the espers before they can reach Earth, but the crews of those two ships are tricked into firing upon one another. The Romulan commander’s second-in-command, suspecting that his commander’s continued presence on the Enterprise is a sign of further Federation treachery, fires on the Enterprise at point-blank range before his commander wrests control of the ship from him via remote access codes. A last-ditch plan is set into motion: Lt. Smith is beamed into the Kongo‘s engineering deck, where she begins sabotaging the ship’s power grid. When she is detected and attacked, Smith steps up her attack to a suicide mission, overloading the Kongo’s warp core at the cost of her own life. Scotty tries to beam McKennah over as the Kongo explodes, but as the destroyed ship leaves her nowhere to return, and the Enterprise‘s own systems have suffered massive damage, her transporter signal is lost, leaving Spock wracked with guilt for allowing her to beam to the Kongo while he was in command. Considering this a failure of his ability to rely on his human half’s gut feelings, Spock vows to return to Vulcan to undergo the Kolinahr, a final ritual purge of all emotion. McCoy elects to retire from Starfleet, having witnessed more death than he cares to. Kirk, upon returning to Earth, is offered a promotion to Admiral, which he accepts, giving up the command chair for a desk job as Chief of Starfleet Operations. The Enterprise limps back to spacedock to begin undergoing refits, ending Kirk’s five-year mission.

Watch Itteleplay by Robert J. Sawyer
story by Vic Mignogna & James Kerwin and Robert J. Sawyer
directed by James Kerwin
additional music by Vic Mignogna, Craig Huxley and Andy Farber

Star Trek ContinuesCast: Vic Mignogna (Captain Kirk), Todd Haberkorn (Mr. Spock), Chuck Huber (Dr. McCoy), Chris Doohan (Mr. Scott), Nicola Bryant (Lana), Cas Anvar (Sentek), Amy Rydell (Romulan Commander), Mark Meer (Tal), April Hebert (Rear Admiral Thesp), Marina Sirtis (Computer Voice), Grant Imahara (Sulu), Kim Stinger (Uhura), Wyatt Lenhart (Chekov), Michele Specht (McKennah), Steven Dengler (Drake), Martin Bradford (Dr. M’Benga), Kipleigh Brown (Smith), Reuben Langdon (Dickerson), Cat Roberts (Palmer), Liz Wagner (Nurse Burke), Adam Dykstra (Relief Helmsman), Emie Morissette (Relief Navigator), Michael Parker (Romulan Lieutenant), Star Trek ContinuesJessie Rusu (Transporter Chief), E. Patrick Hanavan III (Esper), Ed Obarowski (Esper), John Cerabino (Enterprise Crew), Sean Davis (Enterprise Crew), Amanda Denkler (Enterprise Crew), Savannah DePew (Enterprise Crew), Ashley Despot (Enterprise Crew), Natalie George (Enterprise Crew), Scott Grainger (Enterprise Crew), Ginger Holley (Enterprise Crew), Peter Lickteig (Enterprise Crew), B.J. Savage (Enterprise Crew), Thomas E. Surprenant (Enterprise Crew), Cassandra Tuten (Enterprise Crew), Kyle Warner (Enterprise Crew)

Star Trek ContinuesNotes: This final episode of Star Trek Continues effectively provides a series finale for the original series, leaving characters and situations in much the same state we find them in at the beginning of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In addition to Motion Picture-era uniforms appearing prominently, there are even musical nods toward the first Star Trek movie in the form of musical contributions from electronic music pioneer Craig Huxley playing the Blaster Beam, the unearthly instrument heard prominently in the scores of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II.

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