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).
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).
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."
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).
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.