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FanMade: Phase II Announces “Blood and Fire” Release + Casts a New Spock November 18, 2008

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

the popular fan film series Phase II (formerly New Voyages) has finally set the date for the release of their next episode, "Blood and Fire," Plus Phase II has a new Spock. TrekMovie speaks exclusively to him and executive producer James Cawley.


Blood and Fire coming in December
Star Trek Phase II has a Christmas present for fans in the form of “Blood and Fire: part One”, which will be released on December 20, 2008. This is actually the first episode to be released under the name Phase II and the fourth episode from the New Voyages team. The episode features guest stars Denise Crosby (“Tasha Yar” from TNG), Bill Blair and Evan Fowler; and reintroduces the character of Captain Kirk’s nephew, Peter, played by Bobby Rice. "Blood and Fire" was written by Carlos Pedraza and David Gerrold, based on an original TNG script by David Gerrold.

In an official release from Phase II, the episode is described thusly:

The horrific story finds a battle damaged Enterprise caught between an incurable contagion that threatens to overrun the galaxy, the pull of a dying star, and Klingons poised to attack. Like all of the best Star Trek episodes, “Blood and Fire” finds the Enterprise crew facing their own human fears and failings as they have to weigh the costs and decide how much personal risk to take in order to save the people around them.

Gerrold wrote the original story as a metaphor for the AIDS pandemic. The release notes:

The episode is dedicated to the gifted Star Trek alumni the world has lost to the disease: William Ware Thesis, Mike Minor and Merritt Butrick. It was also Gerrold’s intention to challenge the apathy of the public regarding the small sacrifice, yet far reaching power, of blood donations. Based on an original TNG script that was shelved because of the mention of a gay crewman aboard the Enterprise, “Blood and Fire” for Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II honors Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a non-judgmental future with the inclusion of a gay couple as part of the principle action of the story.

There is no date set for Part Two of "Blood and Fire" beyond it being expected in the near future. Here is the teaser and new opening credits:


Phase II has a new (new) Spock
Ben Tolpin (who can be seen as Spock in the above trailer), was not able to come back for the filming of the next episodes shot over late October, mostly due to commercial commitments. So James Cawley went out and got himself another Spock, who has a very interesting Vulcan pedigree. Phase II’s new Spock is Brandon Stacy, who has a lot acting experience in TV and film as well as commercial credits. But his most interesting connection is as Zachary Quinto’s stand-in (and double) for the new Star Trek. Brandon joined the Phase II crew for the October shooting of "The Child" and also did all the Spock parts for "Enemy: Starfleet" as well (apparently there isn’t a lot for Spock in that episode).

Quinto and Stacy

Cawley, who had a background role on the new JJ Abrams feature, met Stacy on the set and tells TrekMovie "the third time is a charm, he is already a member of the family and he is definitely a fan." Phase II will actually be Brandon’s third time in a Trek project. He played a villainous Betazoid in the sixth and seventh seasons of the fan series Hidden Frontier. Brandon approached Cawley on the set of the new Star Trek feature as he recognized him from New Voyages (and Cawley confused him with Quinto!). Stacy says that he was honored to take the role, saying "the first thing I did after it was offered was to go out and get a Spock wig so I can look at myself in the mirror and find my inner Spock." Stacy also sounded like a genuine purist when he asked if he would be bringing some of the JJ Abrams Trek into Phase II, saying "JJ is a visionary and phenomenal, but I wanted to put that film to the side and focus on The Original Series, because that is what Phase II is all about."

Stacy as Spock…nailed it!

Brandon Stacy as Spock will be seen first in "Enemy: Starfleet" and then in "The Child," both of which are finished shooting and expected to be released in 2009.

More from Cawley, and "The Child" director Jon Povill, along with new images of their new Deltan, in our next FanMade update (coming next week).

More on Phase II at  their official site.



1. LostonNCC1701 - November 18, 2008

AHH, there’s too many Nimoy lookalikes! AHHH!

2. john doe - November 18, 2008

dude nice

3. Blake powers - November 18, 2008

the connections are astonishing

4. James R. Kirk - November 18, 2008

Released in 2009… yeah right.

5. thomoz - November 18, 2008

Hiring Quinto’s stand in to play Spock has to be the funniest and most bizarre tie-in / coincidence imaginable. I haven’t seen but one frame of the new episode and I love it already!

Haha, next you’re going to tell us they hired an Elvis-impersonator to play Kirk. Oh, wait a minute . . .

6. M33 - November 18, 2008

Maybe someone will give these guys a real budget and make a television shows that is part of the “Universe A” Trek, instead of “Universe B” Trek, though both are good.

7. NoRez - November 18, 2008

Really looking forward to this. I only started watching the New Voyages, uh, Phase II, productions very recently and was surprised and impressed by the quality. Can’t wait to see more.

I think Brandon Stacey will be a big plus (nothing against Ben Tolpin.)

8. SPB - November 18, 2008

My God! Now there’s a clone of Leonard Nimoy’s clone running around out there!

9. Julio - November 18, 2008

I’m a big fan of Cawley’s and am very much looking forward to this release. He and his crew do an absolutely amazing job.

I actually do wish if they were going to include a gay couple in the story they would just DO IT and not make a big deal about it instead of announcing HEY LOOK AT US WE’VE GOT A GAY COUPLE IN OUR SHOW, but it’s good to see that demographic represented.

10. SPB - November 18, 2008

Of course, if they pull off one too many clones, the next Spock is going to look like Ben Stiller…

11. Irishtrekkie - November 18, 2008

looks great , i know i am looking forward to it ,i only wish fan shows did not take so long to make , but i have to remember they are doing it for free so its just amazing the effort they put in.

And James Cawley should use some of his money from being an extra in Star trek 11 to built engineering , sick bay , and the rest of the ship ……lol o.k. not likely to happen , but if star trek experience does reopen, and they are looking to make it more TOS related i think Cawley would be the guy to talk to .

12. Art•Rob - November 18, 2008

Too bad he didn’t have the clout(?) to get the role. He actually looks better than Quinto.

13. Enterprise - November 18, 2008

Star Trek – Attack of the Nimoys.

14. Steven - November 18, 2008

Well, at least we’ll be getting new “Trek” this Christmas, and not have to wait until May 2009 for “Blood and Fire.”

15. Dr. Image - November 18, 2008

You have to admit- Brandon looks more like “Spock Prime” than Quinto!!
Better make-up too. Wow! Great job!
Go James! REAL Star Trek lives!

16. Xai - November 18, 2008

good Lord, they could be brothers

17. cellojammer - November 18, 2008

Incredible! Can’t wait to see this. Looks like you CAN have your cake and eat it too. :-)

18. Imrahil - November 18, 2008

He looks a LOT better than Spocko #2.

19. montreal paul - November 18, 2008

why the name change to “Phase II”? I liked “New Voyages” and never really liked the title “Phase II” even when it was going to be used for the new Trek show in the 70’s.

20. SPB - November 18, 2008

Um, one doesn’t look better than the other. They BOTH look like Nimoy.

(And can I say for the record: The kid they snagged for PHASE II for Chekov does an absolutely FLAWLESS Russian Koenig! Or is that a “Koenig Russian?”)

21. Weerd1 - November 18, 2008

Say, shouldn’t this clone be 30 feet tall?

Really looking forward to this ever since the teaser was released. I suppose this makes best of both worlds- we old timers can get our classic fix here, and the new Trek can be anything it wants to be! Great job to all the Phase II crew, and thanks.

22. THX-1138 - November 18, 2008


He DOES look rather convincing as Spock, doesn’t he? Busting on Cawley’s chops not-withstanding, I am SOOOO looking forward to more Phase II episodes.

Now more than ever.

23. thorsten - November 18, 2008

David Gerrold is a great writer, I am just reading his Trek novel “Galactic Whirlpool”

24. TrekMadeMeWonder - November 18, 2008

This is GREAT!

25. Robman0908 - November 18, 2008

Mr Cawley,

In case you read this, I wanted to say great job. You guys do an excellent job of furthering the adventures of these great characters. Keep up the great work.

26. Phaser...where are youuu? - November 18, 2008

Ah, finally my question has been answered. ;-)

James and Co. evidently didn’t want me as a member of their official forums (they never approved my registration), so I had no clue what the heck was going on with BaF except for what was posted here.

Last I heard they said they were going to release on Halloween, but guess it’s taken a bit more time. I have to admit I’m an impatient person and wanted it released last year around this time, but I know that it’s all volunteer work and a labor of love.

James and ‘family’, keep up the great work! :-D Can’t wait to see BaF.

27. Jorg Sacul - November 18, 2008

5. Haha, next you’re going to tell us they hired an Elvis-impersonator to play Kirk. Oh, wait a minute . . .
No, they hired a Kirk impersonator to play Elvis :-)

Love ya, James! Keep on Trekkin’ and recruiting great cast members!

28. SpocksSpleen - November 18, 2008

I Guess this is how the ‘canon’ fans would have wanted the new movie to be like, but after seeing the trailer Im sooooooo glad they won’t get their wish.

29. nep - November 18, 2008

Those guys do a really good job considering their resources. It makes me wonder…what if they had done something original? It’d be cool if all that talent and dedication was directed towards taking us somewhere NEW. I like Star Trek, but there comes a point when something has simply run its course.

Let’s see ’em put together something wholly original.

30. Capt. Roykirk - November 18, 2008

5, Actually James Cawley is a Elvis impersonator. No, I’m not kidding, it said so on his site.

And is it just me, or do some of the New Voyages/phase II crew look more like the people they are portraying than the ones Abrams hired?

31. Enterprise - November 18, 2008

Well, that’s because they’re trying to copy the Classic Cast. Abrams is doing the crew at a younger age.

32. Xplodin' Nacelle - November 18, 2008

That Chekov actor is starting to grow on me. He seems to have gotten better.

The battle damage reminds me of TUC, & the VOY episode Equinox.

33. GO - November 18, 2008


Now all James Cawley needs do is replace that HORRIBLE, grossly overweight Scotty-with-the-terrible-accent, get over his own ego and hand the Kirk role to someone who actually looks like Kirk and can ACT, and this show might just really be onto something.

34. Capt Mike from the Terran Empire - November 18, 2008

James Cawley thank you for my Birthday and Christmas Present. My B Day Is on the 19th of Dec. I have been waiting for this for a long time and Ill Be ready with my Laptop to watch it. Loved the scene you have shown us and Can’t wait to see the Rest.Im a big fan of Phase 2 and Like Mr Cawley im a Purest of Trek. Keep Up the Great Work and James Cawley. May you live long and prosper.

35. Capt Mike from the Terran Empire - November 18, 2008

#14 you hit it right on the Head. We are Getting new Star Trek For Christmas. James Cawley you sly dog you. Since we could not have the Movie you are getting us A Phase 2 Episode. Very Cleaver Capt.

36. Gary Seven of Nine - November 19, 2008

Man…Phase II/New Voyages just keep getting better. Keep it up James! Having JJ Trek and Cawley Trek to look forward to is fantastic!

James, do you also do a mid 1970s Elvis? Could that be the basis for TUC-era kirk?

37. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - November 19, 2008

20 – SPB — “And can I say for the record: The kid they snagged for PHASE II for Chekov does an absolutely FLAWLESS Russian Koenig!”

You said it. The visual and vocal resemblance is astonishing!

I saw that trailer before, & that torpedo shot through the saucer still looks distressingly damaging to the Enterprise. l can imagine a few crewmen definitely would have eaten it in that explosion. Nice. (Err, I mean as an effect; not hoping for dead crewmen.)

38. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - November 19, 2008

Oh, and, Stacy does indeed make a good replacement for Spock there, too…

39. Kahless - November 19, 2008

The first time I saw the “Blood and Fire” Spock, I thought it was Kevin Nealon from “The Restaurant Enterprise”. :)

Stacy looks like a great choice.

> non-judgmental future with the inclusion of a gay couple as part of the
> principle action of the story.

I wonder how inclusive Klingons are regarding gays on their planet? Now there’s an idea for a story. I challenge you, David Gerrold!

40. anthony - November 19, 2008

if this is phase II why are we using different uniforms and a refit bridge? thats what phase II would have been. if you werent able to do phase II like it was meant then keep the title as new voyages.

41. Mark Lynch - November 19, 2008

Great news, looking forward to this episode. It’s going to be a loooong month.

Keep it up James.

42. Rainbucket - November 19, 2008

Nimoy’s shoes are the hardest to fill. I look forward to Brandon Stacey’s rendition of Spock. Quite a casting coup for the show.

43. Finny - November 19, 2008

Actually, Tolpin remineded me of Chevy Chase from the Original SNL STAR TREK skit from 1975! :)

44. grid - November 19, 2008

28 – “I Guess this is how the ‘canon’ fans would have wanted the new movie to be like, but after seeing the trailer Im sooooooo glad they won’t get their wish.”

no, it is not.

it’s interesting that you would assume something like that though.

45. Reliant - November 19, 2008

Finally after announcing an earlier release date. Mr. Cawley please for next years release, give yourself a little more leeway time. Maybe a new episode every December.

46. S. John Ross - November 19, 2008

Lookin’ forward to it! Cawley keeps the flame burning like no one else!

(I still wish he’d enunciate more, though – sometimes he’s a bit mumbly)

47. CmdrR - November 19, 2008

So… there are now enough Spocks to date all the Catwomen, right?

48. Phil123 - November 19, 2008

This is cool. you want classic purist trek, we got Phase II for ya, you want big budget reinterpretation, we can do that too, and if you want both, well there is just trek everywhere

49. Kirk's Girdle - November 19, 2008

Dueling Qunito’s. It just gets stranger and stranger.

50. Holger - November 19, 2008

Wow! What an X-Mas present. Can’t wait to see! The teaser was absolutely smashing. Now let me see, how many times do I have to get up before Dec 20…

Congratulations to the Phase II team on signing Stacy… this is as good as it gets… well, only Quinto or Nimoy would top it.

51. Holger - November 19, 2008

40: No, the plans for the Phase II TV shows were to have the TOS uniforms. Some were tailored for the show, collectors own some of those Phase II uniforms (they’re like the nylon 3rd season TOS uniforms). There is also some audition/screen test footage of David Gatreaux (Xon) and Persis Khambatta (Ilia) wearing the TOS uniforms.

52. fred - November 19, 2008

Oh, MUCH better choice for Spock!!!!!!!!! I will enjoy more now.

53. SPB - November 19, 2008

Now we need a photo of Pine and Cawley together from the set of TREK XI !

54. TV's Frank - November 19, 2008

Looks really, really good. Seems that the cast are really maturing as actors and the effects are amazing!

55. D - November 19, 2008

No, the Canonista’s as you call us would have simply preferred a script that took what was already known about the beginning backgrounds of Kirk, Spock and company and fleshed it out a bit.

Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to the new movie, but this vision of “Star Trek”, that James and the crew of New Voyages/Phase II are continuing, has always been, and always shall be the real “Star Trek” in my eyes.

Of course, now that Abrams has made a “Star Trek” for the common folk, it’s time to reciprocate…how about making “normal movies” for Star Trek fans…


56. star trackie - November 19, 2008

If the “message” isn’t too heavy handed, it should be fun.

57. Derf - November 19, 2008

I coincidentally watched ST:III last night, and am always reminded of Merritt’s passing when Kirk says “Goodbye David.” as they’re flying away from the disintegrating Genesis planet.

I look forward to “Blood and Fire”. Thank you, James.

58. New Horizon - November 19, 2008

40. anthony – November

It’s called Phase 2 now because they are working towards incorporating a transition towards the phase 2 era.

After taking heavy damage in Blood and Fire, The Enterprise will spend some time being updated and receive some Phase 2 updates to the ship. Not a full refit…but enough to bring the exterior of the ship close to the phase 2 design.

59. New Horizon - November 19, 2008

40. anthony –

In addition….they ARE wearing phase 2 uniforms. The uniforms for Phase 2 were almost identical to the uniforms in the original series. Do a little research for yourself and you will find this to be true. You’re confusing ‘The Motion Picture’ with Phase 2. As for a bridge refit….I would certainly not wish that expense upon James Cawley, he has already spent a huge fortune building his amazing Enterprise bridge. I’m sure there will be small details updated during the transition.

Remember, Phase 2 never happened, so there is no reason why it can’t be slightly reinterpreted.

60. James Cawley - November 19, 2008

Brandon is remarkable as Spock. We will be releasing a clip to Anthony and Trekmovie this week.
My Thank’s to all.

61. simonkey - November 19, 2008

better and better…

62. Michael Foote - November 19, 2008

Ah so I do get some new Trek on my Birthday after all. COOL!

63. Alex Rosenzweig - November 19, 2008

#26 – “I Guess this is how the ‘canon’ fans would have wanted the new movie to be like, but after seeing the trailer Im sooooooo glad they won’t get their wish.”

To be fair, I think this is still Star Trek for TV, not the big screen, but I think the new VFX continue to prove how photogenic the original Constitution design is. On both sets and costumes and VFX, of course, if this went to the big screen, the level of detail would have to spike way up, but I really like how they’re improving the sets a bit at a time, as resources allow.

Personally, I think “Phase II” is awesome, and I really enjoy what I’m seeing.

#55 – “No, the Canonista’s as you call us would have simply preferred a script that took what was already known about the beginning backgrounds of Kirk, Spock and company and fleshed it out a bit.”

Bingo. It’s all still pretty skeletal at the moment, because there’s much about the movie we don’t know, but I’m starting to tote up in my head the number of relatively simple tweaks to the existing movie story that could have allowed it to take place totally in-continuity. So far, they’re all really minor, but to be fair, there’s still a whole lot we don’t know about the story.

#60 – “Brandon is remarkable as Spock. We will be releasing a clip to Anthony and Trekmovie this week.”


I really should note here, though I’ve said it before… It was James and his team that proved to me that recasting TOS was perfectly possible, and paved the way for me to be completely accepting of that aspect of the new movie, long before that movie even existed.

64. The Underpants Monster - November 19, 2008

YAY! What a great way to ring in the new year! I can’t wait! A bigg virtual kiss to Mr. Cawley & co. It’s an inspiration that you’re able to take something you love and make such a quality production of it.

#9 – it seems to me like that’s exactly what they ARE doing. YMMV.

65. Anthony Thompson - November 19, 2008

That Chekov looks just like Chekov!!! Amazing. And Quinto / Stacy look as though they could be identical twins!

66. FREAKAZOID - November 19, 2008

Have they been cloning Nimoy? *LOL*

67. DEMODE - November 19, 2008

I wish we could get New Voyages on DVD. A box set would be great. Seriously! I know they can’t make a profit, but something done at cost would be great. Donate all the funds to charity perhaps?

68. Captmike of the Terran Empire - November 19, 2008

Hey James You are doing a fantastic Job over thereat Phase 2 and I for one am glad we have you doing Trek. When or If they bring Trek Back to Network Tv I hope they get you to Produce and Direct and act as Capt Kirk. I think you are fantastic As Kirk and you have Assembled a Great Group of Actors to play the Tos Crew. Please keep up the great work and may you Live Long and Prosper

69. Captmike of the Terran Empire - November 19, 2008

Hey Mr Cawley. Have you Guys Concidered doing anything with The Alternate Reality. Would Love to see some more things With My personell Faverite The Terran Empire. Let Us Know if you would or are considering it.

70. ~~TARA~~ - November 19, 2008

I got to see a wet print of Blood and Fire about a month ago and I have to say I enjoyed the episode. Everyone working on Phase II has done an amazing job.

71. Andy - November 19, 2008

Wow, thank you.
I’m looking forward to the new episode :-)

72. WVtrekker - November 19, 2008

Unfortunately I can’t watch it with my children this time. I’m not ready to explain hetrosexuality to a seven year old, much less homosexuality. Too bad, they have very much enjoyed the other episodes and this one looks very exciting.

73. hitch1969© loves Star Trek Phase II. - November 19, 2008

this is all very excellent news.



74. Kirk's Toupée - November 19, 2008

Great effects, from here the remastered ST efx look no better, but this ain’t HD…

Chekov is truly amazing, absolute double of W.K’s Chekov, though Kirk, Spock and Scotty are a bit hammy, I’m still unclenching my toes…

Great effort, would have been unthinkable a few years ago, I guess…………

75. WonkoTheSane - November 19, 2008

#67 – DVD images used to be available of the episodes, until James found discs ON SALE at a convention, which is totally in violation of the agreement he has with CBS/Paramount.
From that point on, ST:P2 has only been available streamed.

76. jw wright - November 19, 2008

stacy looks more like spock than quinto, who is a wee bit on the chubby side for the character…

is there time to dub him into the new movie and replace quinto?

i bet he has a deeper voice than quinto, too…

77. Databrain - November 19, 2008

The bad hair gives it a cheap look. Sorry. Never saw a starfleet cadet with a mullet before.

78. New Horizon - November 19, 2008

72. WVtrekker

Better now than later. Children will accept it a lot easier than adults who were taught differently.

Our society needs to relax a bit about sexuality. I find it amusing that violence is so accessible in movies, yet we cover up a womans breast…or won’t show a man’s penis. It’s silly. My parents explained these things to me when I was 6, and I got it. It was simplified, but I still understood. We need to give kids credit, they’re a lot more understanding than we give them credit for.

79. DFG333 - November 19, 2008

This a bit freaky, as I think Brandon Stacey looks more like Nimoy younger Spock then Quinto does. Bring it on Phase 2, I look to seeing that more then this new movie.

80. THX-1138 - November 19, 2008


Then you never saw the test footage of Xon from Roddenberry’s Phase II. It was mulletastic!

81. Ricci - November 19, 2008

J.J who????? Thank you James Cawley.

82. Ricci - November 19, 2008

It dosnt matter any more .If the new JJ movie bombs we still have James Cawley, and Mr. Cawley is Star trek. He has kept true to Gene’s version. Why do these guys ( like abrams) think changing something can make it better. The new movie is a complete reboot. 30 years later they make movies like The Aadams family, The Beaverly Hillbillies, My favorite martian. the new stuff is never as good as the originals,why?? This formula never works. But here it is over 40 years later but James Cawley has done it. He stayed true to what the show was. He understands. It reached the fans. no movie is going to please every one so if you do it, dont screw with it. Good luck abrams.. your gonna need it.

83. 750 Mang - November 19, 2008

In a lot of ways this looks like it could be better than JJ Trek.

84. Christine - November 19, 2008

Haha, Stacy looks like a cross between Quinto and Nimoy, if you ask me. xD However, there’s a striking resemblance.

Kudos to the people who did casting. ;3

85. eagle219406 - November 19, 2008

I was never a big fan of Remakes myself, unless of course I never saw the original. Of course there were a few exceptions. But I don’t really think it is any fault of the makers. My opinion is it is the viewers. When we see a remake, we can’t stop falling into the trap of comparing it to the original. And to us It won’t look as good. If we could see it as a totally different thing, we might enjoy it more, but we have a natural obsession to compare it to the original. Does anybody catch on?

86. NoRez - November 19, 2008

“#67 – DVD images used to be available of the episodes, until James found discs ON SALE at a convention, which is totally in violation of the agreement he has with CBS/Paramount.
From that point on, ST:P2 has only been available streamed.”

Which is really unfortunate, as my home computer shows streaming content as if it was a filmstrip, and these are too long to sneak a viewing in at work.

Is there no way to produce a DVD image with a not-for-sale/resale watermark throughout? Obviously most people would choose to watch the stream but at least the few of us cyber-luddites out here would be able to watch as well.

“Legally,” I mean.

87. Cobalt Ben - November 19, 2008

It’s not William Ware THESIS, it’s William Ware THEISS.

88. RobertMfromLI - November 19, 2008

#87: Spell checker at work I am sure…

Everyone: This will be so worth the wait… and keep in mind, we’ve got 3 other releases in post production. :-) And a June shoot planned (Kitumba). Things have never been busier for us…

Thank you all for your support and kind words!!!! I know it makes myself and many of my fellow teammates feel great and our work appreciated! You guys rock! Hope you enjoy what STP2 has in store for you all!!!

STP2: Just one of many

89. Kahless - November 19, 2008

What will be the running time of “Blood and Fire: part One”? Will it be the length of a full episode?

… and which Spock will be in “Part two”?

90. GSchnitzer - November 19, 2008

“Blood and Fire,” Parts 1 and 2 were both shot together over the course of two weeks in June of last year (2007). Ben Tolpin plays Mister Spock in both Part 1 and Part 2. The running time of each Part is one full hour. (Part 2 might be a bit shorter; it’s still being edited.) So, about two hours total–like a feature film.

91. Rastaman - November 19, 2008

That trailer was excellent! I’m very excited about this. I just wish the new new Spock was onboard for Part I. The Spock from the trailer is pretty lame.

This is what fanfic is all about! Delving into subject matter upon which the studios fear to tread.

Congratulations Crawley! Here’s one fan that’s behind you 1000%. Hope you deliver.

92. NoRez - November 19, 2008

Hey, don’t hate on Ben Tolpin – he did a great job, and most of the rest of the cast don’t resemble the originals a bit.

That’s not to say I’m not looking forward to seeing a more Nimoy-esque Spock on the bridge. And I’m sure if a (non-evil) Kirk twin showed up with a job application and acting chops, that Cawley would do the honorable thing… (and if NOT, please send the twin ’round my place please.)

93. BFG9000 - November 19, 2008

Waaay sexier than Syler

94. TL - November 19, 2008

Love this Trek!

95. CMX54 - November 19, 2008


“Those guys do a really good job considering their resources. It makes me wonder…what if they had done something original? It’d be cool if all that talent and dedication was directed towards taking us somewhere NEW.”

As much as I love classic ST and the New Voyages/Phase II films (especially WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME, which is awesome Star Trek and a fine film in any case), I tend to agree with the above poster.

Just imagine…a wholly new and original sci-fi project from the Phase II gang with the same high level of production values…the mind boggles.

I wonder what the budgets are like on Phase II…

96. citizenpoet - November 20, 2008


Just wow!

97. Mark Lynch - November 20, 2008

I always had some minor concerns over the previous actors who have played Spock in Phase 2. They were fine in the role. It was the physical look which always seemed a bit off, to me anyway. This is not to say that I enjoyed the episodes any less, far from it.

However, the photographs which I have seen of Brandon Stacy as Spock have simply put, blown me away. If he can also act the part, there will be a lot oh happy Trekkers in the not too distant future.

Thanks to James and crew, keep ’em coming.

Lastly to James. You know what, I wish Paramount/CBS would give you many dollars so that you could build all the sets you want and crank out the episodes faster. After all, they are getting a lot of free and good publicity from you guys.

98. P Technobabble - November 20, 2008

James Cawley and his team have done a remarkable job of re-creating the look and feel of TOS. I’ve seen all the episodes, and I caught the “Blood and Fire” trailer and was very impressed. Looking forward to seeing the new episode.
It would be a very interesting (and very cool) thing if Paramount/CBS took an unprecedented leap and got behind STP2 in some way. Mr. Cawley and Co. deserve it.

99. Alex Rosenzweig - November 20, 2008

#98 – “It would be a very interesting (and very cool) thing if Paramount/CBS took an unprecedented leap and got behind STP2 in some way. Mr. Cawley and Co. deserve it.”

Amen! Even a distribution deal would be very cool, so more people could see it. I have to wonder, though, what the legal issues would be for the people directly involved if “Phase II” were to be sold on store shelves (whether real or virtual). It’s one thing to do all this as a labor of love for a free internet download, but once money’s changing hands, things get more complicated. Maybe *too* complicated?

100. Holger - November 20, 2008

98, 99: Yep, so say we all!

101. Charles Root - November 20, 2008

#33 to quote you “Now all James Cawley needs do is replace that HORRIBLE, grossly overweight Scotty-with-the-terrible-accent”

I just wanted to say thanks for your exceptionally kind comments, you’re the exact type of fan that makes all the hard work, and out of pocket money for these projects, that you then get to watch for free, such a pleasure to do.

The sad thing is that with the Internet, you have no idea of the person making the comments. Is this a spoiled 14 year old kid with no impulse control, or simply a broken shell of an adult with no chance for a normal life? I highly doubt that such a person that would write such commentary is actually I highly skilled, well toned, acting professional that is giving expert advice, but hell I could be wrong.

So sure I might be 5’11” and 190 Ibs and my accent certainly doesn’t sound like I’ve lived in Aberdeen for all my life, but you know what #33 I’m doing some of the coolest freakin Star Trek stuff that other people could only DREAM about. You can’t possible image how awesome it is to watch yourself on film travel the same corridors as Doohan did in the 60’s and when you walk on that Bridge all lit up and your friends and colleagues are dressed in their costumes like you, man honestly you can’t possibly image the knock-you-on-your-ass resplendence of the situation. It’s enough to almost bring tears to eyes, and it certainly erases the fleeting cowardly comments made by someone on the Internet.

Thank you James Cawley for all your efforts, for our friendship, and my chance to play in a world that is simply surreal.

102. James Cawley - November 20, 2008

Charles Root,
All I can say is without a doubt, you have alot of class and are a Great Friend to me. No One Could or Ever Will replace you on my ship.
James Doohan would indeed be proud of you, of that I am sure.

103. trp - November 20, 2008

I, for one, love Charles Root’s take on the character. Sometimes I see him and the light catches him just right or the line rolls off his tongue just so, and I have to stop and think he’s channeling Doohan!

BaF is a thrill ride from start to finish. To borrow a soon-to-be worn out phrase: “Buckle Up!”


104. Holger - November 20, 2008

33: I don’t see the problem, anyway. James Doohan wasn’t exactly skinny and Scotsmen tell me his accent sounded totally made-up.

Charles Root, I think you’re doing a great job!

105. Doug in Kabul, Afghanistan - November 20, 2008

to #101 and #102: you’re both class acts. you’re doing for TREK what well have ever dreamed of doing.

I truly think, to some degree, yours and some of your fellow web trekkers have kept TREK alive and let Paramount know there still is some interest in the old franchise.

I just hope that I can see your continuing adventures while over here (the internet acess/speed is just plain awful here).

Keep up the great work, Phase II!!!

106. James Cawley - November 20, 2008

Send me an address, and I will gladly mail you DVD’s!

107. New Horizon - November 20, 2008

101. Charles Root –

Well said Charles, well said!

I certainly hope the feedback I sent to you over PM a few months ago on the phase 2 forums wasn’t taken as an insult. :) Twas merely some constructive thoughts from my own acting experiences. I think you’re doing a fantastic job.

108. Dross - November 20, 2008

Cheesy. But should be cheeeeesier!

Seriously, this could actually work as a comedy.

It’s already LOL-inducing with its 6th grade drama class acting and insanely on-the-nose dialogue.

The spectacular lack of imagination and cringe-worthy performances can work to great effect it if these guys just go all the way and get a decent comedy writer.

All this work and devotion by the crew can actually amount to some genuine attention outside a tiny fan base with extremely low standards if they just tweak the format a bit. It’s so close as it is!

But as it stands now Phase II (Phase Deux?) really has no reason to exist. It doesn’t have the camp charm to merit MST3K status, and it’s just so bad to be taken seriously. Plus Abram’s brilliant new take on the franchise will further deem this fan fiction irrelevant.

To Cawley and gang: Seriously, make it a comedy!

109. Alex Rosenzweig - November 20, 2008

#108 – “But as it stands now Phase II (Phase Deux?) really has no reason to exist. It doesn’t have the camp charm to merit MST3K status, and it’s just so bad to be taken seriously. Plus Abram’s brilliant new take on the franchise will further deem this fan fiction irrelevant.”

Personally, I think Abrams’s take may well render this version more relevant than ever. It’s far too soon to judge the movie, but at least we know “Phase II” is remaining true to its roots, and doing so with, IMHO, more than a little charm and panache.

Ergo, I think there’s great reason for “Phase II” to exist, perhaps now more than ever, and I hope it continues to grow and develop.

110. New Horizon - November 20, 2008

108. Dross – November 20, 2008

This is the kind of drivel I spoke out against in a previous thread. You don’t like it…bravo…but I and many others can look beyond the effects and the acting to find the heart of the project. They’ve only gotten better and better.

Really, what have you done?

111. Dross - November 20, 2008

110: – “Really, what have you done?

Teehee. If only you knew…

112. Falvoant - November 20, 2008

Who has a story on about them on TrekMovie …Phase 2 or you ?
Who Is irrelevent?

For your info MST3K has already honoured our work by doing a parady on it…

Charles Root…not only does a wondeful Scotty
he is also one of the most awesome genuinely friendly people I have ever met..
We do nothing but bust his chops on set…and he is such a great guy but not only does he laugh but comes up with his won jokes to have sport on his himself…
Charles we love you…
and behind the scenes Charles has designed every animated graphic you see in the bridge …on his own time and his own dime….
Charles was the FIRST PERSON to make me feel like a family member on the set…before I even knew we were looking around for “4 lights
Charles Root also looks a lot like Chris Doohan GO FIGURE!

113. ThePhaige - November 20, 2008

Ya just never know who is gonna be reading your comments do ya?

Well crap man I think New Voyages and the selfless work they do for the love of Trek is beyond appreciated by myself and others. Mr Root you have done a phenomenal job. I wouldn’t allow that kind of negativity to rent space in what is clearly ignorance and self loathing.

I saw a previous post about this airing as a series somewhere someday…
In talking to CLB he wouldn’t elaborate (to his credit) but said some irons might be in the fire. How cool it would be to see some finacial backing and a TV spot somewhere on a cable channel or the like.

Keep up the great work and I think I might have a few 15″ LCDs comin your way that I have heard may be needed on set.

114. Stan Wingson - November 20, 2008

Wish they’d drop the prologue text. Good info and all but hey- show me don’t tell me the deep message. Imagine the long-windedness if every TOS episode started with such a missive.

115. New Horizon - November 20, 2008

111. Dross – November 20, 2008

Ok, lets play then. Show me yours and I’ll show you mine!

116. Falvoant - November 20, 2008

Ok thats ar espectable comment..deserving an answer
THis episode was written by David Gerrold some 20 years or more ago
It was never aired and David has personal reasons for rhe prolouge dedication …
The people mentioned were personal friends of his and He is making peace or paying homage to these people ..However you want to put it..
David Gerrold is nothing short of a geneius and a brillant author ..If he wants to have a dedication on his episode …Then thats what he gets..This is the man who wrote “THE TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES” and made up the furry things from non-existance… He feels very strongly about it…and so I as a FAN will not presume to know or question his reasons… I do know he has earned the right to say whatever he wants to say and How hewants to say it….You can always FF it…

117. Sam Belil - November 20, 2008

Congratulations Mr. Cawley!!!!
Thanks for preserving the continuity of the orginal TOS universe in such a passionate way!!! I’m so psyched for this!!!

118. James Cawley - November 20, 2008

111. Dross, Tee Hee if I only knew.

Please do not hide behind the internet, Please share your accomplishments!

119. hitch1969© say Chaz™ Root is THE MAN. - November 20, 2008

Well, well, well…

I’ve got to say that I seriously did not enjoy the attack on Charles Root.

Chaz™, if I may call you that…

Dude, I once was a svelt 160. Now, not so much. But it none of that really matters as long as you maintain the swagger. YOU have the swagger, I can see this, and this is why I call you Chaz™. YOU know what I am talking about, bro. SO stay strong, and stay mac in the pants as we know your prowess to be.

JC™, I am not going to request dvds or anything like that, but I would like to send you an email. It’s going to be from the supermodeldoug account.

I got so caught up in the Trek 11 stuff this week, that I feel that I have neglected my true love, Phase Dos. For this, I am sorry. It was not intentional.



120. Falvoant - November 20, 2008

Chaz ??
Hes gonna love that on the set…..
James we have a new name for Charles…..

121. Jason - November 20, 2008

Mr Cawley and company — please, please, PLEASE make this episode available for download. I can’t sit at my computer watching video for longer than 20 minutes or so, but I am a huge fan and would love to watch the episodes on my tv.

And anyone who thinks that Charles Root is bad — the guy is Jimmy Doohan himself compared to Jack Marshall (the NV Scotty in the pilot).

122. Holger - November 21, 2008

What is it with those deprecating, insulting posts against Phase II and/or particular Phase II actors, anyway? We had a similar issue some weeks ago, at that time James Cawley was the target.
We have seen in this forum that some people are really p***ed about JJ’s upcoming Trek, but that never takes on the form of such personal insults – and that’s good. Why against the Phase II guys, who invest their free time and their own money to produce a non-profit show? I don’t get it!

123. Kahless - November 21, 2008

I view Cawley and company’s efforts as an honest and legitimate (if not official) continuation of TOS which ended way before it’s time. Sure we have fondness for the original actors – but the stories and the characters are what we truly care about. Keep up the great work folks.

The Phase II haters have no honor.

124. New Horizon - November 21, 2008

122. Holger – November 21, 2008
Why against the Phase II guys, who invest their free time and their own money to produce a non-profit show? I don’t get it!

Because a large number of humanity are spoiled, uneducated, arrogant apes.

125. JP - November 22, 2008


in the trailer it sounds like kirk is saying to checkov:

“You’ve made a big mistake, and there will be consequences.”

Oh and call whatever (I don’t care) but isn’t it a bit… unrealistic to have crew members with long hair? I mean, we are talking about a quasi paramilitary organization here after all. Don’t get me wrong, I have long hair, it’s just I’d expect your average Starfleet officer to get a hair cut. Bones got one as soon as he was back on the Enterprise (TMP).

Anyway, that’s my rant for the day.

Peace and Chicken Grease,


126. lnx - November 23, 2008

Man the D7 looks fukn awesome!!

127. Nick Cook - November 23, 2008

Jimmy Doohan’s Scottish accent wasn’t any better than Charles’ so stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

Charles is a great guy, and deserves better than some of the comments made in this thread.

128. Stragazer25 - February 9, 2009

Bobby Rice who is a terrific actor, and a really super person BTW, was appearing in other venues while shooting BaF and other episodes, so it was not practical for him to cut his hair at the time. A truly realistic wig was cost prohibitive so the long hair was the way the producers went.

As for Charles Root… this man puts his all into the Phase 2 production. He does a great job playing Scotty, and the quality of his graphic work is only exceeded by his generous personality. I am honored to call him a friend and colleague.


129. Dahlia Xat - June 9, 2009

O.K. I read through all the messages. All i have to say is Star Trek Phase II is awesome. The whole cast of actors are doing a great job. When i view an webisode and see the familiar bridge, corridors, sickbay….theme music it’s a wonderful gift you are giving to Star Trek fans James. What u and the people who help you are doing is incredible.
We never did get to see the 4th and 5th year of the Enterprise maiden voyage and this just fills in the gaps. I’m looking forward to seeing part 2 of Blood and Fire. I guess we just have to be patient.
Not everyone knows you guys exist. I mentioned it to someone and that person quickly checked it out and was blown away…
Thanks again Mr. Cawley and the rest of this awesome team of yours…Peace and Long Life… is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.