"Space... the final frontier."Star Trek Continues is a Fan Sequel web series set in the Star Trek universe. Its mission: to continue where Star Trek: The Original Series left off, and complete the final two years of the Five Year Mission of the Enterprise.The cast is comprised of professionals in the film business who all also happen to be huge Star Trek fans. They are aiming to capture the spirit of the original series as accurately as possible while still creating new, high quality stories.The team's first output were a series of three short vignettes that were released from July 31 to November 30, 2012. A batch of three full-length episodes, partly funded through Kickstarter, were then released from May 26, 2013 to June 15, 2014. Two more episodes per year were released in 2015 and 2016, with the final four episodes released in 2017. The series is planned to end at eleven episodes, per Word of God.It can be accessed here.Since the series follows the crew of the original Star Trek: The Original Series, please refer to that page for most character tropes.
Descriptions from the official website.
- "Pilgrim of Eternity": Apollo returns to wreak havoc on Kirk and the Enterprise in the first episode of the new series.
- "Lolani": A survivor from a distressed Tellarite vessel pulls Captain Kirk and his crew into a moral quandary over her sovereignty.
- "Fairest of Them All": In the Mirror Universe, Spock faces a choice that determines the future of the Terran Empire.
- "The White Iris": Captain Kirk finds himself haunted by guilt from his past as the fate of an alien world hangs in the balance.
- "Divided We Stand": Kirk and McCoy are trapped in time while an alien infestation threatens the Enterprise.
- "Come Not Between the Dragons": A troubled creature pierces the Enterprise hull, pitting the crew against a pursuer that threatens to tear them apart.
- "Embracing the Winds": While the Enterprise is sent on a seemingly routine mission, Kirk is recalled to starbase where he faces an ethical dilemma that challenges the very core of Starfleet Command.
- "Still Treads the Shadow": The Enterprise discovers a lost starship… with an unlikely passenger.
- "What Ships Are For": A society on an asteroid faces a mysterious affliction, while they cannot see colors at all.
- "To Boldly Go, Part 1": To solve the ultimate mystery, the Enterprise must return to where Kirk's five-year mission began.
- "To Boldly Go, Part 2": The iconic mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise comes to an end, as Kirk and his crew battle the ultimate adversary.
This series provides examples of the following tropes:
- Abusive Parents: Usdi from "Come Not Between the Dragons" took refuge on the Enterprise because, as it turns out, its father is this, and it fled in fear. And then, Ensign Taylor reveals her father was this as well, which is why she and Usdi bonded in the first place.
- Addictive Magic: Old habits die hard for Apollo, apparently.
- Addiction Displacement: At the end Apollo discovers that self-sacrifice can provide as much sustenance for him as worship.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Tiberius in "Still Treads The Shadow". With only the computer to communicate with, Old Kirk ends up imprinting himself on it. Tiberius obsesses over him, refusing to let him go and even knocked him out by removing life support then cryo-freezing him with a brainwashing message.
- An Arm and a Leg: In "Divided We Stand," Kirk and Bones are forced to endure a facsimile of The American Civil War, which winds up with Bones amputating Kirk's leg. Luckily, it's All Just a Dream.
- An Aesop: It wouldn't be Star Trek without one per episode.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Despite a thorough dose of skepticism, the crew can't help feeling bad for Apollo's fate.
- The Atoner: What Apollo becomes in the end. In a way.
- Beauty Inversion: Jamie Bamber gets quite bruised and battered in his appearance.
- Call-Forward: The intro to "Lolani" shows Kirk squinting at a book he is trying to read in his quarters, a reference to him wearing reading glasses in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
- Cannon Fodder: When Security Chief Sulu says that there might be casualties trying to capture the Spock of the mirror universe, Kirk tells him to "Take Chekov and put him out front."
- Canon Foreigner: The series adds the psychologist Dr. Elise McKennahnote and a chief of security as recurring characters. Elise is the Big E's first Ship's Counselor, described as a new and somewhat experimental position. In the mirror universe, she's more like the ship's chief courtesan.
- Chekhov's Gun
- Book Safe: A copy of The Fall of the Roman Empire, on "Lolani".
- "Embracing the Winds" early on has a discussion about being glad to not be the one to have to tell the Tellarite ambassador that there's going to be a female Constitution-class captain, seeing as a) the Tellarites are responsible for the informal policy that has kept women from commanding larger Federation Starfleet ships and have been making hints about leaving the Federation if not appeased, b) Tellarites are famously argumentative and abrasive. At the end of the episode Kirk has a conversation with the ambassador, who turns out be not only quite amiable and friendly, but also personally opposed to the sexist glass ceiling policy and intending to join the debate against it on his homeworld.
- Chess Motif: The climax of "Fairest of Them All" involves this, with mirror!Kirk viewing his crew as "pawns" and himself as the "king".
- Continuity Nod: Prototype versions of Next Generation features, including the holodeck and saucer separationnote , not to mention the Ship's Counselor, can be found sprinkled throughout the series.
- In "Fairest of Them All", Mirror Kirk addresses the helm officer as "Jones" and she says "It's Smith, sir." Her expression suggests he does this a lot. This goes back to "Where No Man Has Gone Before" where our Kirk made this error with Yeoman Barbara Smith. A precursor to Janice Rand, she was played by Andrea Dromm. It's pretty clear that the helm officer, played by Kipleigh Brown, is meant to be the same character in the mirror universe.
- Dead Star Walking: Between being a Red Shirt and being played by Jamie Bamber, it's obvious Mr. Simone is doomed.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: McKennah shoots Apollo in the back with a phaser when he starts to revert to his A God Am I tendencies. He shrugs off the blast, but the fact that she pulled the trigger snaps him out of it.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Dr. McKennah suffers from this when she walks in on Kirk in his quarters when he's shirtless.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Lolani.
- Doomed by Canon: Dr. McKennah, being an original character and having a relationship with a main character more or less spelled her doom in the final episode.
- Downer Ending: "Lolani".
- Engineered Public Confession: Mirror!Spock gets Mirror!Kirk to rant about how the crew are just pawns to be used, broken and sacrificed to service his lust for power. Too bad he didn't see the open communications panel.
- The Farmer and the Viper: Played with heavily in the plot of "Pilgrim of Eternity", though it is solved in the end.
- Foreshadowing: Someone or something is destroying the Federation's starships. An innocuous hint of this was dropped in Episode 6 when they mention the Lexington has been destroyed. Episode 7 shows that what's going on aren't accidents.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Kirk dresses down a crewman in this manner who tries to assist Lolani in stealing a shuttlecraft.Kirk: Get a hold of yourself, Mister! (beat) I may have to tolerate the sovereignty of alien worlds, but what I won't tolerate is insubordination ON MY SHIP!
- A God Am I: In the first episode, the crew meets Apollo (again!).
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Apollo, again.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: The title character of the second episode "Lolani."
- Hand Wave: "To Boldly Go, Part 1" does this to Original Series episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before," chalking up Gary Mitchell's mistake - referring to James T. Kirk as James R. Kirk - to the overwhelming amount of power he'd achieved clouding his memories.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In "To Boldly Go, Part II," Yeoman Barbara Smith is revealed to be an Esper, but rather than become corrupted, she uses her newfound power to go over to the Kongo and render the ship inoperable. Sadly, her attempt winds up being this trope.
- Hey, That's My Line!: In the Gag Reel, this is Bones' response when a Red Shirt says He's Dead, Jim.
- I Die Free: Sadly, this isn't Lolani's ultimate fate. But maybe her death will be an inspiration to others.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Mirror!Spock takes this attitude when he mutinies against mirror!Kirk, believing that the Empire must change its ways. When Moreau shows him the Tantalus device, he refuses to use it. Also, he has the officers loyal to him set their phasers to stun instead of to kill. This surprising act of mercy on his part prompts mirror!Chekov and others to join his side.
- Mirror Kirk invokes this almost word-for-word when Mirror!Spock chokes him. It works.
- Informed Ability: Zaminhon states that Orion men secrete the same types of seductive pheromones as their female counterparts, but Dr. McKennah seems unaffected. It might be because the entire crew was inoculated, though.
- Is This Thing Still On?: The coup de grace in "Fairest Of Them All", as mirror!Spock listens to mirror!Kirk's shrieking rant about the crew being brainless sheep, then moves aside to reveal that the intercom was on and everyone throughout the entire ship heard that.
- Killed Off for Real: Several of the recurring characters are killed off at the end of the series, including Mr. Smith and Dr. McKennah.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "Lolani." The titular character interrupts a not-so-whispered argument between Kirk and McKennah to ask a... slightly awkward question. note Lolani: Do you always challenge each other in this manner?
McKennah: Uh... no. Not always. Why do you ask?
Lolani: Well, I read in some cultures, such challenging between males and females is considered a... mating ritual.
Kirk: [glances awkwardly at McKennah] ...No. Not in this culture.
McKennah: Yes. I mean, no. No. Yes to the no. No.
- Love Is in the Air/Smells Sexy: Orion females secrete pheromones.
- Mad Doctor/Torture Technician: The mirror universe McCoy is willing, even gleeful, to use his "patients" as guinea pigs.
- Mirror Universe: "Fairest Of Them All" provides yet another version of what happened after Kirk and Co. left.
- Mook–Face Turn: Mirror!Kirk's own henchmen are the ones who seize him at the end. One even knocks him out when he breaks loose.
- Mythology Gag:
- The intro of "Pilgrim of Eternity" has Scotty proudly showing Kirk the new holodeck technology him and a team of other leading Starfleet engineers are working on. It should be great... once they've worked the bugs out.
- "What Ships Are For" begins with the bridge crew chatting with an admiral who has on a white top similar to the Starfleet uniforms seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Sure enough, as soon as the admiral is gone:Bones: ...What the devil was he wearing?
Kirk: No idea, but you'll never get me in one of those things.
- Of course, "To Boldly Go, Part II" sees Kirk having to wear a new uniform.
- Not So Stoic: Spock, in "To Boldly Go, Part II," when the Espers fool him and capture Dr. McKennah.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The creatures in "Come Not Between The Dragons" can, at will, cause everyone on the ship to become paranoid and irritable, causing multiple Rage Breaking Points, fights between crew members, and a very vengeful Captain Kirk.
- Power Echoes: Apollo's voice gets increasingly boomier and echos as his power returns.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Relative to the original series, the character of Scotty (though played by a different actor) finally makes the opening titles, rectifying a longstanding fan criticism of James Doohan's low billing relative to his character's prominence. He even gets the And Starring designation!
- Put on a Bus: "What Ships Are For" reveals that Nurse Chapel has returned to Starfleet, working on her doctorate.
- Rapid Aging: By phlebotinum, in "Pilgrim of Eternity," to Hand Wave why Apollo underwent Character Aged with the Actor when in the Star Trek universe, only a little under two years has passed.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Kirk in the end of "Lolani." Not that it helps.
- Sequel Episode: This show is quite fond of this! "Fairest of Them All" directly follows the events of "Mirror, Mirror." "Pilgrim of Eternity" is a follow-up to "Who Mourns for Adonais?". And "Still Treads the Shadow" is a very, very dark sequel to "The Tholian Web".
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: The social issue of the week in "Lolani".
- Special Edition Title: The titles in "Fairest of Them All", set entirely in the Mirror Universe, replace the familiar narrative with "Space, the Final Conquest..." while snare drums are heard in the title theme and the Empire's symbol of a globe with a dagger through it is added to the "Star Trek" logo. The visuals are also all mirrored compared to the normal series opening. The end credits for this episode are also different, using the series 2 font rather than the normal series 3.
- To Be Lawful or Good: The main moral conflict of "Lolani."
- Trap Is the Only Option: Mirror!Spock knows that mirror!Kirk's request for parley is just a ruse. But he believes that he should go anyway, to give mirror!Kirk a chance to see reason. But it doesn't mean that he isn't ready for the trap when it's sprung.
- Video Will: The final scene of, and last farewell of the title character of, "Lolani".
- Villain Ball: In "Fairest of Them All" Mirror Kirk orders the Halkans' civilisation destroyed via bombardment to make them an example of what happens to those who dare to resist the Terran Empire. While the pitiless attack wipes out the Halkans, it also destroys the dilithium crystals on the planet that the Enterprise needed in the first place, something Mirror Kirk first realises afterwards.
- War Is Hell: "Divided We Stand" where Bones and Kirk are transported (via brain nanonites) to The American Civil War.
- You Have Failed Me: Don't tell Mirror Kirk something can't be done or hesitate when he demands an answer unless you want a punch in the gut or a jolt from your agonizer.