The campaign to raise $350,000 felt more like the unbeatable Kobayashi Maru, especially over the last few weeks. But leave it to Capt. Kirk — or at least his “Star Trek Continues” alter ego Vic Mignogna — to find a way to save the day.
A crowdfunding effort to raise those hundreds of thousands of dollars ended Thursday, pulling in just under $200,000 — or 57 percent of its goal. Where fans expected this could put future episodes of the fan-film series in danger, Mignogna had surprising news: “Continues” met its goal through private donations outside of the IndieGoGo campaign.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” Mignogna wrote on the fan-film’s Facebook page. “We are so deeply grateful to those of you who have donated to ‘Star Trek Continues.’ And do not be discouraged. I’m very pleased to announce that we have received a considerable amount in private individual donations, and it has allowed us to reach our goal.”
Mignogna didn’t elaborate on who made the donations, or for how much. But if “Continues” was to meet its overall goal, such donations would have to total a little more than $150,000.