Star Trek Phase II Featurette: Prime Timeline Strikes Back + P2 Update From Cawley

Today the fan series Star Trek Phase II released a fun featurette which could be titled "The Prime Timeline Strikes Back." Watch that below. Plus we have an exclusive update from Phase II star/producer on James Cawley on what is next for the fan series.


Star Trek Phase II Featurette – The Prime Timeline Strikes Back

The following Phase II featurette premiered today at FedCon in Germany, and James Cawley also wanted to make sure TrekMovie readers had a chance to see it.

Cawley tells TrekMovie that the featurette was "just a bit of fun for the purists." The shots of the Enterprises were done by Tobias Richter, who is now heading up visual effects for Star Trek: Phase II, including work on the recently released episode "Enemy: Starfleet!"(now available for streaming and download).

Phase II Update

Cawley also provided an update on what is next for his fan series. Currently there are three episodes in various stages of post-production.

The next episode to be released is "The Child," which was written for the original Phase II by Jon Povill (and was later turned into a TNG episode of the same name). The episode has been reworked by Povill to fit with the new Phase II, now with a new Deltan crewmember (not Ilia) who will give birth to a mysterious child. The episode will also see the introduction of the Star Trek: The Animated Series character Arex (see preview), who is being digitally rendered by Tobias Richter and voiced by Chris Doohan (stepping in for his dad James Doohan who originally voiced Arex for TAS). Cawley tells TrekMovie they are almost finished with "The Child" and he hopes to release it by late summer 2011. Here is a clip.

Next up is the Klingon-focused episode "Kitumba," based on a story originally written by John Meredyth Lucas for the original 1970s’s Star Trek Phase II. The episode, which got a Phase II fan series rewrite by Patty Wright, is about Kirk and crew visiting the Klingon homeworld and the Klingon child king (the "Kitumba"). The episode features also features a cameo from Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers) playing a Starfleet Admiral. A rough cut of "Kitumba" will be shown this weekend at FedCon. Cawley says he hopes to release the episode by early 2012.

The third Star Trek Phase II episode in post-production is "Origins," written and directed by veteran Star Trek writer David Gerrold. "Origins" tells the story of young James T. Kirk as he starts his Starfleet career, including his time at the Academy and his first meeting with Mr. Spock. The younger version of James T. Kirk is played by Matthew Ewald (Galidor). The episode also features guest star Colin Cunningham from Stargate SG-1 as Captain Pike (see preview). Cawley hopes to get "Origins" out later in 2012. Here is a preview of the opening teaser featuring Kirk’s Kobayashi Maru test.

In June Star Trek Phase II goes into production on "Mind-Sifter," based on a story by Star Trek Welcommittee founder Shirley S. Maiewski about Kirk having his memory erased by the Klingons and sent back to 1950’s Earth. As they have since 2008, Phase II is also planning to go into production on another episode in October. Cawley tells TrekMovie they are still mulling over ideas for what they will be shooting this fall.

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April 28, 2011 7:19 pm

Well, that was easy!

April 28, 2011 7:22 pm

Great stuff! Thank you Phase II!

Capt. of the USS Anduril
April 28, 2011 7:34 pm

As much as I love the new movie and the new timeline…that was hilarious.

Keep in mind, James was in ST09, so obviously this was just for fun

April 28, 2011 7:36 pm

Nice! That was a funny video (ACME Time Repair).

Capt. of the USS Anduril
April 28, 2011 7:37 pm

Though I should point out…that thing was an Acme product. It should’ve ate the TOS Enterprise. lol

April 28, 2011 7:41 pm

“Good shooting, Mr. Scott!”

April 28, 2011 7:44 pm

“Mind-Sifter” huh? Although very Fan-Fic, i’ve always loved that story. It’ll be interesting to see what Cawley and company do with that one.

Oh…and the featurette was hilarious!

April 28, 2011 7:54 pm

Haha, thats awesome! Nice job guys!

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
April 28, 2011 8:02 pm

#5. I agree except that it was Kirk and Spock who were using the ACME Product and not the our friendly Willi E Coyote. That was funny though. Wonder what Bob Orci thinks.
I ask because he is one of us.
Right James Cawley.

April 28, 2011 8:21 pm

Love the timeline video–HA!

April 28, 2011 8:33 pm

James, thank you for the update and the short…. I remember when you had the idea 2 years ago… I hope to see you and the rest of our Trek family soon

Dr. Cheis
April 28, 2011 8:34 pm

That looked like a lot of work for just a gag. Pretty cool though.

Rocket Scientist
April 28, 2011 8:38 pm

Who am I kidding? I *LOVE* what these guys are doing–Long Live the Prime Timeline!!

Phaser Guy
April 28, 2011 9:03 pm

Needs more lens flares.

April 28, 2011 9:10 pm

Best thing they have done!

April 28, 2011 9:33 pm

Will somebody please take the cast of Phase II to Supercuts.

April 28, 2011 9:54 pm

As much as it pains me to say it, kinda cute.

April 28, 2011 9:56 pm

Got to love phase II. FANS support the project in any way you can.

Red Dead Ryan
April 28, 2011 10:01 pm

It’ll be a sad day when James calls it quits and knocks down the sets for good. Hopefully that won’t happen for a long, long time!

Can’t wait for these next episodes, especially “Origins”!

Buzz Cagney
April 28, 2011 10:12 pm

PMSL! Brilliant.

Jorg Sacul
April 28, 2011 10:21 pm

I’ve been sharing this with dozens of people today. Great stuff, truly on the mark humor.

James, do you think you could do a Battlestar Galactica version, too :)

April 28, 2011 10:48 pm

Love the video, but I still have nothing against the new E. I think it’ll be badazz in the new flick.

Michael Hall
April 28, 2011 10:49 pm

Awesome. Seriously–seeing the ships side-by-side, can anyone honestly say they prefer the newer design?

Tobias Richter rulez!

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April 28, 2011 11:00 pm

Acme Time Repair? EPIC FAIL! Obviously, only Blue Matter can trump Red Matter….

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April 28, 2011 11:02 pm

But seriously, I have come to rather like the new design. I can’t say I *prefer* it… I prefer not to prefer.

April 28, 2011 11:45 pm

in terms of movie logic

ACME Time Rapair > Red Matter

any day!

April 29, 2011 12:05 am

The Enterprise (no bloody A, B, C or D) vs the Uglyprise. No contest!
Thanks, Cawley & co – that was brilliant :-)

Looking forward to the next Phase II eps.

April 29, 2011 12:30 am

Was it just coincidence that, when the JJPrise gets sucked into the Acme probe, the saucer elongates into the arrowhead shape that Andrew Probert said would give it balance when he redesigned it for fun?

April 29, 2011 1:02 am

I don’t prefer the newer design, but it’s definitely a cool ship. Looked good in this vid, too, even though it got sucked off. Heh.

April 29, 2011 1:18 am

# 3 – “Keep in mind, James was in ST09, so obviously this was just for fun”

Of course. However, a few people will take it a lot further and a lot more seriously. Oh well.

Kevin from Akron
April 29, 2011 1:43 am

Well done, Mr. Cawley, keep up the good work!

Jeffrey S. Nelson
April 29, 2011 2:22 am

Did anybody catch the use of “The Invaders” theme in two scenes of “Enemy Starfleet!”? I expected to see those aliens and perhaps Roy Thinnes as architect David Vincent in a red shirt!

James Cannon - Runcorn Trekkie UK
April 29, 2011 3:18 am

‘Prome’ timeline ?!?

Jim Nightshade
April 29, 2011 3:26 am

How many fingers do they have?

Anthony Thompson
April 29, 2011 4:28 am

Whatever happened to “Flash Gordon”?

April 29, 2011 4:54 am

Ah nooooo why do you have to repeat that ‘Klingon Warbird’ mistake?! That’s the only thing I don’t like here…

Bird of Prey
April 29, 2011 5:18 am

The two Enterprises at once! Fascinating!

Robert H.
April 29, 2011 5:27 am

Purists are a bunch of douche bags!!! In fact, the best term for them is pseudo-Trekkie.

But I liked that video, we all need to let our hair down once in a while and have a little fun.

April 29, 2011 7:10 am

38 Very tolerant of you, Robert.

April 29, 2011 7:16 am

Mind-Sifter was a great, great story. Read it when it came out years ago, and it still resonates with me today. Good stuff.

Some Dude on the Internet
April 29, 2011 8:16 am

I love TOS and the new film, but I have to say nicely done!

April 29, 2011 8:21 am

@23. Yeah, I think more then a few of us have. Besides, this isn’t an “either/or” situation, it’s possible to like both.

April 29, 2011 8:25 am

Star Trek Phase II Featurette was absolutely hilarious.
Oh, if only it could be true… ;)

Got to agree with you, Mind Sifter was one of the best fan written stories ever.
Looking forward to what James and his team do with it. I would also imagine it will be a faster episode to be released as there should not be that many effects to do. If they aren’t on the ship it is in the hospital.

But then again, what do I know?

Trek Fan
April 29, 2011 8:34 am

Love the The Prime Timeline Strikes Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I only wish Cawley could get funding by Paramount and have 15 web episodes a year! I really enjoy them all, however the fact we get a new Spock every other show is a bit annoying. Special effects, music and even acting is getting better all the time. Keep up the fantastic work.

April 29, 2011 8:42 am

That was hilarious!
That said, Man… Tobias Richter really knows how to show off these starships. I wish there had been a few more slow beauty shots of the new Enterprise like this in the movie. Both of the old girls looked absolutely gorgeous.

John from Cincinnati
April 29, 2011 8:44 am

Boy, seeing the two E’s next to each other just reconfirms my beliefs…The original Enterprise is so much better!

April 29, 2011 8:52 am

Dear Paramount, please put James Cawley in charge of Star Trek, so it can be good again. :D

Ensign Ro- (Short for Roland)
April 29, 2011 8:58 am

LOVED the little video as well. LOL Very cute, quick, and funny. And the CGI is great!

I grew up on TOS…have seen each and every incarnation of Trek…and will continue to do so. I worked in local television for years. What I wouldn’t give to join Mr. Cawley and his amazing crew on these projects. That would be a dream come true. Great work, everybody. :-)

April 29, 2011 9:21 am

Nice work guys!

Adam C
April 29, 2011 9:30 am

Phase II looks incredible!!