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FanMade Update: Cawley Talks Phase II Production July 11, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Fan Productions,New Voyages/Phase II , trackback

In last week’s FanMade column, TrekMovie reported on the production of the latest episodes for Phase II (formerly New Voyages), but some things have changed and so producer/star James Cawley has given TrekMovie a new update on how the production went and what is next for this popular fan series. Plus he sent over some exclusive pictures from "Enemy: Starfleet".

 

Enemy Starfleet (almost) done
Last week we reported that the Phase II team were going to attempt to actually shoot two episodes ("Enemy: Starfleet" and "The Child"), however due to some health concerns for Cawley the second episode shoot was moved to the Fall. Cawley tells TrekMovie "I was just having some problems and getting a bit faint, I’ll be OK but we couldn’t continue shooting the second episode." Cawley did say that they got almost ten days of shooting in for "Enemy: Starfleet," featuring Barbara Luna, and there are just a few shots to ‘pick up’ left.

"Enemy: Starfleet," written by Dave Galanter and Patty Wright, tells the story of a Federation starship that was lost for eighteen years and resurfaces in the hands of a renegade alien named Alersa (Luna). Cawley calls Luna’s performance "wickedly fun" and says at one point the whole cast and crew spontaneously applauded after she did one of her key scenes. The episode was originally going to be directed by Kevin Rubio of "Troops" fame, but there were creative differences between he and Cawley regarding the script, most notably the length. Cawley tells TrekMovie that "there is no animosity, it was just a creative difference and we couldn’t strike a balance." Rubio also agrees telling TrekMovie that there are no hard feelings noting "it was a difference of ideologies and what we put first." The issue of episode length is something TrekMovie has brought up in past reviews. On these projects full of volunteers it is often hard to cut things, and even though the Phase II work has been best in class for fan films, episodes have tended to go over the traditional TOS episode length. In the end "Enemy: Starfleet" was directed by Ben Tolpin, who also is the new Spock for Phase II. Cawley said that Tolpin did a great job, noting "he is a real actor’s director and really drew out some of the best performances we have had so far."


Barbara Luna in "Enemy Starfleet"
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Moving towards TMP – moving back to more Kirk, Spock and McCoy
When it was first announced that New Voyages was changing its name to Phase II, it was indicated that the show would start to try embrace the planned "Phase II" show from the 70s and bridge the gap between Star Trek The Original Series and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. This will be very much evident in "Enemy: Starfleet" which will include 1970s Phase II designs for the hand phasers and many costumes (most of which are originals bought at auction). In addition you will see part of the new engineering set (including lots of guys in those TMP radiation suits). One of the biggest changes will be in the Enterprise herself, which will have undergone a bit of a refit between the next episode to air "Blood and Fire" and "Enemy: Starfleet." The new Phase II elements are based on original Matt Jefferies designs and the new digital Enterprise model was built by Daren Dochterman. Cawley tells TrekMovie he also hopes to create a ‘short’ that will bridge the gap between the next two episodes that will show the Enterprise getting its refit.

One of the things that got New Voyages so much attention was its use of big name guest stars like George Takei and Walter Koenig. Having veteran actors on board both raised the quality of the show while giving it a higher profile. However, this did come at a cost. As noted in our previous reviews,  in order to accommodate the big stars, New Voyages has downplayed the core characters. Cawley tells TrekMovie that guest stars will continue to be part of the show, but they will no longer be so dominant

Starting with "Blood and Fire" [which guest stars Denise Crosby], one of the edicts was we have to be about Kirk, Spock and McCoy. And this goes full bore with "Enemy: Starfleet." I am happy to bring it back to traditional Trek, but it makes things more difficult for me as an actor of course. We will always have guest stars it is a hallmark, but as far as doing things like we did with Takei or Koenig, I don’t think we will go that way again. 


Kirk with Luna in "Enemy Starfleet," back to being the leading man
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The Child is next
This October Calwey’s team plans to finish up the ‘pickups’ for "Enemy Starfleet" and then move on to "The Child," which was written for the original Phase II by Jon Povill, and was later turned into a TNG episode of the same name. The episode has been reworked by Povill to fit with the new Phase II. The original story was about an alien impregnation of Ilia, but since she is not part of the new Phase II crew, this will be done with a guest star (who will play a Deltan). Povill will also direct the episode (and is an Executive Producer) and he is currently casting his new Deltan. It hasn’t been decided if this guest star will go bald as the original Ilia did. Cawley says they aren’t looking for a big name ‘stunt casting’ and hope to find someone like the talented Christina Moses who played Sulu’s daughter in "World Enough and Time."


Cawley and Povill behind the scenes during the shooting of "Enemy: Starfleet"
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Blood and Fire showing at Shore Leave
Before these new episodes, Phase II still has to release the two part episode "Blood and Fire." Cawley tells TrekMovie he is bringing both parts to the Shore Leave convention this weekend in Baltimore. However the viewing will be a bit of a preview as all the visual effects aren’t complete (especially on part 2). Cawley hopes the final version of Part 1 can be be ready and online by September (or possibly or October), with part 2 following 3-4 months later. Cawley says that he hopes that both "Enemy: Starfleet" and "The Child" will be released in 2009.  

For more on Phase II, visit their official site.

 

Comments

1. Captain Alex - July 11, 2008

There is a screen in there from Star Trek: Enterprise!

2. Sir Martman - July 11, 2008

Get well soon James Cawley.

your ship and,,, her crew,, need their Captian !

:o D

3. Brian - July 11, 2008

#1

I don’t see it. The only unique display I saw had a “Voyage Home” look to it. My question is why didn’t they use Uhura? All of the other secondary characters have gotten a bit of spotlight; even Rand. Isn’t it time to give her character a little screenplay?

4. Brian - July 11, 2008

BTW I meant instead of casting a new Deltan character.

5. AJ - July 11, 2008

“Feeling faint” is not a normal function of the human body. I hope James has seen a doctor.

6. Kev-1 - July 11, 2008

Very nice. Barbara Luna looks good in the part and is nice at comventions. She’s been in everything! I’m glad to see John Povill at work. His version of “The Child” was very strong, and I look forward to seeing it. If the rights can be obtained “Kitumba” would be an excellent show to do, as would “Savage Syndrome” or “Deadlock”. Is the engineering set the original round design from Mike Minor?

7. Charles - July 11, 2008

WOW! Frakin good eye dude! When I set up the consoles to reflect “Mesken” alien technology it was suppose to be a mish mash of Federation and Mesken, so instead of the same old blinkie TOS LCARS, there are distinctive Mesken panels which you can easily see, some slightly changed LCARS and yes, one Enterprise NX-01 era screen that is visible on the far left of the first picture in this article.

I don’t want to say why it’s a mish-mash cause that would give away to much of the story, but again wow I’m impressed you caught that.

Some very cool LCARS stuff coming down the pipe in future Phase 2 episodes so keep your eyes open.

-Charles “Scotty” Root

8. Jörg - July 11, 2008

Mhh, that’s where Steven Miller’s costume ended up. Glad it’s in good hands! ;-)

9. diabolik - July 11, 2008

I wonder if James felt a little funny doing that love scene with someone old enogh to be his mother. She is still a hottie, but it might feel a little weird… just wondering.

10. DJ Koloth - July 11, 2008

The thing I like to most about Phase II (and Exeter and OGAM) is that everyone is having a good time doing this…it makes it fun to watch.

11. Falvoant - July 11, 2008

It is a GOOD TIME…for sure its a dream come true…
But make no mistake This is some of the hardest work I have ever done..
It is very fast paced and it is very sit around and wait at the same time
but when you are needed …YOU ARE NEEDED!!! I monitor Audio and Video…(Well Ralph Miller does the Audio mostly but in his absence I will step in)..I have to make sure all cables are run and monitoring is up and running so by the time the camera is ready to roll …You can bet they will not be waiting for me…
Phase II Strives to produce the best looking video
ever seen we use broadcast waveform monitoring and vectorscope to
make sure everything is “legal” right on the fly..
and we will be ready to pick up and move it and do it all again in heart beat s notice
yes its fun and very cool working with people that were your childhood idols
but its not all 1 big party!!

12. Viking - July 11, 2008

Charles, out of curiousity: was that NX-01 screen from the Enterprise set, or did you end up making that one, too? I mean, what the hell – you guys loaned them a prop for ‘In A Mirror, Darkly’ – only fitting you’d scavenge one of their props, even if off of eBay, yes? LOL

13. AJ - July 11, 2008

You guys at Phase II do a terrific job. How the hell can you all afford this stuff?

14. steve623 - July 11, 2008

A Deltan who doesn’t go bald isn’t a Deltan. She’s a Betazoid or something.

15. Ian B - July 11, 2008

If anyone Phase II is looking for unsolicited opinions from bigmouths, this bigmouth’s vote is against a bald Deltan. It seemed arbitrary in TMP (I’m one of the few who actually like that movie in general!) and it worked more against than for the Ilia character. Trek has had a strange obsession with female hair, normally resulting in bad hair days, from Marina Sirtis’s ridiculous schoolmarm bun to that strange walnut whip thing they had Seven Of Nine stuck in and T’Pol’s awful boy wig. It’s like they decide to make a character hot (micromini skirt, inexplicable catsuit) then get scared they’ll get accused of sexism so ruin her with awful hair.

Really, there’s no reason for a bald Deltan. Everyone pretends the terrible pastel pyjama uniforms never happened. Likewise, let’s say bald Ilia was just “that film’s interpetation of a Deltan” and save some poor actress the ignominy of walking around looking like a feminised Kojak. No buns or catsuits either. But microskirts are fine with this viewer :)

16. star trackie - July 11, 2008

Why the Child..again? There are plenty of Phase 2 ideas. Regardless of the fact that Povill is on board, I would have preferred to see something un-tried.

17. The Underpants Monster - July 11, 2008

Brian – I’m assuming that the script calls for some sort of psi ability in the mother – that would explian why Troi was chosen as the mother in the reworked TNG version. So, neither Uhura, Rand, or Chapel would be as good a choice.

18. The Underpants Monster - July 11, 2008

Oh, and BTW – hope you’re feeling better, Mr. Cawley!

19. Andy Patterson - July 11, 2008

Have I ever mentioned I love Barbara Luna? Bonita.

Looking forward to all this.

20. James Heaney - Wowbagger - July 11, 2008

Delightful. Absolutely delightful.

Phase II is amazing in the amount that they do and the speed that they do it in.

21. Captain Crawford - July 11, 2008

Glad to see Phase II still going strong. I’m not sure it’s really necessary to do The Child since TNG already told that story, but it’s perhaps as close as we’ll ever get to seeing the story as originally intended. The wait is unbearable, and I’m really looking forward to Blood and Fire.

22. BrandonR - July 11, 2008

#1 – I see it too. It looks just like the computer terminals from “Enterprise”. If this ship has been lost for eighteen years, then I suppose it makes sense to combine a little bit of ENT with TOS being the major designs. It’d probably still be at the tail end of a “phasing out”, so to speak, of Earth Starfleet-era technology.

It’d be interesting to see if Cawley could confirm this.

23. Gorn Captain - July 11, 2008

What does the “lost” ship look like?

24. Al Hartman - July 11, 2008

I have to say, that in meeting Barbara Luna, she is young and vital. She doesn’t seem “old” in the least.

I only saw part of the filming of her scenes with James in “Enemy Starfleet”, but the scene totally works.

Ben is a director of a type that wouldn’t have let the scene pass if it didn’t work.

You’ll have to see the episode to understand, but trust me. It works.

25. Magic_Al - July 11, 2008

I don’t see how a Deltan can’t be bald. That’s like saying don’t make actors playing Vulcans wear those silly ears. I say find a good-looking woman who’s willing to go bald it or don’t make it a Deltan. Persis Khambatta was more successful as a model than an actress, but she wanted to be successful in acting and she was willing to do what was necessary.

26. Al Hartman - July 11, 2008

Gorn Captain:

From what I can tell, it looks like the Cage Enterprise with some “upgrades” made by the aliens.

I only saw a poster with the ship on it. I haven’t seen any of the FX which I assume are still being worked on.

But, I liked what I saw. I think most fans will too.

It’s a nice design.

27. RobertMfromLI - July 11, 2008

[#1] If memory serves, the new screens were by our very own Jeff Hayes and Charles Root

28. Charles Root - July 11, 2008

Viking the NX-01 screen is something we cooked up and YES please props to Jeff Hayes for doing all the Mesken background are, I did the animation of them.

29. Brian - July 11, 2008

Underpant Monster I understand the psi thing but they gave Uhura some special abilities in OGAM, who’s to say Chapel, Rand or Uhura doesn’t have some form of psi power. Gary Mitchell & Elizabeth Dehner did and they were human. It was merely enhanced in the story through creative writing. My point is that TOS had neglected characters within it’s ranks, most noteably the females, why not use them instead of creating someone new by merely adapting the story. Quite frankly why would psi powers be necessary for an impregnation? In TNG the child was using his life to understand and learn about humanity, not have mind chats.

30. Meteo - July 11, 2008

Charles,
If you’re reading this, I’ve been merrily making up new TOS ships, making your “Wolf 359″ style fleet scene somewhat closer to reality.

Maybe you’ll get a chance someday to see my work, like say at my 250free web page.

Meteo

31. Jeffrey S. Nelson - July 11, 2008

I cast my vote for a bald Deltan.

32. Ian Watson - July 11, 2008

Charles, the Mesken designs have a very Movie-era look to them, with the blue/green motif. I just figured it was another step bridging the gap between series. (: Looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to see more.

33. Lendorien - July 11, 2008

I’m really looking forward to Blood and Fire. New Voyages really has been a bright spot for Star Trek these last couple years.

34. noman - July 11, 2008

Episodes go over standard length for two reasons; All TV aired episodes had to meet a rigid time standard which ceemed to shorten each season; two, if a good story requires 10 – 20 minutes more time it will likely get it at Star Trek Phase II.

Deltans!? Who saw any Deltans in these pictures. Deltans neither havd an exclusive on baldness nor sexuality. If fans want the same-ole, same-ole then they can wait for a new series on TV or watch the innumerable DVD versions of each episode.

There is also no reason a new alien species can not be iontroduced as long as they do not contravene known canon. The aliens in Enemy: Starfleet do not.

Well, write whatever. Maybe I should have commented on wales or something totally unrelated to Enemy: Starfleet.

35. GE1947 - July 11, 2008

A couple things:
The is NO OFFICIAL announcement that Blood and fIre will release in September. So let’s quash that rumor here and now! As stated in other sites the announcement will NOT be made nor a date truly determined UNTIL each part is fully ready and the appropriate producers and post production staff all concur that is ts ready. Then the actual date will be announced.

Blood and Fire is intended to be released as two parts with some time interval betwen the release of part 1 and of Part 2.

On the lighter side, the crewman in the picture with Luna is wearing a costume that was purchased early in 2007 from It’s A Wrap! Interesting tale is that James Cawley made that uniform 20 years ago!

Luna was a fund, pleasant and interesting actor to have present. She was relaxed, friendly and shared many hours with all of us at teh studio even when she did NOTY have to be there. Luna would just walk right up to someoen and striek a conversation. Ask about who one was and what one does at Phase II. CHate, kibbitz, exchaneg pleasantires, share life’s stores and show genuine interest and even shared much empathy with everyone. She is a real class act and a fabulous woman!

36. Anthony Pascale - July 11, 2008

GE

I really don’t need you coming here to ‘quash’ things. Everything above is based on what James Cawley told me. I do not report rumors from other sites. If you have an issue with that take it up with James

37. number6 - July 11, 2008

I’ve often been very critical about this production and its shamless use of stunt casting to up their profile. I always thought it unnecessary and hoped for more original ideas. It looks like Cawley and Co. are starting to do just that. This makes me excited for the future of this fan production.

I eagerly await these new episodes.

38. Boborci - July 11, 2008

It was so cool to see him on the set, in uniform, on the bridge of the friggin’ Enterprise. As a fan, I can see that he is one of the people in this incredible relay race that is star trek who has carried the torch like an Olympian.

39. Dr. Image - July 12, 2008

Hey Bob! Good to see you’re still around.
You mean YOUR Enterprise, I presume?
Can you give us any update info?

40. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - July 12, 2008

More Star Trek is always good news. Anything that isn’t televised Poker or reality TV. OK, so it’s on my computer and not my TV, I know. But if we watch Phase II or the other fan productions (OGAM, Exeter, etc.) en masse and show those who produce entertainment for those of us who don’t know how or would just rather watch, it sends the message. That being, more Star Trek.

41. Al Hartman - July 12, 2008

THX-1138…

It’s not just “more Star Trek”. It’s more CLASSIC Star Trek.

Without changes. Without people deciding for the fans that the original show 100% faithful can’t play to today’s audiences.

If Paramount were to release episodes like The Doomsday Machine, The Enterprise Incident, or City on the Edge of Forever on big screens…. They’d be surprised how many people would go to see them. Regardless of the “common sense” that says people won’t pay to see something in the theatre that they can see for free on their television.

The added atmosphere of a big screen, better audio and an audience full of fellow fans is not to be missed.

I saw the Doomsday Machine at a convention from a 16mm print, on a larger screen than any TV with an audience of 100 fans. It was an amazing experience.

The cheer that went up when Kirk steps off the Transporter in the final act sent chills up my spine.

Paramount hasn’t a clue as to the quality of product, and gold mine they are sitting on.

They keep trying to foist off knock offs leavened with crap on us. And they wondered why each movie drew less of an audience.

TWOK and TVH were really the only two movies that played like the original series. That’s because the respective directors “got” Trek.

Abrams, I think is going to give us something “Trek-like”, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be real Trek.

Paramount doesn’t get it.

Relics, Trials and Tribbleations, In a Mirror, Darkly were the highest rated episodes ever of post 1969 Star Trek. Maybe there’s a reason?

42. Patty Wright - July 12, 2008

#9…. The vision of the future that TOS presented was one of a universe without our bigotry…and that should include ageism. The scene was marvelous and both actors rocked in their performances.

#14 (and others)…Jon Povil, who is an expert on Deltans and is credited with creating the original Phase II, said flatly that Ilia’s lack of hair was a choice she made, not a standard for Deltans. Jon said the definition of Deltan’s simply is exoctic and sensual. He’ll be casting our Deltan based on that.

43. RobertMfromLI - July 12, 2008

Luna was indeed great!!!! She sat with us on the Grip Electric team numerous lunches, chatted, visited with us (even though we were all hot and sweaty from working under those hot lights), and even fed us – giving us each parts of her own lunches.

She’s not just a trooper, working in that hot weather and all… but truly a generous, kind, friendly, wonderful person.

44. Tango - July 12, 2008

Mr. Crawley,

Please take good care of yourself, No job is worth your health over. Not even Trek.

45. Andy Patterson - July 12, 2008

44

Mr. Crawley,

“Please take good care of yourself, No job is worth your health over”

Ain’t that the truth?

46. Tango - July 12, 2008

35 and 36,

Err, I’m not sure how to put this delicate observation in a public setting, but I would humbly suggest an escalation of a more diplomatic tone on a public board–especially from high-profile people. As an avid reader and poster I have come to appreciate the high standards and professionalism that Mr. Pascale et. al. have maintained and I look forward to the same high quality in the future.

Another way to put it is “Yo, what’s up wid’ that”?

I have a feeling that I should just mind my own business and not have commented.

47. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - July 12, 2008

I have a fan production I’d like to premier here soon but I’m afraid that it won’t get a very favorable response. It’s just video I had my neighbor kid shoot with my cell phone while I ran around the room with my models, action figures, and toys. I did make some really cool “FWOOOOSH” and “SHWOOOOM” sounds when something blew up or went to warp.

48. AJ - July 12, 2008

THX:

I have three toy Enterprises: The spiky Pilot version, the TOS normal one, and Enterprise-A.

I want to do a story about the frailty of life vs. the victory of the human spirit in the setting of a Mirror Universe crossover.

All male roles will be played by my six-year old son, and all females by my 8-year old daughter. The location shots will all be done by the pool here in Connecticut.

I’m charging my phone now.

49. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - July 12, 2008

AJ

That. Sounds. AWESOME!

We could have a fleet! I’ve got the regular TOS E, TWOK, a snappy D, and and EE. Plus my two Romulan ships and a D7! We could do a timeline crossover. I’ll bring my phasers and communicators and we’ll….I mean it’ll…..we could……..it’s, it’s………..

(THX has come to the realization the he is an uber geek. Nothing to see here. Move along.)

50. Viking - July 12, 2008

Charles – tip o’ the horns to you and Jeff for the yeoman work you do. I wish I had the time and talent. And pass along two words to James: apricot brandy. His head could be in danger of falling off, and a snifter of that every six hours will cure him of it. My dad swore by it, and so do I. :-)

Oh – Orci, I was wondering where the hell you went. You’re like a damn Nessie sighting around here. LOL

51. AJ - July 12, 2008

YHX: You have a D7? Lucky stiff!

In storage, I have two EE’s a D, a Romulan TOS BOP, plus various phasers, communicators and a horrible bust of Commander Riker (it was a gift). I was thinking of using the bust as Galactus. I also have a Gene Simmons KISS doll with a big axe bass guitar who can sub for the Silver Surfer.

James Cawley: If you and your gallant crew use any of these ideas, you’re in big trouble.

52. AJ - July 12, 2008

Sorry…THX, not YHX

53. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - July 12, 2008

Yeah, man, my D7′s are the Polar Lights and AMT models. I also put together a battle damaged Excalibur from The Ultimate Computer that looks sufficiently torn up. I put together a really detailed Deathstar complete with little microscopic light sources. I copied the idea from the actual Deathstar on display at the Science Fiction Museum. It turned out well.

And beware of teh Typonians, AH. I mean AJ

54. AJ - July 12, 2008

THX:

I could never do models. When I was a kid, I’d hit Woolworth’s, buy a model and some Duco Cement, and struggle with the water decals. Then I’d spend a few minutes each day re-attaching one or the other damn nacelle until the buildup on the secondary hull was too much.

I want a D7, with blinking lights and some stupid digitized audio message that says “bakh!” or some such.

55. AJ - July 12, 2008

THX:

The “actual Deathstar” is on display? Holy Crap! I bet you live in “Cellblock 1138.” Hahahahaha!

As my favorite Italian Star Wars character once said:

“Hootini!”

56. GE1947 - July 12, 2008

Editor:

I have later information than you do. But, I am not going to argue the point.

This is your site so report as you desire.

57. AJ - July 12, 2008

I have to agree with Tango back in post #46.

If GE1947 is actually working on the production of Phase II, that’s great.

But as TM.C is a professional and respected website, it’d be nice if GE1947 could identify him/herself by name, vetted by Anthony (like Bob Orci and James Cawley), and if you guys could settle the dispute with a phonecall or something, and communicate in “News” what you know after the dispute has been settled.

We fans are sitting back, saying “WTF?”

58. RobertMfromLI - July 12, 2008

AJ: (#57) GE1947 is indeed associated with STP2 (in a high place). Anthony does indeed know who he is (of that I am sure). I will “vet” for him… (not that I or anyone else needs to). You will find me on the STP2 forums under the same name I use here, as well as on the main website on the cast/crew page (bottom of the page under Web Team – one of my many roles). Or look up his name in the STP2 forums… (as I said, I dont need to vet for him).

To sum things up as he (GE1947) already did:
“I have later information than you do.”

GE1947 was simply posting updated info. No war or disrespect was intended, I am sure.

Lets just let it drop, and consider the post updated info. It’s too soon to expect a “set in stone” “official” release date.

-Robert

59. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - July 12, 2008

AJ

Yes indeedy, THE Deathstar. You push a button and activate the light inside that glows through tiny scratches put in the paint by the model builders that give it the “millions of tiny lights” effect. There is also a sound system tied into the button that plays the Imperial March. The Deathstar is a clear acrylic or plastic semi-sphere that has the detail you see in A New Hope painted on it. The modeler used a very fine point and scratched all those light holes in it and when it is lit frome behind (the back is open and there is a small flood lamp inside) you see the Deathstar in all it’s glory. To stand there and turn the lights on the Deathstar, for a geek like me, is a really moving experience. The story about where and how it was found and it’s history is amazing. But you can google it or I can tell you another day (OK, cut the drama, THX).

And for the fellas here from Phase II who are busting AP on a release date: Seriously? Because, ya’ know, many of us here, your potential audience, don’t care. GE 1947, maybe you didn’t mean to come off as pi$$y as you did, but you did. I think for the most part Trekmovie has been a pretty fair advocate for you all.

60. RobertMfromLI - July 12, 2008

(#59 THX-1138): I for one am not busting on anyone over a release date. I am sure the intent was instead to ensure that our fans (current, and potential new ones) arent given expectations that are broken… so please take it for what it is worth. An update from more recent information. Try to interpret it as nothing more and nothing less.

I am not trying to take sides – I am not in a position to do so. Instead, I am suggesting, as I did earlier, that people simply understand that the post contains more recent (and thus more accurate) info…. and lets leave it at that and get back to better or other discussions… let sleeping dogs lie.

Best,
Robert

61. GE1947 - July 12, 2008

My Post# 35.

I never intended to imply this column copies rumors from elsewhere. When I read that September info I knew that was subject to change. When I used the word rumor it was meant solely to say that there is no hard and fast release date as yet. I did not intend to imply anything other than that!

If the words are misleading or seem harsh I apologize to Anthiony and the readers here.

62. Anthony Pascale - July 12, 2008

Appolology accepted

As stated before I base articles on what I am told, in this case by James. I have made the date a bit more ambiguous and I think this is becoming mound/mole hill so I suggest everyone just move on to talk about P2…which is the topic at hand.

By the way…hi Bob, nice to see you drop by again. I am so glad that you all had a chance to bond with James.

63. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - July 12, 2008

I promise to not say another word. Well, other than I apologize if I came off like AP couldn’t take care of his own business. For no good reason I tend to get real posessive of this site. Like it’s mine.

For the record, I enjoy The New Voyages and The Phase II. Now I’ll crawl back off to the collective article where I belong.

64. Tango - July 12, 2008

Yes. Hi Bob.

65. Wesley - July 13, 2008

One problem, STTMP takes place 18 months after the five year mission ended and after the enterprise was laid up in drydock for that time, Decker’s quote to Kirk ‘You have not logged a single star hour in 2.5 years.’. Phase II was supposed to be the second 5 year mission happening right after TOS (look at the uniforms in the promo pics from the Phase II book) So, is this the 4th year of the 5 year mission? But, that is what New Voyages fit into? Somebody explain this to me! It is not linear!

66. Ice Nine - July 13, 2008

I didn’t know a fan film had to be linear. Now we’re even asking amateur productions to conform to “canon”? Please.

67. James Cawley - July 13, 2008

Thank You All for your well wishes. I did have a serious medical incident during the shoot, and I am awaiting test results for the outcome. Star Trek fans are the Best, and I really apprieciate all of the many Friends I have made thru it. Bob Orci Thank’s for making me feel so welcome on your Enterprise! You J.J., Damon, Brian, and Marc Evans are the Nicest, Coolest group of people I have ever met. I will treasure that experience forever! Please keep watching Phase II, We feel the best is yet to come.
James Cawley

68. Christopher Valin - July 13, 2008

To James and everyone else working on Phase II:

I commend you guys for what you do. I know you take a lot of crap from some people, but at least you’re doing something you love and getting tangible results (including your cameo in the new Star Trek feature, James!). While other guys obsess about video games and grown men running around in their underwear after a ball and, in the end, have nothing to show for it, you are producing something that will last.

Congratulations. And I hope you get better, James.

69. Wesley - July 13, 2008

Well, it is not conforming to ‘canon’ in regards to the decks on the ship or something, it is just a basic timeline situation, It would be like making a movie about the Civil War, but, having Lincoln being assasinated before the civil war started. James, do you have any ideas on where phase II fits in? I loved world enough and time! Great work.

70. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - July 13, 2008

#69 Wesley

With all due respect , it’s not really like the Civil War in the respect that it is not real. Which should give the artists who are creating it some latitude to be flexible and not have to conform to some retro-active definition of canon. Very much of what the modern fan calls canon was originally an off-hand line or bit of dialogue that future film makers shouldn’t have to feel chained and confined to. Otherwise you turn a free and expanding, creative universe into something stifling and limited.

71. Dom - July 14, 2008

Wesley (69 etc) Don’t confuse the two Phase IIs! The James Cawley series has never claimed to be set in the intended era for the abandoned TV show: the name is a tribute and the fan series is intended to bridge the gap between TOS and TMP!

The old/new Phase II designs fall between two stools: the look of TOS and that of TMP. Why shouldn’t the new Phase II series therefore be set during ‘years 4 and 5′ of TOS? Logically, the uniforms start to be modified around this time, leading to the ‘final’ designs in TMP. Same goes for the Big E: she gets some upgrades (perhaps new warp nacelles and navigation deflector) and some internal modifications before getting a comprehensive inside-and-out overhaul after the mission ends. Besides, surely the stories are the most important thing?

Don’t get into all this canon-worship nonsense. Just enjoy the films! :)

72. thomoz - July 14, 2008

to #9:
“I wonder if James felt a little funny doing that love scene with someone old enogh to be his mother. She is still a hottie, but it might feel a little weird… just wondering.”

A hottie in your hands is a moving experience without respect for age.

My current gf and my first wife are exactly 20 years apart in age – the ex-wife is much younger than me and my gf is older – but guess which one is fulfilling to be around!

73. PYROBOY - July 14, 2008

To #72

I was about 8 ft from where this scene was filmed. all I can say is the James and Barbera were hot this scene. And yes it was very hot! The studio lights i mean!!!

74. Jason - July 14, 2008

I hope that by the time Blood & Fire is released that James will rethink the “no downloads” policy — I will not sit and watch anything over 10 minutes streaming on my PC. If I can’t sit and watch it on my tv, no thanks. That said, if you do come around, I’m first in line.

75. Glenn and Deb - July 15, 2008

My wife and I were at Shore Leave this past weekend. Blood & Fire was fantastic as are all the New Voyages/Phase II that we’ve seen so far!! And later on we got the chance to talk to James Cawley, he was great. So down to earth and he talked to everybody that came up to him one on one. James, we hope your test results come back with good results. You looked in great shape (that from my wife) at the convention.

76. jerr - July 15, 2008

Oh no.. the Child. Please don’t to that episode again. “the only way he could understand us was to be born, live, and die as one of us”. It was bad as a real episode of TNG. Please not that.

77. rehabilitated hitch1969© - July 15, 2008

I missed this week’s FanMade™, and have alot of thoughts about the report here. But I think I will save them and simply wish JC™ all the best. I hope that you get to feeling better. Here’s to your health, JC™.

BEST!!

=h=

78. Larry Talbot - July 15, 2008

#42:

From the Star Trek Phase II Writer’s/Director’s Guide:

“Her face is breathtakingly beautiful. But like all Deltans, she is completely hairless except for the eyes. Her smooth, slender bare head has the almost sensually quality of delicately contoured nudity, always hidden before in other women.”

Of course, the notion that “baldness is a choice and not the standard” doesn’t jibe with the “…like all Deltans…” comment. But this could simply be Jon flip-flopping: “I voted against hair before I voted for it.” Or perhaps the original notion was a Roddenberry thing that Jon was never wild about and now that Gene’s gone, Jon feels comfortable playing with the baldness notion a bit.

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