The fan series Star Trek Phase II is currently in production on the special prequel episode "Origins". Producer James Cawley is so excited about a scene just completed between the young James Kirk and Captain Pike, that he had to share it. Check out the video below, plus an additional image from the episode and a chat with Matthew Ewald, the young Kirk in "Origins"./p>
First look at "Origins"
Back in February the Phase II team announced they were putting together their own prequel origin story for James T. Kirk, but this one was to fit inside the prime universe of the original series. 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 episode will feature a redressed USS Enterprise, made to match the look of the "Where No Man Has Gone Before" pilot, including goosenecks!
Cawley has provided TrekMovie with an early cut of scene with Cadet Kirk (Matt Ewald of Galidor) getting dressed down by Capt. Pike (Colin Cunningham from Stargate SG-1).
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According to Cawley, “Origins” fits into the original Star Trek canon. In “The Menagerie, Part 1” Captain Kirk says he had met Pike “when he was promoted to Fleet Captain” and according to Cawley, the episode “Origins” tells that story.
The new young Kirk Matt Ewald talks to TrekMovie
Speaking to TrekMovie, Matt Ewald says that playing a young Kirk is "a dream come true." The actor has been a fan of Star Trek since his father introduced him to the show as a child. And he was so impressed with the work of Phase II that he contacted James Cawley to offer his services saying he "just wanted to be a part of it in any capacity." Ewald says he was "shocked and honored" when Cawley asked him if he was interested in playing a young Kirk, even though it meant dying his blond hair black (to match Cawley’s). To prepare for the role, Ewald says he studied both William Shatner’s and James Cawley’s Kirk, as well as read as much as he could about Kirk.
However, Ewald points out "there is a big difference between cadet Kirk and captain Kirk." He and director David Gerrold have worked to create a young Kirk going through some of the "defining moments" that helped shape him, but he is not yet that "calm, collected Kirk we know." According to Ewald, in "Origins" one of the key drivers we will see with this Kirk is "his overwhelming desire to make his dad (George Kirk played by Vic Mignona) proud." And with this obsession over gaining respect "Kirk forgets what it is to be a man, and that is one of the key lessons he learns, that is one of those defining moments that leads him to becoming the Kirk we know."
Matt Ewald as Cadet James T. Kirk with Vic Mignona as George Kirk
Origins coming this year
Cawley tells TrekMovie that he is extremely proud of the work that the cast and crew are doing on "Origins", saying "I think it is the best work we have done." Cawley is so jazzed about "Origins" he wants to try and make sure the episode gets delivered this year. Right now the Phase II schedule calls for "Enemy: Starfleet" to be released online by the first week of July, with "Origins" released some time in the fall, followed by "Kitumba." Cawley expects "The Child" to follow in 2011, with that episode requiring extra post-production in order to integrate the CG character Arex. (see previous TrekMovie article for previews of "Enemy: Starfleet", "Kitumba", "The Child").