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Star Trek Phase II Featurette: Prime Timeline Strikes Back + P2 Update From Cawley April 28, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: New Voyages/Phase II,Star Trek (2009 film),Viral Video/Mashup/Images , trackback

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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1. Bucky - April 28, 2011

Well, that was easy!

2. fansincesixtynine - April 28, 2011

Great stuff! Thank you Phase II!

3. Capt. of the USS Anduril - April 28, 2011

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

4. Ben - April 28, 2011

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

5. Capt. of the USS Anduril - April 28, 2011

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

6. Kamdan - April 28, 2011

“Good shooting, Mr. Scott!”

7. OverlordSpock - April 28, 2011

“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!

8. Skippy2k - April 28, 2011

Haha, thats awesome! Nice job guys!

9. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - April 28, 2011

#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.

10. TDrake1701 - April 28, 2011

Love the timeline video–HA!

11. Fez - April 28, 2011

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

12. Dr. Cheis - April 28, 2011

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

13. Rocket Scientist - April 28, 2011

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

14. Phaser Guy - April 28, 2011

Needs more lens flares.

15. Snarky - April 28, 2011

Best thing they have done!

16. MJ - April 28, 2011

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

17. Phil - April 28, 2011

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

18. HarryH523 - April 28, 2011

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

19. Red Dead Ryan - April 28, 2011

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”!

20. Buzz Cagney - April 28, 2011

PMSL! Brilliant.

21. Jorg Sacul - April 28, 2011

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 :)

22. Robman007 - April 28, 2011

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

23. Michael Hall - April 28, 2011

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

Tobias Richter rulez!

24. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - April 28, 2011

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

25. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - April 28, 2011

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

26. Z3R0B4NG - April 28, 2011

in terms of movie logic

ACME Time Rapair > Red Matter

any day!

27. Chasco - April 29, 2011

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.

28. Tiamu - April 29, 2011

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?

29. Disectivore - April 29, 2011

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.

30. Devon - April 29, 2011

# 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.

31. Kevin from Akron - April 29, 2011

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

32. Jeffrey S. Nelson - April 29, 2011

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!

33. James Cannon - Runcorn Trekkie UK - April 29, 2011

‘Prome’ timeline ?!?

34. Jim Nightshade - April 29, 2011

How many fingers do they have?

35. Anthony Thompson - April 29, 2011

Whatever happened to “Flash Gordon”?

36. NCC-73515 - April 29, 2011

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

37. Bird of Prey - April 29, 2011

The two Enterprises at once! Fascinating!

38. Robert H. - April 29, 2011

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.

39. BitterTrekkie - April 29, 2011

38 Very tolerant of you, Robert.

40. Danpaine - April 29, 2011

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

41. Some Dude on the Internet - April 29, 2011

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

42. Phil - April 29, 2011

@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.

43. Mark Lynch - April 29, 2011

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?

44. Trek Fan - April 29, 2011

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.

45. Joseph - April 29, 2011

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.

46. John from Cincinnati - April 29, 2011

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

47. TrekkieJan - April 29, 2011

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

48. Ensign Ro- (Short for Roland) - April 29, 2011

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. :-)

49. SPOCKBOY - April 29, 2011

Nice work guys!

50. Adam C - April 29, 2011

Phase II looks incredible!!

51. Christopher Roberts - April 29, 2011

Cool. I also liked that TNG/Abramsverse mash-up I saw once… with the ENT-E coming out of warp, saving the Kevin and buggering off back to the 24th C.

52. Christopher Roberts - April 29, 2011

LOL! Who’s Kevin?

I meant Kelvin. D’oh.

53. DavidJ - April 29, 2011

Awesome little video, although ironically I think it points out just how clunky and outdated the old E looks in comparison to the sleek new ship.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge TOS fan and freakin ADORE the original ship, but there’s no question that it’s a product of the 60s.

54. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 29, 2011


55. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 29, 2011

44. I second THAT!

56. Dr. Image - April 29, 2011

Beautiful work, Tobias.
Just goes to show- the classic E COULD have worked on the big screen!

57. Dr. Image - April 29, 2011

“Origins”- back to pseudo-velour on the tunics, James?

58. Reign1701A - April 29, 2011

I have to say…I thought the ’09 Enterprise looked gorgeous in this video. Great stuff!

59. THX-1138 - April 29, 2011


Incorrect statement.

60. Darkowski - April 29, 2011

Love the video! :-D

61. Electron - April 29, 2011

It’s funny how no one noticed how much bigger the JJ-prise is compared to the original especially when the original flys over the JJ-prise. I’m guess Tobias thinks that the JJ-prise is as big as a Galaxy class.

62. Simon - April 29, 2011

#56 – No it couldn’t. That’s why they updated the design in the 70’s. Even Gene Roddenberry himself knew the E should be improved.

#23 – Me. But I think the Enterprise of the first 6 films (TMP-TUC) was better than the ’09 version. The NCC-1701-E is my favorite all-time Enterprise.

63. Michael Hall - April 29, 2011

“Besides, this isn’t an “either/or” situation, it’s possible to like both.”

Oh, I agree completely, in theory. De gustibus non disputandem est. At the same time, it’s hard for me, from my admittedly biased perspective, to imagine how anyone seeing the two simultaneously could consider the new version to be more stylish or well-proportioned, however more “modern” and detailed it might be. So far as I’m concerned, a moderate upgrade in scale and some cosmetic changes would have been more than sufficient, but YMMV.

64. Al - April 29, 2011

Phase II – It’s like a fairground Hall of Mirrors version of Trek. Kirk has Elvis hair, McCoy has a gut, Spock has a huge snozz, all very disturbing

65. Michael Hall - April 29, 2011

Hmm. Were you as disturbed with Kirk’s blue eyes, Chekov’s curly locks, and the, um, reductions to Scotty’s hairline and Uhura’s very ample physique in 2009?

66. Al - April 29, 2011

Phase II is like Trek through a Hall of Mirrors. Kirk with Elvis hair, McCoy with a gut, Spock with a big snozz…

67. THX-1138 - April 29, 2011


Saying it twice does not make it a correct statement.

68. Dr. Image - April 29, 2011

#62 Your favorite Enterprise is the E??
That’s fine if you like your Enterprise looking like it was designd on Cardassia…
No wonder you think so little of the Classic- which, as Tobias (and Trek Remastered) has shown, with the right detailing, could have looked spectacular.
(Though my fav is Trumbull’s TMP version, by far.)

69. THX-1138 - April 29, 2011


The original E is always a sentimental favorite. It’s what I thought the movie E should look like, with all the detail upgrades we have seen in the remastered eps and Tobias’ fine work. The TMP E is THE example of movie starship model making. In detail and form it far surpasses any work in movies and TV.

Not that the NuTrek E is all bad. It just doesn’t measure up. In my opinion.

70. Blowback - April 29, 2011

It is neat to see TOS Enterprise from all the angles they could never do backing in the television series. Thank you James you make the old girl look young again…

71. Blowback - April 29, 2011


backing in = back in

72. Blowback - April 29, 2011

Question: What ever happened to the “evolution” of TOS Enterprise in Phase 2? I seem to recall some teaser shots of the ship with a few “upgrades” that we supposed to appear in Enemy: Starfleet or one of the next episodes.

73. FlyingWok - April 29, 2011

Glad to hear an update Mr. Cawley!

I’ve loved Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II from day one, and I’m glad to see that progress is still being made on the upcoming three episodes.

I wish we didn’t have to wait so long but I (and probably a lot of other fans) are grateful that you and everyone at Phase II are staying the course and filling up a cool little niche in Trek fandom!

One idea: I wonder if there’s post-processing you guys could do on the picture to sort of simulate the film grain and warm-diffused lighting that they seemed to use in the 60s while filming TOS to simulate that distinctive look? I think that kind of image really contributed subtly to the atmosphere of TOS Trek. Might be fun to experiment with it?

In any case, keep up the great work, and we all eagerly await the next installment!

After all, you guys are really the ONLY new episodic Trek we can get nowadays.

74. Pony R. Horton - April 29, 2011

@73 Glad you like our work. I handle certain VFX shots for PHASE II, and I know that many VFX artists add grain to their shots to simulate the effect you’re talking about. I don’t know if Tobias does or not (Tobias? Chime in if you like!) but from the images I’ve seen, many of his shots DO seem to have a warm tone to them, and a certain richness as well. Maybe the monitors you’re using are not displaying the colors properly?

But your suggestion is a good one, and I can say that many VFX people do use grain as a standard tool in creating images.

75. captain_neill - April 29, 2011

I loved that.

76. jamesingeneva - April 29, 2011

LMAO, my son and I just enjoyed the heck out of that! Thanks Acme!!!

77. Ralph F - April 29, 2011

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Would have loved the ’09 TREK (as an interpretation, just like there’s interpretations of BATMAN) if they hadn’t screwed up the ENTERPRISE.

78. Ralph F - April 29, 2011


Yeah, same here. Loved the Phase II design.

79. Michael Hall - April 29, 2011

“Question: What ever happened to the “evolution” of TOS Enterprise in Phase 2? I seem to recall some teaser shots of the ship with a few “upgrades” that we supposed to appear in Enemy: Starfleet or one of the next episodes.”

My understanding is the producers decided that since Phase 2 is the only place fans can see the ship in its original configuration, they’ve elected to keep it “as is” for now. But I also had the impression that this decision was subject to change, and I did get to see a refinement of the “refit” CG mesh on the “Origins” set that looked very cool. I’m still hoping they get around to using it eventually.

80. Magic_Al - April 29, 2011

^61. The “JJ-prize” is a lot bigger than the TOS Enterprise, 2379.75 feet (725.35 meters) according to the Blu-ray bonus features, but there are conflicting sources. Apparently the size kept changing during development of the film and I’m not sure it’s set in stone even now.

81. Chris Doohan - April 29, 2011

Looking forward to voicing Arex. May need some help from Acme.

82. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - April 29, 2011

It would be nice to see some Phase 2 episodes with the refit Constitution class, even if it’s only a one-off “20 years later” kind of thing (maybe thanks to a plot device like they used in TNG’s “All Good Things…”).

83. Michael Hall - April 29, 2011


Yes, I’d read that the initial size estimate, which wasn’t all that much in excess of the TOS Enterprise, wasn’t making the ship impressive enough in the FX shots, so the producers just kept upping it until they were satisfied with the look. Which, to me, sums up Trek 2009 in a nutshell.

84. MC1 Doug - April 29, 2011


85. Steamblade - April 29, 2011

Would have great to see the Uglyprise explode into a million fiery pieces, but this will do.

86. Rocket Scientist - April 30, 2011

I didn’t really object to the 09 Trek Enterprise, but seeing it here, side by side with the classic? No competition. They got it right the first time. And the second, come to think of it…

87. Tobias Richter - April 30, 2011

I´m glad you all liked it. The “Acme” idea was mine, born out of my hesitation to blow up the Enterprise. I actually like the new Trek movie – it certainly has it´s flaws – but I think it is a great reboot.

So this Acme-Version is to lighten the whole thing a bit – and it should be conceived as a humorous wink to the classic fans and not hurting the new fans. After all, we´re one big family…

@73/74 – I always add a subtle amount of grain to my shots.

@72 – For Kitumba and Origins, we will have the TOS Enterprise. What happens after that is not yet decided.

88. KingDaniel - April 30, 2011

LOL. Is it sad that I’m thrilled they got the relative sizes of the two Enterprises about right? When I heard about this, my first thought was “They’re gonna be the same size and it’s gonna annoy my inner super-nerd”

Great work, Mr Richter! You’re CG is fantastic, as always.

And the new Enterprise is gorgeous, too. I’m afraid I love it as much as the old!

89. Hat Rick - April 30, 2011

Hilarious featurette, and yet another great example of Trek creativity. My hat’s off to Phase II, once again.

90. Dwight Williams - April 30, 2011

As a fan of both Trek ‘verses?

I am amused!

91. Michael Hall - April 30, 2011

*Sigh* Nope; any way I slice it, I just can’t learn to love the new E.

The saucer is fine, emulating (and even improving upon) some of the best features of the original motion picture version.

The nacelles I could live with, if they didn’t sit so far back on their struts.

The struts I coud live with, if they weren’t curved (what design sense does that make?) and didn’t sit so far back on the engineering section.

The engineering section I could live with, if it didn’t sit so far forward in relation to the saucer.

It does work from a few angles, as the original Jeffries Enterprise worked from just about every angle. But at best it’s a cluttered, unbalanced take on a timeless design that should have never gotten approval past the initial sketch.

92. Khan was Framed! - April 30, 2011


This is the best thing Cawley has done!

I cant stand his series, but watching the hideous new ship get taken out by the one true NCC-1701 is wicked.

93. Canadianknight - April 30, 2011

Mind-Sifter?? Okay… seriously jazzed now. I love Phase II as it is… but Mind-Sifter was always a fav of mine. Read it many many times when I was younger. Can’t wait to see it!!!

…I wonder if it’s still in my library?

*wanders off to rummage through the books…*

94. Demode - April 30, 2011

I don’t want to rag on anyone from Phase 2, but I gotta ask… why does the new Spock sound so quiet? It sounds like his mic is turned off or something. I think they need to raise the volume on his voice.

95. dratikus - May 3, 2011

I am very excited about these episodes. Love the featurette!

96. Bob - May 17, 2011

Cawley, for the love of God, get a haircut.

97. NX-UESPA Class Starship - May 18, 2011

Let’s give thanks to Lt. Cmdr. Wile E. Coyote for creating the Acme Time Repair Device. Beep! Beep!

98. PEB - June 1, 2011

you know, i ALMOST enjoyed this…ALMOST! the vid was nice and i took it for the fun it was meant to be. the cgi is beautiful and seeing the two ships together is a wow moment (would love to see a vid of all the ships named enterprise together. all that being said, the comments killed any enjoyment i had for this. i get it, its all oppinions but why do so many fans here have to act like cry babies??? i was raised on classic trek, i put together the models, i played the computer and video games, i’ve got dvds and blurays of all things trek and you know what, i LOVED the new film and the crew behind it all. why the hell cant someone have love for both universes and both ships and both crews without automatically having it in for the original? again, i get it, its oppinions, but jesus it all means more trek and its not bad trek lets just enjoy it and thank the gene that his wonderful creation didnt die off after nemesis! is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.