John describes the production as having an “identity crisis,” because we’re talking about an abandoned dollar store filled with handmade sets built by volunteers and starring an Elvis impersonator.

And eventually, they found themselves some real Hollywood writers, designers, actors, and producers – some of whom worked on the original Star Trek series.

“When New Voyages started, they had several people behind the scenes, like Doug Drexler (VFX guru who worked on TNG and Battlestar Galactica), helping out with the production,” John says. “By the time I joined, Walter Koenig had been cast as Chekov, an original cast member reprising his role for the first time since Star Trek: Generations in 1994. This was a pretty huge deal … Now when we got to ‘World Enough And Time,’ the episode with George [Takei], that’s when the stakes were raised even higher. Hollywood producer Marc Zicree (Babylon 5, TNG, Sliders), and Michael Reeves got involved.”

We’re talking Emmy and Oscar winners working out of a dollar store alongside fans with no experience.

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Footage of the newly restored Star Trek original series U.S.S. Enterprise shooting miniature.