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Created by
Gene Roddenberry

First episode date
24 May 2013

Program creator
Gene Roddenberry


Developed by
Vic Mignogna

Number of episodes

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Science Fiction / Fantasy

Based on
Star Trek: The Original Series

Directed by
James Kerwin Vic Mignogna Chris White Julian Higgins

Vic Mignogna Todd Haberkorn Chuck Huber Chris Doohan Kim Stinger Grant Imahara Wyatt Lenhart Michele Specht Steven Dengler

Executive producers
Vic Mignogna, Steven Dengler

James Kerwin, Vic Mignogna, Julian Higgins

Vic Mignogna, Chris Doohan, Todd Haberkorn, Chuck Huber

Star Trek: The Original S, Star Trek: New Voyages, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, Star Trek: The Animated, Star Trek: The Next Generation


Star Trek Continues is a fan-created non-canon web series set in the Star Trek universe produced by a non-profit charity — Trek Continues Inc. — and Dracogen (formerly co-produced by Far From Home LLC and Farragut Films). The series is an unofficial direct continuation of the third and last season of Star Trek: The Original Series, whose visual and storytelling features have been reproduced to recreate the same look and feel.


As with all such Star Trek fan productions, use of copyrighted and trademarked properties from the original series is allowed so long as the production is non-commercial. A portion of the funds necessary to produce the episodes was raised through successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, to which thousands of backers contributed.

Star Trek Continues won a Webby Award for "People's Choice - Long Form Drama" in 2016, a Geekie Award for "Best Web Series" in 2014, and numerous Telly and Accolade awards. The series has been very positively received by critics, who have praised the quality of the production and stated that the show has set a new standard for Star Trek fan films.

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Trek alumni guest and recurring actors

Several past members of the Star Trek cast and crew have expressed support for the project and contributed to it.

Other guest actors and support

The first episode, "Pilgrim of Eternity", features Jamie Bamber (Lee "Apollo" Adama from Battlestar Galactica and Matt Devlin from Law and Order UK) as well as original series guest actor Michael Forest reprising his role as Apollo. Marina Sirtis voices the computer of the USS Enterprise, an homage to her connection to the original actress, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who portrayed her character's mother, Lwaxana Troi, as well as the voice of the computer in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

For the second episode, "Lolani", Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk from The Incredible Hulk (1978)) appears as Zaminhon, Daniel Logan (Boba Fett from Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones) appears as Ensign Tongaroa, Erin Gray (Col. Wilma Deering from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century) appears as Commodore Gray and Matthew Ewald (Nicholas Bluetooth from Galidor) appears as Crewman Kenway.

The third episode, "Fairest of Them All", featured guest support from Asia DeMarcos as Marlena Moreau (played in the original series by BarBara Luna), Bobby Clark as Council Leader Tharn, Bobby Quinn Rice as Transporter Technician, Michael Dorn as the computer of the ISS Enterprise, and the first appearance of Kipleigh Brown as Barbara Smith (played in the original series by Andrea Dromm). Recurring cast member Cat Roberts (Lieutenant Palmer, played in the original series by Elizabeth Rogers) also joined the series as of this episode.

The fourth episode, "The White Iris", featured the return of Sirtis as the Enterprise computer, as well as guest stars Colin Baker (Doctor Who), Nakia Burrise (Power Rangers), Adrienne Wilkinson (Xena: Warrior Princess), Tiffany Brouwer (Femme Fatales), and Gabriela Fresquez, with cameos by Chris Gore and Robert J. Sawyer.

Episode six, "Come Not Between the Dragons", guest-starred Gigi Edgley of Farscape fame.

Episode seven, "Embracing the Winds", featured Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Beau Billingslea (Cowboy Bebop), as well as the return of Erin Gray's flag officer character from the second episode and Marina Sirtis as the computer voice.

Episode eight, "Still Treads the Shadow", features Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica) and is scheduled to be released April 1, 2017 at Fan Expo Dallas.


After directing an episode of Starship Farragut for Farragut Films, Mignogna proposed to the companies involved in its production to form a partnership to support the development of a new web series, aimed at continuing the episodes of TOS.

A facility of 9,600 square feet (891 m2) was acquired in Kingsland, Georgia, to host the sets of the Enterprise, that were built from the original soundstage blueprints.

On March 23, 2012, Farragut Films announced the official cast of the series that, among other professionals, included Chris Doohan, son of James Doohan, and MythBusters' Grant Imahara.

Mignogna and the production team recreate the style of the original series in its sets, cinematography, costumes, acting, and storytelling style. They also duplicate the four-act structure used in the original because of the need for commercial breaks. They primarily use the original series' incidental music, as well as the original theme song and credit typography. They film the episodes in 4:3 aspect ratio to duplicate the original series' TV format.

The first episode, "Pilgrim of Eternity", premiered at Phoenix Comicon in May 24, 2013 and was released to the public the same day. "Lolani", the second episode, finished shooting in November 2013, with guest stars Lou Ferrigno and Erin Gray. The episode was released online in February 2014 after premiering at Dallas Sci-Fi Expo in Dallas, Texas. Episode three, "Fairest of Them All", began principal photography that month, with a premiere at Supanova 2014 in Sydney, Australia in June 2014. Pre-production on the fourth episode of the series, "The White Iris", began in November 2014, with a release on May 29, 2015 at Phoenix Comicon. The fifth episode premiered on September 25, 2015 at Salt Lake Comic Con followed by a public release on the following day.

According to the ending credits of "Fairest of Them All", a scene of the episode was shot on location at NASA's Space Center Houston, home of the restored life-size prop of the original Star Trek Galileo shuttlecraft.

In early 2015, Star Trek Continues announced the acquisition of the remainder of the Kingsland facility, totaling 18,500 square feet, now under exclusive ownership of Trek Continues Inc. The studio has been re-branded as "Stage 9", an homage to the original series' soundstage at Desilu.

Kickstarter campaigns

After releasing the first episode, funded by Mignogna, new funds for the continuation of the series were raised in part from a successful Kickstarter campaign, humorously dubbed a "Kirkstarter". It was held from October 7 to November 6, 2013, and raised $126,028 from 2,981 backers, surpassing the set goal of $100,000, to cover funding for episodes 2, 3, and 4.

A second Kickstarter campaign ran from January 17 to February 16, 2015. It successfully raised $214,584, exceeding its goal of $100,000. The sum covered the production costs of episodes 5, 6, and 7, and facilitated the construction of an engineering room and planet set.

A third and final crowdfunding campaign - this time organized via Indiegogo - was held in early 2016, raising $199,049. Shortly thereafter, the producers announced that additional private donations to the Trek Continues Inc. charity allowed the company to exceed its fundraising goal of $350,000, thus enabling the production of four additional episodes.

Short vignettes

Before screening the first episode, a series of three short videos, called vignettes, were released from July 31 to November 30, 2012. The first vignette is an extended ending of the last episode of TOS, "Turnabout Intruder", created to present the fan production as a direct continuation of the original series.


The reception of Star Trek Continues has been very positive, with critics and reviewers highlighting the quality of the production and the resemblance of the episodes with those of the original series. On July 12, 2013, Dan Roth of SyFy's Blastr wrote: "Lots of people try to make fan versions of Trek. None of them look like this." Slice of SciFi's Sam Sloan wrote: "They have certainly raised the bar for independent Star Trek episodic film making", an opinion shared by other reviewers as well. On June 18, 2014, Bill Watters of TrekMovie.com wrote: "Star Trek Continues does deserve the 'Continues' in its title as they do a really strong job at capturing (and yes, 'continuing') the atmosphere of TOS."

On December 16, 2013, about a month after the ending of the Kickstarter campaign, Kevin Pollak's Chat Show published a video interview with Tom Hanks in which the actor highly praises a Star Trek fan production and its "people that recreate with incredibly, startlingly great production values unseen Star Trek episodes", adding that "it looks exactly like the starship Enterprise". Although he could not put a name to the series, he described it citing information compatible with the identity of Star Trek Continues, which motivated the producers and a few sources to assume and claim that the actor was referring to them.

On July 31, 2014, Rod Roddenberry attended an official screening of "Fairest of Them All" in Las Vegas and endorsed the project stating: "I do have to say, and I said this after 'Lolani', I'm pretty damn sure my dad would consider this canon. The fact that you do stories that mean something, that have depth, that make us all think a little bit, I really think he would applaud you guys, and I applaud you guys. And, as far as I am concerned, it is canon. So thank you."

The publication Wired has dedicated to Star Trek Continues five videos of its video series Obsessed, that aims to highlight "what happens when people live out their obsessions to the fullest." Obsessed shows Mignogna and other people of the staff explaining to what extent they have paid attention to detail in order to recreate the Enterprise set and the visual style of TOS. The videos have been published from June 13 to July 1, 2014 on the Obsessed website.


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