“Pilgrim of Eternity” is the delightful first episode of “Star Trek Continues,” a fan-produced Star Trek series that picks up the original TV show where it left off, reproducing the visual and storytelling style. The script plays as if Gene Roddenberry himself had commissioned and revised it. The sets look the same, the Enterprise looks the same, the costumes and props look the same, the lighting is the same. It’s even got the same music.
Watching it is like seeing the first episode of a fourth season of Star Trek, where for some reason the characters had been recast with actors who look and act sort of like the original.
This episode is a sequel to “Who Mourns for Adonais,” where the Enterprise meets the Greek god Apollo. In the timeline of the show, it’s just two years later, and the Enterprise encounters Apollo again, only now the godlike alien has been aged many decades because of an accident involving the technology that gave Apollo his powers. The artificial aging gimmick creates an opportunity for Michael Forrest, the original actor who played Apollo nearly 50 years ago, to recreate the role in a 2013 production.
The mastermind behind “Star Trek Continues” is Vic Mignogna, who also plays Captain Kirk in a William Shatnerian fashion. Appearing as Mr. Scott is Chris Doohan, whose father was James Doohan, the actor who originated the role. And Marina Sirtis, who played Counselor Troi on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” does the voice of the ships computer.
The episode is a lot of fun. It’s great to see a new episode of something that looks and plays like the original Star Trek. There are 10 more episodes and I plan to watch them all.