Greetings everyone! Samurai here. You know, down here in Louisiana, we eat many things; crawfish, catfish [the actual fish, not the TV show…those people are stupid anyway…], alligator, nutria rat…you name it. [And yes, I said “Nutria Rat”. And yes, we do eat it in Louisiana. And no, I’m not kidding. And no, I, personally, have ever had it and I doubt I ever will…thankfully…] Well, I’m here to say that as of recent, I’ve come accustomed to the taste of crow. Why, you may ask? Well, the reason being is that I just finished watching “Star Trek Continues”, the infamous “Star Trek” webseries that takes Vic Mignogna and Todd Habberkorn from behind the mic of an anime recording studio and into the roles of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock respectively. And I must say, my January 7th review of the “Star Trek Continues” ABSOLUTELY does not apply to this full-length episode! Plain and simple; it’s all kinds of awesome.
If you recall, back in January, I panned the three vignettes released prior to this full-length episode. I said that I was less than impressed with Vic’s portrayal of Captain Kirk and I complained that I heard more Edward Elric in his voice than the historic Captain he was supposed to portray. Well…this time was WAY different. About 5 minutes into watching the episode, I found myself saying out loud to an empty room “Now THAT’S more like it!” This is the performance I’ve been wanting to see—a performance I KNEW he was capable of. He captured all of Kirk’s nuances perfectly—the swagger, the subtle nuances, the tone of gentle yet firm authority…everything is well done. He actually ACTED this time around instead of just stumbling about mumbling his lines, like I complained in the first reivew. Todd as the logical Mr. Spock is very well played. It was great to see him in an expanded role outside the Vignettes with more for him to do. Leonard Nimoy would be proud of him, if he isn’t already. My praise for all the other bridge officers, Grant Imahara as Sulu, Kim Stinger as Uhura [I LOVE the fact that they wrote a scene where she sings; a call back to her singing talents in the Original Series…], Wyatt Lenhart as Chekov [They finally got the accent worked out…], and Chris Doohan as Scotty remains the same–they are all well played and are the spiritual echos of their TOS counterparts.
One small change I should comment on is the fact that Chuck Huber did not return to the role of Dr. McCoy. I was disappointed as I thought he did an EXCELLENT job in the role, and I really wanted to see what he could do in a longer format. Larry Nemeck picks up the role for this episode and, I have to say, he did a great job! He’s doesn’t QUITE have the ol’ country doctor feel that Huber did, but he makes a great showing all the same and I’m sure he’ll get it down with time.
In conclusion; this is one serving of crow that I am happy to consume. “Star Trek Continues” has earned it’s spot with me, and I look forward to more upcoming episodes.
And while we’re on the subject of the blond haired one, our good friend TWWK over at “Beneath the Tangles” got an exclusive interview with Vic earlier this June at A-Kon 24. It’s an excellent read and worth giving a good once over. So please go check it out!
Oh, and one more thing…for reasons I’m still scratching my head over, the “Nadia” reviews are out of order. When I posted Part Three the other day, part two seemed to jump ahead in the line. I have no clue how this happened, and I’m sorry for any spoilers!