James Cawley, exec producer and star of the fan series Star Trek Phase II, has sent TrekMovie a very well made behind the scenes video shot during production on "The Child," in October. See below for an exclusive first look the video, plus an introduction to the guest stars for "The Child" and more info on the release of "Blood and Fire, Part 1" coming up next week.
VIDEO: Inside ‘The Child’
Phase II’s new Deltan
The original script for "The Child" was written by John Povill for the originally planned Phase II show from the 70s, but that project morphed into Star Trek The Motion Picture and the script was later rewritten for Star Trek The Next Generation. The original version called for the Deltan Il’ to bear ‘The Child,’ however to keep with canon, the Povill rewrote the script and introduced Lt. Isel, a new Deltan character. Povill, who also directed "The Child," cast Anna Schneider, an actress and dancer from Los Angeles. Povill tells TrekMovie:
Originally I had an image of drop dead gorgeous, but there is much more to the Deltans than they were in Motion Picture. I wanted to convey that in a variety of ways. Not just in dialog but in motion. I have written a dance between mother and daughter. I called a friend who is a choreographer, Terry Best and Anna is TA to Terry. I visited his studio and my eye was instantly drawn to Anna, you instantly look to the best the dancer. Although she did not look like the classic beauty I had in mind, she just nailed the reading.
Child actress Ayla Cordell is playing the child in ‘The Child.’ Although it is said that working with child actors can be difficult, Povill tells TrekMovie "If every kid was like Ayla, they would be killing to work with children. The chemistry between them was so magical and so beautiful. The same magic you felt with world enough time girl."
Blood and Fire arrives in one week!
Not counting the ‘To Serve All My Days’ special edition, the first (and only) new episode of 2008 from Phase II arrives next Saturday. "Blood and Fire, Part 1" written and directed by David Gerrold and featuring an appearance by Denise Crosby will be available streaming at the Phase II site on December 20th.
"Blood and Fire" Parts 1 and 2 (due out in early 2009) will also be the last appearance of the original TOS Enterprise in Phase II, before they move on to their ‘semi-refit’ design in "Enemy: Starfleet" later in 2009.
Watch the teaser for "Blood and Fire, Part 1", to see why they needed to fix the ship.
More TrekMovie coverage on "Blood and Fire":
- March 07: James Cawley Interview
- October 07: New Voyages Team Planning New Episodes
- November 08: Phase II Announces Blood and Fire Release
More info on Star Trek Phase II at the official site.