USS Enterprise returns to home port

No, this isn’t about the new series on CBS (or the carrier decommissioned in 2012). I’m talking about Star Trek Continues, the fan-made series I discussed many times previously. They released their finale last month, and they went out on top.

If you’re new to this, scan my Star Trek posts here.

If you’re a fan of the original series, but not up to watching all eleven episodes of this one, you might still give these last two episodes a shot. It’s not like you need to see the rest in order when you already know the main characters, if not the actors playing them.

This two-episode series finale brings us back to the story of Captain Kirk’s first episode, which was the original show’s second pilot “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” In that one, two crewmembers gained super human powers with ambitions to match.

Now, Kirk and the Enterprise must chase a group of idealistic evil-doers seeking to acquire those powers for themselves.

Along the way, Spock calls in assistance from the female Romulan starship captain he betrayed and humiliated in the old episode where they stole a cloaking device. If you remember that episode, you’ll be shocked at the resemblance when you see the actress playing her now. I had to look her up: She’s Amy Rydell, the daughter of Joanne Linville, the actress who played the original.

Fans will like the way the finale ties in the first episode and then ends by setting up for the situation as it stood in the 1979 movie. The Enterprise returns to Earth, and their mission is completed. You might have noticed the poster above shows Kirk wearing the uniform he would have in that movie. He wears it at the end of the second part of this finale, when it is announced that Starfleet has a new uniform. This brings a continuity to the space between the original series and what came after. That’s a nice touch. It shows an appreciation for the fans’ view of the series that was usually missing from the big productions.

Part two is on YouTube here.

Or, you can find all eleven episodes at StarTrekContinues.com.