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Obsession Chronicles Star Trek Fan’s Efforts To Finish Out The Five Year Mission

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Science fiction fans are well known for being a little on the obsessive side, and even among these passionate minions, Star Trek fans are usually considered to be some of, if not the most fanatically devoted to their favorite genre property. Who else would attempt the herculean task of finishing out the five-year voyage of the Starship Enterprise and her crew, boldly going where no man has gone before? That’s the kind of devotion chronicled on the new web series Obsessed.

The five part video project from Wired follows the exploits of Star Trek Continues, a group of likeminded enthusiasts who seek to give their beloved characters the chance they never had. Cancelled in 1969 after only three seasons, they Captain James Tiberius Kirk (William Shatner), and his steadfast crew, never got the opportunity to complete their mission. Thanks to fans like Vic Mignogna, who executive produces Star Trek Continues and plays the iconic captain role, and his own loyal, enthusiastic crew, that is becoming a reality.

The first two episodes of Obsessed are now available online, and chronicle Mignogna and company’s efforts, hoping to provide its own entertainment. The videos don’t just show you the nuts and bolts of the productions, but they introduce you to the people behind the project, exploring their motives. For Mignogna, pouring everything he has into these recreations is a culmination of a lifelong dream, as he gets to play a character that he has loved since he was nine years old. A similar lifelong love of all things Trek is a common refrain among cast and crewmembers, who are all likewise infatuated and fixated on the show.

While the first episode of Obsessed plays like more of an introduction, episode number two focuses more on a single installment. In this case they are in the process of making an extension of the 1967 episode “Mirror, Mirror,” an episode they call “Mirror, Mirror Resolution,” and it imagines the crew from the alternate universe returns for more shenanigans. The original episode is notable for many reasons, but perhaps chief among them is introducing the world to the much-used trope of alternate, evil selves who you can always readily identify because they have a goatee.

This chapter of the Obsessed saga shows you exactly how detailed and painstaking these recreations are. For instance, Spock’s goatee isn’t just any faux facial hair. To get it exactly, precisely right, they used a $700 hand-woven application. You also get to see them attempt to get to capture the unique lighting “Mirror, Mirror” employed.

Comments

  1. Mercy2000 says:

    Dweebs….. gotta’ love them! FYI: I am a dweeb.

  2. Tim Cunard says:

    That looks great!

  3. Scott Wilkins says:

    Don’t forget Star Trek Phase II: http://www.startreknewvoyages.com/ which has several episodes under its belt, even including several original cast members.

    • JT says:

      Just not as good though.

      The production values and acting are far better on this. This actually looks and feels like the original series. Phase 2 looks and feels like what it is… A fan video.

    • Sean Mccarthy says:

      I have Greatly enjoyed Star Trek Phase II: http://www.startreknewvoyages.com/, and feel most of the supporting cast are spot on in looks and acting in this then will be done on this. Why are they not merging into one company. Obviously, Phase II has the backing of original cast members, and some of the cast of TNG have quest started as well in episodes. To me this is just an insult and should have just put the money raised for this version into Phase II.

      • Daniel Corp says:

        Phase 2 seems to have the effects and sets down pat, the script writing and acting is very weak.

      • JT says:

        Sorry, Phase II just isn’t very good. It really isn’t. It will never have any appeal outside of super, super hardcore Trek fans. The quality just isn’t there. It is there, in Star Trek Continues. Continues isn’t perfect… they need to recast a couple of roles (McCoy for instance, which it looks like they HAVE recast for episode 3), but it’s much, much closer to what this needs to be. Continues really captures the original series, sometimes you can almost forget you aren’t actually watching TOS.

    • Carl says:

      I think both productions, ‘Continues’ and ‘Phase II’ are very well executed and you can see the love each crew puts into their production.
      This isn’t about who’s better. There’s room enough for both.
      I will say, however, that ‘Fairest of them all’ has to be my all time favorite (so far), just a hair ahead of Phase II’s ‘In Harms Way’.
      Kudos to both are deserved.

  4. sue says:

    that is so cool. I love star trek, been watching it since the beginning of TOS.

  5. justgoodman says:

    What about John M. Kelley as Dr. McCoy???

    • Carl says:

      I’m not sure about this, but I think that John Kelley could be DeForest Kelley’s grandson. The resemblance is striking.

  6. Christopher Lundgren says:

    I like both but with the new actor playing Kirk in Star Trek Phase 2 . I really think they got it going. I have watched both. And Phase 2 just moved into a massive new larger modern studio. And increased its budget. And the new Kirk has potential.

  7. Abel Rodriguez says:

    The scripts of New Voyages/Phase 2 include episodes that WERE written by the
    original writers…DC Fontana,.. David Gerold amongst with the original actors Walter Koenig and George Takei ( to name but a few ). Mr
    Mignogna was inspired by HIS work in New Voyages. When a series starts
    with NO Money like New Voyages did…well it tends to show BUT as the
    shows progressed the quality of ALL aspects has gone up and up. BTW NO ONE gets paid to do this shows..is done by fans for fans. While commendable for its efforts “Continues”: seems to believe that they came in to being spontaneously …that nobody else had been doing shows since 2004. Mr Mignogna IS not alone in the efforts to continue the TOS stories… a fact he seems to forget this during interviews.