On Saturday in Beverly Hills, the team behind the fan series Star Trek Phase II (formerly New Voyages) premiered the ‘Night in 1969 Edition’ for “To Serve All My Days” featuring Walter Koenig. The original Chekov was there, along with PII star/exec producer James Cawley and much of his cast and crew. TrekMovie.com was there as well…see below for a report along with pictures from the event.
The evening started off with James Cawley thanking the many of the volunteers who helped put the special edition together and those who organized the event. He also talked about how the event was to highlight the campaign to get Koenig a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame (he remains the only TOS cast member without one). They then showed two short comedy films. The first being from the early 90s was a mock trailer for “Home Alone” with Koenig cut into it scaring a young Macaulay Culkin with the line “did you know William Shatner is going to direct Star Trek VII.” The second was a clever video put together by the Koenig’s children that was an ‘expose’ of Koenig revealing he was truly a Soviet spy, using video clips from his various TV and film appearances along with testimonials from family and friends.
Cawley also showed the trailer for JJ Abrams new Star Trek movie and thanked Paramount, Abrams and Bad Robot for providing the trailer and Star Trek posters which were given out to the crowd (the trailer was the same one as the one on the official site and the posters were the ones given out at WonderCon last month). There was also a treat for the Phase II fans as they got to see a preview from the next episode, “Blood and Fire.” The emotional scene featured Denise Crosby (TNG: Tasha Yar) and showed off Ben Tolpin (the new Spock) and Bobby Rice (Ens. Peter Kirk).
The 1969 Edition
After all the prelims the new “night in 1969” edition of “To Serve All My Days” was shown. [TrekMovie.com will provide a full review shortly before it is released on the Internet, but here are some early impressions.] The first thing you notice is that they really mean what they say with the ‘1969’ thing. You start off watching clips of 1969 TV shows as if you were changing channels, including Get Smart, Batman and Laugh In. The episode itself also puts original ’69 commercials in between the act breaks to keep that 60s feeling.
As for the new cut it is certainly improved. The editing is tighter and the new visual effects by Daren Dochterman are much more fitting for a 60s TV show. Although Daren does branch away from what could be done in the 60s with some of the ship movements. (after the show I talked to Daren and justified his deviations from the traditional ‘space lake’ as what they would have done if they weren’t restricted to the limited effects stands at the time). Another enhancement was the use of Original Series music, mostly from the 3rd season (which was never released but the Phase II got their hands on).
Lastly there was a new ending added (after the full credits) which explains why Chekov is alive in future episodes. Interestingly, Trek vet writer D.C. Fontana pointed out during the Q&A that followed that she did not write the new ending and that in her mind “Chekov is dead” and that future sightings of Chekov were actually his cousin Sergei. There was also another interesting item in the closing ‘stills’ shown during the credits…a shot of Cawley as Kirk on the transporter wearing a uniform from Star Trek Enterprise.
As mentioned before the evening ended with a Q&A session with Koenig, Cawley, Fontana, Dochterman and other members of the cast and crew. [will try and put up video later]. Before the Q&A, Cawley pointed some of the Trek celebs who were in attendance such as Ronald B. Moore, Alan Ruck, George Clayton Johnson, and David Gerrold and others.
All in all it was a fun Trek-filled evening.
Daren Dochterman; Group shot( James, Judy Levitt and her husband Walter Koenig, Barbara Luna, Michael Forrest, Malachi Throne); James, Julienne Irons, Andy Bray, John Lim; Christopher Doohan and James Cawley.
D.C. Fontana; Malachai Throne; The Q&A panel (L to R: Walter, Daren, Joel Belucci, James, Jeff, Dorothy, John, Andy); cast and crew group shot (Kurt Carley, Carlos Pedraza, Andy Bray, John Carrigan, John Lim, Bill Blair, Linda Cleveland, Howard Brown, Evan Fowler, Leslie Hoffman, Bobby Rice, James Cawley, Robert Mauro, John Kelley, Marc Scott Zicree, Jonathan Zungre, Erik Goodrich Kneeling: Joel Belluci, Julienne Irons, JT Tepnapa, Jeff Quinn, Patrick Bell)
[thanks to Patty Wright for the captions]
Photos by Albert L. Ortega (visits Al’s Blog)