Video Teaser For Phase II “Blood and Fire”

The next episode from the fan series Star Trek Phase II, of "Blood and Fire, Part 1" should hit the net by the end of October, and to give you a taste, the Phase II team just released the action-packed opening teaser (including the new opening credits). Check out the video below.


Blood and Fire, Part 1.
Based on an script written by David Gerrold (Trouble with Tribbles), "Blood and Fire" was originally planned for The Next Generation. The script, an AIDS allegory that was considered two controversial 20 years ago, has been adapted to The Original Series era by Carlos Pedraza. Gerrold is also back as the director. Denise Crosby (TNG: Tasha Yar) has guest role playing a scientist, but it isn’t central to the story. This episode is also the first to feature Ben Tolpin as Mr. Spock.

Here is the official description from the Phase II site:

Pursued and damaged by repeated Klingon attacks, the crew of the Enterprise must respond to the distress call from a Federation research ship. In a matter of hours the ship and crew will be consumed by a nearby star and the crew of the Enterprise will be consumed by an mysterious horror that threatens both ships as the Klingons watch and wait. .

Video of teaser and new opening credits:


Target for Halloween
Producer and star James Cawley tells TrekMovie he hopes to have Part 1 of "Blood and Fire" out by October 31st, with Part 2 following a few months after. That will be followed later in 2009 by "Enemy: Starfleet" which will feature Barbara Luna and the just-revealed refitted Enterprise (and the above teaser shows why the ship needed those new nacelles!). Cawley says that the team are planning to go back into production in October to shoot the next episode "The Child," written and directed by Jon Povill. They will also do some final pick-up shots for "Enemy: Starfleet."


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montreal paul
August 29, 2008 3:25 pm

Is it me, or are the effects getting better? I think this was extremely well done. I look forward to seeing the whole episode. Nice job James Cawley! The guy playing Chekov looks and sounds like Walter Koenig circa 1967!

August 29, 2008 3:26 pm

looks neat!!!!

August 29, 2008 3:27 pm

Congratulations ! Let me be the First to say well done on an intereting teaser.

August 29, 2008 3:30 pm


Joe Coatar
August 29, 2008 3:32 pm

Fantastic! Thank you James

Dances with Klingons
August 29, 2008 3:36 pm

More, More , MORE!!!!!

I don’t want to wait til Halloween!

This tease reminds me of STNG Best of Both Worlds and Riker saying “Fire”

Hope the rest of the episode is as good.

August 29, 2008 3:36 pm

This looks fantastic. Let’s hope JJ is taking lessons!

August 29, 2008 3:39 pm

WOW! That space battle looked amazing!! Now that is what a fire fight between the Enterprise and a Kilingon ship should look like! I hate to say it, but that Klingon sip looked WAYYYY better then the ship we saw in the Star Trek remastered series…

Thrilling stuff!

Marvin the Martian
August 29, 2008 3:40 pm

Normally, I’m quite critical of James Cawley’s performance as Kirk, which has always struck me as wooden and amateurish. I don’t know if it’s his comfortability with the role now, or a much better director, but his dialed-down performance in this teaser is actually quite believable.

So are the FX. Very nice. This is quickly approaching the quality level of the original series… congratulations to all involved!

August 29, 2008 3:42 pm

Yikes !!! That was NICE !!! I’m looking forward to this episode !

August 29, 2008 3:43 pm

Wow, this looks really good!

August 29, 2008 3:49 pm

I’ve never watched any of STNV before but…WOW. That certainly got me excited!

Can we expect anything more before the full version comes out?! October 31st seems so far away…!

August 29, 2008 3:52 pm

I love the new LCARS displays added to the Bridge.

This is impressive.

August 29, 2008 4:02 pm

That’s a very impressive trailer. The starship animations were extremely well done. But I was also impressed by the soundtrack. Can anyone identify the source material for the music? Was is all from commercial TOS soundtrack CDs? I own them all, but some of the music doesn’t sound familiar. Did they orchestrate new trek-era music as well? or have access to unreleased tracks?
I also agree the guy playing Chekov was about as close as you can get to 60s era Walter Koenig. I’d rather not comment on the other actors. Lots of appreciation to James Crawley for continuing to spread the love for TOS, but it’s nearly impossible for him to capture the portrayals of Kirk & Spock effectively. So I can’t fault them too much for that. Ya just gotta go with it…

Dr. Image
August 29, 2008 4:07 pm

Impressive? More like, IMPRESSIVE.
As I’ve said, James & Co. have captured the true spirit of Classic Enterprise-based Trek.
At this rate, I dare say Abrams’ version will have some serious competition!

August 29, 2008 4:09 pm

I believe all the music in there was original score. Taking inspiration from the music that were composed by TOS’s original composers

#14 as for saying its a trailer… it wasn’t… its the opening 3 minutes to Blood and Fire. In script terminology this segment is known as “Pre-Titles Teaser” or “Teaser”

August 29, 2008 4:19 pm

It’s Cawley, not Crawley. :)

I think they’ve done a great job and every new episode gets better and better.

Kudos to Joel Bellucci and the DAVE school guys for this… they’ve got the FX look nailed…

August 29, 2008 4:20 pm

Loved watching the plasma fire rolling off the nacelle… excellent!

August 29, 2008 4:20 pm

These people are simply amazing. We are VERY lucky that they dedicate their time and resources to entertain us and to keep the dream alive. The entire concept of quality fan-based entertainment is taken to new heights each year by these folks. Thank you!!

August 29, 2008 4:23 pm

Mr. Cawley, I’m very impressed.

The Bear
August 29, 2008 4:43 pm

Very COOL!! Can’t wait!!!

Aaron R.
August 29, 2008 4:43 pm

Abrams has serious competition??? Hmmm um yeah no! Do you remember his budget and casting pool and writers and and and… I need not say more. For a fan film this looks very beautiful. I await to see if it is better than Gods and Men that is its real competition in my mind.

Alex Prewitt
August 29, 2008 4:44 pm

Andy Bray plays Chekov in the episode. Sadly it will be his last performance. They have recast the role with another actor so Bray can move on to other opportunities. The same thing happened with their last Sulu–John Lim..

August 29, 2008 4:47 pm

Looks GREAT!!!

I simply MUST get my hands on the third season soundtrack music…
Some of my favorite cues are in this preview.

C’mon guys…share the love!

August 29, 2008 4:49 pm

Kudos for the dedication.

August 29, 2008 4:49 pm

Wow. I am generally no fan of the fan-made goods, but that looked great. I’d take that effects team over CBS Digital any day of the week. And I don’t just mean the look of the effects, but the choreography, too. Just by breaking the old 2-D plane they get points, plus the way the ships were evidently not fully in control as they tried to maneuver and line up shots. Whew! Great work!

August 29, 2008 4:53 pm

I got a real rush watching that. You have to hand it to these guys – their dedication knows no bounds. The design work, sound, cinematography FX and editing are right up there. To be picky, some of the acting – probably the toughest skill to master – still looks a little “amateur dramatics”, but then if they took time off to go to drama school we wouldn’t have this stuff at all. Big salute!!

August 29, 2008 5:00 pm

Hey! That was neat! Good stuff!

August 29, 2008 5:04 pm

Looks pretty cool–however, to nitpick (this is a Trek forum, after all)–would the exhaust from the nacelle look like that? It implies airflow…

August 29, 2008 5:08 pm

Yeah, at first I was wondering where that flame was coming from, but then I was like, “Oh, it’s the nacelle.” Then, I was like, “Well, can’t they just disengage the saucer from the main drive.”, but then I enjoyed it.

August 29, 2008 5:13 pm

Agree with #15, This is very impressive! Some of the episodes from New Voyages are much better than deep space what-ever, voyager and enterprise.

August 29, 2008 5:16 pm

BTW It would be great if CBS one day puts all the home made trek episodes on dvd!

August 29, 2008 5:18 pm

I thought the same thing as #29, but then I decided to just suspend disbelief.

August 29, 2008 5:22 pm

Looks like it’s gonna be the next big hit from New Voyages. Looking forward to it.

August 29, 2008 5:26 pm

I don’t know… I’m glad the effects are better, but the new Spock seems unimpressive, and I would seriously caution them to reconsider the highly political dedication. After stating that the AIDs/gay theme would be natural and subtly alluded to, I think putting up a political statement in the title card is a big mistake. Many people think that the true hypocrisy in the way the epidemic was handled was in not taking all of the normal usual and customary steps for containing a contagious disease. Giving it the civil rights treatment, partner confidentiality, and patient identity protections is what spread it.

August 29, 2008 5:36 pm

“Giving it the civil rights treatment, partner confidentiality, and patient identity protections is what spread it.”

Speaking of highly political …

August 29, 2008 5:45 pm

@29: Yeah, I had some objection to that as well. Regardless of the source of the fire, they are in space and as such, the fire should dissipate quickly. Any recent hull breach resulting in a fire, would be snuffed out very fast, due to the lack of oxygen besides the source, in immediate area inside the ship.

The flames coming off the nacelle looked very artificial and very unrealistic given that it’s suppose to be a SPACE ship, in which there is no air at all, other than inside the ships.

Other than this nitpick (which Trekkers/Trekkies enjoy doing), I have no objections, and found the teaser quite enjoyable for the most part. Looking forward to the episode’s release. James Cawley’s performance as Kirk is improving for each new episode. Perhaps he should’ve been cast as the Trek XI Kirk, instead of Chris Pine :P

August 29, 2008 5:52 pm

Exactly. My opinion is political, Cawley’s is political. See how we each have that right? The DIFFERENCE is that I’m not piggybacking on a beloved franchise (that I don’t legally own) to promote a controversial political statement to hundreds of thousands of people.

I have no problem with him dedicating his film to victims of AIDs or any other disease. But the implicit slap at Reagan and others who didn’t toe the PC line is just uncalled for.

August 29, 2008 5:55 pm

#37 – I actually liked the nacelle effects a lot. I don’t think the effect was meant to represent flame – it’s more like the whole unit has ionized itself into some kind of plasma.

Einstein Jones
August 29, 2008 5:59 pm

You know what’s really annoying? That audio ad for “Supernatural” that plays right in the middle of the clip. In fact, any audio ad is annoying, and I wish I wasn’t subjected to them here. It’s intrusive, uninvited and too lacking in class for this site.

As for the clip, it’s pretty impressive. Much better than Cawley’s earlier efforts in every way.

August 29, 2008 6:00 pm

Cannot wait to see “Blood and Fire!” This looks AWESOME!

August 29, 2008 6:02 pm

i thought those special effects were really good

Chris Gray
August 29, 2008 6:06 pm

A few points:

– These effects are magnificent. They have the inertia down pat, unlike the horrible “Doomsday” remake in which the Enterprise flew loop-de-loops like a Mario Bros. game;

– The drama and effects far surpass the most bland ST series of them all, ST: Enterprise (otherwise known to me as the little show that couldn’t), and returns us to the feel of TOS;

– They were a bit heavy on the AIDS message. You can still make a statement in the storyline without having to hit us over the head with a shovel;

– Spock was a bit too calm. Leonard Nimoy knew when to add a bit of urgency to his voice to warrant the dramatic situation, yet still remain logical.

August 29, 2008 6:13 pm

I think Odkin makes a good point even if you don’t agree with the politics.

Whether or not you agree with the point of view expressed in that opening statement, it is very polarizing, and frankly, very un-Star Trek. Star Trek viewers tend to be rather intelligent, and its even a little insulting to expect that viewers have to have their hands held and be offered a biased explanation of the epidemic.

Star Trek prides itself on exploring large social issues and doing so with care, thoughtfulness and with respect to the complexities of the issues.

A very good example of this is “A Private Little War.” Its not meant to come off as overtly pro-Vietnam, that is simply one way to look at it. Another way is simply when major powers play politics with backwater places, the real victims are the backwater citizens. People can take what they will… the point is the scenario is given due consideration. There was no opening statement dedicating the episode to warmongering Americans, or to pacifistic hippies, or anything polarizing. The episode spoke for itself.

The rest of the preview looks good though.

August 29, 2008 6:13 pm

OK, I got a hard-** watching that teaser. Absolutely frigging brilliant.

Einstein Jones
August 29, 2008 6:19 pm

I don’t mind the AIDS message at all. They are pointing out something important and tragic about our society – that we often can plainly see disaster coming our way, but never do anything about it. We just wait for it to happen then react and try to pick up the pieces. I applaud Cawley’s efforts.

August 29, 2008 6:20 pm

Tolpin has the cadence down nicely, although he looks like Kevin Nealon doing Spock.

The effects look cool.

August 29, 2008 6:21 pm

^^^ Oh and p.s., I agree with Einstein and everyone else who thought the opening message was entirely appropriate… *especially* considering that “Blood and Fire” WAS written as an AIDS allegory.

I am totally psyched about this eppy.

August 29, 2008 6:24 pm

^^^ But if its a good AIDS allegory, then won’t the episode speak for itself? Actually writing it out is overkill, and something the original series would never have to do.

August 29, 2008 6:28 pm

P.P.S. For people trying to identify the original series music heard during the opening moments, that is the gorgeous “Klingon Battlecruiser” theme music composed by Fred Steiner for the third season episode “Elaan of Troyius”.

Scandalously, the terrific soundtrack for that episode has never been released on CD, so the producers of ST:PII either extracted the soundtrack from the “EoT” DVD or they did one hell of a job hiring an orchestra that was able to flawlessly replicate the music.