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Mythbuster Grant Imahara To Play Sulu In New Trek Fan Series

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It shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that the stars of Mythbusters are a passionately geeky lot. Host Adam Savage spends his time away from the show doing things like building replicas of Deckard’s gun from Blade Runner. Tory Belleci worked at ILM, building models for The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. Grant Imahara (quoted from the show’s official site) developed “a custom circuit to cycle the Energizer Bunny’s arm beats and ears at a constant rate.” Now Imahara is going to add another notch to his geek belt by playing Mr. Sulu in an upcoming fan-produced Star Trek webseries.

Star Trek Continues is being produced by Farragut Films, the same folks who produce the Starship Farragut webseries, which tells stories set in the TOS era. According to Trek Movie, Star Trek Continues will be a “retelling of the original series.” That sounds like they’re going to be making new versions of existing episodes, which seems like an odd choice. It’s challenging enough for fan series such as Star Trek: Phase II to spin new adventures with fan actors portraying the iconic original Enterprise crew; it’s bound to be even worse when you’re performing scenes that the likes of Shatner, Nimoy, and the rest already did. We’ll have to wait for more information to clarify exactly what the web series has to offer.

Aside from Imahara, Star Trek Continues will also include Chris Doohan, son of James Doohan, in the role of Scotty. That’s a nice little multi-generational touch. You can get a look at the rest of the Star Trek Continues cast below.

Comments

  • Stygian Scribe

    Where’s Chapel and Rand?  They were just as important in the original series as Sulu and Chekov, and were also included in several of the feature films, but nobody ever seems to give them any respect.

    • JT

      I wouldn’t say they were as important. Rand had one or two episodes where she mattered but mostly she just got coffee. Chapel was semi-important but Majel Barret lives on as the voice of the ship’s computer and that seems good enough for everyone.

  • Christopher Brent

    So let me see if I get this straight: The director of “Kitumba” holds on to the footage for 3 years and won’t let the production team behind the whole series have any of it. Then he claims that their hold-ups have prevented the footage being shown, and releases the episode without their final consent. As if that wasn’t enough, he deliberately waits to release “Kitumba” until another Phase II episode is released (“The Child”), thus stealing that episode’s thunder.

    Then, even though the Phase II production team has continued to behave very civilly towards him despite everything, he starts his own competing TOS fan film series for no other reason than to further spit in the face of the Phase II crew.

    If I’m not misreading or misunderstanding anything, then this guy is a total jerk who deserves absolutely no attention. I don’t care if he manages to bring Gene Roddenberry back from the dead to write an episode. I hope the whole thing blows up in the guy’s face and that everyone refuses to work with him until he learns some manners.

    Maybe there’s more to it that I don’t understand, but that’s how the whole situation reads to me right now.

    Besides, there really isn’t a need for two competing TOS fan film series. If anything, I would be more receptive to a fan film series set after TMP. That at least would be something different.