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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Star Trek Continues is Kickstarting…

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I’m a big fan of Star Trek Continues, the incredible fan-produced project to finish the last two years of the original U.S.S. Enterprise’s five-year mission. After three amazing episodes, the crew is almost ready to go with Episode 4. Principle photography is completed, I am informed, and it is slated to debut in the spring.

But the extraordinary quality of Star Trek Continues means they’re not cheap to produce. So the production is running a Kickstarter — er, rather, a Kirkstarter — to raise the funds to finish Episode 4… and to produce Episode 5.

I am not alone in my love of Star Trek Continues, so it’s not at all surprising to see that the Kirkstarter has already met its $100,000 goal, with two weeks still left to go. But there are some really cool stretch goals on the horizon. I like this one:

• $175,000 • You want us to visit “planets” — and so do we! If we hit our stretch goal of $175,000, we can build additional sets… and our away team — complete with red shirts — can explore new worlds.

That would be awesome. But if nothing else, we definitely have two more episodes coming soon. *geek squee*


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  • Smedley

    Love the show.

  • maskddingo

    “…to raise the funds to finish Episode 4… and to produce Episode 5.”

    That’s not what this kirkstarter is paying for at all. Principal is done on both 4 and 5. They filmed both at the same shoot. They are both in post and both slated to be out in spring. That said, they were also both already fully paid for by the previous kirkstarter in 2013.

    The new kirkstarter is to fund episodes 6 and 7 along with some new sets (and possibly more episodes) if the stretch goals are met.

  • You’re right about ep 4 (and I was wrong), but the Kickstarter specifically says:

    Episode 5 — to be funded by this “Kirkstarter” — will be the first adventure off the ship for our crew.

  • The Gorn

    Still 2 days and only a few thousand to go to reach the ‘planet set’ stretch goal!

  • And they’ve reached it. Hooray!

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