Star Trek: Phase II (fan series)

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Star Trek: Phase II
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James Cawley in Star Trek: New Voyages
Format Science fiction / Fan series
Created by James Cawley and Jack Marshall
Developed by James Cawley
Jack Marshall
Starring Brian Gross
Brandon Stacy
Jeff Bond
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 8 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time approximately 50 min. per episode
Broadcast
Original run January 16, 2004 – Present
External links
Website

Star Trek: Phase II (formerly known as Star Trek: New Voyages) is a fan-created science fiction series set in the Star Trek universe. The series was created by James Cawley in April 2003. Jack Marshall came aboard as a producer with the idea to market the series on the internet.[1] The series, released exclusively via the Internet, is designed as a continuation of the original Star Trek (aka ST:TOS or just TOS), beginning in the fifth and final year of the starship Enterprise's "five-year mission." The first episode of the series was released in January 2004, with new episodes being released at a rate of about one per year, though producers have expressed their desire to accelerate production.

CBS (and previously Paramount Pictures), which owns the legal rights to the Star Trek franchise, allows the distribution of fan-created material as long as no attempt is made to profit from it without official authorization,[2] and Phase II enjoys the same tolerance.

Star Trek: Phase II stars James Cawley as Captain Kirk, Brandon Stacy as Mr. Spock, and John Kelley as Dr. McCoy. Eugene Roddenberry Jr., the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, serves as consulting producer. Some of the original actors have returned to reprise their roles, including George Takei as Sulu in "World Enough and Time", and Walter Koenig as Chekov in "To Serve All My Days". The episodes are filmed on new sets located in Port Henry, NY, at a long-shuttered car dealership.[3]

The Phase II episode "World Enough and Time" was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form in 2008, alongside episodes of Doctor Who, Torchwood and Battlestar Galactica, but it lost out to the Doctor Who episode "Blink."[4]

Episodes[edit]

As of January 2014, eight episodes have been released: "Come What May" (the pilot); "In Harm's Way"; "To Serve All My Days"; "World Enough and Time"; "Blood and Fire," a two-part episode written by original series scribe David Gerrold; "Enemy: Starfleet"; "The Child"; and "Kitumba". Two more episodes have been shot and are in the various stages of post-production while more episodes are in pre-production.[5]

Cast and crew[edit]

Regular characters[edit]

The actors on Phase II are mostly unknowns who were brought to the project because of their love of Star Trek.

Character Actor Rank Position
James T. Kirk James Cawley (0–9)
Brian Gross (10-)
Captain Captain and commanding officer of the starship Enterprise.
Spock Jeffery Quinn (0–3)
Ben Tolpin (4–5)
Brandon Stacy (6–11)
Commander A human/Vulcan hybrid. Science and First Officer. One of Captain Kirk's closest friends.
Dr. Leonard McCoy John M. Kelley (0–9,)
David Sherin (10) Jeff Bond (11)
Lt. Commander Chief Medical Officer and one of the captain's closest friends.
Montgomery Scott Jack Marshall (0)
Charles Root (1–11)
Commander Chief Engineer and third-in-command. Best known as "Scotty."
Nyota Uhura Julienne Irons (0–3)
Kim Stinger (4–8)
Jasmine Pierce (11-)
Lieutenant Communications officer and sole female commissioned officer in the regular cast.
Hikaru Sulu John Lim (2–5)
J.T. Tepnapa (6) Shyaporn Theerakulstit (11)
Lt. Commander Helmsman. First appeared in the vignette "Center Seat" after being away for Starfleet command training.
Pavel Chekov Jasen Tucker (0)
Andy Bray (2–5)
Jonathan Zungre (6–11)
Lieutenant Navigator and Weapons Officer. Currently also holds position as Chief of Security.
Vincent DeSalle Ron Boyd Lieutenant Relief helmsman. (Assistant Chief Engineer)
Peter Kirk Bobby Quinn Rice Ensign Nephew of Capt. James T. Kirk. "Blood and Fire 1 & 2"; "The Child"; "Kitumba"; "Enemy: Starfleet!"

Secondary characters[edit]

Character Actor Episodes
Janice Rand Meghan King Johnson "Come What May"; "In Harm's Way;" "Blood and Fire 1 & 2"; "Enemy: Starfleet!"; "The Child"
Nurse Chapel Shannon Quinlan/Giles "In Harm's Way"; "To Serve All My Days"
Captain Kargh John Carrigan "In Harm's Way"; "To Serve All My Days"; "Blood and Fire 1 & 2"; "Kitumba"
Transporter Chief Kyle Jay Storey "Come What May"; "In Harm's Way"; "To Serve All My Days"; "Blood and Fire 1 & 2"; "Enemy: Starfleet!"; "The Child"
Lt. Sentell Jeff Mailhotte "In Harm's Way"; "To Serve All My Days"; "Blood and Fire 1 & 2"; "Enemy: Starfleet!"; "The Child"; "Kitumba"
Xon Patrick Bell "Blood and Fire 1 & 2"; "Enemy: Starfleet!"; "The Child"; "Kitumba"
Lt. Cmdr. Prescott Paul R. Sieber "Kitumba"

Crew[edit]

Original cast left-to-right: Bray, Irons, Quinn, Cawley, Kelley, Root, and Lim.

Star Trek: New Voyages Pilot episode was produced by James Cawley, Jack Marshall (series director at the time), Pearl Marshall, Max Rem and Jerry Yuen. Episodes 1 was produced by James Cawley, Jack Marshall, Pearl Marshall, Max Rem, Amanda Stryker, James Lowe, Jeff Quinn, John Muenchrath and Rod Roddenberry (Gene Roddenberry's son). Episode 2 was produced by James Cawley, Jack Marshall, Erik Goodrich, James Lowe, Jeff Quinn, John Muenchrath and Rod Roddenberry.

The pilot and the first two episodes were directed by Jack Marshall. However, after filming of "To Serve All My Days" it was announced (December 29, 2005) that Marshall would leave the series. Max Rem continued his participation for another 6 months of post production and then also left the project.

July 2013 saw major announcements for production of Star Trek: Phase II, with James Cawley leaving the role of Captain Kirk to focus solely on production of the show and original series writer David Gerrold taking on the duties of Executive Showrunner in hopes of producing episodes with greater regularity. Gerrold also personally announced that due to an overwhelming backlog, the show would no longer accept script submissions, nor would any episodes based on existing Star Trek books, comics, stories or other published works be adapted to the series – due to a request by CBS legal in the fall of 2011. Rather, all further episodes will come from original works by previous Star Trek writers or crew associated with the series.[6]

Trek alumni support[edit]

Several past members of the Star Trek cast and crew have expressed support for the project, and even contributed to it.

Guest actors[edit]

Actor Character Episode(s) Notes/STAR TREK connection(s)
Walter Koenig Pavel Chekov "To Serve All My Days" Koenig played Chekov in the Original Series and subsequent films.
George Takei Hikaru Sulu "World Enough and Time" Takei played Sulu in the Original Series and subsequent films.
Grace Lee Whitney Janice Rand "World Enough and Time" Whitney reprises her TOS role of Janice Rand in the third episode, as an officer on Captain Sulu's ship, the USS Excelsior. (This connects to her appearances as an Excelsior crewmember in the movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Flashback.")
Denise Crosby Dr. Jenna Yar "Blood and Fire" Played the characters of Lieutenant Tasha Yar and Sela in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Also hosted/co-produced the films Trekkies and Trekkies 2. (Her character here has been referred to in promotional material for this episode as Tasha Yar's grandmother, and even goes so far as to refer to herself as Jenna Natasha Yar.)
Mary Linda Rapelye Ambassador Rayna Morgan "To Serve All My Days" Rapelye appeared as "space hippie" and former Chekov love interest Irina Galliulin in TOS episode "The Way to Eden."
Barbara Luna Veronica/Alersa "In Harm's Way"; "Enemy: Starfleet!" BarBara Luna appeared as "Captain's Woman" LT Marlena Moreau in TOS episode "Mirror, Mirror."
William Windom Commodore Matt Decker "In Harm's Way" William Windom reprises his role of Commodore Decker from nearly 40 years ago in TOS episode "The Doomsday Machine."
Malachi Throne Korogh (Kargh's father) and Commodore José Méndez (voice) "In Harm's Way" Throne played Commodore José Méndez in TOS episode "The Menagerie" and Romulan Senator Pardek in the TNG episode "Unification."
Eddie Paskey Admiral Leslie "Come What May" Eddie Paskey plays the father of Lt. Leslie, an uncredited but frequent character he portrayed in the original series.
John Winston Captain Matthew Jefferies "Come What May" John Winston played the transporter chief and relief helmsman Lieutenant Kyle in the original series, and later as Commander Kyle (same character) in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as communications officer on starship Reliant. His character's name here pays homage to the real Matt Jeffries, who co-designed the original starship Enterprise.

Other support[edit]

The first episode, "In Harm's Way," features Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, Jr., the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, as a consulting producer. Sam Witwer ("Crashdown" from Battlestar Galactica, Doomsday in Smallville and Galen Marek from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed) is the voice of the Guardian of Forever (credited as "Simon Judas Raye").

For the second episode, "To Serve All My Days," written by original series writer D.C. Fontana, original cast member Walter Koenig reprises his role as Pavel Chekov. Mary-Linda Rapelye (Irina Galliulin in the original series episode "The Way to Eden") appears as an ambassador.

The third episode, "World Enough and Time," was co-authored by Marc Scott Zicree and Michael Reaves. Zicree, who also directed the episode, contributed the stories for the "First Contact" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and "Far Beyond the Stars" for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Reaves, who co-wrote (with Diane Duane) the "Where No One Has Gone Before" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, originally pitched a story to the unproduced Star Trek: Phase II series in which Sulu ages by thirty years, and that story served as the basis for this New Voyages episode. Majel Barrett Roddenberry provided the computer voice in this episode.

David Gerrold (author of TOS episode "The Trouble With Tribbles") has signed on to pen two episodes. One, originally entitled "Blood and Fire," was originally pitched for Star Trek: The Next Generation, but was rejected. Gerrold later claimed the story was rejected because it dealt with homosexuality and AIDS.[citation needed] It was later re-worked as the third book in his Star Wolf series of novels.[citation needed] Denise Crosby guest starred as Natasha Yar's grandmother, Dr. Jenna Yar, in David Gerrold's "Blood and Fire." In addition, Bill Blair guest starred as Commander Blodgett, and The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan made a cameo appearance as Admiral Keoghan.

Looking to the future of Star Trek: Phase II, there are five episodes in various stages of production. "Blood and Fire, Part 2" was released November 20, 2009 with temporary audio tracks for Act 3 onwards. It has since been re-released with permanent audio & effects. "Enemy: Starfleet," written by Patty Wright and Dave Galanter, was released online in mid-2011, featuring effects done by the DAVE School. "The Child," written by Jon Povill and Jaron Summers, and directed by Jon Povill, was released in early April 2012. "Kitumba" began principal photography on June 15, 2009 and was released on December 31, 2013 after many delays and more shoots to finish principal photography. The script was adapted from an early story draft for two episodes of the planned Paramount Phase II series in 1977. "The Protracted Man"—written by David Gerrold and Dave Galanter, went before the cameras in June 2010. "Mind-Sifter", originally written by Shirley S. Maiweski, was adapted into a teleplay by Patty Wright and started filming in June 2011. This version has now been scrapped and it was announced a new version, with a new script and starring Brian Gross, will film in June 2013. "Bread and Savagery", written by Rick Chambers, was filmed in June 2012, as was the first episode to feature Brian Gross as Captain Kirk. The "Holiest Thing", also written by Rick Chambers, was filmed in June 2013.

Controversy[edit]

In early 2012, the Phase II crew announced that they would film "He Walked Among Us," an unproduced script that Norman Spinrad had sold to the original series. But when CBS claimed ownership of the material, the announcement was withdrawn. CBS had not protested over the series' use of "Blood and Fire", which had been written for Star Trek: The Next Generation; "The Child", and "Kitumba", which had been similarly developed in the late 1970s for the aborted series Star Trek: Phase II, or "Mind-Sifter" published by Bantam Books – because when they were filmed Paramount's licensed "Star Trek" movies directed by JJ Abrahms were not in production. CBS wants to keep all material they have previously purchased or licensed in any way, as possible work to be drawn on for future licensed films.[7]

Production notes[edit]

  • The pilot episode, "Come What May," begins with the late-1960s NBC "In Living Color" sequence. It ends, as did the 1960s episodes, with the animated Desilu Productions logo, with no mention of Paramount. Starting with Enemy: Starfleet, the series uses the late-60s CBS color opening (reflecting the series current ownership by CBS Television Studios) and ends with the logo of Cawley Entertainment Company, Cawley's production company.
  • The sets for New Voyages were made from the original blueprints, rather than just photos.
  • The series was featured in the December 2005 issue of Wired, spotlighting the production of "To Serve All My Days."[8]
  • The screens on the Bridge Set are actual working LCD screens, unlike the original series which used back lit gels.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bennett, Bruce (August 8, 2007). "Star Trek: A New Enterprise". New York Sun. Retrieved July 9, 2011. "Since 2003, a crew as altruistically minded, culturally diverse, and indefatigable as the Enterprise's complement has periodically toiled in a former car dealership warehouse in upstate New York.... "Star Trek: New Voyages" is the brainchild of fans James Cawley and Jack Marshall." 
  2. ^ Shuster, Fred (2006). "FUTURE 'TREK' FROM VALLEY PORTAL, SPACE ODYSSEY TRAVELS ONTO THE WEB.". The Free Library. Retrieved October 23, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Wired 13.12: To Boldly Go Where No Fan Has Gone Before". Wired.com. January 4, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2008 Hugo Award Results Announced". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved August 14, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Star Trek Phase II Featurette: Prime Timeline Strikes Back + P2 Update From Cawley". TrekMovie.com. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ Gerrold, David. "Update". Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ Vinciguerra, Thomas (March 28, 2012). "A 'Trek' Script Is Grounded in Cyberspace". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Suellentrop, Chris (December 2005). "To Boldly Go Where No Fan Has Gone Before". Wired (13.12). ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved March 24, 2007. 

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