This new Star Trek fan series is the closest we've ever seen to the original

Lots of people try to make fan versions of Trek. None of them look like this.

To be totally honest, whenever there's another attempt by a fan group to continue the adventures of Kirk, Spock, et al., my eyes instantly glaze over. Maybe I'll give the trailer a look, but I'm usually out in under a minute. Fan efforts just never really approach the campy goodness of the original.

But Star Trek Continues? Friend, its warp nacelles are a cut above the rest. And if you're wondering why it's so good, here's your answer -- pedigree.

Montgomery Scott is played by Christopher Doohan. Name sound familiar? That's original Scotty, Jimmy Doohan's son! How cool is that? And the ship's computer? Why, it's only played by Counselor Deanna Troi, Marina Sirtis, herself!

Then there's the pilot episode, wherein the producers decided, "Hey, let's do a sequel to Who Mourns for Adonais?" Oh, and while we're at it, let's get the actor who played Apollo in that classic episode to come back and reprise the role.

If this sounds like overselling, so be it. But, man, this just feels like Star Trek in a way I've never seen from a fan series before. The only thing? The first episode's a whopping 50 minutes long. So here's what I recommend -- do what I normally do, throw it on for a minute and see how the show strikes you.

And then let us know in the comments if you were as taken with it as I was.

(via Laughing Squid)