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FanMade: Phase II Update On “Blood & Fire, Part II”, “Enemy: Starfleet” and more October 28, 2009

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

The fan production Star Trek Phase II is gearing up for a big November. After long last, part 2 of "Blood and Fire" will be released on November 20th, and to make up for the long wait, the first act of their next episode "Enemy: Starfleet" will be released the same day. We have more details and preview video and images below, plus an update on James Cawley’s Buck Rogers web series.

 

Blood and Fire, Part 2 is coming
Part of "Blood and Fire", directed by David Gerrold and based on one of his scripts from The Next Generation, was released last December (see TrekMovie review). The episode had the Enterprise dealing with Klingons and another Federation ship that had its crew wiped out by a mysterious horror. You can watch the full episode online at the Phase II site.

And now Part 2, which includes a guest appearance by TNG’s Denise Crosby,  is finally coming. You will be able to watch it online (for free), November 20th. Here is a preview trailer.

And here are some exclusive new preview shots (click to enlarge).


 Kim Stinger (Uhura), Andy Bray (Chekov), James Cawley (Kirk) Ben Tolpin (Spock), and Jay Storey (Kyle) in "Blood and Fire, Part 2."


Cawley with writer/director David Gerrold


Cawley and Bobby Rice (Peter Kirk)

Enemy: Starfleet coming too
Phase II producer/star James Cawley tells TrekMovie that he wants to make up for the long wait for "Blood and Fire, Part II" by giving fans something more, and that would be releasing the teaser and the first act of the next episode, "Enemy: Starfleet", on the same day as “Blood and Fire, Part II” (November 20th). “Enemy: Starfleet” was written by Dave Galanter and Patty Wright and tells the story of a Federation starship that was lost for eighteen years and resurfaces in the hands of a renegade alien named Alersa (played by BarBara Luna). And you wont have to wait long for the rest of the episode, Cawley says it should be out by the end of the year. Here is a previously released clip from "Enemy: Starfleet".

For 2010, Cawley plans to release at least two more episodes, with "The Child" in the Spring and "Kitumba" by the end of the Summer. Both of those are currently in post-production. The Phase II team will be going back into production in the Spring, but Cawley has not decided which episode they will be shooting, saying he has "six good scripts" on his desk. And if you missed our previous article on Phase II, here are clips from "The Child" and "Kitumba"

Keeping the 1701 as is
Last summer we reported that Phase II was planning on making some modifications to their model for the USS Enterprise, transitioning it to the ‘refit’ seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. They even released an early design image done by Daren Dochterman (see below). 


Phase II ‘semi-refit’ that will never be

This new ship was going to debut in "Enemy: Starfleet", as a result of the ship being repaired following the major damage the ship received in "Blood and Fire, Part 1." However, Cawley says that they have reversed themselves and will stick to the same ship design, continuing to match the original TOS Enterprise as close as possible. The decision was based on fan feedback, which Cawley said increased after the reveal of the Enterprise from the new JJ Abrams movie. According to James, the fans "Wanted one place where the original still flies."


Phase II sticking with the classic (from "Blood and Fire, Part 1")

Buck Rogers Update
In other news for Cawley Productions, they have recently finished up the first round of shooting for the pilot (titled "Armageddon: 2491") of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, a new web series based on the classic Buck Rogers comics. Cawley tells TrekMovie that they will finish up shooting in the Spring, and the show is still on track to debut in the Fall of 2010. The show stars Phase II’s Bobby Rice as Buck Rogers. Included in the cast are Gil Gerard and Erin Gray, who starring the NBC Buck Rogers TV series from 1979-1981. Cawley has sent us a first look, with a shot of Gerard and Rice (below).


Gil Gerrard and Bobby Rice in "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

For more on Star Trek Phase II visit the official site.

And for more on this new Buck Rogers In The 25th Century web series, visit buckrogersbegins.com.

Comments

1. Ian Watson - October 28, 2009

Aw. I guess I’m in the minority, but I was looking forward to the Phase II refit.

Oh well, I love the episodes so far, and will continue to do so. Thanks, James and crew!

2. Mr. Anonymous - October 28, 2009

I wonder why people were more tolerant of these fan-productions than they were of JJ’s Trek before it came out. These Phase-II actors aren’t very…um….great, and they look even less like the original crew than Pine and co.

3. Thomas Jensen - October 28, 2009

Barbara Luna = Cougar… Somehow that doesn’t work….

4. RaymondJ - October 28, 2009

My sincere thanks to the Phase II team for truly keeping the original adventures alive and well and at a high quality. I’ve been waiting for the second part to “Blood and Fire” with much anticipation. Thanks for continuing your use of the original series music. My only question- will there ever be any plans to release the episodes on DVD? I know they aren’t allowed to profit, but I don’t seem to be able to record them even though I can watch them. I would love to start a collection of the episodes.

5. The Riddler - October 28, 2009

I was looking forward to the Phase II refit also.

The actors aren’t professionals. They are fans doing it for fans. That’s why people like it.

6. denny cranium - October 28, 2009

The Phase two episodes are available by bittorrent download.
You can then burn a dvd on your computer

7. dmduncan - October 28, 2009

@2: How DARE you make sense Mr. Anonymous!

The answer of course is that the fan made stuff isn’t canon, so it can be as horrible as an open jar of cat piss in the Arizona sun and nobody’s a complainin’.

8. Scott Gammans - October 28, 2009

Hrm, Peter gripping Uncle Kirk in anguish doesn’t give me a good feeling about how part II ends for Peter’s fiance. :(

9. Brett Campbell - October 28, 2009

7 – Doesn’t sound like you’re “a complimentin” either.

Keep up the good work, Mr. Cawley and crew. Thanks for keeping up the spirit of the original Trek.

10. RaymondJ - October 28, 2009

#2: I think many fans are ‘tolerant’ as you say of these particular fan productions because they are made soley for the love of the show and its characters without any possible financial gain. JJ’s Trek, love it or hate it, was made first and foremost to make money, as is most Hollywood fare. When James Cawley plays Kirk it comes from the heart.

As for looking less like the cast than JJ’s actors, take a second look. I think Andy Bray looks AND acts a heck of a lot more like Chekov, in appearance and tone, than does Anton Yelchin. JJ should have cast him in my opinion. And I’m not familiar with the actor here who plays Scotty, but he sure looks a lot more like Scotty than Simon Pegg. I would say James Cawley’s actors, overall, look more like their original counterparts than does the cast of JJ’s movie – which by the way, I very much enjoyed.

James Cawley has given us fans of the original series a way to continue the adventures – through the set design, costumes, and music we fondly remember and respect.

11. RaymondJ - October 28, 2009

#6: For whatever reason, my computer won’t allow me to record these via the bittorrent download. That’s why I wish there was a site or place to purchase them.

12. Canadianknight - October 28, 2009

Another one here that was looking forward to the refit! Too bad… still looking forward to more Phase II.

13. Simon - October 28, 2009

#10 – Basing casting on how someone “looks” in relation to other actors is silly. Anton Yelchin is playing Chekov, not playing Walter Koenig playing Chekov. Same with Simon Pegg. He’s not James Doohan. He’s Scotty.

“through the set design, costumes, and music we fondly remember and respect”

For its time it was state of the art, albiet somewhat low budget. To have NEW shows TODAY is just plain silly.

JJ Abrams may have made a profit, but the film was made with a love of TREK. Those actors had just as much heart (and more acting talent).

14. Capt. Roykirk - October 28, 2009

It’s about time!

I was curious to see how the “Phase II” Enterprise would look, but I agree with Mr. Cawley that we should have the TOS version still in use, as Abrams got about as far away from that version as possible.

15. Skippy2k - October 28, 2009

I still prefer the original, I don’t mind that phase 2 refit so much but there are certain things…the scattered window placement for one. Sure nitpicky and why shouldn’t there be windows more than just the few spots but it stands out to me on the saucer.

All looks good though, can’t wait!

16. The Angry Klingon (without a trenchcoat) - October 28, 2009

Thanks to James and crew for keeping the ‘ol “E”. Its nice to be able to see the TOS still being loved somewhere :)

17. Your Friendly Neighborhood Mobile Emitter - October 28, 2009

Am I the only one that finds it amusing that Mr. Tolpin’s Spock looks a wee bit constipated in that promo image? LoL

18. Rocket Scientist - October 28, 2009

Incredible stuff! The seamless adherence to the look and style of TOS is simply unbelievable. Definitely sends chills down the spine.

19. Harry Ballz - October 28, 2009

I’m very impressed by these fan productions, but it begs the question…where the hell do they get the money to make these little “epics”?

20. Prologic9 - October 28, 2009

November 20th?

What I don’t understand is while they clearly can’t manage to push more than one episode out a year, they continue to promote themselves otherwise. They said part 2 would be out in March, they said the multiple delays for part 1 was so that they could release them closely together.

And now they’re saying there will be THREE more episodes released by summer? Really…

One episode a year is nothing to be ashamed of, so why keep tripping over yourself again and again.

At least they came to their senses for the Phase II Enterprise. That thing was wrong on every level– completely missing the point while being hideous at the same time.

21. Crewman Darnell - October 29, 2009

I say, thanks James!!

It may be just “fan fiction” but thanks for the effort. You guys are doing great work!

22. Norbert Steinert - October 29, 2009

Too bad. I liked the new design. And it would’ve been a nice continuation.

23. Kevin from Akron - October 29, 2009

To those who are wondering why Phase II episodes are not released on DVD it’s because if they were to make any profit from these productions, it would be in complete violation of copyright laws and agreements James Cawley and his people have with Paramount. James and his people make no profit doing these shows. They spend all their hard work and efforts in their spare time to put these productions together.

As for the refit design, I too was looking forward to the new ship design, but I have to agree that it would be foolish to proceed with it.

As far as James Cawley’s acting abilities? My opinion is that he fills the role of Captain Kirk quite nicely. After all he is not William Shatner.

24. Tanner Waterbury - October 29, 2009

Ah darn! no Phase II refit? Great, now i’m going to cry in the corner of my living room then eat a gallon of Ice Cream afterwords. Just kidding, but seriously, would’ve been GLORIOUS to see the phase II Enterprise finally make its debut into this world.

25. DJT - October 29, 2009

Old school, baby. Old school.

26. Tchessi - October 29, 2009

Mr. Cawley definitely had some “Kirk-isms” in the “Enemy: Starfleet” clip. Or maybe “Shatner-isms;” whatever you want to call it, he did some nice reactions to Barbara Luna (great to see her!) that reminded me of Kirk from the original series. He’s really grown into the role!

27. New Horizon - October 29, 2009

I thought the colours of the refit should have better matched the original…nacelles and saucer domes for example, it was all too blue and cold…lacking the warmth of the original ship. That being said however, I was really looking forward to finally seeing the Phase 2 enterprise fly after all this time. :(

28. James Cawley - October 29, 2009

To be clear, I received so many emails asking me to keep the original design, I decided to do so. Also, for the first time in 5 years of making this show, I have 4 episodes in post production, and three of them are basically finished, awaiting minor tweaks and sound work. I am planning to try to come up with a regular release schedule that will allow me to coincide with the next new filming so I do not run out of episodes to release. It has been a ton of work, but well worth it for all involved. Hope you all enjoy them.
James

29. TonyD - October 29, 2009

I’ve always found James Cawley’s Trek shows entertaining and I’m looking forward to these latest installments.

But add me to the list of those disappointed that we won’t be seeing the refit Enterprise on Phase II. I always liked that design and it nicely bridged the gap between the TOS Enterprise and the TMP version.

Its sounds anachronistic, but it’s really too bad that so many Trek fans are averse to change.

30. Andy Patterson - October 29, 2009

I could have lived with the new design but I like this sentiment…

” the fans “Wanted one place where the original still flies.”

I concur.

31. Andy Patterson - October 29, 2009

Look at you James. Proud of you bud. I love Barbara Luna. You ole’ dog.

32. scifib5st - October 29, 2009

James Cawley and his volunteers work harder and DO while the rest of us just watch. I am guilty of not contributing. That ends today. All of us can give cash and or time to keep the productions going. UPN, CBS or Paramount have not answered the fans needs for years. Cawley and other fan web sites are doing something. I too wish to see the original 1701 fly on. The opening of Blood and Fire Part I, hurt my heart to she her wounded!

There is even word of a episode with “Harry Mudd” in the pipeline! Cawley and company even let UPN use their “Sulu Scope” for the Enterprise’s last seasons episode.

Thanks James for every thing you do!

33. GraniteTrek - October 29, 2009

Okay, so the Enterprise doesn’t get the refit. No reason the refit Connie-class can’t show up as another ship somewhere down the line…

34. Frank Fischer - October 29, 2009

Dear James Cawley,

my wife and Ijust wanted to thank you and your group of Phase II for the fantastic work you are doing and for giving us this lovely episodes. Its absolutley amazing what you are doing and it milders the pain that there is no “real” Star Trek TV show in production right now.

We are looking forward to every episode of Phase II. :-))))

I personally would have loved a storyline that would have lead us right into the real Phase II. This would have realized the ideas of Roddenberry for the original Phase II so that we could have it after all. I realy like the modifies Enterprise that you came up with. It really would be interesting to see the introduction of Xon, Ila (was she so called in the original concept) and so on.
But I am more than happy that you “at least” use some of the Phase II stories like Kitumba. Can’t wait to see it and hope that you will realize more of the Phase II stories that were written.

To sum it up: don’t listen to others (including me ;-) ) because it is fantastic what you are doing and you have the right feeling what is best for you show. Don’t forget there are also people out there that love the Enterprise with three warp engines from “All good things” better then the original. ;-) Its just a sign of affection for your groups work that everyone suggest everything. And its right that it would have looked out of balance to have the real Phase II look of the Enterprise without the Phase II sets that were designed and constructed and the uniforms etc. as much as I miss to see the real Phase II concept getting realized.

To make a long text short: thank you very much! :-)))

See you around the galaxy and live long and prosper

Frank Fischer, Germany

P.S.: Congratulatiosn to all Americans for the sucessfull test flight of NASAs Ares I-X yesterday. It really was impressive and awesome. I am looking forward to the next American on the moon.

35. Frank Fischer - October 29, 2009

P.S.: What about introducing the holodeck (see Classic Animated) in your show and giving a Elvis Presley appearance by you? I would love it! :-)

36. Allen Williams - October 29, 2009

This news made my year. I wonder if there is ever a chance that you could make something in between the first 2 movies. That way you could use the real refit design. That was my favorite Enterprise until First Contact.

37. Frank Fischer - October 29, 2009

I almost forgot: the preview clips looks fantastic, especially the one from Kitumba! Very well done!
“I love it because it is exciting” ;-)

38. CmdrR - October 29, 2009

Did Gil Gerard get a new agent or what?
I don’t think I saw him in a thing after the TV show, but now I’ve seen him in two Sci-Fi movies and this.

As for Blood n’ Fire… kinda mixed feelings. The productions get cleaner and more complex, but there’s still the aftertaste of a rip-off. I want to see this ‘enterprise’ take on more of a life of its own. For one, I’d like it to stop using music from the original series (except for the opening theme.) The musical stabs are especially distracting. I still think it’s a cool idea, though…

39. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - October 29, 2009

Hey there James Cawley. I love the Big E you have in your series and Im glad you are keeping it. I love the Big E in Trek 09 but it is also nice to have the orignal. been looking forward to Part 2 and can’t wait to see what all you have in store for us. Looking forward to Buck Rogers as I was a big fan of that seris as well. keep up the good work and may you Live Long and Prosper.

40. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - October 29, 2009

Hey James Cawley. Have you had any Scripts or plans to do anything on the Mirror Univers and the Terran Empire.

41. 05Ric - October 29, 2009

Thank You Mr. Cawley, for doing what you do.

Cheers from the UK.

42. star trackie - October 29, 2009

I just wish they were playing a different crew. JJ gets away with it because the surroundings are so different one finds it easier to accept the characters as nothing more than a different interpretation. When everything, down to the placement of the ice cube buttons, is so exact and done to perfection, when new faces walk onto that duplication of the TOS bridge, the bridge IS so familiar, it’s like imposters have taken over the ship. WHen everything matches TOS, to a T, from the props to the sets to the music…..strange faces, even though they are supposed to be the same characters, stand out like a sore thumb. I just can’t get into it, I wish they would’ve have created a new crew on a new ship.

43. TrekkieJan - October 29, 2009

Have been parcelling the episodes of New Voyages/Phase II out since learning of them here (thanks TrekMovie!) I enjoy each one so much. So much love for TOS/Star Trek and its cast and crew in these, and so much professionalism in the productions. So heartfelt. And the scripts are excellent. It really is like having new episodes of the original show, if you narrow your eyes just a little. And better in some ways, as the present company has something the original series didn’t have – time to get those extra shots. It was so much fun to spot James Cawley in JJTrek.
Adding my thanks to James for keeping this series going. I can only imagine the huge amount of work that goes into these. Looking forward to the episodes coming up very much!

44. Captain Dunsel - October 29, 2009

Why are fans so much more forgiving of fan-made productions than of the studio product? It’s simple – we can imagine OURSELVES doing it. (Some of us even have done so in eons past.)

Much more than the professional films, we can feel as if we are part of the fun and adventure.

45. Scott - October 29, 2009

Too bad they decided against the refit. We already have plenty of episodes with the original E design…it’s called TOS remastered! I thought the whole point of these fan films was to have the freedom to explore uncharted territory, but I think they’ve now taken a big step backwards. The only cool thing about this ‘show’ is that we get to see the stuff that never was, ala Phase II.

46. Twiki - October 29, 2009

Where will they be shooting the locations for Buck Rogers? I would love to go & help out, and even would like to contribute some monetary assistance to Mr. Cawley & his team for their fine work. Will Twiki make a cameo? Even though this is based upon the comic strip, I would like to see him. He really carried the TV show. Gil Gerard is a great guy & all, but he is a ham actor, and couldn’t have done it without Twiki.

47. bill hiro - October 29, 2009

“For its time it was state of the art, albiet somewhat low budget.”

Star Trek was a VERY expensive show at the time it was production. Its budget seems low by today’s standards, but when you adjust for inflation, a first season episode of Star Trek budgeted at roughly $190,000 in 1966 dollars would be the equivilent of $1.2 million per episode in 2008 dollars. That’s not the highest budget per episode on network TV today but it is far from “low budget”. Star Trek was an expensive show that pushed the boundaries of what it was possible to produce for television in the late ’60s, and it was not some kind of bargain basement production.

48. Just a guy from Portugal - October 29, 2009

Mr. Cawley

I found your idea of transitioning from TOS to TMP very interesting but hey, if you think its better for the fans I’ll keep watching

Great effot

49. dmduncan - October 29, 2009

“7 – Doesn’t sound like you’re “a complimentin” either.”

For a fan production they do an incredible job.

My complaint is against any bonehead who can figure out how to cut Cawley some slack and yet can’t figure out how NOT to bitch about every comma Bob and Alex put in their script.

Suffice it to say, if I wanted to be as brutal toward Phase II as some of you dorks are towards ST.09, I could have a never ending field day. But why would I want to do something like that to something that a bunch of fans do for love and fun? The show is both an impressive example of what fans CAN do—and it’s also a glaring example of what fans CANNOT do.

I’ve waited for Star Trek to become as epic as its potential for a long time.

The wait…is over.

50. Prologic9 - October 29, 2009

Trek ‘Remastered Enterprise’s shortcoming is that it was constrained to a not-much-more-than TOS direction. It’s just a bunch of simple flybys.

Phase II is in a position to show us the ship in ways we’ve never seen. You can’t shoehorn all the original phase II ideas in there anyways, as they grew into TMP. But you can still bridge the TOS aesthetic with the motion pictures just by expanding on lighting and direction. Make the ship grand the way they did the Refit.

51. Buzz Cagney - October 29, 2009

James Cawley definitely gets Kirks intensity. I hope Pine can get into that in his future outings.
Really looking forward to seeing Part2 and thanks to all the Phase 2 crew for their hard work.

52. New Horizon - October 29, 2009

I agree with one of the previous posters…I wish fans would allow for a bit more change. I understand the feelings toward the original ship, but the Phase 2 ship is a lost piece of history. I was so excited to finally see her brought to life. :( I’m so saddened by this.

Hopefully we will at least get to see it in a future episode as another ship.

Perhaps the Phase 2 crew would be willing to release the source files of the model to the fans?

53. TrekkieJan - October 29, 2009

Am I the only one who finds the Remastered Enterprise sort of …gray, dark and ugly…? I think that, maybe in trying to make it more realistic or something (obviously, there’s few light sources in space), they went overboard and lost some of the swan-like brilliant white beauty of the original model.

Glad Phase II didn’t go that route.

As for James Cawley’s Kirk, I think he’s wonderful. Although I was about 10 when Barbara Luna first romanced Shatner/Kirk, can’t say I blame her now for thinking Cawley/Kirk irresistable. ^_~

54. dmduncan - October 29, 2009

And I totally do not like the remastered TOS special effects. Using CGI on TOS is like putting a modern addition on a Victorian home.

Not only do I think those original effects fit the show better, but if you were going to redo the effects, they should’ve used improved models and planets, properly scaled and lit, not CGI.

55. Gorandius - October 29, 2009

I too am sad that the new design is not being used. But it also seems a bit comforting that they are sticking with the old design. Perhaps the new one can be used in a cameo as another ship, perhaps we could see the Endeavor in another episode using that design. It would be a nice nod to the step between the Series Production model and the Refit Constitution, while at the same time keeping the original design for the Enterprise.

56. LCDR Arch - October 29, 2009

Thank you for not “refiting” the Enterprise! It does not make sense, why spend 2 1/2 years in dry dock if it is not a MAJOR change.

I rec having the new refit look as a guest star. Excalibur would work. Reftitted after the M5 debacle.

Can’t wait for more Phase II!!! It is the best Star Trek made this year!

57. British Naval Dude - October 29, 2009

Gil Gerrrrrrarrrrd be back, I supposes… I, as well as CmdrR, had seen him in some bad Sci-Fi… errrrrrr… Scy-Fy…. errrrrrrr… Silly Channel productions.

Cawley has that Scy -Fy channel mightily beat on production and effects.
Good call on not re-fittin’ tha’ ship.

Now then, I got this here script wherein’ tha’ crew loses all thar’ pants… and they track down tha’ trouser thief ta’ a planet inhabited by 35 different governments- all o’ them warrin’ over pants (well, one small nation wants pantaloons)… and Kirkie and Spock in thar’ undies must try ta’ unite warrin’ factions, break tha’ Prime Defective, and… well… maybe a MarySue role fur’ old BND wherein’ I save tha’ crew wit’ a fiery speech aboot’ pants bein’ unnecessary-like…

Then a gorn eats me.

Uhhhhhh… sorry thar’… I should leave this stuff up ta’ Cawley who does a much better job than I ever could.
Why, me Enterprize model wuz’ just a paper plate wit’ two toilet tissue rolls glued ta’ it.

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…

58. Bobd - October 29, 2009

Have the Phase II folks ever thought of shooting in 24p? Everything else looks amazing–the sets, costumes, lighting, camera movement, editing, FX.

But that is all destroyed when you see the cheap video-like interlaced motion.

There have been tons of cameras–consumer, semi-pro, and pro–that have had a 24p mode for years. I don’t see a reason for anyone to shoot in 60i.

59. Captain Rickover - October 29, 2009

Go on Phase II !

It’s great, it’s fantastic and I love it!

And: Im glad Phase II stay with the TOS-design, not because I won’t like a refit-design, but I think the TOS-design fits better with the comments from Decker in TMP (this is an all new Enterprise, etc.) and to refit a ship two times in only two years seems not logical.

PS: Dear Mr. Cawley: Perhaps you could produce some future episodes taking place after TMP. I would love to see the Refit-Enterprise in some new adventures.

60. Holger - October 29, 2009

I love the (dropped) refit design. I think it would have looked great. But I feel with everyone who wants to see the original flying. In my book, that’s still the best Enterprise design ever.
Maybe we can see the refit design as another starship in some upcoming Phase II episode?

61. Colorado Springs - October 29, 2009

VIVA STAR TREK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have reached the final frontier of Trek!! Thanks for keeping the ST heritage alive! May Gene Roddenberry be proud of all of you!!
And good for our Spanish STNV crewwoman SIKI who has made nearer, more possible Star Trek for all of us, Latinos.
Best, Colorado Springs (from Spain)

62. Balok - October 29, 2009

Mr. Cawley, thanks for keeping the spirit of TOS alive! Been looking forward to Part 2. Also, on the big E, I had mixed feelings on the changes, but glad you’re leaving it in orignal form.

63. David G. - October 29, 2009

I’m not sure it’s accurate to say that “The Child” is in “PRE-production.” I was part of the audience who saw a nearly completed cut of it at the Atlanta Dragon-Con during Labor Day weekend.

64. Balok - October 29, 2009

#2, have you seen the latest Phase 2 Chekov; he is the best cast of any actor between Phase 2 and the new movie. Way to go Mr. Cawley for outgunning the big hollywood budget. They should use your Chekov in the next movie…

65. Buzz Cagney - October 29, 2009

#64 aww I really liked Anton. Leave him alone! lol

66. Balok - October 29, 2009

Ha, good one Buzz…

67. Buzz Cagney - October 29, 2009

No really, I did! But I can see what you mean about the PhaseII Chekov. Amazing likeness to Walter.

68. Tony Bruno - October 29, 2009

James –

I for one completely understand why you decided not to go with the Phase II design. Sure, I’m a little disappointed, but I’ll live.

Excited to see “Enemy Starfleet”, as my DAVE School classmates worked on that piece.

Best of luck to you.

69. mntrekfan - October 29, 2009

Um, has anyone seen the KFC commerical from I don’t when? All the actors are fantastic! I have no idea how they got the actors to look just the original cast! If anyone was involved with that commerical, love to hear how you did it!
Type in Star Trek KFC on youtube.

70. Al Hartman - October 29, 2009

@Star Trackkie – If you want to see another ship and crew, there is Starship Exeter and Starship Farragut. Both of those productions feature the original TOS designs and use different crews.

James, I’m glad you decided to stay with the original design. And as many have said… Daren’s refit can always appear as another ship.

I’m looking forward to the release of the episodes, and to hear what you have in store for us next.

Thanks for giving us the Trek we’ve always wanted.

71. Vernon Wilmer - October 29, 2009

I’ve always loved these fan productions – high quality and a lot of heart.

72. Deebo Shanks - October 29, 2009

Cawley is an awful actor. I’m sorry, he just is. He never fails to take me out of the show. Every scene he’s in is just atrocious. I never thought I would say this, but Shatner is such a better actor.

73. AJ - October 29, 2009

For all the squirmworthy bits in Phase II/New Voyages, I find it hard to actually criticise the team for its body of work. It’s like having the Mego action figures and the Bridge set when we were kids, but they’re real for Cawley. I want it, too! Now!

And the painstaking dedication to detail is visible in every shot. It’s a labor of love, for sure, and I will always watch Cawley’s stuff because one can never accuse him or his team of ever ‘phoning in’ an ep.

Keep up the good stuff!

74. Anthony Lewis - October 29, 2009

I’m sure this is pure opinion on my part but I find the acting in the Original series by-in-large to be poor and campy by today’s standards. A lot of that could also be the writing of the episodes as well. It’s part of the charm of the show though. I honestly don’t think you have to be a great actor to pull off the 60′s feel of the show. Phase II doesn’t match it exactly, but they come pretty close.

I’ve enjoyed every episode thus far.

75. Lt. Bailey - October 29, 2009

These are very well done and a great addition to the world of Star Trek. I wish these were available on DVD too. James cannot sell them as that would be considered making a profit. The copyrights are strange on this part of the law, you can create a film, but you cannot profit on it.

Paramount would love to profit by it I am quite sure, however, they may not like to admit to a fan made film being better then what they produced via the huge studio system.

I have a fan made film base on the USS Farragut (I apologize for not remembering the peoples names) that was given out a local CON one time. They had it DVD but they did not sell it to me, just said “take it and enjoy” which I did and still do. Whether or not Jame Cawley copies these films on to DVDs and gives them away is up to him. It would be a great way to spread the word and gain interest. Even if people were to send him a stock pile of blank DVD to record on so he could give away DVDs, that may be considered making a profit since he did not buy them.

Nice if that could be done, but th legal hurdles might be too great to overcome. Regardless, these are well done films and I enjoy everyone and Jamed deserves a lot of credit for his detail, I love it.

While the refit ship is nice looking, I do prefer the TOS style. Had he changed it, he might also have to change the uniforms to match TMP to those bland uniforms which are not the best in ST history.

76. Dr. Image - October 29, 2009

Good call on sticking with the original 1701 design. The original still flies! Yes!
(PS- Happy Birthday to me!)

77. Imrahil - October 29, 2009

Excellent news on the original Ent still being around. I’m really happy to see it; nacelle caps should be red, and round. :)

78. banned - October 29, 2009

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79. Maximus Writerus Rex - October 29, 2009

They should do an alternate universe story with the REAL Phase II Enterprise! Hell, I’d be willing to write it!

80. RobertMfromLI - October 29, 2009

19 (Harry): Out of our own pockets. I shudder to think what James has put into this already… just a small idea of what it takes: we spent about $25,000 on lodging alone for each episode.

11 (RaymondJ): email us through the website, and I will see if we can help.

20 (Prologic9): Some real world events delayed completion of BaF Part 2. In the meantime, the portion of the post production team that has completed their work on BaF2 has moved on to the other episodes and gotten a massive head start.

To all who have complimented us: Thanks on the entire team’s behalf!!! It means a lot to us to hear from you all.

To all of those with constructive criticism or suggestions: keep them coming! And much thanks for the respectful way in which you have engaged the situation.

To all who have been nasty (as opposed to simply critical): I’m baffled that you spend so much energy *every single article that comes out about us* talking about how much you “dislike” our production. If you really hate it that much, (1) stop watching it, and (2) stop spending all of your free time looking for articles or posts about us so you can chime in with such negative drivel each time. If putting your hand in the fire hurts, why in the world do you keep doing it? Some of you have been “repeatedly putting your hand in the fire” for the last few YEARS here and elsewhere. C’mon. Grow up.

Thanks to all,
Robert Mauro

81. BringBackVulcan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - October 29, 2009

ANTHONY PLEASE BAN #78 Norm for inflammatory hate-speech against gay people…

82. MaoMan - October 29, 2009

I don’t believe the fact that Phase II has been dormant during the theatrical release of the new Star Trek Movie is a coincidence. They are also launching part 2 of Blood and Fire after the movie DVD release.

Paramount had a lot of money tied up in the new movie and my guess is that there was a tacit agreement amongst the parties not to muddy the waters.

Once the DVD is out, Phase II is allowed to keep the flame alive for the next 18+ months. A fair exchange.

83. Falvoant - October 29, 2009

58
We have been shooting in 24P with 0 IRE black level since
World Enough and Time 720p

Kitumba was shot in 4000K with a RED ONE

84. Gary Evans - October 29, 2009

@80,

Rob, that would take the last bit of fun out of their daily drudge! LOL, never have so many strangers call others lazy, stupid, ignorant, A Hitler, the AntiChrist, Fascist, Liberal, Right Wing, Left Wing an dall those other derogatory emails and comments we receive!

All just confirms we are really fugitives from the “nut hatch!” LOL!!!

I have learned ro ignore all these ‘experts’ BECAUSE we are giving some other “poor-soul” a break AND we are learnign all the time, improving all the time AND we have a blast, a ball and one helluva time doing all this. Then we risk all this egregious hate-mongering ABOUT which I no longer give-a-damn!

I want and appreciate truly constructive criticism that points out what fans think we do wrong or that we can improve upon. I will pay attention to the Naysayers When and only when they actually produce their versions of Star Trek and offer it to the world – free-of-charge!!!

Well, off to sleep SO I can be lively Friday night for the Haunted Fort Ti (AKA Kitumba Land! LOL) Otherwise I just filter out such posts whereever I see such! HaHaHa I have far more important and necessary data and information upon which I must focus!

85. RobertMfromLI - October 29, 2009

#82: Nice theory. But false. :-)

86. Balok - October 29, 2009

#10, The actor that plays Chekov in phase 2 is far superior than any other incarnation. The guy however that plays Scotty really reminds of Dan Akroyd playing Scotty on a SNL skit, anyone else see that? Not that I’m complaining…

87. Allen Williams - October 29, 2009

#82. no he originally stated somewhere that part 2 would have been out last month (before the blu-ray release of the new movie).
Also I don’t believe he has any relationship with paramount regarding star trek, but i recall seeing any evidence either way.

88. RaymondJ - October 29, 2009

#86: LOL, I saw the Dan Akroyd similarity myself! I still think this guy resembles Scotty more than Simon Pegg, who played him WAY over the top.

#13 (Simon): I agree with you wholeheartedly that the professional actors in JJ Abrams Trek are much better actors. But the comment I was responding to with #2 was his statement that: “These Phase-II actors aren’t very…um….great, and they look even less like the original crew than Pine and co.” I was just disagreeing with him and providing a few examples.

89. t-bone - October 29, 2009

I see Erin Gray in the poster too!

90. RobertMfromLI - October 29, 2009

89: Correct

91. Fez - October 29, 2009

First I want to give a shout out to everyone involved with the Phase 2 team, over the summer I was apart of this amazing family and journey and cannot wait to come back for more

Second, James Thank you for BaF part 2, and Enemy:Starfleet tease…. you are a great guy and hope that I’ll be able to help for the next episode

Lastly, To all of you who love trek tremendously: I encourage you to watch Phase 2, because it is your Father’s Star Trek.

92. Trevor John - October 30, 2009

The acting is just fine guys. Keep it up.

I would have loved to see a full on refit, but hey, that’s what the two-and-a-half year refit will be for eventually. I’m more content just seeing subtle additions that push things towards Phase II. When does Decker arrive?

93. Trevor John - October 30, 2009

Another original Phase II script possibly worth doing: “To Attain The All”.

What does everyone think?

94. KingDaniel - October 30, 2009

Just a thought: Surely it would be better to release BaF part 2 before the DVD/BR release of STXI on the 17th?

Release before and it’ll be caught in the pre-release buzz. Release 3 days after and, after the utterly awesome STXI (“boo! hiss!” yell TOS die-hards), it’ll be a bit of a come-down.

Also: I was looking forward to the refit version. Any chance of a TAS-style second bridge door at least? And when do we get to see Mr Arex?

And have you thought about doing your own Kirk origin story?
(just don’t try to play 20-year old Kirk yourself…please)

95. frederick von fronkensteen - October 30, 2009

Stacy is their best Spock ever! he’s a keeper.

96. Schiefy - October 30, 2009

There are some great behind-the-scenes photos at Barbara Luna’s official site: http://www.barbaraluna.com/phaseii_1.html –just follow the continuation link at the bottom for about 3-4 more pages of photos.

Don’t ask why I was even looking at her site to begin with (except that it had something to do with memory loss and old age–but I am glad that Trek makes me…”feel young again”!).

I think James and crew are doing a great job keeping Trek alive for us old-timers who have fond memories of TOS. I still remember how exciting it was to go to the cons in NYC and be able to sit and watch episode after episode of TOS because we didn’t have any more syndication runs or VCRs (let alone DVRs!) quite yet. And, between fan fiction and the Bantam series, we could still see Trek in our heads if not on the small screen nor did we quite yet believe it would ever make it on the Big Screen. New Voyages/Phase II is simply great for me because it takes me back to those fun days when being a Trek fan was very much a way of being totally different from everyone around you and yet finding friends you never knew you had each time you encountered another fan along the way or at the cons.

While I enjoy the new Trek movie (and all the subsequent series after TOS) TOS will always have a special place in my heart and memories. Each episode of New Voyages/Phase II no matter how “fannish” others may think it is, does indeed make me “feel young again”! Keep up the great work, James and associates!

97. Dr. Image - October 30, 2009

#69- Holy crap! That KFC commercial cast is incredible! I think it’s from 1994.
Everyone- check it out.

98. Hat Rick - October 30, 2009

This fan-produced series is truly amazing.

99. AJ - October 30, 2009

Well, I’d give my right eyeball to take part in one of these.

In “Phase II,” it would be nice to actually see Kirk get promoted to Admiral, and see him take on the challenge of being a ‘desk-bound paper-pusher’ while his ship goes on without him. And Spock has his emotional crisis leading him to finally choose Kolinahr while McCoy retires to civilian practice and a nice beard. Perhaps get the ‘big three’ together for one last fling before moving on. Sounds, perhaps, like the “last” episode, but it could be a great story.

100. Hat Rick - October 30, 2009

99, are you out of your Vulcan mind? ;-) I would never want to see such a “last episode”; I want the story to go on indefinitely.

101. Fran - October 30, 2009

#81 Please ban someone for free speech? Liberals are such hypocrites.

102. New Horizon - October 30, 2009

Some people seem to be under the impression that the Phase 2 refit is the same as the Motion Picture refit….it’s not.

The idea was that this was a minor refit after the battle in Blood and Fire. Nothing much would have changed beyond the nacelle’s, struts, deflector dish and some lighting/detailing really. It would have been the same ship inside for the most part…it wasn’t going to be a motion picture Enterprise.

103. Dr. Image - October 30, 2009

Well if Quinto bows out, Stacy’s their man!
(He was the stand-in Spock anyhow, no?)

104. RobertMfromLI - October 30, 2009

#94 “Just a thought: Surely it would be better to release BaF part 2 before the DVD/BR release of STXI on the 17th?”

Sorry, but it’s all a matter of when it is done. We’re projecting the 20th. :-)

105. Brian Kirsch - October 30, 2009

Mr Cawley-
Thank you so much for your efforts and hard work. Much appreciated!! I really enjoy your productions.

However, I’m with #8. Please don’t let us down by making a gay character a “one and out, forgotten by the next episode”. I give you real credit for having the balls the “real” Trek never has had, to this point, by knocking down one more form of discrimination. I’d be really disappointed if it was only a plot device, or worse yet, a publicity device. Thanks for listening!

106. Big Bill Cox - October 30, 2009

Thank you, James, for all your hard work. And I’m glad that you decided to keep the classic Enterprise design. Not that there’s anything wrong with the refit idea, it’s just nice to see the U.S.S. Enterprise continuing her mission in all her original glory.

107. 24th Century Rockstar - October 30, 2009

#3 – I dunno man, after playing the clip I’m feeling the Luna love. It takes a unique kind of woman to still be able to command their sexuality in that fashion – no it’s not particularly overt like a younger woman, but there’s is much merit in subtleties as well.

#28 – Capt. Cawley, keep those adventures coming bud!

- 24thCRS!

108. Patty W - October 31, 2009

#19 – It’s simple. We’re all broke now.. but it’s worth it.

#35 – We actually had a story idea in which the Enterprise ends up visiting the planet Elvis “went home” to. Unfortunately, until James no longer has to work for a living, we decided to shelve the idea rather than kill our “Captain” by giving him TWO roles in one episode.

#40 – Yes.

#48 – We still are transitioning to TMP: that’s what the show is about, even if we don’t change the ship until we get there. The last episode (hopefully a long way off) will see Kirk promoted to Admiral. The uniform is already waiting for him.

#72 – I think you are basing your opinion of Cawley’s “acting” on a comparision to Shatner. He is not Shatner’s “Kirk”, he’s Cawley’s “Kirk”. He’s a magnificant actor with a tremendous range (he wasn’t named the #1 Elvis tribute artist because he can’t act) and when we eventually do “Mind-Sifter” people are going to be blown away by a talent most folks have only seen on the Phase II products.

#94 – Arex, soon. Origin story… hasn’t EVERYONE thought about doing their own?

I want to thank everyone for their comments.. both the supportive ones (you people rock! why are you helping at the shoots?) and the negative ones (because we have you thinking about Trek in a different way, and that’s a good thing, no matter how you cut it).

But I really want to thank everyone involved in New Voyages: Phase II. You folks all work yourselves to exhaustion and poverty (some daily, some two weeks a year) for the love of Trek and this crazy family.. to produce something extraordinary. I have been privildged to work with you all, and seeing some advance footage of upcoming episodes….well, with each and every one they astound beyond expectations and the notion of “impossible” moves miles higher. This is real Trek and fans are going to be blown away.

And thank you, James, for letting me play in this sandbox and contribute in a small way to what ultimately ends up on the screen. Your energy, enthusiasm and passion is contagious, and it’s a contagion that is worth catching. It’s an amazing experience: even when you’re chasing people and screaming that everyone is going to die…

keep that ship, flying, Captain!

109. Montreal Paul - October 31, 2009

I was looking forward to the refit.. oh well. I don’t mind the fan made Phase II but some of the actors need some replacing. I don’t like the guy playing McCoy at all. Not sure if it’s delivery or what. Mr. Cawley seems good.. he’s hamming it up like Shatner did.. but doing it his own way. The new Spock looks better.. but find his portrayal TOO emotional.. but maybe it was just that clip. The guy playing Chekov is the best thing about Phase II. Oh.. one last thing…. change the name back to New Voyages.. I know that that is what they were going to call the show back in the day.. but it’s lame.

I would like to compliment them on looking so good in terms of sets and props and the technical feel of the show too. Kudos!!

110. Magic_Al - October 31, 2009

I agree with the decision to keep the original ship design. Canonically, I find the plot point in TMP, that Kirk doesn’t understand the huge changes in the ship’s design, more believable if all the upgrades were done at once and not gradually. Kirk wouldn’t have been overwhelmed if he’d been involved in an evolutionary upgrade process.

I do appreciate the chance to see a rendering of the Phase II Enterprise, but it doesn’t have to be in an episode. Well maybe there could be a mirror universe episode that uses it.

111. Cary L. Brown - October 31, 2009

Regarding the “Phase II Enterprise”… there is absolutely no reason not to have that ship design show up. I think it would be a huge waste not to have it show up, now the Darren’s model is done.

That said… the Enterprise shouldn’t be the ship that gets that rebuilding. That is, after all, “an almost totally new ship.” So… which ship might it be?

I’d suggest that the most severely damaged ships from the “Ultimate Computer” wargames might be good candidates for complete-rebuilds.

112. Hat Rick - October 31, 2009

Why not the Yorktown? The refitted E that was known as 1701-A was a redesignation of the Yorktown, wasn’t it?

113. Prologic9 - October 31, 2009

The phase II design is a part of Star Trek’s production history, but not its canon. It has no place there.

It would be much more palatable to see it as a standalone on another ship, but even then if you’re going to introduce new design elements the story would argue they bridge to the movie-era designs.

114. non-belligerency confirmed - October 31, 2009

jc, couldn’t you find a way to bridge the refit in wee tiny bits, so’s they’d be nay tribble at all? episode by episode?
and of course, seeing as how you have an unlimited budget, maybe the occasional hot, bald indian chick?

a big fan says; you go, babe.

btw, noble gay futures, less-than-mockery acting and people who don’t look like shatner and nimoy are the best part of phase II. please carry on.

115. Holger - November 1, 2009

93: Yes, definitely should be on the list.

116. The Invader (In Color!) - November 1, 2009

I still want to see the PII ship in some capacity…but Darren, change those windows on the saucer…they are not right. They should be more like that early ST:TMP poster with the painting of the PII ship on it…

117. SarahJM - November 1, 2009

If James Cawley happens to read this, I just wanted to say that “World Enough and Time” was amazing. It is up there with the best Star Trek episodes from any series.

118. DC - November 1, 2009

Personally, I also wanted to see the Phase II version of the Enterprise in motion. However, I am also glad to see that the original wont be being replaced, but it’s not because I “wanted one place where the original still flies.” I’m glad they stuck with the original because otherwise, I feel, it would have lessened the impact of the reveal of the refit Enterprise in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

119. Captain Robert April - November 2, 2009

I’d like to second Cary’s suggestion, and specifically recommend the Excalibur be the first one to get the refit treatment.

And one of these days, I’m gonna have to make a pilgrimage to upstate New York and get a peek at this operation.

120. Falvoant - November 2, 2009

119
Go to the website wait for recriuting int he spring to open up
Look for “open recruiting”
Fill out an aplication
See you in June

121. DJT - November 3, 2009

I want to see other starship classes, as seen in the old the FASA – Federation Ship Recognition Manual.

Now that would be cool.

122. Daniel - November 3, 2009

The “Kutumba” clip dramatically captures the TOS experience. That is the single best 30″ of New Voyages/Phase II that I have ever seen. Very impressive work.

123. Tobias Richter - November 4, 2009

@121 wait for “Kitumba” – we´ll have the USS Saladin in a few shots
@122 thanks a lot!

124. Bill Lutz - November 9, 2009

Its such a honor to be part of all these episodes and Buck Rogers.
Thanks to James
Bill

125. phx - July 26, 2010

i was looking forward to the refit as well, along with the space suits, scotty growing the mustache, and other small things that seemed would really help bridge in the lost years.

this would also allow them to be ready to do the 2nd 5 year mission if they so chose ;) but i supposed they could always do that later anyways with the refit ship. i want to see the transition to the military red uni’s anyways eventually. Movie ship/uniforms are my favorite. :)

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