It was a bittersweet moment watching the final episode of Star Trek Continues. On one had, it was great to see this excellent series get wrapped up so well, but it was also sad to realize that there won’t be any further episodes. The purpose of the show was bridge the gap between the end of the classic 1966-69 TV series (“Turnabout Intruder” was the final original series episode) and big screen cinematic adventures, which it does very well. It was a great ride, while it lasted.
Vic Mignogna, the executive producer/writer, who portrays Captain Kirk on the show, explains what he wanted to accomplish with this last episode. He said, “The finale episode will effectively end the five-year mission of the Enterprise, and leave all of the characters where they were when the motion picture rejoined them in the late 70s. Viewers will find many questions answered and feel a great sense of closure to this era of Star Trek.”
In the second part of “To Boldly Go”, we pick up where the story left off in part one, with Lana (Nicola Bryant, formerly of classic Doctor Who) and her team of ESPs–a direct connection to the pilot episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before”–trying to destroy and replace the human race, due to their belief in their own superiority. The ESPers see themselves as the successors of the mortals of the Federation, and it’s up to Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise to stop them. Lt. Smith (a character who appeared in “Where No Man Has Gone Before”) played by Kipleigh Brown, has also ascended to ESPer-level power and Kirk is unsure if he can trust her, because of his experiences in the pilot episode.
The episode, as usual, is very well done and the production values are impressive for the limited budget. The cast gives their best-yet performance, particularly Mignogna, who dominates the show as Kirk. There are lots of Easter Eggs that long-time fans will appreciate, like the appearance of the new Starfleet uniforms that debuted in Star Trek the Motion Picture.
My one complaint is that a few aspects of the story seemed to be a bit rushed (such as the Spock/McKenna relationship, or McCoy’s final rational for retiring) but this was most likely because the show was originally meant to run for 13 episodes, but only went for 11, due to the new Paramount/Viacom regulations on fan films, in the wake of the Axanar controversy. Given the shortened season, they did a pretty good job incorporating those aspects into the story.
This episode, “To Boldly Go: Part 2”, was written by science fiction writer Robert Sawyer and Mignogna, and is director by James Kerwin. Amy Rydell plays the Romulan Commander, and interestingly, Rydell is the daughter of Joanne Linville, who played the same character in the original series. Also, for the first and only time in the adventures of the original crew, we get to see them separate the saucer section.
The cast, taking their final bows, consists of Vic Haberkorn as Spock, Chris Doohan as Scotty, Michele Specht as McKenna, Chuck Huber as Dr. McCoy, Grant Imahara as Sulu, Kim Stinger as Uhura, and Wyatt Lenhart as Chekov. Marina Sirtis (Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation) voices the computer.
Mignona posted this message for fans as the episode aired… “WORDS FAIL ME. No vocabulary can express how much this production has meant to me. From the very beginning, all I knew was that I wanted to make one episode of Star Trek the way I remembered it. Would anyone like it? I didn’t know. Would I make another? I didn’t know. All I knew was that I wanted to pay tribute to Bill, Leonard, Gene and everyone who made the show that meant so much to me when I was a boy. I would use all the skills that TOS inspired me to try for the first time to make the best episode I could. I never imagined so many amazing people would do so much, and I’m deeply humbled by their involvement. I will be forever grateful to the cast, crew & volunteers who selflessly gave so much to make Star Trek Continues a reality. And to you, the viewers and fans, for your support and enthusiasm. With bittersweet joy, we present our final episode. Hopefully, it will be a long lasting tribute and historic ending to the most iconic television series in history. Thank you all, and God bless you. ~ Vic.”
The final scene of the episode is rather touching and emotional. You can see the love the cast and crew have for the material. Mignogna knocks it out of the park with his ending soliloquy. As a long-time fan who never got to see a proper ending to the five-year mission, this was a real treat, and it seems like exactly the way Trek creator Gene Roddenberry would have done it. It’s a wonderful ending to a great web-series, and a perfect tribute to classic Star Trek. Too bad it’s over. The episodes are all available of the show’s website, and every fan of classic Trek should check this out. It’s first-rate stuff.
Goodbye, Star Trek Continues, and thanks for giving us one last Star Trek series done right.