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FanMade: Phase II In Pre-Production On “Origins” Prequel Story – Exclusive Details and Cast Photos February 8, 2010

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

Today TrekMovie kicks off a week of special coverage of the Star Trek fan films. We begin with big news from the big daddy, Star Trek Phase II, who are planning to do their own prequel episode, telling the ‘prime timelinestory of a young (recast) Kirk meeting Spock for the first time. We have exclusive details and cast images below, plus and updated schedule for Phase II releases in 2010.   


Phase II explores "Origins"

The fan made series Phase II is now in pre-production on "Origins" a special episode that will tell the story of young James T. Kirk "as he starts his Starfleet career", including his time at the Academy and his first meeting of Mr. Spock. To tell the story they will be casting a Captain Pike, George Kirk, Sr. and a younger James Kirk  Sound familiar? Phase II star/executive producer James Cawley tells TrekMovie that is no accident. Cawley (who had a cameo background role in JJ Abrams Star Trek) says that he wanted to tell "the Phase II version of how Jim Kirk meets Spock for the first time." Of course, throughout its history Phase II (and New Voyages) has gone out of its way to try and stick as closes as possible to the canon of the original 1960’s Star Trek. Cawley explains:

We are honoring the JJ Abrams movie, but this is a different look at what could have been. This is the prime timeline.

"Origins" is being written and directed by veteran Star Trek writer David Gerrold. It will touch on many elements that would be familiar to Trek fans including Kirk dealing with his  Starfleet Academy nemesis Finnegan, and his relationship with his best friend Gary Mitchell. But Cawley says that the story is "not just what people expect". The producer wouldn’t reveal details on the plot, but did say that it does not involve time travel, and the origin story will be told in a series of flashbacks. Cawley and some others from the main crew of Phase II will appear in the episode. Although the story will be tied to the canon of the TOS version of Star Trek, Cawley tells TrekMovie it will also reference elements from the JJ Abrams Star Trek movie.

Poster for "Origins" the Star Trek Phase II ‘prequel’ episode

Casting has been completed on "Origins". Matthew Ewald (pictured above) will be playing the younger Kirk. The 27-year old Ewald starred in the FOX/ABC Family television series Galidor, and has also appeared a couple of films. Cawley says he had no doubt Ewald was the only one for the part when he auditioned, noting “Matthew is truly a special young man, and I’m looking forward to the great job he’ll do playing a younger “me’!”.

The story of "Origins" will include an appearance of an earlier USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, who will be played by Chuck Huber. Huber is known for his extensive voice work for FUNimation and in such series as Full Metal Alchemist and Bleach.  Playing Pike’s “Number One” will be Michele Specht, who has previously appeared on TV, including I Hate My 30’s and is currently filming Backyard Wedding. Specht was also featured in the Phase II episode “Kitumba”. The role of Spock on board Pike’s Enterprise will be played by the same actor who also plays Spock in Kirk’s Enterprise, Brandon Stacy, who happens to be Zachary Quinto’s stand-in for the 2009 Star Trek movie. 

Huber and Specht are playing Pike and ‘Number One’ in Phase II’s "Origins"

Vic Mignogna will be taking on the role of George Kirk, James Kirk’s father. Actor, director, composer, producer Mignogna, is best known for his prolific voice work in such anime hits as DragonBall Z , Full Metal Alchemist, and Bleech. He earlier joined Phase II in the role of an Andorian captain in “Enemy: Starfleet”, and as the Klingon villain in “Kitumba”: an episode he also directed. 

Mignogna plays Kirk’s father George

Rounding out the cast, fans can expect to see some of James T. Kirk’s most famous Starfleet Academy classmates. Gary Mitchell, Kirk’s student and friend, will be played by Brian Tubbs. Tubbs was featured in the film Touched and Melancholy and also had a role in Phase II’s “Kitumba”. Finally, Jeff Johnson, an experienced voice actor, will bring life to Kirk’s most energetic Academy nemesis – the perpetually jokester Finnegan.

Jeff Johnson is a good fit for Finnegan (his head looks just right when photoshopped into the scene from "Shore Leave")

Brian Tubbs is Phase II’s Gary Mitchell

"Origins" will begin shooting in June of 2010, for a targeted release in 2011.

TrekMovie will have more updates on this exciting project, so stay tuned.

Updated Star Trek: Phase II 2010 Schedule

James Cawley has also provided us with a new schedule for upcoming Phase II releases. Right now the Phase II team are in various stages of post-production on three different episodes, all of which Cawley plans to release this year. Cawley tells TrekMovie "The days of years between releases is over." Here is the  (tentative) breakdown:


Fan Productions Week Continues

All week long TrekMovie will be providing updates on the world of fan films and audio productions. We have the latest news from some of the well known groups and news on new ones as well, so stay tuned.



1. somethoughts - February 8, 2010


2. Buzz Cagney - February 8, 2010

Excellent! Way to go James C. and co.
I’m very excited to see how Kirk and crew REALLY met! ;-)

3. wi-kiry-lan - February 8, 2010

A lesson and warning to anyone who ever creates their own fictional universe – if you don’t establish an origin story someone else will!

Phase II will certainly get it a TOS friendly origin right as much as possible with today’s need for an origin story – looking forward to it.

I personally have always been content to think Kirk and Spock really met when Kirk took command of the enterprise. I doubt in the 60’s and 70’s there was any notion of any of these characters meeting as teenagers – save for maybe an obscure fanzine.

4. Ian - February 8, 2010

Good lord, Michele Specht is gorgeous.

I’m definitely looking forward to this year’s P2 releases! Thanks so much for everyone at P2 for their hard work and dedication.

5. ryanhuyton - February 8, 2010

Cool! Looking forward to this. Can’t wait!

6. Paul Fitz - February 8, 2010

I love phase II, but please, please James if you read this. The whole Irish accent (as seen on American TV) is really awful. Jeff Johnson, don’t try and copy a bad accent, most of us sound like Colm Meaney not Darby O Gill, like they did in Heroes season 2.

Other than my pet fear/hate, I love Phase II, and cant wait to see more.

7. MC1 Doug - February 8, 2010

As always, I’m excited and look forward to ST: PII’s new stories. They just seem to get better and better.

Kudos to Mr. Cawley and his fine crew!

BTW, off subject… sort of.. what happened to ‘Star Trek ; Exeter?’ Its website is gone… which is sad as their productions do rival ST: PII and ‘ST: Farragut.’ I find the other series intriguing as they fit in the TREK universe, but do so by using unfamiliar characters, a task that can be a bit more daunting… the same goes for ‘ST: The Hidden Frontier.’

Anthony, I look forward to your coverage on fanmade TREKs. Keep up the great work!

8. Anthony Pascale - February 8, 2010

the exeter site is up, i did inquire, but there was no news to report on them, so they wont be part of our FanMade Week. When there is something to report, we will do it

9. Hat Rick - February 9, 2010

I respect and admire the Phase II company’s fidelity to events established in canon. Dedication and knowledge of this kind is as impressive as it is promising.

It’s interesting to me that the company has continually attracted professional talent to its ranks, and encouraging, as well, that fan films have the power to continue the original story of Trek even as the original producers and owners have held it in abeyance.

Where there is a will, there is a way.

Or, as JMS of Babylon 5 fame would say, “Faith manages.”

10. Hat Rick - February 9, 2010

^^Dedication and knowledge of this kind are as impressive as they are promising. (As corrected.)

I am interested, as well, in whether contributors such as D.C. Fontana are going to be involved in future projects. I think that the overall appeal of Trek was greatly enhanced by the “voice” such writers evinced. There was a real sense, in my mind, of classic SF tropes.

By the time I was deeply interested in Trek, I had already read a great deal of classic Asimov, for example, and saw much of the series as something of a reification of the archetypes in such stories.

I must admit that my sensibilities were shocked by such novels as Ellison’s Dangerous Visions, and even the stories of Bova and the non-SF fiction of Asimov himself (“Murder at the ABA”). My state of mind was not yet open to such things as I saw in those.

But writers such as Clarke, Simak, Anderson, and the like — they stirred a sense of satisfaction. Their products were intellectual comfort food, in a sense.

All of which goes to show that good writing is essential, and it turns a TV series from just an other show to actual literature — meaningful, insightful, memorable.

Best wishes for the New Voyages/Phase II crew in this and every other respect.

11. captain_neill - February 9, 2010

Great now we will be getting the proper origin story of Captain Kirk, this is cool.

So this will be the true prequel, I love Phase II.

12. DJT - February 9, 2010

I cannot wait for Origins. Casting looks good. Bring it on!

13. OtterVomit - February 9, 2010

Cawley & crew will hit this out of the park!

14. Zed - February 9, 2010

2 : “I’m very excited to see how Kirk and crew REALLY met! ;-)”

15. Daoud - February 9, 2010

The only TOS “retcon” that would have made sense now, was to have Kirk originally entering the Academy at 16-17, being posted as a young Cadet to the Republic during the Vulcanian Expedition, where he could have met the young Spock at the point Spock is considering going to the Academy. The “altered” timeline could have Kirk going to a merchant marine academy, such as the Coast Guard Academy (close enough to upstate to make the jaunt over to New London to film it). Kirk’s prime and alternate lives could have many parallel events….

Kirk would return to the Academy during the ST’09 same timeframe then, not as a cadet, but as a command studies postgraduate, and undergo the exact same Kobayashi Maru test year, the interaction with McCoy, Gaila, Uhura, etc.

If anything, I’d like to see the events of ST’09 overlaid with what we knew of the prime timeline.

@14 God, E:tFA really sucked. I re-read it recently. ST’09 did a much better job, even through altering the timeline. E:tFA had many good bits, but the general writing didn’t measure up to the level of Vonda’s other work in Star Trek with the novelizations. If you’re Sulu, do you really want to be on the Aerfen, or on the de facto flagship of the fleet?

16. philpot - February 9, 2010

id like to see a graphic novel of the star trek prime origin ‘movie’ – if it had been done as a straight prequel, i know theres been various novels and comics that contain elements of the various prime backstories and origins but never everything encompassed in one big graphic novel – as if it were adapting a movie. All drawn with the original actors likeness (actually itd have been fun if for the forthcoming movie comic theyd adapted it with the original guys likeness )

probably abit similar to what Cawleys doing and what Harve Bennett wouldve done with his alternate Trek VI – incorperating all the origin stuff told in TOS and movies as if it were a movie

17. peb - February 9, 2010

i wonder when the jj bashing will start on this post… it’s great that james is doing this. i’ll love being able to have both the jjverse and the cannon story.

18. Robert H. - February 9, 2010

I like that idea. The concept as to what could have been without Nero.

19. captain_neill - February 9, 2010

I am thrilled at the prospect of getting the origin as it was meant to happen but since this is the prime universe i don’t think it needs to be linked to the abrams movie as they are two different universe.

At least in this one he wont get the rapid promotion to captain like in that movie.

20. Martin Pollard - February 9, 2010

#17 – You didn’t see the various “real origin” comments? :-) The bashing has already begun, albeit subtly. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before the overt haters crawl out of the slime to share their wisdom with the rest of fandom. :-(

21. captain_neill - February 9, 2010

When I said ‘real’ one that is linked to the prime universe

22. captain_neill - February 9, 2010


But in this production he cannot go straight to captain.

You do know he served on the Republic first then the Farragut

he go through the ranks proper this time.

23. captain_neill - February 9, 2010

goes to academy at 18 not 22.

please make kirk the stack of books on legs

24. "Check the Circuit!" - February 9, 2010

A nice gift to the fans of TOS….to be sure. It’s unfortunate the Talifans have to turn it into another opportunity to take shots at the movie that reinvigorated the franchise.

Give it a rest already. Sheesh!

25. Chris Fawkes - February 9, 2010

I will be interested to see this. I was surprised when i saw Of Gods and Men. Despite some areas that lacked due to budget constraints the story was good and felt much like the original trek.

It would be nice if someone were to throw them a bone in terms of a cheque to help with some of the effects for this one. If i win the lottery i may do so myself.

26. Tanner Waterbury - February 9, 2010

So, whos gonna play Mitchell? I gotta say, that guy who is gonna play Finnegan looks JUST Like the TOS Finnegan, lets just hope he has the same annoying Irish accent too. As for Pike, it would of been cool to see Kurt Carley (I think thats his last name, oh well…) reprise his role as Pike once again, he did a pretty good job in the second episode “In Harms Way” The chick playing Number One however is GORGEOUS! Great choice! Can’t wait to see this episode.

27. star trackie - February 9, 2010

I love Tribbles as much as the next guy, but Gerrold’s familiarity with the magic of TOS must be slipping. His last screenplay fpr Phase 2 was full of dilogue that seemed like the obligatory fluff that a novice would put in a Trek story, just to hit all the right “Trek” buttons. Add to that, the execution, which seemed to stumble from start to finish. The whole thing seemed rushed. I dare say the quality of Phase Two, from the writing to the lighting, to the sound, seems to be going backwards instead of forwards. The last entry by Gerrold was noticably sub-par compared to the exsquisitely produced episode revolving around Sulu and his daughter. Perhaps some key behind- the- scenes personel have left and they are trying to find their space legs again. Hopefully, they will get back on track and continue the evolution forward.

28. "Check the Circuit!" - February 9, 2010

Jeff Johnson looks like an amazing bit of casting for Finnegan! Wow! And the still shots suggest he has a very expressive face and range. Hopefully that will translate to a great performance. Looking forward to seeing the episode!

29. Chain of Command - February 9, 2010

ST09 Was fun, but it wasn’t a true origin story in any sense. It was a superhero/comic book movie with a brand name franchise. It was meant to be a fun ride and that’s it.

As far as “connecting” it to what has come before….. It can’t be. It needs to be taken for what it is: A reboot.

30. NX01 - February 9, 2010

Ok I am sold that guy looks just like the original Finnegan

31. LCDR Arch - February 9, 2010

AWESOME! We have some great Trek in 2010!

23. Concur with “books with legs” comments. Kirk is a reader and studies hard at Academy. You don’t get your Milton quotes from Bar fights or Orion Slave Girls….(sorry to any Orion Slave Girls out there…. I am sure some have you have read Milton…. :)

32. Aldo F. Rodriguez - February 9, 2010

Well Done, James! Kudos to you and your gallant crew!

Big fan of New Voyages/Phase II for the past six years; keep up the great work.

Live Long and Prosper from NY.

33. Damian - February 9, 2010

No JJ bashing so far. As for me, I enjoyed the new movie and liked the fact that the original timeline remains intact.

That being said, there was a part of me that would have loved to see a true origin movie in the prime universe. But would that have appealed to a broader public. After all, Sulu was a physicist in the beginning, there was no Chekov, and I’m not so sure Uhura was on board when Kirk took command. Also Dr Piper instead of Dr McCoy.

I read Enteprise: The First Adventure. A lot of potential, however she was not consistent with “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” with Sulu being a helmsman to start, and Dr McCoy being on board. Margaret Wander Bonnano did try to adress some of this in Strangers From the Sky, but still, there were some glaring inconsistencies.

34. Lauren - February 9, 2010

Wow a fan film this will be fascinating

35. BiggestTOSfanever - February 9, 2010

Some of that acting is really bad.
I always laugh my head off.

36. James Cawley - February 9, 2010

We are doing this because so many of our fellow “fans asked us to “.
It will be a stand along story, and use the TOS canon. I absolutely enjoy the new film, and any and all talk of bashing is just stupid. TREK 09′ is an updating for the masses, and a very successful one!
We are going to answer some questions for all the die hard Ole’ timers out there. The Ones that grew up on fanzines in the 70’s and bought the original Mego toys! in other words fans my age!
It has a lot of surprises and it will be fun for all of us to play.
Thanks to all of our fellow fans and friends who support us and those come out to play Trek. We do this for fun,nothing more.
And My Deepest Thanks to Abrams, Orci and Kurtzman for having the guts and balls to boldly go on this crazy adventure we all STAR TREK!

37. Buzz Cagney - February 9, 2010

#20 calm yourself! I love JJ’s Trek but it isn’t a First Meeting that we expected it would be. James is going to address that with his take on it. There is room for both. sheesh!

38. I'm dead Jim - February 9, 2010

Thank you James Cawley for carrying the fan torch further, to where no fan has gone before.. May JJ give you a speaking role in the next Star Trek movie!

39. captain_neill - February 9, 2010

James I am looking forward this movie, I look forward to seeing your take on the origins and working it in to what was established as TOS canon.

I have loved all your episodes so far and look forward to more.

I do like the new movie but for me it is a separate entity for me.

40. Lancelot Narayan - February 9, 2010

I wish James and the team every success. I CANNOT wait to see this. In fact I have goose bumps at the thought of it.

I’m a huge fan of Phase II and long may it continue.

41. Steamblade - February 9, 2010

33. I’d be happy to start trashing Abrams’ pathetic excuse of a film, but its just me venting. Hopefully the next one isn’t as insulting as the first. And if it is, there’s plenty of good Trek out there to enjoy, regardless.

42. The Riddler - February 9, 2010

This is very cool, you guys have my full support.

Mr. Cawley, will this be based on the Starfleet Academy script that was supposed to be Star Trek VI?

43. Jeyl - February 9, 2010

You had me at “Number One”. Glad to know women still hold ranks of authority in Star Trek, unlike Trek09.

44. rogue_alice - February 9, 2010

That dude does look like Finnegan.

“Go! Any excuse, Jim baby. Run away! Run away! Run away!”

“I can’t move me leg. I can’t feel me leg. My back is broken. You’ve broken me back.”

45. TrekkieJan - February 9, 2010

Thank you, James! I’m so glad the Prime Universe is not to abandoned in all quarters! (This isn’t a ST09 slam. Loved it, just miss the universe I grew up with.) Can’t wait to see this! Phase II is a quality production made with love.

46. crazydaystrom - February 9, 2010

Mr. Cawley,

Thanks for everything you’ve done and are doing. Very much looking forward to this production!!

47. Rabid VFX Lawyer - February 9, 2010

Isn’t it about time that Number One had name?

I mean, it’s been almost 50-years.

Leigh Hudec sounds good to me.

Kudos to everyone on the Phase II team for keeping the Great Bird’s dream alive.

48. Buzz Cagney - February 9, 2010

#47 We pronounce it Number One but where she come’s from its spelt Nhuma Wun. ;-)

49. MC1 Doug - February 9, 2010

#8: Thanks Anthony, the site was down last week. Interesting.

50. Jorg Sacul - February 9, 2010

James Cawley… you are forcing me to keep my uber-high-speed internet service!

This looks to be a very good year for Phase II, best of times to you and your gallant crew!

51. philpot - February 9, 2010

hey Anthony – if you havent already maybe you could do an indepth thread on whatever Gene Roddenberry was planning back in 1968 or 69 – his Star Trek prequel movie he talked about doing at some SF convention..

would love to know more about it all (if there is anything more to learn)…if not then its still fun to speculate. i mean was he planning to use Shatner and Co despite their ages?..maybe even jeff hunter at the end? would he have gotten an TOS director to do it? Williams or Goldsmith or Courage doing the score etc… its all pretty vague. it might have been HUGE at the box office what with the Moon Landing – maybe itd have kick started the Sci Fi movie boom in 69 instead of ’77

52. THX-1138 of 9 - February 9, 2010

Awesome! I am so glad that PII is taking on this project. This is what I was hoping for with the new movie and now I get to see it. I enjoy everything that James Cawley and company have done, with the exception of the “Swarm of Doomsday Machines” episode, but even still I just consider it his “Spock’s Brain” episode. Thanks for this little gift to the Prime Timeline fans.

And to all the folks accusing people of JJ bashing, from where I stand it is you that are doing the bashing and being defensive. Looks like you are itching for a fight.

53. Lauren - February 9, 2010

Mr Cawley

Are you going to put nods to JJ Abrams Star Trek in this fanfilm anyway I’m looking forward to this.

54. anthony - February 9, 2010


55. Imrahil - February 9, 2010

Excellent, looking forward to it!

56. John from Cincinnati - February 9, 2010

Good casting for Finnegan, he really looks like the original.

I like Cawley’s attempts to show more TOS, but really, he looks nothing like Shatner.

57. Loves me some origins. - February 9, 2010

Oh boy. ANOTHER origin story. Again. Still.

58. Mark Lynch - February 9, 2010

Wow, wow, wow… :-)

59. Mark Lynch - February 9, 2010

What an interesting, informative comment….

60. OneBuckFilms - February 9, 2010

This will be very interesting to see !!!

I LOVE the movie, but the Prime timeline version of the events leading up to TOS is agap that needs to be filled.

61. Dr. Image - February 9, 2010

Missed the casting call for Pike!
Looks great though.

62. Patty W - February 9, 2010

#51…. in 77 there was a Harve Bennett movie script called “The Academy Years” that showed the meeting of the characters. It violated canon greatly and focused on a war about slavery in the Federation.

63. Allen Williams - February 9, 2010

I’m holding my breath on kitumba. I know they said a few months ago that the child was virtually complete and that enemy star fleet was close as well. I can believe that both of those should be on schedule. I don’t know if i believe kitumba since it wouldn’t be the first broken “promise” from them.

I’m wondering assuming they get kitumba done in time if we’ll have anything release in 2011. It seems to take them a few years to make one of these episodes. I’m hoping that maybe working on to many of them simultaneously was slowing them down. It would be nice if they could get at least 1 out per year.

Its all i got since paramount canceled enterprise. I miss weekly star trek on TV. Now that the TV shows are gone and its at least 3 years between films these fan films have to bridge the gap.

64. Patty W - February 9, 2010

#42…no, it’s not based on “The Academy Years”, but we may find another way to honor Bennett nonetheless.

65. Mark Lynch - February 9, 2010

I guess the only way to get episodes ‘out of the door’ more quickly is to have more volunteers and more money.

If only I lived in the US and had loads of money, sigh…

I too wish that they could release one, two or more episodes a year. Still think someone at Paramount or CBS should throw them a large wedge of cash and let them run with it.
Or at the very least, allow them some way of making money from this enterprise (no pun intended) for the sole purpose of ploughing it back into more episode making.

Probably a good job that I am not an executive at CBS or Paramount then…

66. hawke - February 9, 2010


As far as James looking or acting like Shatner- about a year after watching what is now called Episode 1, I revisited it and in one scene in particular it hit me- They were never trying to be Shatner and Nimoy, they were being Kirk and Spock. After that, everything became a lot clearer and much more enjoyable to watch.

After that, I wrote Mr. Cawley and asked if I could help in anyway, to which he agreed and I was thrilled to participate in the production of World Enough and Time. A lot of thankless hard work goes into making those episodes and I have nothing but the greatest respect for many of those who continue to bust their a$$es to keep it going and raising the bar.


67. Captain Rickover - February 9, 2010

This sounds cool!

I love Phase II!

Go on, James Cawley!

68. Jeff - February 9, 2010

I have a question I would like to through out about “fan based publications”. I have been working on a sta trek book for the last couplt of years. It is getting to the point I would like to think about publishing it. However, after doing some research on the Simon & schuster web site, based on what they have posted, they won’t touch it. So that leaves me with self publishing. The question is, do they hold exclusive publishing rights to everything Star Trek or can I self publish for a profit? And then, if I can self publish for profit, do I need a blessing from paramount? I have been trying to reasearch this for a while and haven’t gotten anywhere. So if anybody out there can help, that would be great.

69. bill hiro - February 9, 2010

Maybe the president’s proposed budget to Congress can include some fan film stimulus money so James can hire some paid volunteers!

70. MC1 Doug - February 9, 2010

#68: You cannot self publish for profit.

71. OneBuckFilms - February 9, 2010

James Cawley,

I have been really enjoying much of your and your team’s work on Phase II, and look forward to seeing what you guys have come up with.

One thing you might consider is perhaps using the Cal State Northridge location for some shots of Starfleet Academy, as well as some of the locations TNG used for it, so that we can see that they are all part of the same complex.

But beyond that, it will be fantastic to see how events might have played out in the Prime reality, and since nothing else is being done in the Prime Reality, I would venture to say that some of the Phase II stories you’ve created might be considered part of Canon.

Of course, it’s not “Official”, but if “Origins” comes out well, I might consider it as such for my own purposes.

Another idea may be perhaps to show a Kelvin-like starship early on, perhaps having a scene where George talks with Captain Robau in sickbay, establishing that they will reach Earth soon, then George Kirk Sr. goes over to his Wife, and they talk about naming their kid.

Perhaps echoing the naming conversation from the movie:
– George: We’ll be home soon. 2 more days and we’ll be back on the farm.
– Winona: Great. What are we going to call him?
– George: Him? A boy? We’re going to have a Son?
– Winona: Let the secret out, did I?
– George: No kidding.
– Winona: How about Tiberius?
– George: After my Grandfather?
– Winona: mm hmm.
– George: No, that’s the worst. His life would be hell.
– Winona: What would you suggest?
– George: How about after you father?
– Winona: Jim?
– George: You don’t sound enthused.
– Winona: No, I like it. Just never though of it.
– George: I love you so much!
Fade to credits.

72. Capt. Roykirk - February 9, 2010

Very much looking forward to more Phase II. Will be interesting to see their take on how Kirk, Spock and co. first started out, and in the Prime timeline.

Don’t know if James Cawley ever reads these postings as well, but I think he is doing a better job at Trek then Abrams. Abrams had a ton of money so could focus on special effects, props etc… Cawley doesn’t have the funding, so he’s doing it way cheaper, much like they did in the actual show. To me, Phase II is closer to actual Star Trek then ST09. Keep up the good work James!

73. Dave in RI - February 9, 2010

47. Rabid VFX Lawyer – February 9, 2010
Isn’t it about time that Number One had name?

I mean, it’s been almost 50-years.

Leigh Hudec sounds good to me.

Kudos to everyone on the Phase II team for keeping the Great Bird’s dream alive.

Wasn’t there speculation (and a sort of in-joke) that she was Chistine Chapel’s older sister?

74. Dave in RI - February 9, 2010

*throws an “r” up in Chistine*

75. Darren Phillips - February 9, 2010


76. nscates - February 9, 2010

@ 10 “I think that the overall appeal of Trek was greatly enhanced by the “voice” such writers evinced. There was a real sense, in my mind, of classic SF tropes.”

I couldn’t agree more!

Thanks, James and co. for the your continued efforts. I am definately looking forward to April 1st, though I hope we don’t get April fooled!

77. Damian - February 9, 2010

#68–Every so often, Pocketbooks prints stories written by fans (i.e. Tales from the Dominion War). I don’t know that you can make any money from that, but it might get your foot in the door. Maybe you want to try finding out if there are any upcoming compilations written by fans. You can send a short story (novelette) for that. If you are good enough and it gets published, your novel could end up being published. A number of current writers got their start this way.

PocketBooks does have an exclusive contract with Paramount/CBS to publish the Star Trek books, so I doubt there is any other way to get your book published.

78. Jeff - February 9, 2010

@ #70, yeah you can. Look at Lulu or any of the other online self publish web sites. Anybody can publish thier musings and sell them for a profit either as a download or a print on demand book. The question is how do you deal with the copywrite issues of publishing works within an established and owned fictional universe. With the fan base’s for Star Trek, Star Wars, SG1, CSI or what ever, there has to be a way.

79. Allen Williams - February 9, 2010

I would love to see paramount collaberate with them. That would mean more money faster production. They could make it in HD. They could sell it on blu-ray. Paramount gets money back. We get more episodes. Its win win.

80. John from Cincinnati - February 9, 2010

Cawley isn’t even Kirk to me. Not even close.

81. THX-1138 of 9 - February 9, 2010


Then don’t watch, John. it never ceases to amaze me how people come here to complain about a show they don’t have to watch and is done for free.

As much as I like William Shatner, he is no longer Kirk to me. But who really cares?

82. Rocket Scientist - February 9, 2010

Dear God, this is going to ROCK! I enjoyed ST09 and look forward to exploring the JJVerse, but this is exciting for sentimental reasons.

83. S. John Ross - February 9, 2010

Wow, fantastic news.

Star Trek lives. Thank you, Cawley and Gerrold and crew! Thank you so very much.

84. Red Skirt - February 9, 2010

#23. “please make kirk the stack of books on legs”

captain_neill, your posts never fail to amuse me. But I do agree with this comment whole-heartedly. One of the disappointments for me and my boyfriend was this alternate characterization of Kirk.

In the film, Kirk is this bad-boy, rebel-without-a-cause from day one, who finally grows up and takes responsibility, as the writers would have us believe because it was his destiny to do so. Now there’s nothing wrong with this kind of story, in fact we’ve seen it in movies and literature over and over and over and over … well you get the idea.

Kirk always struck me as much more complex. Though I was never particularly attracted to William Shatner (unlike Pine), his story was much more interesting. Here’s a kid who took duty honor and responsibility so seriously that his buddies set him up, played tricks on him, and generally gave him a hard time. But it is that background that laid the framework for the thinking man’s captain he would become. No chance Kirk would turn out like Colonel Quaritch in Avatar, whose background I can easily imagine as a bully or that of alternate Kirk.

In many ways Kirk is like most of us, a kid who is either too afraid to let go, for one reason or another. In Kirk’s case, his parents drilled the mantra of responsibility into him so hard that he was driven only for success and afraid to loosen up. In many ways he’s like a lot of guys I’ve dated. Intelligent with integrity, but had kind of a nerdy childhood and found their “wild-child” later in life. So that appeals to me on a personal level. I think it would also appeal to far more men and women than the overdone James Dean approach this film took.

I have always imagined Kirk as a geeky academy grade jockey who had some wild friends he envied, but his responsibility would not allow him to let himself go. He played it safe. But, these guys taught him a lot of things by picking on him, which ultimately turned him into the man he would become. I imagine his relationships with Mitchell and others did not flourish until he was stationed on his first ship and the grades were behind him. Like many guys I know, once they had a steady job and income with a lot of free time that did not involve cramming for the next A+ on a test, they began to explore life and discover it’s actually shorter than we all think – better live it to the fullest, because it could all end tomorrow. No time to “play it safe”. I picture his first shoe leave when that happened. Probably following a mission where someone he knew or commanded died. That’s when Kirk became Kirk, during those early missions. Bar room fights with the same buddies who used to pick on him and he finally earned their respect. But the reason Kirk became captain of the Enterprise when Mitchell and Finney got left behind was because of his early grounding and willingness to take the reigns of responsibility seriously. The other guys did their duty, but were likely more interested in getting to the end of their duty shift so they could party. And unlike his other studious classmates, was able to break free from the restraints that made him such a successful student and allowed him to become a commanding presence which gained him the respect of the scientists and foot soldiers alike.

While I enjoyed alternate Kirk (and Pine in particular), he simply doesn’t have the depth original Kirk had for me and I would definitely like to see it done differently.

85. Dr. Cheis - February 9, 2010

I still haven’t seen Blood and Fire part 2.

Waiting for the final audio version, which I suspect they’ve given up on.

86. Anthony Pascale - February 9, 2010

warning for trolling, and grow up

87. captain_neill - February 9, 2010


I agree

there is more depth to Kirk as the William Shatner played him.

I am sorry if my posts amuse you in the wrong way.

I do like the new film but I just get tired if it being raved about as though its only great Trek, there is so much more of it out there than just this one film, I look forward to the new fans discovering it all.

88. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - February 9, 2010

Huh, a Phase II production that might not be dumb. Let’s just hope they keep it “pure” and don’t add any TNG or ENT influences.

89. Big Bill C. - February 9, 2010

Thank you James for all the hard work that you and your crew do to keep the spirit of Classic Trek alive. I have nothing against the J.J. Abrams movie – I really liked it in fact – but I’m really, really excited about the prospect of seeing Kirk and Spock meet in the Classic Trek universe. And David Gerrold writing it is the icing on the cake. The man knows his Trek.

90. ThePhaige - February 9, 2010

Very cool….see now James… interest in your endeavor has not wained since Trek 2009. I’ll keep supporting your original timeline stories…love it.

91. RobertMfromLI - February 9, 2010

#4 Ian said “Good lord, Michele Specht is gorgeous.”

And a wonderful person too!

63. Allen Williams: believe me, we’ve been busy… and I can tell you, our claims as to the state of the current episodes in post production are true (I am somewhat involved in that process, after all). The team’s been working their… … off on the eps. But like #65 Mark said, more volunteers and more support always helps ensure things run more timely. So… volunteers anyone? The recruitment page is open… and many positions do not require experienced people to fill (we’ll train you for those… just bring a sense of teamwork, camaraderie and adventure). If you do want to help out… visit the recruitment link on the main website (it’s right below the “News from Paramount” box).

Line Producer and Other Titles and Such

92. Christopher Miles - February 9, 2010

Go Cawly Go!

Another World Enough and Time quality piece, please. It’s just sad how many times I’ve watched that one. THAT is old school Trek.

Thoughts/Questions to all the Video Geeks out there. Is there any way that Cawley’s crew can make the HDTV or Digital Video or whatever they are shooting on (assume it’s digital) look more like film? Is there a post production technique that wold make it look more akin to the new Doctor Who series shot on Digibeta? It would look great if a bit dimmer and perhaps 24p?

Thanks again James and company- been wanting a Mitchell Ep forever

93. Dr. Image - February 9, 2010

#72 YES! Considering the budget, he’s captured everything Classic Trek was.
No bashing here.

94. OneBuckFilms - February 9, 2010

92 – I use Vegas video editing software, and there are some filters that can be applied for a Film Look.

– Film Look filter to adjust contrast ratio etc. to mimic natural film color palette.
– Extremely subtle film grain filter.

95. Weerd1 - February 9, 2010

I loved the new film, but have been hoping Mr. Cawley would take this on. Very much looking forward to it!

96. Bucky - February 9, 2010

I actually hope that it turns out that Kirk cheats on the Kobayashi Maru test in the same way that he does in “Star Trek”- by nailing the Orion chick!

97. Carmine D'Angelo - February 9, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen Elvis hair has entered the bridge

98. bill hiro - February 9, 2010

There’s a tasteless comment.

99. Hermioni - February 9, 2010

For me personally, both, the various productions of New Voyages/Phase II, as well as SToGaM, have come to represent quite valuable narrative contributions, not only to the TOS-Portion of the Star Trek universe, but to the nascent alternative New Verse as well.

Certain criticisms about various aspects of their realization not withstanding, these stories definitely do impact, and quite profoundly so, my reading and interpretation especially of some character-related story-motives in the source material.

To present just a few specific examples of this effect:
Uhura´s character arc in StoGaM has certainly reshaped my understanding of her actions in TFF, and it has guided my view of the alternative version of this character in ST09.
And, the Sulu-centered storyline of WEAT did not only enhance my appreciation for this character, but it also increased the importance that I ascribe to the Demora Sulu story-motive in GENERATIONS.

Therefore, I really do value Paramount/CBS´s decision to allow these fan/independent productions to exist as a unique part of the larger Star Trek mega-narrative.

100. DGill - February 9, 2010

Holy crap. If there’s one casting choice they got right it’s Finnegan, hands down. I also like who they cast for George Kirk and Number One. This will be interesting.

101. spb - February 9, 2010

Looking forward to the script!

Dreading the acting!!!

102. Shatoupe - February 9, 2010

James Cawley, hope to see you and your gang back at DragonCon this year. Your sessions are always a highlight for me. Thanks!

103. Red Skirt - February 9, 2010

Was watching some old episodes on TV and realized they have not done a classic con yet, where they nab somebody and make them think they are living in reality when everything around them is fabricated, in order to get some bit of information. Imagine the possibilities today. Don’t think it has been done yet in any of the three films. Would love to see that again.

104. denny cranium - February 9, 2010

“how Kirk and crew REALLY met”
Come on, its science fiction.
To Mr Cawley and crew:
Can’t wait to see your take on this.
Keep up the great work.

105. KingDaniel - February 10, 2010

I have a sneaking suspicion that Star Trek XI will be the superior prequel

Phase II vs. $150 million blockbuster? Sounds like fun!

I would like to request that Phase II drop the terrible wigs and update the character’s hairstyles. Please.

Also rather than Pike I’d like to see Robert April, Diane Duane’s British version from the old novels.

Good luck, and please release a pic of the Phase II Mr Arex ASAP!

106. Sven - February 10, 2010

Hmmm…I hope “Origins” will acknowledge the fact that the Enterprise was constructed in San Francisco rather than in Iowa.

107. Holger - February 10, 2010

WOW! Great preview. Phase II is getting bigger and better all the time.
And I absolutely love the phrase “This is the prime timeline.” It made my day.

108. Holger - February 10, 2010

Re 105: Superior for me to poop on! :-D

109. captain_neill - February 10, 2010

I cannot wait to see this. I will be Glorious

110. Jeyl - February 10, 2010

105: “Phase II vs. $150 million blockbuster? Sounds like fun!”

Art through Adversity. It’s what the 1977 Star Wars had that the prequels didn’t and look how they ended up in comparison.

111. Kingdom - February 10, 2010

What happened to the stud factor?. Shallow, I know.

112. Red Skirt - February 10, 2010

#103 so got posted to the wrong thread (should be MI:4)

113. That guy... - February 10, 2010

The casting for this fan made series continues to be quite puzzling. Sometimes they seem to be dead on, others seem like some serious oddball choices. Finnegan is perfect. Gary Mitchell….not so much. The others seem like competent choices, but it remains to be seen. I still say Cawley should step down as star and focus on production. His Kirk is one of the most over the top, over done and sometimes eye rollingly silly versions we’ve ever seen. Everyone was so concerned with the casting of Kirk in Abrams film, hoping to avoid a bad parody of Bill Shatner, they forgot to tell Cawley he already did one. The storytelling for the series is great for a fan made production, but Cawley’s embarrassing, laugh inducing Shatner parody has got to go.

114. RobertMfromLI - February 10, 2010

105. KingDaniel:

Which wigs do you refer to?

114: That guy:

Maybe you should re-watch it and realize that there are no parodies of the original actors? If you go in looking for them, then yes, you will find bad ones since none were intended.

115. P Technobabble - February 10, 2010

James and Co., you guys are doing some great work! It’s a pleasure watching Phase II continue the voyages.

116. BeatleJWOL - February 10, 2010

I’m loving the mini-Fullmetal Alchemist reunion in this cast. :p

117. MC1 Doug - February 10, 2010

I cannot wait to see all three (and more) of the 2010 Phase II productions!

118. Finnegan's Ghost - February 10, 2010

I think they should’ve asked Robert Orci to play Finnegan and died his hair blonde.

Plus, they need to have a Kirk/Spock gay scene.

119. The Riddler - February 11, 2010


Have you read that script? You mentioned it contradicted canon a lot. In what way?

120. Bobtruth - February 11, 2010

Glad to see someone will honor what has gone before , at least more than Abrams (the evil one) did.

121. Mitch - February 11, 2010

The guy in the pictures is the NEW actor? Holy CRAP! That could be the coolest casting of any fan project ever. Who is this guy, an unknown son?

122. DesiluTrek - February 11, 2010

Extremely psyched for this … I should go to the Adirondacks finally and volunteer to help.

Surprised that I am the first to wonder, no Carol Marcus?

123. Desstruxion - February 11, 2010

If you’ve never seen any of Cawley’s work you should check it out. Very nice production value. Good stories and the acting is also good for the most part.

124. Do You Wanna Dance - February 11, 2010

On a side note, I’m actually kinda sad the way that Shatner “exited” from the Trek world. Not so much from his death in “Generations,” but just how he seems like he doesn’t embrace the evolution of Trek if everyone’s not embracing him. When JJ’s Trek came out, he should have watched it like every other Trek character did. But, because he was not a part of it, he distanced himself, even to this day when we all have the Blu-Ray/DVD release to watch at home, even to the point where he sounds like an old bickering loser.

Don’t get me wrong, up until this time, I was a HUUUUGE Shatner fan, even backing that whole “Bring Back Kirk” campaign. But, something in him has changed and I don’t even associate him with being Kirk anymore.

As far as I’m concerned, Cawley has succeeded him in the Prime timeline, and Pine has succeeded him in the Alternate timeline, and that’s where I draw the line.

You go, Cawley! Hope to see the final product soon!

125. captain_neill - February 12, 2010


Fair enough but to me Shatner will always be Kirk

126. Desstruxion - February 12, 2010

Shatner should produce his own movie about a starship that explores the unknown and he could portray the “seasoned” old Captain on his last voyage. All other sci fi tends to pay homage to Trek at some point with their original work. He could duplicate some of it but use different descriptions and designs. May even start a new franchise. You listening Mr. Shatner? I’d go see it.

127. The_Drone - February 15, 2010

Love P2 and what James is doing! The naysayers are getting less, and P2 continues to improve it’s quality! The acting has improved by leaps and bounds, and I thought John Kelly (Dr. McCoy) turned in his best performance yet in B&F.

Can’t wait for the coming eps, and the Origins story looks great!

128. Dahlia Xat - February 26, 2010

My eyes and the smile on my face said it all….oh this is gonna be good..Kudos to you James and everyone else that is helping this come alive.
You have no idea or maybe you do what a treat this is for the fans of the original series.
The wonderful characters we had wished to know more about will finally get there chance to shine.
I enjoyed J.J.’s version but am looking forward to this and so are so many other fans.
Thanks again James and your wonderful crew….looking forward when we get to experience something truly original…
Merci beaucoup…

129. Allen Williams - April 13, 2010

april fools on us i guess. Its april 13 now and still nothing. I said before i was holding my breath on kitumba for this year. Missing their date just goes to reinforce this. Crossing my fingers, but we’ll see what happens.

130. MirrorMirrorUserStarTrekFan - April 7, 2012

I think better than Shatner should produce his own movie about a starship that explores the unknown and he could portray the “seasoned” old Captain on his last voyage

maybe give shatner his own syfy tv series a spin off of star trek, maybe a mirror mirror star trek tv show, based off different univerises that connect to each other or something to that point, I feel like star trek has not explorered the possiblely of different worlds with different based enterprises yet, maybe a world, in which the hall of the ship is based on planet life force or something scifi like that, again its a great idea to give the old TOS characters their own chance to direct their own tv series, not movies, we need more scifi tv shows, tv these days lack such shows on air

131. MirrorMirrorUserStarTrekFan - April 7, 2012

I think people miss seeing new scifi star trek on tv, its great that their making more movies, but people only watch movies, maybe 1once or 2 twice or a few times more, when a series is day to day or week to week, in which fans get to inrich themselves in their own scifi series, I mean remember when you looked forward to watching enterprise , be new each week until the tv channel got ride of the show and canneled the series altogether, they even tried to save it by the start of mirror mirror shows, but the network was not going to have that so they shut it down, which was upn 44 correct to canned star trek from tv, we have them to blamed, or the war at the time maybe not sure since its been so many years since star trek last aired on tv.

132. MirrorMirrorUserStarTrekFan - April 7, 2012

I remember this game I wish they had finished it and put it on dvd, I was looking forward to Star trek Secret of Vulcan Fury back in 1999, too bad it never made it to the light of day, that old TOS 3D game, it look cool ,and was the last time the old cast got together to voice the characters, and yes they did get bones to voice the lines in it, which is a question a few people asked before, I read it online somewhere from a source that said, he did the first part of the lines, he just didn’t make changes since he dead before they finished this game, it was too bad , that game was going to be the best star trek game ever made in this world.


But they can still do a CGI animated feature. I say make the abandoned video game “Secret of Vulcan Fury” into a CGI animated feature. There’s already dialog from the original cast. Story and script by D.C. Fontana. Come on CBS. Again, great video clips from the game.

Trailers for the game.

Listen to Shatner and Doohan’s voices for the game in this trailer. “Space, the final frontier….”

D.C. Fontana tells TrekMovie that she would like CBS to release the story to her so she can do something with it. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.