In the prehistoric days when I was a kid, I would set my cassette recorder next to the TV set and record the sound of "I Love Lucy." Then I'd listen to those tapes for hours. A wonderful Desilu Production. I made my own Lucy posters and shirts (long before Lucy memorabilia became popular)
In the prehistoric days when Vic Mignogna was a kid, he would set his cassette recorder next to the TV set and record the sound of "Star Trek." Then he'd listen to those tapes for hours. A wonderful Desilu Production. Vic sewed his own Trek costumes and as a child became a miniature Captain Kirk during his playtime.
As the years went by I watched "I Love Lucy" and memorized much of the dialog.
As the years went by Vic Mignogna watched "Star Trek" and memorized much of the dialog.
I always thought it would have been awesome to be able to visit Desilu and see "Lucy" being filmed. I wasn't even born then, so end of that story.
Vic Mignogna was so into his favorite show he decided to become Captain Kirk and finish the five year mission of the Starship Enterprise. He came up with a show called "Star Trek Continues." The show stars Mignogna as Kirk and features a painstakingly accurate reproduction of the sets. The scripts are well written. The music and editing very much in the style of the 1960s original show.
You may not have heard about this show as it's what is considered a "fan film", not produced by the folks who now own Star Trek. The show is so realistic in its re-creation, about the only thing missing is the credit "A Desilu Production" at the end. (Lucy...why did you sell Desilu??? Your heirs could REALLY be rich now...).
Mignogna calls "Star Trek Continues" his love letter to Star Trek and it's a very expensive love letter as it is all non profit. After the first episode which he financed himself, fans donated to continue production.
You can find the shows at www.startrekcontinues.com or on Youtube.
Recently my wife and I had the chance to visit the set of "Star Trek Continues" at the Neutral Zone Studios in Kingsland, Georgia. This was a special fan appreciation day as it isn't a tourist attraction open to the public. It was a surreal experience and felt like being on the Enterprise. Vic Mignogna was there and proudly showed us the sets.
Here I am roaming the corridors of the Enterprise
Captain Jeff on the bridge.
Vic in engineering
The show has been out of production for several years already. The man who now owns the studio now is paying out of his pocket to keep the sets intact. Hopefully concerned fans will keep this gem alive with donations.
Since the show was filmed, there have been changes in the rules regarding fan productions so there will be no more big scale productions like "Star Trek Continues". I guess that means I can't decide to built a replica of the Ricardo apartment set and play Ricky Ricardo... but then, I don't think I could perfect a Cuban accent anyway. I might have been able to sing Babalu though.... It would have been cool to be on the set of the Tropicana....
By the way Vic who was the brains behind "Star Trek Continues" has done lots of other things including singing and voicing anime cartoons. He is a Christian and graciously has allowed the radio station I run to air his "Gospel of John." A very interesting and talented man. Or as Spock would say "fascinating."