Star Trek: Phase II

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Fan Film
Title: Star Trek: Phase II (formerly known as Star Trek: New Voyages)
Creator: James Cawley & Jack Marshall
Date: 2003-present
Length: each episode is around 51 min
Medium: video, web series
Genre: science fiction
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
URL: Star Trek: Phase II Official Site

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Star Trek: Phase II is a fan series that continues on the five year deep space mission of Star Trek: The Original Series where the original series left off at the end of the third year. The series was created in 2003 by James Cawley and Jack Marshall and as of April 2012 has released it's seventh episode.[1] There has been tremendous support for the series by many associated by the Star Trek franchise and even involvement from people such as scriptwriters D.C. Fontana & David Gerrold, actors George Takei and Walter Koenig and others.[2] And while CBS (and Paramount) owns the right to the franchise, they allow the distribution of fan-created work as long as no profit is being made.[3] In addition, the series was nominated for a Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form in 2008 but lost to Doctor Who episode Blink.[4]

The Beginning

Cast

(please refer to Star Trek: Phase II Cast & Crew Page for more information)

Episodes

As of April 2012, eight full episodes have been released (including the pilot) along with two vignettes.

4x0 (pilot): Come What May

4x1: In Harm's Way

The first official episode of the series was released on October 8, 2004 and was written by Eric Korngold. The episode had three TOS alumni guest star, William Windom, BarBara Luna, and Malachi Throne.[5] William Windom reprized the role of Commodore Matt Decker that he originally played in The Doomsday Machine. In the episode, the crew goes back in time and again encounters the doomsday machine which they had originally faced in the TOS episode, The Doomsday Machine.[6]

4x2: To Serve All My Days

This was released on November 23, 2006 and was written by D.C. Fontana with a guest appearance from Walter Koenig as an aging Chekov. At the close of an economic conference on Babel, Chekov is exposed to a massive dose of radiation and succumbs to the aging disease from "The Deadly Years". A supposed Klingon attack turns out to be from a Federation world; Klingon captain Kargh cooperates with Kirk and the Enterprise crew to defeat the attackers. Mary Linda Rapelye, who acted in the TOS episode The Way to Eden, guest stars.[7]

4x3: World Enough and Time

This was released on October 23, 2007 and guest stars George Takei who played the original Sulu as well as Grace Lee Whitney who played the original Yeoman Rand in Star Trek: The Original Series and in several of the films.[8]In this episode, Sulu and a female crewmember were caught in a time warp and spent thirty years together on an otherwise uninhabited planet they were exploring. When he's found, he brings along his daughter Demora, although she's trapped within a stasis field.

4x4 and 4x5: Blood and Fire

A two-parter, released Dec. 20, 2008 and November 20, 2009. When a Federation research ship is attacked, the Enterprise, badly damaged from a fight with the Klingons, responds and discovers the ship is infested with Regulan bloodworms. This episode features a homosexual relationship between Kirk's nephew Peter and med tech Alex Freeman. The original script by David Gerrold, who tried to submit it as a normal episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. According to Gerrold, who is gay, some of the production staff, including Rick Berman, objected to the depiction of a healthy, happy gay couple. Gerrold intended the Regulan bloodworms as an allegory of AIDS, as TOS episodes had frequently addressed controversial subjects and questioned societal norms. He rewrote the story as a novel. Carlos Pedraza rewrote it again for Phase II.

4x6: Enemy: Starfleet!

Released April 15, 2011, this has Barbara Luna (Marlena Moreau from "Mirror, Mirror") as an intergalactic terrorist who steals a Federation ship and retrofits it to attack and subjugate all the planets in her sector. Story by Dave Galanter, Patty Wright and Greg Brodeur. Ben Tolpin, who played Spock in "Blood & Fire", directed while Brandon Stacy played Spock this time.


4x7: The Child

Released April 5, 2012. This was the original Jon Povill script for the original Star Trek: Phase II which would have had Lt. Ilia, and was later made into the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode of the same name, with Troi as the mother. Povill didn't like the NextGen adaption (it was a hack job put together in a hurry because of the 1988 Writers' Guild strike). So, he had a chance to see (and direct) his original idea here. Ilia is replaced by Isel, also Deltan and played by Anna Schneitter. The little girl, Irska, is played by Ayla Cordell.

4x8: Kitumba

Released Dec. 31, 2013, this was written by John Meredyth Lucas and directed by Vic Mignona. It was intended for the original Star Trek: Phase II. The Enterprise is sent on a secret mission to the Klingon homeworld Qo’nos, assisted by a Klingon who is a Federation ally. It looks like the Organians are no longer enforcing the old treaty, and a faction within the Empire led by young Emperor Kitumba's regent is gearing up for war. Here, Kirk and crew discover Klingon traditions and values, and what honor means to them. We can see the beginnings of the Empire we came to know in Next Generation here. This is the last episode that had James Cawley as Captain Kirk.

4x10: Mind-Sifter

Released Dec. 1, 2014, this is based on The Mind-Sifter (Star Trek: TOS story by Shirley Maiewski). Kirk is missing and presumed dead. Spock, now Captain of the Enterprise, knows he is alive, but is hampered in his search by Starfleet bureaucracy until he is able to discover the truth. This has Brian Gross as Captain Kirk, and James Cawley in a cameo role as an insane asylum patient who "thinks he's Elvis". (Gross as Kirk mutters "I hate that guy.") This was released in two different versions, with modern-style effects by Tobias Richter's Light Works (more like the "remastered DVD" Star Trek episodes), and the other with visual effects by Daren Dochterman, closer to those seen on the original series.

Upcoming Episodes

Three episodes are currently in various stages of production and episode 4x11 is planned to start filming in June 2012.[9]

  • Episode 4x9: Origins (in production)
  • Episode 4x11: Bread and Savagery (filming starts June 2012)*originally the creators had hoped to film a “lost” episode of Norman Spinrad, “He Walked Among Us,” but CBS/Paramount asked them not to film it.[10]

Vignettes

  • Center Seat
  • No Win Scenario

Support

Many individuals associated with the Star Trek franchise have supported Star Trek: Phase II in various roles. The Star Trek series creator, Gene Roddenberry's son Eugene 'Rod' Roddenberry is listed as consulting producer.[11] Both scriptwriters for the franchise D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold are also listed as consulting producers.[12] In addition, D.C. Fontana wrote the second episode of the series To Serve All My Days that starred the original Chekov, Walter Koening.[13] David Gerrold's original script Blood and Fire, originally written for Star Trek: The Next Generation was adapted for the fourth and fifth episode.[14] Many of the actors who have acted in the various series of the Trek franchise have appeared in the Star Trek: Phase II, including George Takei, Walter Koenig, Grace Lee Whitney, Denise Crosby, and many others.[15]

Paramount/CBS's Reaction

Paramount and CBS seemed to be fine with the amateur productions as long as that was really what they were. In the wake of the lavish film Prelude to Axanar, a 20-minute trailer to a planned feature film, which has professional actors and production and for which huge amounts of money were raised through crowdfunding, Paramount issued a set of "guidelines" which amounted to a crackdown on fan films.

Fan Films at startrek.com

Some bloggers and reviewers rationalized this decision by saying that it will actually protect fans who create amateur works, Devin Faraci of Birth Movies Death saying that "fans shouldn't be making multi-season TV series featuring characters someone else owns."[16] However, the majority of reactions were negative, and Paramount/CBS are perceived as having killed off any chance for new Star Trek, Original Series style or anything else.[17]

Fannish Reaction

Fans of the original series have been very supported and many fans have donated or volunteered their skills to Star Trek: Phase II. From makeup artists to special effects, skills that normally would cost the series upwards in the millions are done for free by people involved because they are fans of the show.[18]

References

  1. Episode 4x7 The Child released April 5, 2012. (Accessed 20 June 2012).
  2. Cast and Crew of Star Trek: Phase II. (Accessed 20 June 2012).
  3. FUTURE `TREK' FROM VALLEY PORTAL, SPACE ODYSSEY TRAVELS ONTO THE WEB by Fred Shuster. (Accessed 20 June 2012).
  4. Hugo Award Winners 2008. (Accessed 20 June 2012).
  5. Episode 4x1: In Harm's Way. (Accessed 21 June 2012).
  6. Episode 4x1: In Harm's Way. (Accessed 21 June 2012). Extended synopsis at In Harm's Way (Phase II Episode) at Star Trek Expanded Universe.
  7. Episode 4X2: To Serve All My Days. (Accessed 20 June 2012).
  8. Episode 4x3: World Enough and Time. (Accessed 20 June 2012).
  9. Episodes. (Accessed 20 June 2012).
  10. Episode Site. (Accessed 21 June 2012).
  11. Cast and Crew. (Accessed 20 June 2012).
  12. Cast and Crew. (Accessed 20 June 2012).
  13. Episode 4x2: To Serve All My Days. (Accessed 20 June 2012).
  14. Episode 4x4: Blood and Fire, Part 1. (Accessed 20 June 2012).
  15. Cast and Crew. (Accessed 20 June 2012).
  16. Devin Faraci, "How the Star Trek Fanfilm Guidelines Saved Fanfilms." Birth Movies Death 2016-06-29.
  17. Read the comments to Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines Announced at startrek.com, 2016-06-23.
  18. Wired Magazine interview with James Cawley. (Accessed 21 June 2012).