|Kirk's robot dream (left); the original robotic Rayna (right)|
Kirk has memory problems after being struck on the head in episode #4 of Star Trek Continues. This episode dwells on Kirk's lost loves. First we get a glimpse into Kirk's haunting memory of the long-"dead" robot girl Rayna.
|Kirk remembers the humanoid alien Miramanee and|
Edith from Earth in the 1930s.
Kirk is feeling guilty over his role in the deaths of Rayna, Miramanee and Edith. In the end we are supposed to believe that Kirk will be fine as long as he has his number 1 girl, the Enterprise.
|"I have an idea!"|
Luckily, there is an available red-shirted crewman with a prosthetic arm. Once the nanites transfer from Kirk and McCoy into the prosthetic arm, the arm is beamed into space and destroyed by phaser fire.
I'm usually a fan of stories that involve nanites, but these nanites in episode #5 like microscopic Borg. At least we did not have to suffer through a "nanite queen". I can understand a low budget production's limitations, but filming a civil war battle reenactment is not really in the spirit of Star Trek.
There is an old joke about how the first two cars in Kansas crashed into each other. Even with the incredible vastness of space, the Enterprise can always be counted upon to be traveling through the depths of space and crash into you. Maybe in this case the alien "kid" was looking for a protector and purposefully intercepted the Enterprise.
|alpha wave generators|
Not only is daddy upset, but his red "brain waves" trigger corresponding rage in humans. To protect themselves from this debilitating effect, the crew of the Enterprise must wear their handy dandy alpha wave generators on their arms.
|Giant angry daddy alien.|
Unfortunately, this episode reminds me of the original episode ("Day of the Dove") in which some "energy creature" forces humans and Klingons to fight. Updated for this millennium in Star Trek Continues, we get fist fights with women. This is progress?
|The new Captain?|
|Kirk, Samara, McCoy|
Kirk leads an away team to investigate the Defiant, but he is trapped on board as the Defiant spirals into the voracious and green-with-purple-fringed Hawking radiation-spewing black hole. 200 years quickly pass for Kirk, during which time he rebuilds the Defiant's engines. Sailing at warp 15, Kirk and the Defiant triumphantly emerge from the black hole.
A VERY old Kirk returns to the Enterprise and resumes his love affair with the lady physicist and due to the wonders of 23rd century hyperviagra, they both ignore their vast age difference.
|Star Trek Continues|
For a low-budget fan effort, Star Trek Continues is mighty fine, with the look and feel of the original Star Trek. Hopefully the next episode will take us on an adventure to investigate a new civilization on a new world.
Next: unleashing the human species upon the galaxy
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