‘The Improvised Generation: The Lost Episodes’ will leave you engaged

Star Trek: The Next Generation was helmed the funniest of the all of the Star Trek franchises by fans and many of the cast and crew, including Star Trek writer Brannon Braga. So, it only made sense to create an entire improv team around the beloved 1990 sci-fi series.

That’s what Star Trek superfans and actors, Paul Hungerford, Sara Mountjoy-Pepka, Aliza Pearl, and Matthew Pitner, did and created The Improvised Generation.

According to the show’s bio, The Improvised Generation: The Lost Episodes is mixing genuine Star Trek: TNG references with skilled storytelling. The crew of the U.S.S. McGinley (commanded by Captain Georgia S. Thompson) improvises authentic voyages through Alpha quadrant with a cast of memorable characters. Sometimes thrilling, usually funny, always engaging. 

The Improvised Generation began in 2015 and was established at the Impro Studio in Los Angeles. Each improv show is set for 45 minutes and has a set team (just the main crew) and storyline that is consistent each week. These stories are set up to feel like you were watching an actual episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, hence the title: The Lost Episodes, but with the crew of another ship – the U.S.S. McGinley.

The show is on a limited run. Like on a television series, each year is another season. The Improvised Generation is ending their third season next week. Fortunately, I got to catch an episode of this season this past Sunday.

As a lifelong Trekkie and TNG-fanatic, I was quite impressed with how their show actually felt like a TNG episode. Like every TNG episode, there is a life lesson, interesting characters, some moments of seriousness and comedy, but overall, felt lighthearted and humorous.

The two Starfleet officers that were showcased this week, Lt. Janie Bootes (Mountjoy-Pepka) and Ensign Flak Danton (Paul Vonasek), each had their own personalities, which was developed throughout the seasons. The actors were consistent in their characters’ behaviors and reactions when it came to new, and improvised, situations. Also, they each had their own separate story and neither of them made me care about one more than the other. They both held up their end of their storylines and kept my attention.

The entire improv team was quite amazing and contributed their knowledge of the beloved franchise, which made it funnier for fans in the audience. The actors and the characters they portrayed were so likable that you end up rooting for them. Hungerford, who played a variety of characters, definitely got me falling off my seat throughout the show. His quick answers and comedic timing and pauses almost felt staged. It wasn’t, but he was that good.

The show was so enjoyable. I could not stop smiling because of how closely it reminded me of the series I grew up with. The Improvised Generation: The Los Episodes is a MUST SEE for fans of the series. It will give you the feeling of nostalgia and make you laugh at the same time.

The Improved Generation is having their season finale show this Sunday at the Impro Studio at 9 pm. They will return for their next season sometime in 2018. Tickets are $10 and definitely worth it.

To check out some of the episodes, click here.

 

Article edited: 4:501pm, the article previously stated the studio was called the Improv Studio. It is the Impro Studio in Los Angeles. The main characters remain the same, but there are new side characters each week. 

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