Introduction To The Episode
Below is the third outing for the Star Trek Continues (STC) crew.
Fairest of Them All is set in the Mirror Universe and continues in that universe right from the end of The Original Series' Mirror, Mirror episode. In fact, the opening scene is a replay of Kirk and Spock's final scene from Mirror, Mirror, though with Vic Mignogna (Kirk) and Todd Haberkorn (Mr. Spock).
If you were ever curious about what happened in the Mirror Universe after Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and Uhura beamed back to their own universe and Mirror Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and Uhura beamed back to their ship, this Star Trek Continues episode shows how things might have played out.
From several Mirror Universe based episodes in Deep Space Nine, we learned that Spock had been successful in fomenting change in the Terran Empire which seriously weakened its strength and resolve. That led to the Empire losing its grip and dominance over non-Terran captors and allies, ultimately leading to its demise at the hands of a Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. This turned out to be every bit as evil and harsh a regime as the one it deposed.
This backstory however didn't answer the question of how Mirror Spock was able to fundamentally alter the course of the Terran Empire. And it didn't say anything about what happened to Mirror Kirk or those loyal to him, in the process.
And it's precisely those questions that Fairest of Them All sets out to answer.
The Other Star Trek Continues Episodes:
The STC actors had settled into their roles in the second episode but Haberkorn really inhabits the Spock persona in this third episode. Mignogna is better this time as Kirk too, getting Kirk's mannerisms down pat without parodying the character or William Shatner's original performance.
All the other STC actors reprise their roles with the exception of Larry Nemecek (McCoy) who this time round is replaced by Chuck Huber (the original choice for the role). He doesn't get a lot to do in this episode but his portrayal (and look) is much closer to TOS McCoy than Nemecek's efforts in the first two STC episodes.
Fairest Of Them All was both written and directed by James Kerwin. He's best known for his episodic sci-fi film noir, Yesterday Was A Lie.
You might recognize the voice of the Mirror Enterprise's computer - it's Michael Dorn's! (Marina Sirtis provided the computer voice for STC's first episode).
Like the previous two STC episodes, Fairest of Them All is shot in the style of an original series episode, with 47 minutes dedicated to the single, central story, using the same lighting techniques, the same sound and music, the same four-act presentation as an original episode...and it doubles up as both an adventure story and a morality play. There's even a new intro to suit the Mirror Universe...
There's some bloopers for the episode on the next page...
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