I don't know if Star Trek Continues (STC) has some dispensation from Paramount and CBS regarding fan-produced episodes of Star Trek, or if they're simply ignoring the draconian "guidelines" set out by the media companies last year in the wake of the Axanar production and subsequent lawsuit, but they're releasing a new episode (#8) early April.
Here's what they had to say about those "guidelines" (taken from the Star Trek Continues blog):
|As CBS/Paramount has made clear, the guidelines are not laws; they are general parameters applied on a case-by-case basis. Since the implementation of the guidelines, we have stopped all crowdfunding activities and have focused strictly on completing the four episodes which had already been funded as of that time by fans' donations to our 501(c)(3) non-profit. STAR TREK CONTINUES has always followed any and all instructions given to us by CBS regarding our production, and will continue to do so.|
The title of the new episode is Still Treads the Shadow. It features guest star Rekha Sharma, perhaps best known to science fiction fans for her role in more than 30 episodes of Battlestar Galactica. There's an interview with her here.
Indiegogo backers and attendees at the Fan Expo Dallas will get to see the episode on April 1st. As to the length of the episode, it will be full-length like all previous episodes.
The rest of us will get to see the episode when it's released on Vimeo and YouTube on April 2nd (at 12PM PDT, 8PM GMT).
What Is Star Trek Continues' Future?
Vic Mignogna (Kirk/Producer/Director/Writer) had always said that STC would bridge the period between TOS and the movies. 13 episodes were originally planned but that's now been reduced to 11 following some events you can read about on their blog.
The remaining episodes - 9, 10, and 11 - are still in post-production and will be released throughout the year as they are completed.
After that, the shutters come down on Star Trek Continues. No decision has been made on what will happen with the sets. It would be great if they could be turned into a tourist attraction but logistics, rent and other considerations will determine the outcome.
Star Trek Continues is the best of the fan produced series (at least in my humble opinion) and it's great to have another TOS-era episode to look forward to.
What's your own opinion. Sound off in the comments below...
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