Hello everyone, I've been browsing these forums for a long time, but never registered until now. Well here I am!
That out of the way, I'll chime in on my thoughts on PoE. I've seen several different fan productions, from Exeter to Phase II and Farragut. I've gotta say that I have enjoyed them all, and this first full outing for ST Continues is certainly no exception.
Streaming it from YouTube onto my big screen tonight, I was blown away by the production values and work these amazing people put into a project like this.
Vic Mignogna makes a terrific Kirk! I for one enjoyed his performance and thought he nailed the charisma that makes up who Kirk is. He comes off as a real heroic leader, and I appreciated his effort.
Chris Doohan blew me away. When I first saw him perform as Scotty in the "Birthday" vignette I immediately realized that he is about 10 times better than Simon Pegg is for that character (no offense to Mr. Pegg, he's an awesome guy, I just couldn't see him as Scotty). It was also cool to see Grant Imahara play Sulu (MythBusters rocks), and getting another Apollo in Jamie Bamber was a nice touch.
Speaking of Apollo, it was good to see Michael Forest reprise his TOS guest role. It was nice that they sent him off the way they did, as the way he departed in Who Mourns for Adonais seemed somewhat tragic.
The visual effects were also top notch. Enterprise looked fantastic, inside and out. Big kudos to the entire production team.
I've got to hand it to the men and women who help put these fan productions together for our entertainment. I really appreciate the effort and time they invest so we can enjoy just a little more Trek. I think Mr. Roddenberry would be proud.