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:

LogBook entry & review by Earl Green

Review: It’d take one hell of an episode to top Fairest Of Them All. The White Iris is indeed one hell of an episode, though one that’s likely to spark deep divisions in fandom. Classic Trek fans will likely either love or hate this one.

Star Trek ContinuesIn only its second episode, Star Trek Continues took a strong feminist stance. With The White Iris, this is taken a bit further, this time explaining, attempting to justify, and possibly attempting to apologize for Captain Kirk’s legendary libido. Where one falls on the ongoing debate on the issue of feminism will probably determine where one lands with regard to The White Iris. The episode also deals with the fact that an awful lot of the women Kirk has fallen for have ended up dead by the time their respective episodes’ end credits rolled. Trying to sensitively handle a subject that has become something of a running joke among Star Trek fans is quite a tightrope walk.

So the question is: should we expect Kirk to feel grief and guilt over these fatal specimens of his legendary love-’em-and-leave-’em attitudes? Or should we just ruefully chuckles to ourselves about Star Trek ContinuesStar Trek having been created and produced in an era when values and thinking on these things were vastly different than they are now? The White Iris deepens Kirk as a character, but removing his frat-boy attitudes toward relationships is a significant course change. (Though one does notice that these liaisons become virtually nonexistent in the movie era.) Whether or not taking James T. Kirk in this direction will be the source of ongoing debate here. As usual, Vic Mignogna does an excellent job as Kirk, at times appearing strikingly like William Shatner. Star Trek Continues’ production values continue to be top-notch.

Star Trek ContinuesThe series’ guest stars also continue to be top notch, reeling in Xena’s Adrienne Wilkinson and 1980s Doctor Who star Colin Baker for fairly significant guest roles. Baker’s bluster and exasperation are among his acting superpowers, and they’re put to excellent use here with no cutesy nods to his position in the science fiction pantheon.

But there are nods aplenty to past Star Trek. It’s safe to say that a pretty good knowledge of classic Star Trek is required to really sink one’s teeth into The White Iris. Star Trek Continues has a top-notch cast and an expanding selection of near-perfect reproductions of the classic Star Trek sets. Why Star Trek Continuescontinue to spend these resources on sequelizing the original show? Previous episodes have heavily referenced Who Mourns For Adonis? and Mirror, Mirror; the first short-form vignette produced tacked a new ending onto Turnabout Intruder. With its incredible resources and high profile, Star Trek Continues could be doing what any new studio-produced Star Trek needs to do: tell new stories, and lure in a new generation of fans. Instead, it’s committing the frequent fan film sin of playing “inside baseball”. When your whole mission statement is to make new Star Trek… don’t spend too much time referencing what’s come before. Star Trek Continues is far from the only fan film project guilty of this, but it’d be nice to see some new trails being blazed.