Fans of the classic and original adventures of Star Trek featuring Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise have flocked to the internet in order to enjoy the continuing adventures and final two years of the Enterprises five year mission, through the amazing work of the internet based fan series, Star Trek Continues.
So far the cast, crew and producers of Star Trek Continues, in association with Farragut Films and Dracogen Strategic Investments, have been able to produce three new Star Trek Continues episodes thanks to a successful 2013 Kickstarter program.
A new “Kickstarter 2.0” is now under way however and has just thirteen days left, in order to continue and finally finish the original journey that the fans are enjoying so much. To date over $127,128.00 has been successfully raised and those willing to contribute to the success of Star Trek Continues can log on the the Kickstarter page here:
With the money previously raised, Star Trek Continues successfully produced the first three episodes “Pilgrim of Eternity”, “Lolani” and “Fairest of them all”, which have each received high praise and immense support from all over the world. Amazingly, Star Trek Continues has just finished the fourth episode with episode V planned to be the new crews first adventure off of the ship.
What is truly amazing is that the producers and principles of Star Trek Continues were originally seeking $100,000.00 so as to produce two more original episodes and this goal has been surpassed by $27,128.00. This will have the effect of helping the show cover the many related costs of development, filming and post-production such as ongoing set construction, along with the many related materials needed, as well as the rental and maintenance of the building which houses the beautiful Enterprise sets.
But the amounts of money needed to fund such an operation are ongoing and continual, with costs such as monthly utilities expenses, equipment rentals, prop production and replication, along with much needed costume rental, make-up and the many related beauty supplies that go into each and every episode, not to mention the many post-production costs, along with those expenses needed to cover crew travel, lodging, and food during the shoots, plus so many other of the details that likewise need to be paid for.
Interestingly, if the this Kickstarter campaign can produce and additional $23,000.00, fans of the show will be able to see Star Trek Continues create chief engineer Scotty’s engineering section. Needless to say, that would really make Christopher Doohan happy, who does an absolutely amazing job portraying Scotty on Star Trek Continues, and he is also the son of the the original who portrayed Scotty, the unforgettable James Doohan.
If the Kickstarter campaign can raise another $25,000.00 and reach $175,000.00, then we can even see our intrepid cast and crew of the USS Enterprise actually visit strange new worlds by actually allowing the Star Trek Continues production crew to create the additional sets that would be needed to actually make this possible.
And every additional $50,000.00 after that would then allow Star Trek Continues to actually create an additional episode, so every dollar that can be raised by this Kickstarter campaign is crucial to not only the show, but the ongoing and continuing adventures of Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise.
While the writer of this piece and the Sci Fi Pulse team wholly support the endeavors of Star Trek Continues, it is telling to note that Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, who is the son of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry actually made the following statement after watching the “Fairest of Them All” episode in Las Vegas,
“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 fact of the matter is that the amazing producers, crew, cast and principles who have come together in order to continue the ongoing missions of the much beloved original Enterprise, do so out of pure love for Star Trek. And this shows in the hard work, dedication and passion with which each and every single one of these episodes are put together and presented to the public, so those of us who are enjoying what is being done at Star Trek Continues need to make that click of the mouse and help make this worthy cause a continuing reality.
So lets all help make Star Trek Continues even more successful and amazing than it already is by donating in these last days of their Kickstarter campaign! Remember, there are only 13 days left to help make a difference! Do your part today please!
Written by: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, as well as a science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art, and he currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator. Tye also serves on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Osceola County, with a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on Facebook as well as at www.thelightersideofscifi.com and you can also send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to [email protected]